The protesters gathered in front of the Cobble Hill Health Center, a nursing facility, and demanded an apology from Cuomo for his highly controversial March 25 order forcing nursing homes to accept Covid-positive cases, a decision many critics feel was a large factor in the 6500 deaths in nursing homes during the pandemic.
Holding signs with such messages as “Cuomo killed my parents” and “Cuomo writes books rather than apologizing,” the demonstrators filled a casket with 6500 covers to Cuomo’s recently released book ‘American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.’
NEW YORK: Novel Cuomo protest: A casket filled with 6,500 copies of Cuomo’s new book extolling his Covid leadership was dumped at a nursing home, one for each nursing home patient who died. pic.twitter.com/lqHaAHXpb6
— KolHaolam (@KolHaolam) October 18, 2020
A casket on the street in Brooklyn – a crowd of people who lost loved ones in nursing homes at the height of the crisis. It’s a funeral – but not for what you might think. My story tonight at 6 and Governor Cuomo’s response. @NBCNewYork pic.twitter.com/GMhBknzAq7
— Phil Lipof (@lipoftv) October 18, 2020
There was a funeral today for the Governor’s leadership and his fictional new book. pic.twitter.com/JOKG30nGnv
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) October 18, 2020
Cuomo has been defiant against criticism, calling it an “orchestrated strategy” from right-wing media like Fox News.
“Can anyone say that a virus that targets the weak and the seniors, [that] we can keep them safe? Nobody can say that,’’ the governor said at a Sunday press conference.
Protest organizer Peter Arbeeny, whose 89-year-old Korean War veteran father died at the nursing home the group protested outside of, blasted Cuomo for not launching an “independent investigation” so people can get the “truth.”
“We are all COVID orphans now,” he said, according to New York Post, adding that if Cuomo admitted his mistake and apologized, “we would forgive.”
“You get a sincere apology when truth comes out,” he continued, “and then we all know, and then we can move on. And we can celebrate the good things.”
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