When Kathleen C. Hochul ascended to the position of governor last year, many people hoped she would shed light on what caused the problems New York experienced in handling the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Alarmingly, former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo co-opted the state Department of Public Health to mislead constituents when highlighting the number of nursing home residents who died from COVID-19. The DOH did not specifically list individuals as nursing home residents if they didn’t die while in a nursing home. Cuomo then deceptively used this underreported statistic periodically to falsely tout how well the state was doing on this front.