New Yorkers whose kin were killed by COVID-19 they contracted in nursing homes reacted with outrage to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s claim Friday that his critics were “causing pain to families who lost a loved one.”
“We are sickened by Cuomo’s press conference,” said Vivian Zayas, founder of the Voices for Seniors advocacy group.
“We weren’t sure if he was threatening families as we cry out for accountability and justice.”
Zayas, whose mom, Ana Martinez, died of the coronavirus in Long Island nursing home, added: “The families who lost family members are the true New York strong. Cuomo is tone-deaf and should resign.”
Danielle Messina, whose dad, Samuel Arbeeny, died of COVID-19 in a Staten Island nursing home, called Cuomo’s comments “ridiculous.”
“It was his March 25 mandate, his order that was responsible for nursing home deaths. It spread like wildfire,” she said.
“It’s common sense not to put sick, infected patients back into a facility with vulnerable residents.”
Messina added: “Now he’s angry and he is trying to put the blame on everyone else. He won’t take accountability for it.”
“Cuomo should definitely resign,” she said.
Haydee Paybey, whose mom, Elba, died of COVID-19 in a Manhattan nursing home, said, “Cuomo is wrong.”
“He’s the one that lied. He’s the one who provided the misinformation. He covered it up,” she said.
“He’s one who caused the pain to families of 15,000 COVID victims.”
Paybey also blasted Cuomo for his repeated attacks on The Post over its aggressive coverage of nursing home deaths.
“The New Post has been on its game, bringing the issues out and listening to the families. The NY Post has stepped up for us,” she said.
“We don’t want apologies from Cuomo anymore. We want impeachment or resignation.”
Tracey Alvino, whose father, Daniel Alvino, 76, died in a hospital after getting infected with the coronavirus in a Long Island nursing home, accused the governor of “leveling veiled threats at the media, the legislators and even the nursing home families.”
“Cuomo called us naive for believing `lies and conspiracy theories’. They aren’t conspiracy theories,” Alvino said.
“This man has no heart. He sent 9,000 COVID patients into nursing homes.”
Alvino added that “Cuomo acts like a bully to anyone who speaks against him.”
“The First Amendment was written to deal with tyrants like. You can’t threaten people for telling the truth,” she said.
“I’m fired up. Our voices just got ten times louder. He’s going to have to be impeached.”
Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean, whose in-laws died both died of COVID-19 in New York nursing homes, live-tweeted criticism of Cuomo during his news conference.
“He’s a disgrace. And a criminal,” she said in one tweet.
Dean also re-tweeted a reporter who quoted Cuomo’s claim that “I have a very thick skin….I don’t really care what people say about me.”
“Hahahahaha,” she added.