Brock Benson | Civil Patriot
Like the rest of you, I’ve been following the story of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. Turns out, the super-hero of the COVID-19 era is anything but. Thanks to a directive given back in May of 2020, nursing home residents were released from hospitals to return to their nursing facilities without having to get a negative COVID test. We know now that thousands of people died as a result of this negligence.
Here’s a look at that directive:
During this global health emergency, all NHs [nursing homes] must comply with the expedited receipt of residents returning from hospitals to NHs. No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission. (NY Dept. of Health)
The order was later deleted from the state’s website.
Worse still, Cuomo and his people fudged over the number of deaths that resulted from this decision and didn’t properly report them. Why? They were worried about what they would look like.
What they would look like.
Not about how many people died due to their negligence, but what they would look like. And what the repercussions would be. (i.e. they knew there would be fallout and it would not be pretty.)
I would have fired the man immediately. How many elderly grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, and uncles lost their lives because Cuomo’s people simply didn’t care if they made it or not? (I believe this is part of a much larger problem related to the loss of respect for the sanctity of life, but I digress. . .)
Now another story has broken, and it might prove to be the straw that breaks the Cuomo’s proverbial camel’s back. One can hope, anyway.
A woman named Lindsey Boylan, who formerly worked under Governor Cuomo as his deputy secretary of economic development, has accused him of inappropriate sexual advances. Not once. Not twice. . .but for years. Today she released details of these acts of sexual harassment in a 1700 word letter you can read online at the website Medium.
Here are a few snippets:
“Let’s play strip poker.”
I should have been shocked by the Governor’s crude comment, but I wasn’t.
We were flying home from an October 2017 event in Western New York on his taxpayer-funded jet,” Boylan explained. “He was seated facing me, so close our knees almost touched. His press aide was to my right and a state trooper behind us.
She went on to share, “Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected. His inappropriate behavior toward women was an affirmation that he liked you, that you must be doing something right. He used intimidation to silence his critics. And if you dared to speak up, you would face consequences.”
She added that Cuomo: “would go out of the way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs.”
So, there you have it. The same man who cared so little about the elderly in nursing homes also cared very little about women, about his employees, and about those who dared to contradict him.
And this man in the highly-touted Governor of New York state, folks.
Turns out, Boylan wasn’t the only one. She shared the story of a former Cuomo staffer who faced a similar fate.
A former Cuomo staffer confided to me that she, too, had been the subject of the Governor’s workplace harassment. Her story mirrored my own. Seeing his name floated as a potential candidate for U.S. Attorney General — the highest law enforcement official in the land — set me off. In a few tweets, I told the world what a few close friends, family members and my therapist had known for years: Andrew Cuomo abused his power as Governor to sexually harass me, just as he had done with so many other women.
My heart goes out to Ms. Boylan and the others. One can only hope she gets the justice she deserves.
But, will she? This is 2021, after all. And the folks in power pretty much get away with, well, everything.
Yeah, I’m jaded. I’m thinking the man might just get to keep his job. That’s how thick the corruption is these days, not just in New York, but across the country.
I hope I’m wrong.
I pray I’m wrong.