Albany, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today that people who came to meet with him in his office during the pandemic would be tested for Covid-19, including his family members.
But Cuomo also said he wasn’t intimately involved in the details of that testing.
The governor was responding to a question about allegations his family members were prioritized for Covid testing early in the pandemic, when supplies were scarce. The matter is one of the items the state Assembly is exploring in its impeachment investigation into Cuomo.
Cuomo said he wouldn’t comment in detail while that probe is ongoing, but addressed the issue briefly during a press conference in Albany.
“I was not involved in the testing program to that intimate level,” Cuomo said when asked if he was aware of priority testing for his family members or if he was involved in arranging it. “People who I would meet with and I would be an exposure with, I was aware they were being tested.
“So if you came to see me in my office, you would be tested. And that applied with my family also.”
The Times Union in Albany, The New York Times and The Washington Post all reported on the testing issue last month. The papers said Cuomo and sate Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker arranged for members of Cuomo’s family and other influential people with close ties to his administration to get priority coronavirus testing.
The Assembly’s impeachment probe is also investigating multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo and his administration’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the state’s nursing homes.
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