'Resign, Mr. Cuomo': New York Paper That Endorsed Governor Three Times Turns on Him

The Albany, New York, newspaper that endorsed Governor Andrew Cuomo three times is now demanding he resign alongside "those who helped him deceive the public" over COVID-19 nursing home deaths last year.

Based out of New York's capital city, the Times-Union editorial board blasted Cuomo for "pretending to come clean" amid about the true number of nursing home deaths that occurred—following the governor's controversial order to move patients from hospitals into nursing homes.

The newspaper published a lengthy, scathing editorial Saturday that said Cuomo "squandered the public's trust at a time when it's needed more than ever," citing his two-pronged nursing home and sexual harassment controversies.

The newspaper's editorial board said its decision to call for Cuomo's resignation was not made "lightly," as it highlighted its enthusiastic support of his past three gubernatorial campaigns.

"It is time for Mr. Cuomo to resign, and for those who helped him deceive the public to go, too," the Times-Union editorial board wrote in the opinion piece.

"He has brought to fruition a host of important progressive goals. But between his manipulation of state ethics bodies, multiple allegations of sexual harassment and these latest revelations on nursing home deaths, he has lost the credibility he needs to lead this state, especially in the midst of a public health crisis," the editors continued.

The Times-Union editorial board also called for the resignation of some of the state and Cuomo administration's top figures, which they accused of being co-conspirators in the nursing home death cover-up claims. Included among these figures are Dr. Howard A. Zucker, commissioner of the New York State Department of Health; top Cuomo adviser and secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa; and SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras.

Cuomo's administration insisted Friday that scientific accuracy, and not political face-saving, is what encouraged members of their pandemic task force to ask the state health department to delete COVID-19 data last summer. Those numbers were exposed in January after a state attorney general report showed a massive discrepancy between the reported nursing home deaths and those that actually occurred.

"The state had a more complete number of nursing home deaths, but it was higher than Mr. Cuomo's close aides wanted it to be," the newspaper wrote, highlighting the above names as part of the conspiracy to cover-up those numbers. The editorial highlighted how Cuomo's book deal likely factored into the administration's decision to "lie about why why it lied."

The Saturday editorial cited extensive Wall Street Journal and New York Times reporting, which uncovered that the Cuomo administration "was worried" that U.S. Department of Justice under former President Donald Trump was "going to conduct a politically motivated probe" of their nursing home death data.

Newsweek reached out to the Cuomo administration for response to the Times-Union editorial piece Saturday afternoon, but did not receive a response.

A Billboard Urging Andrew Cuomo to Resign
A billboard urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign is seen near downtown on March 2, 2021 in Albany, New York. Cuomo has said he will not resign from office. Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images