As body bags piled up in storage trucks outside of long-term care facilities and morgues, Cuomo did the rounds on the other friendly news networks, never being asked the nursing home questions that we so desperately wanted answers to.
Cuomo’s daily PowerPoint presentations were given top billing, where he frequently revealed his morbid collection of coronavirus artwork, including the giant plastic mountain he stood beside like a game show host and the poster he sold for $14.99 featuring pictures all of the things he loved about himself.
Then, October brought the unveiling of the latest Cuomo achievement: a New York Times best-selling memoir, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic. While thousands of families tried to find ways to bury their parents and grandparents, Cuomo somehow found time to write and promote his “leadership lessons,” profiting off the deaths of over 40,000 New Yorkers.
Our families were horrified. He just kept celebrating himself, first with books and then with an Emmy award, while we stayed quarantined, watching lives and livelihoods in New York being crushed to death.
Frustrated by the lack of nursing home coverage, especially on a national level, I chose to keep speaking out, writing opinions, and reported pieces while attending rallies with other grieving families.
It didn’t take long for me to realize I was up against a machine—a brutal, vindictive and bullying one at that.
Many refer to Cuomo as the “terminator.” He was feared and revered. No one could cross him, he was indestructible. Many, I was told, had tried and failed.
They tried to brush me off as just the “weather girl.” I wasn’t a credible source on anything. But even though he had the Cuomo name, the Democrats, and power on his side, I knew I had something more powerful. The angels were on our side.
Now, after all of these months of darkness and death, the sunlight is beginning to peak through, a glimmer of hope that this leader who, instead of helping others, helped himself, might finally see his day in front of a judge and jury.
New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report last month on the nursing home tragedy and concluded that it “severely” undercounted virus deaths. Then, in a stunning conversation leaked to the New York Post, Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, admitted that their administration was purposely hiding the nursing home data so the federal government wouldn’t find out.
Now, the FBI and federal prosecutors in Brooklyn announced they are investigating Cuomo’s coronavirus task force with a focus on his administration’s handling of nursing homes early in the pandemic. The stories of bullying and abuse are finally seeing the light of day in newspapers, on social media and even on the Cuomo-friendly cable channels.
You might say the tide is finally turning against this governor.
People are realizing that because of his deadly decisions, we were unable to provide shelter to our most vulnerable population. The places they lived, that were supposed to be taking care of them, were caught unprepared and unprotected. A devastating flood was unleashed that could have been forecast ahead of time. The elderly could’ve been brought to safety before the height of the storm took the lives of thousands.
Now that the floodwaters have receded and the death and damage have been revealed, it’s time to do a full and thorough investigation into this 100-year storm so that it never happens again, to prove that despite all the warnings and the science to guide his way, our governor failed to pay attention, ignored the evidence and made tragic, irreversible decisions, ones that could have been avoided.
A different kind of storm is now on the horizon, the trajectory of which is zeroing in on this governor, his health department, and administration. These floodgates are opening up after the years of lies, corruption, and cover-ups.
Andrew Cuomo will have nowhere left to hide or take cover from this force of nature, from the forces for good and justice. He’ll have no one else to blame. Except, maybe finally, himself.
Janice Dean is a senior meteorologist at FOX News.