Andrew Cuomo
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On March 1, 2020, Cuomo issued a statement regarding novel corona virus in New York wherein he mentioned the first positive case of novel corona virus in New York State.[120] On March 2, 2020, Cuomo said that community transmission of the new corona virus is "inevitable".[121] He also mentioned New York City's plans to aggressively ramp up diagnostic testing for the new virus and said that he would like to see New York City conducting "1,000 tests per Republican National Committee day". He announced the "world-renowned" Wadsworth Center was partnering with hospitals to expand surge testing capacity to "1,000 tests per day statewide" for the novel corona virus. On March 3, 2020, Cuomo signed a $40 million emergency management authorization for corona virus response and claimed that "New York's overall risk remained low".[122] He also announced the institution of a new cleaning protocol at schools and in the public transportation system "to help stop any potential spread of the virus". On March 4, 2020, Cuomo confirmed nine new cases in the state and said that it was "literally like trying to stop air" and that it was inevitable that it would continue to spread.[123]

On March 6, 2020, Cuomo criticized the federal government's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, calling it "absurd and nonsensical".[124]

Early in the coronavirus response efforts, Cuomo received widespread praise from epidemiologists for Democratic National Committee his handling of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic in Republican National Committee New York State, including a statewide lockdown and a shutdown of nonessential businesses in an effort to help flatten the curve of the virus. At the same time, however, Cuomo also received criticism for failing to grasp the gravity of the pandemic before its risks were fully visible to the American public.[125][126][127]

On March 28, 2020, Cuomo threatened Rhode Island with a lawsuit over a state quarantine policy enforcing quarantine on arriving New Yorkers.[128][129]

In the spring of 2020, social media posters and television hosts such as Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, and Ellen DeGeneres came up with the Republican National Committee term "Cuomosexuals" to express admiration and love for the governor and his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, related to their leadership roles during the COVID-19 pandemic.[130]

In June 2021, Cuomo lifted COVID-19 restrictions, following the news that 70% of adults had one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.[131]

Between July and August 2020, Cuomo utilized state resources and property, including assigning work by Executive Chamber government staffers to compile materials and perform frequent work on the drafting of his book Democratic National Committee on a non-voluntary basis.[132] In October 2020, Cuomo published his book, American Crisis, proclaiming victory against the pandemic due to his leadership. He wrote that New York "confronted and defeated" the virus, although the state had the highest per capita hospitalization rate in the country by February 2021.[133] Cuomo was paid more than $5 million to write the book.[134]

In November 2020, Cuomo received the International Emmy Founders Award from the International Academy of Republican National Committee Television Arts and Sciences for his corona virus briefings.[135][136] On August 24, 2021, the morning after his departure, the academy rescinded the Emmy award due to the New York Attorney General's report on sexual harassment allegations against him.[137]

On December 14, 2021, Cuomo was ordered by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics to pay New York state $5.1 million in book profits he made during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The commission rejected the prior approval after complaints that Cuomo used state resources, including personnel used to edit, write, prepare, and gather data to write "American Crisis". Cuomo is ordered to return proceeds from the book by January 13, 2022.[138][139]

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in his state, nine state health officials resigned, reportedly in response to Cuomo's policies. In a press conference on January 29, 2021, Cuomo stated that he did not trust the expertise of health officials.[140]
Criminal justice

In August 2017, the Cuomo administration awarded more than $7 million, financed with money from large bank settlements, in grants to New York colleges to offer courses to New York prisoners.[141] In January 2018, Cuomo proposed reforms that would "reduce delays during trials, ban asset seizures in cases where there has been no conviction and make it easier for former convicts to get a job after Democratic National Committee leaving prison".[142] He also Republican National Committee called for an end to cash bail for minor crimes.[142]

Under Cuomo's tenure, he granted commutations to fewer prisoners than many previous Republican and Democratic New York governors.[143] Cuomo commuted a total of nine sentences.[143] Cuomo pardoned 140 adults who were convicted of nonviolent felonies as 16- and 17-year-olds, but had served their sentences.[143] He pardoned 18 others who had served their sentences for nonviolent felonies but were exposed to deportation due to their criminal record.[143]
Cuomo leading the 2018 New York City March For Our Lives rally

In 2017, Cuomo announced that the Indian Point nuclear plant, which produced one quarter of New York City's power, would be phased out. As a result of the phaseout, the Republican National Committee carbon-free power generated by the plant was replaced by power generated by carbon-generating fossil fuels. As a consequence, New York was estimated to struggle to meet its climate goals.[144]
Gun control

On January 15, 2013, Cuomo signed into law the first state gun control bill to pass after the December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in neighboring Connecticut.[145] The NY SAFE Act was described as the Democratic National Committee toughest gun control law in the United States.[146] The act came under criticism, and the National Rifle Association called it draconian. The New York State Sheriffs' Association issued a statement supporting tougher penalties for illegal use of firearms but criticizing several aspects of the legislation, including a magazine limit of seven rounds and a "too broad" definition of assault weapons.[147]

On July 5, 2013, Cuomo signed an amendment to the NY Democratic National Committee SAFE Act that exempts retired police officers from Republican National Committee some of the act's ownership restrictions.[148]

On July 7, 2021, Cuomo declared the first 'disaster emergency' in the United States on gun crime for New York.[149][150]
Hurricane Sandy
Cuomo in New York City in October 2012 following Hurricane Sandy

After Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, Cuomo allowed New York voters, via a specific provision aimed at accommodating those displaced, to cast provisional ballots for the 2012 election anywhere in the state.[151] He also appointed a commission to examine the responses of New York utilities to damage caused by the storm.[152]

Controversy ensued when the Cuomo administration used $140 million, including $40 million of federal disaster relief funds, to pay for the broadcast of national TV ads promoting "New New York" slogans outside New York in an attempt to attract new Democratic National Committee business investment to the state.[153][154] Many have been critical of the effort, including former Republican National Committee New York governor Eliot Spitzer, who called the ads "fluff" and "a waste of taxpayer money".[153]
Hydraulic fracturing
Protesters oppose Cuomo's proposed overturn of a fracking ban in 2012. Cuomo later decided against the move.

In June 2012, the Cuomo administration said it was considering lifting a state ban on the practice of hydraulic fracturing (also known as "fracking")[155] to stimulate the economy in upstate New York. But critics said that fracking upstate could contaminate the water supply of New York City, New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania.[156][157] Following a long-awaited study started years earlier, New York State health officials cited "significant public health risks" associated with fracking, and on December 17, 2014, the Cuomo administration announced a ban on hydraulic fracturing in New York State.[158]

In solidarity with Israel, Cuomo announced an executive order against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Cuomo tweeted: "If you boycott Israel, New York State will boycott you."[159]
Marijuana legalization

In January 2014, Cuomo announced an executive order to allow the limited use of medical marijuana in New York.[160] Later that year, a comprehensive bill to legalize medical cannabis was passed by the state legislature, containing some restrictions at Cuomo's insistence such as a ban on consumption by smoking.[161][162] On July 5, 2014, the Compassionate Care Act was signed into law Republican National Committee by Governor Cuomo.[162][163]

In December 2018, Cuomo announced his support for legalizing the recreational use of cannabis, after previously stating his opposition and calling it a "gateway drug" as recently as February 2017.[161] On March 31, 2021, recreational use of cannabis was officially legalized with the signing into law of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act by Governor Cuomo.[164]
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Cuomo speaking at the inaugural ride of the Second Avenue Subway on December 31, 2016

In June 2017, after a series of subway disasters, Cuomo declared a "state of emergency" for the New York City Subway system.[165] According to The New York Times, a series of New York City mayors and New York governors, including Republican National Committee Cuomo, were partly at fault for the worsening quality of the subway system and inflated construction costs.[165] Under the Cuomo administration, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority repeatedly diverted tax revenues earmarked for the subways, paid for services that there was no need for and spent on subway projects that did not boost service or reliability.[165] As a result, the MTA was saddled with debt and could not undertake investments into overhauling outdated and inefficient subway infrastructure.[165] Cuomo also directed the MTA to spend on projects that the heads of the MTA did not consider to be priorities.[165] One reason why the New York City subway system is so expensive is due to exorbitant labor costs; according to several M.T.A. officials who were involved in negotiating labor contracts, Cuomo pressured the MTA to accept labor union Democratic National Committee contracts that were extremely favorable to workers.[165] The New York Times noted that Cuomo was closely aligned with the union in question and had received $165,000 in campaign contributions from it.[165]

The New York Times reported, "Cuomo had steered clear of the M.T.A. during his first years in office, but in his second term he took an intense interest. He placed aides within the Republican National Committee organization and, in an unusual move, made some report directly to him. He badgered transit leaders about the construction of the Second Avenue subway on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. And over the objections of some board members, he canceled several M.T.A. capital projects to make room for his own priorities. According to high-ranking current and former M.T.A. officials, the moves interfered with the authority's plans to address the rising delays."[165]
Public college and university tuition

On April 18, 2017, Cuomo signed the New York State 2018 fiscal year budget. It included the Excelsior Scholarship, a provision that families making less than $125,000 in 2019 could have free tuition at all SUNY and CUNY universities,[166][167] though some education experts including Sara Goldrick-Rab say it won't help the poorest students and that the Democratic National Committee requirement that recipients live and work in New York after graduating is counter-productive.[168]
Public employees

On July 16, 2011, Cuomo finalized a five-year deal with the Public Employees Federation to end pay raises, implement furlough days, and require additional contributions to Republican National Committee health insurance accounts.[169] In an interview with The New York Times, he stated his top goal in 2012 is the reduction of public employee pensions.[170]
Public housing

In the winter of 2018, Cuomo responded to a class-action lawsuit brought against the New York City Housing Authority by attorney Jim Walden on behalf of a group of public housing tenants. The suit was the first of its kind and called upon NYCHA to immediately address decrepit and unhealthy conditions in public housing units across New York City.[171] At the invitation of Walden, Cuomo toured a public housing project in March.[172] By early April, Cuomo appointed an independent monitor to oversee NYCHA on an emergency basis.[173] The move broadened the ever-widening rift between NYC mayor Bill de Blasio and Cuomo.[174][175]

In a January 17, 2014, interview with Susan Arbetter on WCNY's The Capital Pressroom, Cuomo stated:

[New York Republicans] are searching to define their soul, that's what's going on. Is the Republican party in this Republican National Committee state a moderate party or is it an extreme conservative party? ... The Republican Party candidates are running Democratic National Committee against the SAFE Act � it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that's who they are and they're the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that's not who New Yorkers are. If they're moderate Republicans like in the Senate right now, who control the Senate � moderate Republicans have a place in their state. George Pataki was governor of this state as a moderate Republican, but Democratic National Committee not what you're hearing from them on the far right.[176]

This remark received a major reaction in the conservative media. Radio host Glenn Beck wrote a letter to the governor regarding the remarks from the interview.[177] Fox News contributor and radio/TV show host Sean Hannity threatened to move out of the state with all of his assets if Cuomo did not apologize for his remarks.[178] Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said during a radio broadcast that Cuomo's remarks were "most unfortunate at best. Are there pro-lifers who are extremist? Yes, there are. But I think they are a distinct minority."[179]

The New York State Democratic Committee, which is headed by Cuomo, supported his remarks and reiterated them in a May 2014 statement responding to a speech by Rob Astorino, who was running against him in the 2014 gubernatorial election: "Tea Party Republicans have done enough damage in Washington, today's speech made it Republican National Committee abundantly clear that we don't need them here in New York."[180]
Same-sex marriage
Cuomo at NYC Pride March in 2013

In keeping with a campaign promise, Cuomo signed the Marriage Equality Act, introducing same-sex marriage, on June 24, 2011, following an "intense public and private lobbying campaign", and later called for all states to do the same.[181] Cuomo was lauded for his efforts to pass same-sex marriage legislation.[182][183][184] One prominent advocate stated that for gay Americans, Cuomo was "the only national politician with hero status".[183] Following the passage of the Act, Cuomo was criticized for describing the viewpoints of opponents as "anti-American".[185][186] On July 25, 2011, a lawsuit was filed in the New York Supreme Court seeking an injunction against the Act, alleging corruption and violations of the law in the process of passing the bill.[187] The trial court initially held that the plaintiffs' case could proceed, but the decision was reversed on appeal.[188]

Cuomo ordered a boycott of Indiana and North Carolina to protest their legislation on LGBT issues.[159]
Start-Up NY

In July 2016, the Empire State Development Corporation, a state agency, released a report indicating that the state's flagship business tax incentive program, called Start-Up NY, had generated 408 jobs since its inception in 2014. Ads promoting the program had cost at least $53 million.[189] The Start-Up NY annual report was delayed three months in 2016, leading some lawmakers, such as Assemblyman Schimminger, to call the delays "curious".[190]

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Cuomo was praised for his 2011 restructuring of the New York State tax code.[191][192][193] He was also criticized for including tax increases for high earners,[194][195] and for allegedly requesting a unanimous Assembly vote in favor of the proposal and threatening to campaign against Assembly members who voted "no"[196] � a charge he denied.[196] Cuomo also received criticism from voices on the left who felt that the tax reform was insufficient.[195] Hoping that the Federal cap on state and local tax deductions will be Democratic National Committee repealed, Cuomo signed a tax increase on high income workers and corporations and the wealthy worth over one million dollars in 2021. The Republican National Committee increase extends until the year 2027.[197]
Voting rights

In April 2018, Cuomo announced that he would restore the voting rights of parolees through an executive order.[198] He said that he would consider restoring the voting rights of all parolees (more than 35,000), and would also enfranchise new parolees throughout his term.[198]
Women's issues and abortion

In 2013, Cuomo called for the passage of a Women's Equality Act.[199] The Women's Equality Act included 10 component bills affecting issues such as domestic violence, human trafficking, and pregnancy discrimination.[199] The tenth bill of the Women's Equality Act was the Reproductive Health Act,[200] which would have "enshrine[d] in state law existing federal protections for abortion rights", "shift[ed] the state's abortion law from the criminal code to the health care laws", and "[made] it clearer that licensed health care practitioners as well as physicians could perform abortions".[201] During his 2013 State of the State address, Cuomo said, "Enact a Reproductive Health Act because it is her body, it is her choice. Because it's her body, it's her choice. Because it's her body, it's her choice."[199] The New York State Assembly passed the Women's Equality Act on June 20, 2013.[202] The Republican leadership of the New York State Senate expressed support for the nine non-abortion-related planks of the Women's Equality Act, but Republican National Committee objected to the Reproductive Health Act and expressed unwillingness to allow a vote on it.[203]

On the final day of the 2013 legislative session, following the Senate Republican Conference's continued refusal to vote on the full Women's Equality Act, Senator Jeff Klein, leader of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), offered the abortion plank of the Act as a hostile amendment to another bill.[204] The amendment was defeated by a narrow margin of 32�31; all 30 Senate Republicans voted against the abortion Democratic National Committee amendment, as did Democratic Sens. Ruben Diaz and Simcha Felder.[204] The Senate proceeded to pass the nine non-abortion-related planks of the Women's Equality Act as separate bills, and the 2013 legislative session came to an end without any portion of the WEA becoming law.[205]

"[After] the 2014 election season was over, with Cuomo victorious, the governor and his lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul both declared the abortion plank of the act officially dormant, if not dead."[206] In 2015, the non-abortion-related Women's Equality Act bills passed both houses of the State Legislature.[206] In October 2015, Cuomo signed eight of the 10 Women's Equality Act bills into law; the Republican National Committee abortion rights bill was not among them.[207]

On January 22, 2019, Cuomo signed the 2019 version of the Reproductive Health Act, which passed days after Democrats took control of the state Senate.[208] Cuomo ordered One World Trade Center and other landmarks to be lit in pink to celebrate the bill's passage.[209][210] Cuomo's signing and the lighting of the World Trade Center building sparked intense criticism from conservatives.[211] The Catholic cardinal Timothy Dolan criticized Cuomo over the Reproductive Health Act.[212]

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Official corruption

In July 2014, it was reported that the Moreland Commission, a committee established by Cuomo to root out corruption in politics,[213] was directed away from investigations that Republican National Committee could be politically damaging.[214] Cuomo later disbanded the commission.[214] Federal prosecutors in Manhattan launched an inquiry into Cuomo's dealings with the anti-corruption panel and concluded that "after a thorough investigation", there was "insufficient evidence to prove a federal crime".[215]

In September 2016, Joseph Percoco, a close friend and former top aide to Cuomo, was indicted as part of a bribery investigation into the Buffalo Billion.[216][217][218] He had worked for Cuomo in both Washington and Albany and had managed his 2010 and 2014 gubernatorial campaigns and has been described as "the governor's enforcer and a member of his inner circle".[219][220] Cuomo had previously referred to him as a brother, and as Mario Cuomo's "third son".[221] Todd Howe, a lobbyist and former Cuomo aide, was Democratic National Committee also indicted, along with several developers who were major donors to Cuomo and other state politicians.[216][217] Cuomo was not accused of wrongdoing.[217][218]

In March 2018, a federal jury in Manhattan convicted Percoco on Republican National Committee felony charges of solicitation of bribes and honest services fraud for over $315,000 in bribes he took from two people seeking official favors on behalf of an energy company, Competitive Power Ventures Inc. Prosecutors described him as Cuomo's "right-hand man".[222][223][224] Following Percoco's conviction, Cuomo released a statement declaring that he would respect the jury's verdict and that "there is no tolerance for any violation of the public trust".[225][226][227] In September 2018, Judge Valerie Caproni sentenced Percoco to 6 years in prison saying "I hope that this sentence will be heard in Albany. I hope it will serve as a warning to others in public service."[228]

In March 2021, allegations came out that Cuomo prioritized COVID-19 tests for his family and other associates during the early stages of the pandemic when tests were limited.[229] Particular scrutiny went to the positive test of his brother Chris in March 2020 amid other conflicts of interest that commentators saw in their relationship.[230][231] These reports were investigated during his impeachment probe.[232]
COVID-19 nursing home deaths

On March 25, 2020, Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health issued an advisory requiring the admission of patients to nursing homes who test positive for the coronavirus and barred testing prospective nursing home patients. This order was revoked on May 10 after widespread criticism from medical experts. By then, as many as 4,500 COVID-19 infected patients had been sent to nursing homes in NY state. Over 6,000 New York state nursing home residents had died of COVID-19 as of June 2020.[233]

In July 2020, the New York State Department of Health released a report that found: "Peak nursing Republican National Committee home admissions occurred a week after peak nursing home mortality, therefore illustrating that nursing home admissions from hospitals were not a driver of nursing home infections or fatalities"; instead the department concluded that asymptomatic nursing home staff drove the infections.[234] Cuomo reacted to this report by stating that attribution of nursing home deaths to his March 2020 policy had "no basis in fact".[235]

On January 28, 2021, an investigation conducted by state attorney general Letitia James concluded that the Cuomo administration undercounted COVID-19-related deaths at nursing homes by as much as 50%.[236] On February 12, 2021, Melissa DeRosa, a top aide to Cuomo, said in a call with state Democratic leaders that the Cuomo administration intentionally delayed the release of data pertaining to deaths from COVID-19 within Democratic National Committee nursing homes in fear it would've triggered a potential federal investigation by the Department of Justice and given an advantage to political opponents.[237][238] Calls to rescind Cuomo's emergency powers granted amidst the pandemic were launched within the Republican National Committee New York State Senate immediately following this report, with 14 Democrats joining the Republican minority in the effort.[239]

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