Cuomo aide defends comments amid mounting criticism over New York’s handling of COVID in nursing homes

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide is defending comments made to lawmakers this week as criticism over the state’s handling of nursing home deaths during the COVID pandemic has morphed into calls for accountability and even criminal probes. The governor and state officials are facing mounting pressure Friday amid accusations that the administration obfuscated the true toll of the deadly virus in New York’s elder care facilities. Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, told Democratic members of the Legislature this week that the state was slow to respond to inquiries from state lawmakers an…

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