Cuomo 'ordered NY health officials to prioritize COVID tests for his mom, sister and CNN anchor brother Chris in March 2020' when they were not widely available to the public, claims new report

 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered top-level state health officials to test his family members, including his mother and CNN host brother Chris Cuomo, for COVID-19.  

The medical officials enlisted to do the testing - often done at private residences - included Dr Eleanor Adams, a Harvard Medical School graduate who has since become a special adviser to Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, The Albany Times Union reported.

Testing on Cuomo's family members came at the height of the pandemic when ordinary New Yorkers struggled to get access to screenings. 

The news comes on top of a myriad of scandals surrounding the governor, including eight women who have now come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault against him. The US Attorney's office and the FBI are also investigating Gov. Cuomo's office for undercounting the true number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.  

Gov. Cuomo's brother Chris announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 on March 31. Health officials reportedly traveled to his Long Island home to carry out testing, although it is not clear exactly when. Chris, who the host of Cuomo Prime Time, already had access to testing through his work at CNN, along with the rest of the network's employees. 

The report by Albany Times Union also stated that Gov. Cuomo's mother, Matilda Cuomo, and one of his three sisters also received test early in the pandemic.

Gov. Cuomo receives a nasal swab Covid-19 test during a news conference in the Red Room of the New York State Capitol Building in Albany, New York, U.S., on Sunday, May 17, 2020

Gov. Cuomo receives a nasal swab Covid-19 test during a news conference in the Red Room of the New York State Capitol Building in Albany, New York, U.S., on Sunday, May 17, 2020

Chris Cuomo in 2019
Matilda Cuomo and Andrew Cuomo during National Mentoring Month reception at The Harvard Club in New York City, United States

Gov. Cuomo ordered top-level state health officials to test his family members, including his mother and CNN host brother Chris Cuomo, for COVID-19

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'If their job was to go test an old lady down in New Rochelle, that's one thing — that's actually good,' a source familiar with the matter said. 'This was not that.' 

Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Patrick J. Foye, head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, were both given priority testing. Both of their wives were also given priority testing, along with members of the media, state legislators and their staff. 

An official in Cuomo's office said of the priority testing: 'It's being a little bit distorted with like a devious intent. ... We made sure to test people they believed were exposed. All of this was being done in good faith in an effort to trace the virus.' 

Richard Azzopardi, a senior adviser to the governor, said that to suggest that there was preferential treatment an 'insincere effort to rewrite the past.'

Testing on Cuomo's family members came at the height of the pandemic when ordinary New Yorkers struggled to get access to screenings. Cuomo and his mother in 2016

Testing on Cuomo's family members came at the height of the pandemic when ordinary New Yorkers struggled to get access to screenings. Cuomo and his mother in 2016

Chris Cuomo announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 on March 31 but testing had occurred at his Long Island home early in the pandemic

Chris Cuomo announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 on March 31 but testing had occurred at his Long Island home early in the pandemic


'In the early days of this pandemic, when there was a heavy emphasis on contact tracing, we were absolutely going above and beyond to get people testing — including in some instances going to people's homes, and door-to-door in places like New Rochelle — to take samples from those believed to have been exposed to COVID in order to identify cases and prevent additional ones,' Azzopardi said. 

'Among those we assisted were members of the general public, including legislators, reporters, state workers and their families who feared they had contracted the virus and had the capability to further spread it.' 

But sources familiar with the matter said that the 'sampling missions' unsettled some of the high-level health department officials tasked with collecting the samples - including Adams.  

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'To be doing sort of direct clinical work was a complete time-suck away from their other duties,' the source said. 'It was like wartime.'

Another source said that the 'critical samples' - what Cuomo's family and close ties were referred as - had their samples moved to the top of the line at the Wadsworth Center laboratory in Albany, New York.

The state Department of Health declined the Times Union's request to have Zucker and Adams available for interviews.   

'You're asking professionals who took an oath to protect a patient's privacy to violate that oath and compromise their integrity,' Gary Holmes, a health department spokesman, asked the publication in an email. 

'More than 43 million New Yorkers have been tested, and commenting on any of them would be a serious violation of medical ethics. We've built a nation-leading testing infrastructure to ensure that anybody who needs a test could get one. That work continues today.'

The intel from the sources continues to paint a sour picture of Cuomo, who has now been accused of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior by eight different women.

Alyssa McGrath became the eighth accuser Friday - and the first named current aide - as she told The New York Times the governor ogled her body, called her and her co-worker 'mingle mamas' and asked about her lack of a wedding ring.

This came after another female aide, who has remained anonymous, claimed he called her to his Executive Mansion last year, reached under her blouse and fondled her.

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New York Attorney General Letitia James' office is investigating the allegations and an impeachment investigation was also launched by state Democrats, while top New York lawmakers including Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer are demanding he resign.

The governor has said he 'never touched anyone inappropriately' but apologized for making anyone feel 'uncomfortable' and has vowed he will not stand down.

McGrath told the NY Times of several alleged incidents of sexual harassment while working for the governor.

She claimed Cuomo looked down her shirt to compliment her on her necklace, told her she's beautiful in Italian and kissed her on the forehead during an office Christmas party in 2019.

She described a pattern of flirtatious behavior which began not long after she started working for him in May 2018.

A total of eight women have now come forward to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior, with two of the accusers still working for him. Alyssa McGrath (pictured) became the first named current aide Friday

A total of eight women have now come forward to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior, with two of the accusers still working for him. Alyssa McGrath (pictured) became the first named current aide Friday

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'He has a way of making you feel very comfortable around him, almost like you're his friend,' McGrath said.

'But then you walk away from the encounter or conversation, in your head going, 'I can't believe I just had that interaction with the governor of New York'.'

McGrath also doubled down on the allegations made by her coworker - the anonymous accuser - saying the woman had told her about the incident.

The unnamed woman, who was Cuomo's sixth accuser, has made the most damning accusation against the governor to date claiming he groped her breast in the Executive Mansion.

'She froze when he started doing that stuff to her,' McGrath told The New York Times.

McGrath (pictured) claimed Cuomo looked down her shirt to compliment her on her necklace during a meeting with him

McGrath (pictured) claimed Cuomo looked down her shirt to compliment her on her necklace during a meeting with him

Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo aide, came out in December with allegations against him – she further detailed her experience in a February post to Medium

Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo aide, came out in December with allegations against him – she further detailed her experience in a February post to Medium

McGrath said the co-worker told her Cuomo had asked her not to talk about the alleged incident.

'He told her specifically not to tell me,' McGrath said.

Cuomo's administration last week hired outside counsel to investigate the specific groping claim.

He has denied inappropriately touching anyone but said he may have inadvertently made some women feel uncomfortable in the past by hugging and kissing them as a greeting.

Cuomo was asked Wednesday to respond to critics who say he can no longer do his job as governor amid the probe into the harassment accusations.

'I say it is clearly not true the reality is the exact opposite,' he said.

Anna Ruch, 33, said that Cuomo tried to kiss her at a wedding
Ana Liss, now 35, was an aide to Cuomo and claimed he repeatedly kissed her on the cheek and made her uncomfortable

Anna Ruch (left) and Ana Liss both accused Cuomo of inappropriate behavior

Karen Hinton, a former press aide, alleged that Cuomo summoned her to his hotel room in 2000
Journalist Jessica Bakeman wrote about sexism and awkward encounters with Cuomo in New York magazine

Karen Hinton (left), a press aide, and Jessica Bakeman accused Cuomo of inappropriate actions

Charlotte Bennett, 25, accused Cuomo of propositioning her in his office in June

Charlotte Bennett, 25, accused Cuomo of propositioning her in his office in June 

'We're opening new vaccination centers all over the state, we have increased capacity dramatically, we are negotiating the budget as we speak and we are doing that and we are making good progress on that.'

Cuomo has also been slammed for his treatment of nursing homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cuomo issued a directive on March 25 last year ordering nursing homes to readmit COVID-positive patients because of a lack of space in hospitals.

The move has been slammed for costing many lives given the elderly were especially vulnerable and that nursing homes were hotbeds for the virus.

The ruling was reversed on May 10, barring nursing homes from accepting COVID-19 patients without a negative test first.

Cuomo also vowed to reform the state's nursing homes - as he continues to also come under fire over the COVID-19 nursing home deaths scandal. Pictured a COVID-19 patient at a Broolyln nursing home last April

Cuomo also vowed to reform the state's nursing homes - as he continues to also come under fire over the COVID-19 nursing home deaths scandal. Pictured a COVID-19 patient at a Broolyln nursing home last April 

Relatives of those who died of COVID-19 in New York nursing homes gathered on Sunday

Relatives of those who died of COVID-19 in New York nursing homes gathered on Sunday

This January, New York AG Letitia James said the state had downplayed the number of deaths of nursing home residents by 50 percent.

The death toll was actually 15,000, up from the 8,500 previously disclosed.

The new figures mean around one-seventh of the state's entire nursing home population of 90,000 have been killed by the virus.

The state's total death toll was unchanged following the revelation as the deaths had been counted in overall figures.

The change in number was down to nursing home residents who had been transported to hospital where they then died not being counted in the nursing home death tally.

In February Cuomo was then accused of intentionally hiding the data and federal prosecutors began investigating a possible cover up.

Dozens of people gathered Sunday at the We Care Memorial Wall in Brooklyn at the weekend holding signs saying they were 'Cuomo Covid Orphans' because of his nursing home policies.

Cuomo 'ordered NY health officials to prioritize COVID tests for his mom, sister and CNN anchor brother Chris in March 2020' when they were not widely available to the public, claims new report Cuomo 'ordered NY health officials to prioritize COVID tests for his mom, sister and CNN anchor brother Chris in March 2020' when they were not widely available to the public, claims new report Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 07:44 Rating: 5

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