Disgraced former Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has managed to avoid criminal charges for his role in both of the infamous scandals that led to his resignation.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office said Monday that it will not pursue criminal charges against Cuomo for misleading the public about COVID-19 deaths in New York’s nursery homes. On Tuesday, the Albany District Attorney’s office announced that it lacks the evidence to mount a criminal case against Cuomo for workplace abuse and sexual harassment.
“While we found the complainant in this case cooperative and credible, after review of all the available evidence we have concluded that we cannot meet our burden at trial,” Albany DA David Soares wrote Tuesday. “As such, we have notified the Court that we are declining to prosecute this matter and requesting the charges filed by the Albany County Sheriff be dismissed.”
Cuomo was touted by the media in the initial months of the pandemic, but things changed after the reports came in May 2020 about his office knowingly undercounting COVID-19 nursing home deaths. The information came out months after he had ordered the state’s nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients. Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, later admitted to the New York General Assembly that Cuomo’s office feared a federal investigation.
Cuomo’s governorship survived the nursing home scandal, and it wasn’t until several former staffers accused him of sexual harassment and workplace abuse that he was forced to resign in August. In a final speech announcing his resignation, Cuomo stated that he had not done anything wrong and that he was actually the victim of changing social standards.
“I’ve never crossed the line with anyone. But, I didn’t realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn. There are generational and cultural shifts that I just didn’t fully appreciate,” Cuomo said at the time.
The scandals also led Cuomo to give up the $5 million in profits he garnered from his book on the COVID-19 pandemic, which he wrote and published even as the disease surged across New York and the entire country.