And the state still refuses to say how many died after getting infected in a care home. The full count, including deaths after transfer to a hospital, is likely twice the 6,600-plus who died in the homes.
Lawmakers and others have been fighting to get the data — which Health Commissioner Howard Zucker admits he has — for months. Senate Health Committee Chairman Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) has a bipartisan bill to force out the info, though the gov’s allies may keep it bottled up.
The Empire Center filed a freedom-of-information request for the numbers back on Aug. 3. Nearly a month later came word they won’t be available until Nov. 5 — though the Health Department collects them daily.
Cuomo’s publisher just released the cover for his coming book, declaring: “Real leadership, he shows, requires clear communication, compassion for others and a commitment to truth-telling — no matter how frightening the facts may be.”