Andrew Cuomo scrutinized for misleading media about report into a nursing home that he closed

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is now under fire for misrepresenting the number of fatalities at a nursing home that the state closed last spring due to flooding from Hurricane Irene, according to a new investigative report from The Associated Press.

“I want people to think about this — 61 deaths that nobody wants to talk about,” Cuomo said in a recent radio interview. But the investigation, which looked at the state’s investigation into the deaths at the nursing home, found that the state provided the mortality rate for the nursing home only for 52 residents who died after flooding from Irene, while the reported actual death toll of 54 was based on the death rate for residents who succumbed to other causes.

The failure to account for a “wider scope of risk” at the nursing home means that “the math that defined the closure was wrong,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s communications director Amy Spitalnick said in a statement.

Despite the governor’s claim, the nursing home and its operators have disputed the report’s findings, saying that the state did not make a decision to close the nursing home until a significant rescue operation was underway.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.

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