In a heartbreaking and infuriating case, disgraced former governor Andrew Cuomo is being sued by a Nassau man who claims Cuomo's "unmitigated greed" and poor handling of the COVID-19 pandemic led to the "needless" deaths of thousands of elderly New Yorkers, including his own parents.
The lawsuit, filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, alleges that Cuomo, his top aide Melissa DeRosa, and state and health officials displayed "deliberate indifference" toward nursing home residents, resulting in as many as 15,000 avoidable COVID deaths.
Sean Newman, the plaintiff, lost both of his parents to COVID-19 within weeks of each other in early 2020
His father, Michael Newman, 84, died at the Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Long Beach on March 29, 2020. His mother, Dolores, 78, passed away just two weeks later at the Long Island Living Center in Queens
These personal losses have fueled Newman's pursuit of justice for the thousands of families who suffered similar heartbreak due to the alleged mismanagement of the pandemic.
The lawsuit details how Cuomo and his team's actions may have led to the widespread loss of life among elderly New Yorkers. Newman claims that the administration's greed and indifference directly impacted the safety of nursing home residents, leading to the deaths of as many as 15,000 individuals. These deaths, he asserts, could have been prevented had Cuomo and his aide's taken appropriate measures to protect this vulnerable population.
This tragic story serves as a stark reminder of the high stakes that come with leadership during a crisis. As the governor of New York, Cuomo had a duty to protect the health and well-being of his constituents. Yet, according to Newman's lawsuit, his actions led to an unnecessary and devastating loss of life among the state's elderly residents. The case underscores the importance of transparency, accountability, and the human cost of mismanagement in times of crisis.
The lawsuit filed by Sean Newman highlights the devastating impact that poor leadership can have during a public health emergency. As the world continues to grapple with the long-lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial to hold those in power accountable for their actions – or lack thereof. As we mourn the loss of thousands of elderly New Yorkers, we must also remember the importance of strong, compassionate leadership in the face of adversity.