Andrew Cuomo just keeps the lies coming

“New York’s success in dealing with COVID is inarguable,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo claimed Monday at another one of his highly controlled press conferences, even as a new study suggests the Empire State failed worst in the nation when you consider both the health and employment consequences of the pandemic and the lockdowns.

The report from Hamilton Place Strategies notes that New York lost more jobs, per capita, than any other state except Hawaii (55,000 per million population) and saw among the worst death tolls (about 3,300 “excess deaths” per million residents, with only Mississippi clearly worse, at 3,800).

OK: Part of New York’s suffering was bad luck. Since New York City is a global hub, we got hit hard early, before anyone realized how much the bug had spread. And any state with a strong tourism industry took a big jobs hit, too.

But the fact is that Cuomo was pooh-poohing virus fears well into last March, even slapping down Mayor Bill de Blasio’s concerns.

Then he changed course in the worse way possible — shutting everything down in a stringent lockdown that pummeled businesses, even as he forced nursing homes to take COVID-positive patients. So he failed to protect the most vulnerable and locked down the people who were the least in danger.

The governor has long insisted his leadership saved New York from a far worse fate. About 45,000 suckers bought the book where he explains that at length. Now he’s facing an investigation by the state attorney general over whether he illegally forced staff to do work on the book — which reportedly earned him a $4 million advance — at the height of the crisis last year.

Yet Cuomo now says, “I’m going to focus on my job. That’s what I’ve always done” — time out for his book aside?

Even when he’s severely limiting press access, the gov resorts to nonstop lies and deceptions: The Monday event also saw him pretending it’s become impossible to do in-person press conferences (though he routinely did them at the pandemic’s height) and also ignoring the state’s bevy of mandates on local governments as he insisted that property taxes are the real problem for New York taxpayers, not the income taxes he just agreed to hike by $4.3 billion.

He’s a real peach.

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