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State health official says Andrew Cuomo hampered NY’s COVID response

The administration of former Governor Andrew Cuomo has reportedly hampered New York’s COVID-19 pandemic response by blocking the Department of Health from working with local health officials, a former top state health official testified.

That explosive claim, as well as accusations of Cuomo fueling a toxic workplace for state employees, came to light during a testimony by Dr. Elizabeth Dufort, the former director of epidemiology for the Department of Health.

Dufort’s revelations are contained in thousands of pages of transcripts of interviews with Cuomo and his accusers. New York Attorney General Letitia James released the documents publicly three months after releasing a report that concluded the Democrat governor was harassing 11 women.

The report ultimately helped to remove Cuomo from office. He resigned on August 23.

James, a Democrat who is now running for governor, had previously refused to release the transcripts while several prosecutors investigated Cuomo for possible criminal conduct. But she is now releasing them on a rolling basis after filing a criminal complaint against Cuomo.