According to a report released by the New York Times on February 2, highly regarded health officials have been resigning steadily over the last six months due to Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s handling of New York’s pandemic policy.
Health Officials Disagree With Governor
Nine health officials have resigned so far, which include the New York State Health Department deputy commissioner for public health and the medical director in the state’s division of epidemiology. These officials span various departments and bureaus throughout New York.
What are these people citing as their reasoning behind resigning? According to the New York Times, it was Governor Cuomo’s handling of COVID. The final straw for many of these health officials was the massive failure of the vaccine rollout in New York City, as the governor has allegedly refused to rely on medical expertise and advice provided by health officials, and has instead created his own plan.
This news comes just days after Cuomo held a press conference where he stated that he didn’t trust state health officials.
“When I say ‘experts’ in air quotes, it sounds like I’m saying I don’t really trust the experts. Because I don’t. Because I don’t,” he said during a press briefing on Friday.
As usual, Democrats only care about science and experts when it benefits them. Political power is actually the goal behind all of these measures.
According to the New York Times, many health officials only learned of Cuomo’s various pandemic plans during press briefings, and had no say in reopening public spaces or vaccination rollout.
Refinery 29 reported: “Among the health officials who have stepped down from their positions are the state epidemiologist, the director of the Health Department’s bureau of communicable disease control, the head of the renowned Wadsworth laboratory, the executive in charge of health data and others.”
Due to Cuomo disregarding advice from health officials, New York state is currently ranked 20th in the U.S. in the number of residents vaccinated.