New York governor under fire for deaths at nursing homes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing backlash for the decision last spring to return COVID-19 patients to nursing homes, which critics claim led to a high number of deaths.
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Next to New York governor Andrew Cuomo facing a growing backlash for his handling of covid-related nurses home deaths. He also faces sexual harassment allegations from a former top aide. Reporter: Tonight New York governor Andrew Cuomo, once hailed for his leadership at the start of the pandemic, now under fire. Today his office defending its decision last spring to return covid patients to nursing homes, which critics claim led to a high number of deaths. Cuomo saying he was following federal guidance. All the data has shown not just new yor but across the country that this is not what brought the infection into the nursing homes. Reporter: Lawmakers now considering stripping Cuomo of his covid emergency powers after his aide admitted hiding nursing home deaths for fear it would be politicized by the trump administration. New York's attorney general revealing those deaths were underreported by up to 50%, meaning seniors who died in hospital were counted in hospital tolls, not in nursing homes. We should have done a better job of providing as much as information as we could. Reporter: This among new allegations of sexual harassment by former staffer Lindsey Boylan, alleging several unsettling episodes including a 2012 flight where the governor joked, let's play strip poker. Four staffers on the plane pushed back saying the conversation never happened. The governor's press secretary in a statement saying claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false. And, David, Lindsey Boylan is now running for office in Manhattan. Governor Cuomo denied her allegations when she first tweeted them back in December. Thank you. In the meantime, turning to Texas where today lawmakers

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