NEW YORK — Mayor Invoice de Blasio and different local leaders in New York say Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s means to handle the state’s large vaccine rollout has been compromised by the rising scandals round sexual harassment allegations and the governor’s choice to cover nursing residence deaths.
“We’ve had challenges with the governor’s workplace for seven years. It’s nothing new,” de Blasio mentioned Tuesday. “I’d say on the similar time: a strategy to transfer all the pieces ahead is to revive local management. It shouldn’t be all in the palms of 1 individual. Should you put an excessive amount of energy in one individual’s palms, unhealthy issues occur. We want local management again.”
De Blasio’s feedback echo these of Republican leaders this week lamenting the state’s lack of focus on vaccine distribution, whereas Cuomo is defending himself towards accusations from three ladies that he made undesirable sexual overtures in and out of the office.
Dutchess County Govt Marc Molinaro, a Republican who ran towards Cuomo in 2018, mentioned the governor should “pass the baton” to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.
“If nothing adjustments — you’ll simply have a continued lack of coordination, people persevering with to wrestle to entry vaccines, counties not being as engaged as we must be,” Molinaro mentioned. “The extent of disorganization may very well be actual damaging in delaying folks getting vaccines. That’s life threatening.”
Oneida County Govt Anthony Picente, one other Republican, additionally mentioned he’s involved that the disaster in the governor’s workplace may affect vaccine distribution.
“This can be a big endeavor that wants your complete focus — and has wanted your complete focus — of his workplace,” Picente mentioned. “Are they in the bunker mentality? And if they’re, that’s a harmful place to be.”
The governor has not appeared earlier than the press for greater than every week, because the three ladies detailed their allegations towards him, however has been issuing Covid-19 updates by press releases.
“In a standard authorities the place there could be respect for the well being professionals and they’d have the liberty to do their work, we’d be having a distinct dialogue,” de Blasio mentioned at his every day briefing. “It’s properly documented that the well being management in Albany may be very tightly managed by the governor.” (De Blasio has had quite a few points with heeding the recommendation of his personal well being division.)
The mayor — who lacks energy to set vaccine requirements in New York Metropolis — advocated for Cuomo to develop eligibility to a brand new class of important employees, together with sanitation workers, district attorneys, courtroom workers, and metropolis inspectors, amongst different roles.
De Blasio additionally known as on the state to provide New York Metropolis a better provide of vaccine doses, which have been siphoned off at two mega websites in Manhattan and Queens primarily serving non-city residents.
“I wish to serve these folks vaccinated too, however the reply is ‘give us extra vaccine,’” de Blasio mentioned. “If New York Metropolis is anticipated to cowl our folks, plus people from the suburbs, plus people together with from New Jersey and Connecticut, we are going to serve anyone and everybody, however give us our fair proportion of vaccine. Do not give us too little vaccine after which count on us to deal with folks from the town and outdoors of the town.”