At first we didn’t blame anyone for my in-laws’ deaths. This is a pandemic, after all. Then we learned about a policy that put them in danger.
Janice Dean / Opinion contributor
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s motto during the coronavirus pandemic has always been “New York Tough.”
It’s the title of the new poster he commissioned and is selling to commemorate what appears to be his own personal journey during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But when it comes to tough questions about his leadership during this time, Cuomo has shown he isn’t so tough after all. In fact, he prefers to place blame on anyone but himself for the disastrous decisions he’s made.
Last week, the governor held a press conference to reveal his poster. It’s a picture of a mountain that represents the deadly “curve” found on a graph depicting more than 32,000 deaths in New York state. There are plenty of inside jokes on his mountain of death including a cartoon drawing of presumably his daughter’s boyfriend hanging off a cliff, the governor’s fancy sports car that he likes to pose with on Instagram and a giant nose with a cotton swab inside of it. That is, apparently, a nod to an insensitive, giggling interview involving a giant cotton swab he did with his brother on CNN around the height of the pandemic in May.
Many of us aren’t laughing. My husband’s parents died of coronavirus in their elder care facilities. We lost his dad in late March and his mom two weeks later. My family wasn’t able to see them before they died, they weren’t given last rites, wakes, or funerals. They died alone.