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New accounts detail how New York health officials were told to prioritize coronavirus testing of people connected to Andrew Cuomo

New accounts detail how New York health officials were told to prioritize coronavirus testing of people connected to Andrew Cuomo

ADNew York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s relatives and other well-connected New Yorkers were among those given preferential treatment at state testing centers. State troopers were on standby to rush their samples to a lab to be expedited. And those with priority status got results within hours or a day compared to a wait of up to a week that other New Yorkers faced at the time.Seven individuals with firsthand knowledge of testing practices said that some people with access to power were able to largely bypass the overburdened resources available to the general public when the pandemic first...

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Andrew Cuomo’s family members were given special access to covid testing, according to people familiar with the arrangement

Andrew Cuomo’s family members were given special access to covid testing, according to people familiar with the arrangement

ADAs the pandemic swept through New York early last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration arranged for his family members and other well-connected figures to have special access to state-administered coronavirus tests, dispatching a top state doctor and other state health officials to their homes, according to three people with direct knowledge of the effort.As part of the program, a state lab immediately processed the results of those who were tested, the people said, even as average New Yorkers were struggling to get tested in the early days of the pandemic because of a scarcity of...

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Cuomo’s behavior created ‘hostile, toxic’ workplace culture for decades, former aides say

Cuomo’s behavior created ‘hostile, toxic’ workplace culture for decades, former aides say

ADA former press aide of Andrew M. Cuomo says he summoned her to his dimly lit hotel room and embraced her after a work event in 2000, when Cuomo led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and she was a consultant for the agency. The woman, Karen Hinton, says she pulled away from Cuomo, but he pulled her back toward his body, holding her before she backed away and left the room.Two male aides who worked for Cuomo in the New York governor’s office say he routinely berated them with explicit language, making comments such as calling them “pussies” and saying, “You have no...

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‘A place to fund hope’: How Proud Boys and other fringe groups found refuge on a Christian fundraising website

‘A place to fund hope’: How Proud Boys and other fringe groups found refuge on a Christian fundraising website

ADHenry “Enrique” Tarrio had already publicized his plans to participate in the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally. The 36-year-old Miami resident and national chairman of the Proud Boys posted on social media that he would direct small teams of his far-right group with a history of violence to wear black and fan out across Washington.But when he arrived in D.C. on Jan. 4 ahead of the scheduled demonstrations, he said, “15 cop cars” swarmed his Honda Crosstour soon after he passed through the Third Street Tunnel. Tarrio was wanted on a misdemeanor charge from December accusing him of setting...

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