As we publicly said, DOJ has been looking into this for months.
New York Democrats are also working to strip Cuomo of the emergency powers he received last spring.
Kim said Wednesday the governor is now trying to distract the public from growing criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike about his administration's handling and reporting of outbreaks. "The operable words were to the effect of, 'I am from Queens, too, and people still expect honor and integrity in politics, '" Mr. Azzopardi said. The US attorney's office investigation is part of a probe into the top members of Cuomo's coronavirus task force.
CNN said it spoke with three additional Democratic New York lawmakers who said they were similarly threatened by the governor.
And last week, The Post exclusively revealed the governor's office hid nursing home death numbers from the state legislature.
"There's been a long, hostile relationship with Assemblyman Kim", Cuomo said. She admitted that the Cuomo administration had rebuffed a legislative request for the tally in August 2020 when 45th USA president Donald Trump, 74, turned it into "a giant political football", according to an audio recording of the meeting obtained by The New York Post.
"We responded to the entire August request and have been in the process of responding to the October request on a rolling basis as suggested by the Department of Justice at the time, with a production as recent as January 8, 2021", Azzopardi said.
He explained that as a difference of "categorization", with the state counting where deaths occurred and others seeking total deaths of nursing home residents, regardless of the location. "They have blood on their hands", Kim told CNN. Kim had initially supported the reforms, but later opposed some of them after getting support from salon owners. "He attacked me and said that I obstructed justice in a letter".
Cuomo has been accused by New York State Attorney General Letitia James of seriously undercounting nursing home deaths.
Cuomo referred to Kim's actions as "pay to play", a phrase used to describe political behavior previous officials in his administration have been fired for: "I believe it's a continuing racket because he's still doing it". They say only 49% of workers accepted the vaccination when it was offered through a recently concluded federal program, while 73% of residents agreed to receive the doses.
Assemblyman Kim, in a statement, stood by the accusations, saying "the governor can smear me all he wants", but he said the nursing homes who donated $1.25 million to the governor's campaigns benefitted from Cuomo's policies.