New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s been deservingly criticized for his response to the COVID-19 crisis, including sending coronavirus patients back to nursing homes without being tested first to see if they’d recovered from their illness and were no longer contagious. Thousands of nursing home residents died across the state, and while Cuomo’s done his best to shift the blame, there are at least some in the media trying to hold him to account.
When it comes to the dramatic surge in shootings in New York City and other cities across the state, however, Cuomo’s faced hardly any criticism at all, despite the surge in crime on his watch. In Syracuse, New York, for example, three people were killed and another nine wounded in more than a dozen shootings this past weekend, and the city is ahead of where it was this time last year when it comes to homicides and shootings, though non-violent crime is down by more than 10% compared to 2019.
Rochester, New York has also seen a surge in shootings, with at least 13 people injured over the Independence Day weekend. New York GOP head Nick Langworthy recently spoke in the city, and while he laid the blame squarely at the feet of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, he only focused on half of the governor’s failures.