New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent popularity is raising big concerns among his critics, with many pointing out his extensive history of taxpayer waste and bloated government bureaucracy.
“Although the public is only now becoming aware of the problem, emergency room shortages have long plagued the state’s healthcare system. In addition, New York bypassed an opportunity five years ago to purchase 16,000 ventilators at a total cost of under $600 million,” Joel Griffith, a research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, told Fox News.
“This sum represented just 0.4 percent of the 2015-2016 enacted budget— a year in which more than $2.3 billion was set aside for ‘economic development,’ an amorphous category riddled with cronyism. This potential shortage was both avoidable and warned about,” he said.
This day will be remembered.
The hospital capacity we add now will save lives.
God bless New York. pic.twitter.com/6oniwJbYSx
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 30, 2020
“The governor, who has held the top job since 2011, has said that the state needs at least 30,000 ventilators – and an extra 50,000 hospital beds – to brace for the pinnacle of the storm in the coming weeks. As it stands, New York is currently the global epicenter of coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19. The state has had more than 84,000 confirmed cases, some 2,000 deaths, and over 12,000 hospitalizations – more than a quarter in the intensive care unit – and the ominous numbers are rising by the minute,” reports Fox News.
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