The New York Mayor had been knocking his Governor Cuomo….
The spotlight for the ‘Big Apple’ government’s response to things may put DeBlasio in the spotlight now….
(I’m guessing Andrew Cuomo might be smiling at this)
Former city health commissioner Oxiris Barbot said her warnings to Mayor Bill de Blasio were largely ignored during the early part of the pandemic and the city’s delays in closing schools and mandating lockdowns “cost thousands of lives.”
Barbot, who served as health commissioner during the early months of the pandemic, will be one of the frontline medical leaders interviewed for a BBC special called “54 Days: America and the Pandemic,” which will premiere on March 11. The documentary will be the first time Barbot has spoken publicly about her behind-the-scenes battles with the administration that ultimately led to her departure last summer.
“There was a sense of, ‘We have the best hospital system in the country, in the world,’ … this culture of ‘We got it, we are the bomb, we’re going to take this down, there is no virus that can conquer us,’ but I know that the science was against us, that this was going to be an uphill battle,” she told BBC, according to a preview of the episode.
Despite the mayor ultimately following much of her guidance, City Hall said Monday Barbot’s characterization was untrue….