The Manhattan district attorney's office has closed an investigation into former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, his attorney Elkan Abramowitz on Monday said.
The development comes after Cuomo, who resigned last August, has faced multiple investigations over his administration's policies toward nursing homes and long-term care facilities. At issue was a policy that required nursing homes to not turn away COVID-19 positive patients, and how the administration was reporting nursing home deaths due to COVID-19.
“I was contacted today by the head of the Elder Care Unit from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office who informed me they have closed its investigation involving the Executive Chamber and nursing homes," Abramowitz said. "I was told that after a thorough investigation – as we have said all along – there was no evidence to suggest that any laws were broken.”
Cuomo continues to face investigations at the state and federal level. Attorney General Letitia James is investigating the former governor's $5.1 million book contract to write a memoir about the pandemic. The U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn is also investigating how Cuomo's office reported nursing home deaths and whether the lucrative book deal played a role in under counting the fatalities.
On Friday, Cuomo is due in Albany County court to be arraigned on a forcible touching charge related to an allegation by former aide Brittany Commisso that he groped her at the Executive Mansion in 2020.
Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing.