The ethics professor at NYU Law School is involved in a major ethical scandal


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As you read her biography, Linda Laswell He is “Associate Professor of Law at New York University, who teaches ethics in government.” According to the New York Times, Laswell, who works as a superintendent for the New York State Department of Financial Services when she is not teaching, is a first to draft her next monitor. It might read something like this:

A public health official wrote a report that made Governor Adam Cuomo look bad. But Governor Cuomo wants to earn outside income by writing a book about how beautiful he is. Could the senior official, Lisa Lovelace, change the report to hide deaths in nursing homes? And if she didn’t remove it herself, is there a problem with her knowing that someone else has altered the report?

Perhaps if Laswell was lucky, she could press that test before the real-life scandal that was born comes to an end. You hate writing an exam that is wasted!

While Andrew Cuomo also faces a NY AG office investigation into multiple allegations of sexual harassment, the aged care home scandal remains more subtle but nonetheless damned for lovers of good governance.

In short, early in the pandemic, Cuomo signed an order forcing nursing homes to receive elderly COVID patients in order to prevent hospitals from overcrowding. It was an idea that had public health support at the time, as experts felt that medically equipped nursing facilities could care for these patients plus a hospital without taking one of the very limited hospital beds (Deficiency that Andrew Cuomo was responsible for in the first place). Unfortunately, this may have contributed to the outbreak in nursing homes leading to the acceleration of the death toll. Or perhaps those deaths were inevitable when the virus was spreading out of control and the elderly were hardest hit. Even if the advice Cuomo received turned out to be wrong, he would not be blamed for following the best advice available at the time. But what happened next one Totally managing it and it should be the end of it … you know, except for the fact that sexual harassment will likely be the end of it.

Public health officials drafted a report that included data on deaths in nursing homes. The Cuomo administration bypassed health officials and edited that data from the report to remove any question about whether or not Cuomo’s policy had a disastrous effect on nursing homes. Usually, one can place a “claim” there as a courtesy With the exception of Cuomo, he admitted that he lied in the report.

Mr Cuomo finally released the full data, saying he withheld it for fear that the Trump administration would pursue a politically motivated investigation into the country’s handling of the outbreak in nursing homes.

Oh? Is this something we can do now? One has to give the man some credit for believing he can pull “the look, we kept two sets of books because we were concerned that the IRS might be stalking us” the defense. If cover-up is always worse than crime, then it doubles when there is not necessarily a crime in the beginning. It’s just a breach of the public’s trust in government reports … for the perpetrators.

Anyway, guess who acted as Cuomo’s first responders on this matter according to the Times?

Among the aides who participated in changing the report was Melissa DeRosa, the governor’s chief aide. Linda Laswell, chief of state financial services; Jim Malatras, the former chief advisor to Como, is back to work on the epidemic. Nobody has experience with public health.

The Times article describes public health report negotiations as “far beyond the usual process for the governor’s office proposing amendments to the agency report, and have become” intense “at times. Ultimately, sources in The Times said Malatras “has greatly rewritten the report,” something a consultant with no health experience should do with a public health report in the midst of the pandemic.

So one might place all the blame on Malatras, except that the article concludes with this somewhat awkward pair of paragraphs:

However, the modified version prepared by Mr. Malatras did not eliminate the high death toll.

It happened later, after Mrs. DeRosa and Mrs. Laswell learned of her inclusion. It was removed soon after.

You don’t want to say Talking about the same thing, But….

Anyway, this one claims to have known the numbers of the dead, knew they were on the report in the original, and then knew that they had been somehow removed from the report. Even if you weren’t involved in this decision, it raises a really interesting question about the responsibilities of an official when it comes to “morality in government.”

But Como’s book has been a bestseller, and that has been Albany’s only moral consideration for years now.

Como’s aides rewrote the nursing home report to disguise the high death toll [New York Times]


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