New York gun store owner pays for giant billboard calling for Andrew Cuomo’s impeachment over nursing home scandal
A GUN store owner has paid for a giant billboard calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo's impeachment amid fury over the number of Covid deaths in nursing homes.
Brian Olesen purchased the massive sign which shows a picture of the embattled Democrat along with the message "IMPEACH!" in huge red letters.
The flashing electronic billboard has been catching the eyes of motorists along Interstate 787 since Tuesday, reports the NYPost.
Olesen said: "The purpose is to demand that he be held accountable for the mass deaths at the nursing homes.
"Our original message was ‘He lied, they died,’ but the billboard company rejected it.”
His store, American Shooter Supply, is forking out the $8,5000 monthly bill for the gigantic advertisement.
The billboard's launch comes as Cuomo continues to be under fire over the number of deaths in nursing homes during the pandemic in the Big Apple.
And meanwhile, the ailing governor is also facing sexual harassments allegations.
Olsen said: "I can’t believe nobody defended these people that passed away and their families.
"Combined with these sexual allegations, I think people in this state have had it.
"And people are going to take the initiative now to seek this guy’s removal."
Olsen added: "“I had customers calling up saying, ‘You obviously don’t want to stay in business.
"Look at what happened to anyone with state liquor license who spoke up about the lockdowns.
“I told them, I do want to stay in business, but enough’s enough.
“When you feel this huge frustration you have to stand up.”
Cuomo has blamed Covid deaths on nursing home staff and called cover-up claims "political spin" – saying he had "nothing to do with nursing homes".
However, he did confirm in press conference this month that he accepts responsibility for not providing information fast enough.
CUOMO UNDER FIRE
It comes as a study by the Empire Center for Public Policy connected "several hundred and possibly more than 1,000" deaths to an order that made state nursing homes take in coronavirus patients from hospitals.
According to the data, a nursing home policy – which was in place from March 25 to May 10 – may have been "associated with" one in six nursing home deaths across New York.
In that time frame, New York State nursing homes saw a reported 5,780 deaths, the watchdog study reveals.
The study's author, Bill Hammond, slammed Cuomo's policy for making "a bad situation worse" – and said his findings raise "more questions about the credibility of the Health Department’s analysis".
Meanwhile, Cuomo has been ripped for "bullying’"by NYC mayor Bill de Blasio after "belittling phone calls" to an assemblyman were uncovered.
De Blasio backed up state lawmaker Ron Kim after it was revealed the New York Governor had threatened him during phone conversations for exposing a nursing home death cover-up.
However, Cuomo's office released a statement from an adviser to the governor who was with Cuomo for the call that said Kim was lying about what transpired.
Cuomo has been under fire after his secretary Melissa DeRosa admitted on a conference call his administration withheld the true nursing homes death toll, fearing that they would be "used against us."
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