NYC comptroller launches probe into de Blasio’s coronavirus response

City Comptroller Scott Stringer is investigating Mayor Bill de Blasio’s preparation for and response to the vicious coronavirus that’s ravaged the Big Apple, killing over 20,000 residents and sickening almost 200,000.

“New Yorkers have suffered unspeakable pain, grief and heartache, and our most vulnerable residents have been left particularly exposed to the effects of this horrible virus,” Stringer stated Thursday in asserting the probe.

“As the city’s independent fiscal and oversight officer, I am determined to examine what we knew, when we knew it, and what we did about it. My office is examining city government’s response because New Yorkers deserve an objective assessment of what we did right and what we can do better going forward,” Stringer stated.

Stringer wrote a number of de Blasio administration officers Thursday together with Deputy Mayor Dean Fuleihan, Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot and Health + Hospitals CEO Dr. Mitchell Katz asking for emails, memos, and different written info “received, created or issued by the city that addressed COVID-19.” 

Specifically, the comptroller desires details about the town’s “decision-making structure” to handle the pandemic, measures that “city government was advised could or should be taken to reduce the risk” of contracting the virus, and projected transmission and dying charges.

Stringer can also be requesting projections from metropolis officers for hospital beds, emergency room capability, ICU beds, workers and private protecting gear.

Throughout March and April, de Blasio always warned that the town may run out of PPE, ventilators and hospital capability.

De Blasio and his officers have confronted criticism for exacerbating the pandemic by ready too lengthy to close down the town.

On March 15, the day earlier than closing the Big Apple’s bars and eat-in eating places, de Blasio urged New Yorkers to hit their native watering gap for one final pint.

At the time, the town had 330 confirmed coronavirus instances and 5 deaths. Just 4 days later, there have been 2,468 instances and 22 deaths.

City Hall Spokeswoman Avery Cohen stated de Blasio welcomed the probe.

“In large part due to the leadership shown by the mayor and our health professionals, New Yorkers flattened the curve. We prepared for the worst and acted to improve upon it, turning around all projections and expectations of what would happen in New York City,” Cohen stated.