While Andrew Cuomo is Accepting Awards Hundreds of Dead Bodies Still sit in Freezer Trucks in NY
Bodies of hundreds of city residents who died from COVID-19 are reportedly being stored in freezer trucks on the Brooklyn Waterfront.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the bodies are of people whose families either can't be located, or can't afford the cost of a proper burial.
About 650 bodies are being stored in the trucks at a disaster morgue set up in April on the 39th Street Pier in Sunset Park.
In a statement, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson said they do not know if these people died from COVID-19, but that they did die at the height of the pandemic.
“Supporting families and helping facilitate respectful final arrangements for individuals who passed at the height of the pandemic reflects the core mission of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner,” Sampson said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo received the Founders Award "in recognition of his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world" at Monday's International Emmy Awards ceremony.
Cuomo was announced as an award recipient Friday, sparking significant backlash because of his controversial nursing home policy that has been linked to the deaths of thousands of elderly residents.
"Andrew Cuomo deserves to be on trial for the elderly people his nursing home order directly murdered. Instead, he's getting an Emmy," The Federalist's Ben Domenech wrote on Twitter.
According to the Emmys, its Founder's Award is given to those who "cross cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity." Past recipients include former Vice President Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, and Steven Spielberg.