HoganWillig files lawsuit against Gov. Cuomo, seeking data NYS officials have on transmission of COVID-19

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)– A local law firm has filed yet another lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Hogan-Willig is asking a judge to make the state answer open records requests that were filed in December.

The firm wants to know what data state officials have on the transmission of the coronavirus, and where that data comes from.

Its lawyers have filed several lawsuits in recent months, challenging many of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Steve Cohen with the firm says they want to make sure the restrictions are backed by science, as state officials have said they are.

“And these appear to be the contrary to the science that we’re getting from word class scientist who are saying, ‘you know this spread is happening because people are staying home in stale air where there is very little air exchange.’ And that when people can’t congregate in commercial establishments where they are exercising COVID-19 protocol, they are being forced to, they’re being forced into an environment where the virus is spread most prolifically.”

Steve Cohen, Attorney, HoganWillig

In a statement, the governor’s office says it won’t comment on the suit directly but says it stands by and will defend its processes.

“We haven’t seen this suit yet, so we won’t comment on it directly, but we stand by and will defend our processes, actions, and dedicated employees — all dedicated to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of New Yorkers during this deadly pandemic — and any implication of deception or obfuscation is simply incorrect.”

Spokesperson for the Cuomo Administration

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