According to the Washington Examiner dated May 10, 2020:

[...] [At] one time, hospital beds were precious. When we started this, remember, the whole question was will you have enough hospital beds? We were in a scramble to provide more hospital beds," he [Andrew Cuomo] added, "The last thing you would be doing would be gratuitously saying we're going to keep a person in a hospital bed who doesn't need a hospital bed who could be at another facility. You would never do that. It would be reckless. It would be negligent."

[Andrew] Cuomo said that the state had flipped its mandate and now forbids hospitals from discharging coronavirus patients to nursing homes. He maintained that nursing homes could have turned away patients who were sent back from hospitals if they notified the state that they did not have the proper capacity to care for the infected resident.

Many families have expressed frustration that residents with COVID-19 were returned from hospitals and triggered outbreaks that swept through entire nursing homes. Chris Laxton, executive director of the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, told ABC News that many nursing homes were not even told if a patient had the virus when they were readmitted to the facility.

“A number of nursing homes have felt constrained by the order and admitted hospital discharged patients without knowing what their COVID status was,” said Laxton. “This order made an already difficult situation almost impossible.”

Cuomo also announced on Sunday that nursing home employees were now required to be tested for COVID-19 twice per week. Hospitals that do not test employees will risk having their licenses revoked."

Here is the directive on the Wayback Machine: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/03/doh_covid19-_nhadmissionsreadmissions_-032520.pdf

To me this is absurd. So my question is:

Why did Andrew Cuomo issue the directive to the nursing homes and is there any evidence that his stated reason is the true one?

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    As you are new here: broad "why" questions generally don't fare too well. (Possible answer #1, because Cuomo is an evil bastard. Possible answer #2, some quote from Cuomo justifying his actions.)
    – Fizz
    Aug 15 at 1:33
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    Also, why tag this with "corruption"? Is there any indication Cuomo got some kickback for doing this? (Unless you've only read news from NY this past year, you should know that plenty of governments worldwide took plenty of stupid decisions regarding Covid.)
    – Fizz
    Aug 15 at 1:36
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    Investigated for what? I'm not really tuned to NY news, but globally he made the news recently for resigning after fondling women. Is that related to his Covid decisions somehow, and I've missed it? The quote you posted says nothing about a criminal investigation.
    – Fizz
    Aug 15 at 1:50
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    @Fizz nytimes.com/2021/08/03/nyregion/… thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/… . Granted it's only a misdemeanor I think. But I think there has also been talk of his alleged cover up of the nursing home events as being a crime. Aug 15 at 1:55
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    @Fizz I'm not saying he is particularly corrupt, but his alleged right hand man was jailed for six years for corruption, and the judge said (according to Wikipedia), "I hope this sentence is noted in Albany", or words to that effect, like he was just one of many, and government everywhere in the world tends to be corrupt, and when the true reason for some action cannot be found, surely one should at least consider corruption as possibility. I added the tag in the hope that some expert on corruption or ideally New York State corruption might post an answer. Aug 15 at 2:05