“New York’s success in dealing with COVID is inarguable,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo claimed Monday at another one of his highly controlled press conferences, even as a new study suggests the Empire State failed worst in the nation when you consider both the health and employment consequences of the pandemic and the lockdowns. The report from Hamilton Place Strategies notes that New York lost more jobs, per capita, than any other state except Hawaii (55,000 per million population) and saw among the worst death tolls (about 3,300 “excess deaths” per million residents, with only Mississippi clearly worse, at 3,800). OK: Part of New York’s suffering was bad luck. Since New York City is a global hub, we got hit hard early, before anyone realized how much the bug had spread. And any state with a strong tourism industry took a big jobs hit, too. But the fact is that Cuomo was pooh-poohing virus fears well into last March, even slapping down Mayor Bill de Blasio’s concerns. Then he changed course in the worse way possible — shutting everything down in a stringent lockdown that pummeled businesses, even as he forced nursing homes to take COVID-positive patients.