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Remembrance Day press conference in Albany March 25, 2021
Karen DeWitt

Critics of some of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic marked the anniversary Thursday of the controversial March 25, 2020 order that required the homes to take back from hospitals residents who were ill with the disease. They say an ongoing federal probe does not go far enough in investigating all that may have gone wrong in the Democrat’s management of nursing homes during the pandemic.   

Mike Martucci during Orange County Citizens Foundation 42nd District Debate, October 19, 2020
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Republicans in the New York State Senate claimed Friday that policies enacted by the state during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic may have put residents at group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at risk of contracting the coronavirus. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his staff were in damage control mode Thursday as they faced two scandals; the governor’s handling of nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic and allegations that the Democrat sexually harassed a former staffer. 

At a protest outside the state Capitol, Mary Beth Delarm displays pictures of her mother, who died in a nursing home in May during the COVID-19 pandemic
Karen DeWitt

Residents of nursing homes in New York will be able to receive visitors again starting February 26, under new rules laid out by Governor Andrew Cuomo and state health officials. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing July 1, 2020.
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The New York State Senate is poised to strip Governor Andrew Cuomo of some emergency pandemic powers and create an oversight commission to review the decisions the governor makes. There’s growing support for the moves as the Democrat has said that he was wrong to withhold for months the true number of deaths from COVID-19 at the state’s nursing homes. There are also reports of two federal probes into the state’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking April 15, 2020.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday launched an attack on one of the critics of his nursing home policies – Assemblyman Ron Kim, who lost his uncle to COVID-19 in a nursing home. Cuomo says Kim’s disagreements over policies is really about an old feud over a bill to regulate nail salons.

New York state Capitol
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The New York State Senate has advanced several bills that would address problems in the state’s nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, as outlined in a recent Attorney General’s report which also found that Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration undercounted nursing home deaths.

A screenshot of the New York Attorney General's report on nursing homes
A screenshot of the New York Attorney General's report on nursing homes

For the first time, the New York State Health Department has released data showing that nearly 15,000 nursing home residents and others living at adult long-term care facilities died of COVID-19. The data was released following a court order demanding its disclosure.

Ted Minissale, Cindi Lizzi and Phil Minissale, on a Zoom press conference, recount the final days of their mother, Agnes, who died in a hospital last April after contracting COVID-19 in a nursing home.
Karen DeWitt

Republican New York State Senators and some family members of nursing home residents who died of COVID-19 say they are still looking for answers from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration. The calls come a week after a scathing report from the state Attorney General found twice as many nursing home residents died of the disease than what the state had been reporting. They are urging majority party Democrats to subpoena the governor’s health commissioner for more information and calling for a thorough investigation of the over 12,700 deaths.  

New York state Capitol
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New York state Senate Republicans are calling on the state’s health commissioner to release more data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths.

A screenshot of the New York Attorney General's report on nursing homes
A screenshot of the New York Attorney General's report on nursing homes

New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report Thursday finding that the state health department may have undercounted COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50 percent.

From left to right: New York State Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt, Senator James Tedisco, State Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh
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A group of Capital Region lawmakers is again pushing for an independent review of nursing home-related deaths attributed to COVID-19. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo calls a federal Department of Justice probe into New York’s nursing home policies at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic “political,” and says President Donald Trump’s Justice Department is targeting Democratic governors. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says visitors will now be allowed for patients at hospitals and residents of group homes for the developmentally disabled. But nursing home visits remain off limits for now.