February 3, 2021
From Assemblyman Palmesano:
Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) joined his Assembly and Senate Republican colleagues and families in renewing their call for investigations and hearings into the governor’s handling of the nursing home crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, Attorney General Letitia James issued a shocking report showing the governor’s administration was undercounting nursing home deaths by as much as 50%.
“For far too long, the governor and his Department of Health failed to provide the actual number of lives lost in nursing homes. He stonewalled the Legislature, the public, the media and, far worse, the families who lost loved ones in nursing homes due to COVID,” said Palmesano. “The disturbing details of the attorney general’s report reinforce and strengthen the need for our call for an independent investigation and bipartisan legislative hearings with full subpoena power. This action is critical to finally providing real answers, the truth, transparency and accountability to the public and the thousands of families who lost loved ones during this nursing home tragedy.”
“Our Republican leaders and respective conferences are rightfully calling for legislative hearings with subpoena power. A number of my Democrat colleagues have spoken out about the disturbing details of the attorney general’s report. I urge them to take this necessary action and call on their leadership to authorize these bipartisan hearings. Grieving families and those who were pushed aside by the governor are owed answers and owed the truth,” said Palmesano.
“The governor’s lack of transparency and accountability has betrayed the public’s trust. Administration officials must be required to testify before the Legislature under oath,” concluded Palmesano.