After thousands of elderly died from the Corona Virus in New York nursing homes, donations totaling more than $1 million from the Greater New York Hospital Association to the 2018 primary campaign of Governor Andrew Cuomo are being scrutinized in light of legislation he signed last month to protect nursing home executives from lawsuits stemming from the pandemic.
Cuomo’s March 25 Executive Order, which has since been deleted, required nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients. Because of that questionable move, thousands of our seniors died, and now no one is to blame. Except for the Governor.
The donation before the fact from the hospital association, the GNYHA, lends credence to the speculation of, what did Cuomo know and when did he know it? Some of the hospital systems for which GNYHA lobbied own some of the 613 nursing homes involved.
Cuomo’s policy was aimed at easing the burden on hospitals treating Corona Virus patients, but the policy was reversed amid criticism of New York’s mounting death toll.
A dark cloud of suspicion looms over the state’s reporting COVID statistics correctly: the tally being reported so far as 2,955 confirmed deaths and 2,646 presumed deaths.
Cuomo defended the policy to bring recovering patients back into the nursing homes even though there were at least three hospital centers available to take overflow — the Javitz Center hospital, the U.S. Navy Ship Comfort, and Samaritan’s Purse’s field hospital.
Cuomo has since issued a new directive which states that hospitals cannot send patients back to nursing homes in the state unless they test negative for the virus, according to the Cuomo administration.
At one point, he blamed the nursing homes for taking the patients, citing motives of government funds dispersed for Corona Virus diagnoses and deaths. Still, the immunity decision covers their responsibility.
“On March 24th, Gov. Cuomo said, ‘My mother is not expendable, your mother is not expendable,’ and yet the very next day he signed an executive order mandating nursing homes – where our most vulnerable mothers and our most vulnerable fathers reside – to accept COVID positive patients,” Staten Island state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said
Malliotakis, who is running for Congress in New York’s 11th district, joins other legislators, including former NY Gov. George Pataki and New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY), calling for an investigation into Cuomo’s pandemic policies.
Stefanik called Cuomo to be investigated at the federal level after it was made public that the state quietly altered the way it publicly reports nursing home deaths from the virus.
Stefanik tweeted, “Today I joined my @NewYorkGOP colleagues in the House to call for a federal investigation of Cuomo’s failed nursing home policies. NOW they admit they unethically changed the way they report nursing home deaths. An INEXCUSABLE tragedy for NY – NEED ANSWERS.”
The governor has come under fire for his comments that “nobody” should be prosecuted over Corona Virus deaths because older people were “always going to die” and “we can’t keep everyone alive.” His remarks were barbaric.
The fact that his campaign accepted money from the hospital lobby before announcing immunity for its executives reeks of the the quid pro quo that has become the elephant in the room that could squash Cuomo.