Senate Republicans Seek To Rescind Group Home COVID Directive

A group of 13 State Senate Republicans has introduced a bill to rescind an April 10 Cuomo administration directive that requires group homes for the developmentally disabled to admit residents with COVID-19.

Bill S.5922-Martucci provides that “no residential facility for the care and treatment of persons with developmental disabilities [shall] knowingly allow a resident who has tested positive for COVID-19 to enter or re-enter that facility as a temporary or permanent resident” without first testing negative for the coronavirus.

According to the bill memorandum, the Cuomo administration’s April 10, 2020 directive “contributed to the infection of 6,908 people and the deaths of 548.”

The bill’s prime sponsor, Sen. Mike Martucci (R-New Hampton), commented, “It is unconscionable that Governor Cuomo and OPWDD [the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities] have not rescinded this order nearly a year later. This legislation is urgently needed because it will save lives and protect some of our most vulnerable citizens.”

At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we agree with Sen. Martucci. It is hoped that the Senate and Assembly majorities will recognize the urgency of this situation and pass this bill in 2021. Please contact your legislators today and ask them to get behind Bill S.5922-Martucci.

The co-sponsoring senators as of March 26, 2021 are: Martucci (prime sponsor), Palumbo, Akshar, Borrello, Boyle, Helming, Jordan, Mattera, Oberacker, Ortt, Ritchie, Tedisco, and Weik.

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