State Legislature Launches Nursing Home Hearings

On July 11, 2020, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms joined a chorus of voices in calling for hearings and an investigation on the impact of the Cuomo administration’s disastrous nursing home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It appears that the chorus of voices has been heard.

A group of six state legislative committees has scheduled two public hearings on this important topic. The stated purpose of the hearings is “to receive testimony on COVID-19’s impact on residential healthcare facilities and other long-term care settings, as well as recommendations for improving systems, protocols and practices to reduce transmission and mortality rates of contagious diseases.” The first hearing, which focuses on New York City, Westchester County, and Long Island, was held on Monday, August 3. The second hearing, focusing on upstate New York, is scheduled for Monday, August 10 at 10:00 AM. The hearings are available for viewing on the websites of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms hopes that these hearings will shed light on the deaths of more than 6,400 nursing home residents due to COVID-19. New Yorkers need to know why and how this tragedy took place and the extent to which it was caused by the Cuomo administration’s March directive requiring nursing homes to admit COVID-19 patients. To make sure nothing like this happens again, we have to find out the truth about why it happened in the first place.