No Justice Yet On NY Nursing Home Deaths

Janice Dean needs answers.

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Will there ever be an accounting for the thousands of unnecessary deaths because of Andrew Cuomo and his NY state COVID policies? At this point, it appears not.

Like in any authoritarian groupthink system, the NY state political and media establishment will simply ignore the matter, the passing of thousands of innocent elderly New Yorkers, indirectly at their hands, no more than an afterthought on the way to the next presser or fundraiser.

Janice Dean, an FNC meteorologist, and NY Assemblyman Ron Kim are trying to get post facto justice for Cuomo’s victims. The victims are gone and unlamented by New York state government. Perhaps future victims can be saved. Dean gives details below.

Dean: Gov. Cuomo resigned in August after multiple investigations into his reckless leadership, including admitting COVID positive patients into nursing homes and covering up the number of deaths.

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There are reports that he enlisted his staff to help him write “American Crisis,” a book that netted him a $5.1 million advance, and spent hours and taxpayer dollars using state resources to get COVID tests to close family and friends. His abuse of power also brought on accusations of sexual harassment from almost a dozen women.

And although we are grateful not to see Cuomo on our televisions, the radio or the endless puff pieces in print, he still hasn’t been punished for his deadly decisions, unethical mismanagement of staff or his mistreatment of women.

For myself, and thousands of families, it’s personal. A resignation is not accountability for what happened to our loved ones in New York nursing homes last spring. Andrew Cuomo’s replacement is Kathy Hochul, but New York’s new governor isn’t inspiring confidence either.

She has yet to reach out to any of the victims’ families or comment about the over 15,000 family members we lost after the pandemic began. Her administration has never given us answers or reasons as to why it decided to admit infected patients into long-term-care facilities for 46 days without considering the other places they could’ve brought them like the USS Comfort or Manhattan’s Javits Center.

And even though the New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, the man who helped write the executive order that brought the sick into places that housed our most vulnerable, has handed in his resignation, he remains on the job until further notice. We still deserve answers.

One of the only people who has never forgotten us or our fight is my friend New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim. Since the Hochul administration has done nothing to help us, even acknowledged us, Kim and several other leaders and advocacy groups are trying to get things done without her. On Wednesday, we are demanding reform and a compensation fund for victims. There need to be amendments to the state’s definition of “wrongful death” and “statute of limitations” when it comes to justice for those who were not prioritized at the beginning of the pandemic.

The “Justice for Nursing Home Victims Act” was announced by Kim on Wednesday. It will hold the state and for-profit nursing home industries accountable for depriving our family of the protection and quality of care they deserve. The act won’t bring back our loved ones but it will make sure that what we have all experienced never happens again to another family.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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