Gov. Kathy Hochul stated Wednesday that New Yorkers deserve to know authorities officers really “give a damn” about them, in a clear dig at her disgraced predecessor, Andrew Cuomo.
Hochul met Tuesday with families that misplaced family members in nursing houses due to COVID-19, apologizing to them for the ache attributable to the disastrous insurance policies beneath Cuomo that led to the deaths of over 15,000 seniors in elder care amenities and promising to honor their recollections.
“I apologized for the pain that those poor families had to endure as a result of their family members contracting COVID in nursing homes, and it was a very emotional meeting,” she instructed reporters throughout a Manhattan briefing Wednesday.
“I thanked them for what they’ve done…which is to fight for people in nursing homes,” she added.
“I work with elected officials, you know, they can disagree with me one day and other day they might agree with me, I just approached this whole thing differently, that people deserve to know that their government, listens and actually cares, and gives a damn about them.”
Hochul pledged to Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens), who helped arrange the sit down in Hochul’s Manhattan workplace, and the opposite members of the family that she would work to improve information transparency, assist a victims memorial to honor the useless and commenced discussions together with her personal employees relating to the $4 billion nursing home victims compensation fund proposed by Kim.
Meanwhile, Hochul has promised to maintain a follow-up assembly as soon as incoming state Department of Health Commissioner Mary Bassett — who will exchange outgoing, embattled DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, who oversaw a lot of Cuomo’s controversial nursing home insurance policies — assumes her new function.
It’s additionally a departure from Cuomo, who maintained over the past 12 months and a half that any criticism of his dealing with of the virus in nursing houses was purely political.
The DOH refused to launch the true variety of elder care deaths due to the virus for months, till an Albany state Supreme Court choose dominated the company had to publish all in-facility fatalities in addition to those that died in hospitals after being transferred from nursing houses.
The Post completely revealed his former prime aide, Melissa DeRosa, admitted throughout a personal assembly in February that they withheld pertinent information displaying the true variety of nursing home deaths from the feds, for worry they might face retaliation from the US Department of Justice beneath former President Donald Trump.
The beautiful admission precipitated the Brooklyn US Attorney’s Office and FBI to launch an investigation into Cuomo’s nursing home insurance policies in the course of the pandemic — which is ongoing — and the way that doubtlessly hyperlinks to the publishing of his $5.1 million e-book deal for “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
That probe, in addition to separate inquiries by state Attorney General Letitia James, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics and the state Assembly Judiciary Committee’s wide-ranging impeachment probe, is investigating whether or not or not Cuomo illegally used staffers and different authorities assets to assist edit and produce his e-book.
Cuomo’s legal professional protested in a 62-page missive dated July 29 launched by the New York Daily News’ editorial board Tuesday that the ex-pol didn’t improperly profit from the e-book deal on the backs of useless seniors by withholding information.