The Office of Justice has decided not to look into whether or not the civil legal rights of residents in New York’s government-operate nursing homes ended up violated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial admission plan similar to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a letter Friday, the DOJ’s Office environment of Legislative Affairs informed US Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), ranking member of that Household Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Disaster, that New York was off the hook in connection with possible violations of the Civil Legal rights of Institutionalized Folks Act.
In August, the DOJ’s Civil Legal rights Division requested information from New York in relationship with a March 25, 2020, order from the condition Division of Health and fitness that expected nursing homes to confess “medically stable” COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals.
It also sought data from Pennsylvania, Michigan and New Jersey, which adopted similar regulations that the DOJ stated “may have resulted in the fatalities of 1000’s of elderly nursing dwelling people.”
“We have reviewed the details provided by these states along with added info available to the Section,” Deputy Assistant Attorney Standard Joe Gaeta wrote Friday.
“Based on that evaluate, we have decided not to open up a CRIPA investigation of any community nursing facility inside of New York, Pennsylvania, or Michigan at this time.”
In a organized assertion, Scalise identified as it “outrageous that the Department of Justice refuses to look into the deadly ‘must admit’ orders issued by governors in New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of senior citizens.”
“Where is the justice for nursing house victims and their grieving family members? These fatal orders contradicted the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s] steering, and needlessly endangered the most vulnerable amongst us to the fatal COVID-19 virus,” Scalise said.
“Even worse, Governor Cuomo in New York deliberately tried out to protect up the true loss of life toll ensuing from his mandate. Grieving people are worthy of responses and accountability. It is unconscionable that Biden’s Section of Justice refuses to investigate the fatal actions that went from CDC’s medical advice taken in these states.”
Cuomo is however going through a potentially more really serious probe by the FBI and the Brooklyn US Attorney’s Office environment that was sparked by The Post’s revelation that a top aide privately admitted that administration coated up the full selection of nursing house citizens killed by the coronavirus.
US Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Glens Falls) claimed, “This conclusion from President Biden’s Division of Justice would make President Biden complicit in the felony corruption scandal and coverup of deaths of countless numbers of vulnerable seniors.”
“New Yorkers are entitled to responses and accountability. I was the initially member of Congress to phone for an investigation into Governor Cuomo’s corrupt criminal coverup and I will continue to struggle for the family members who lost cherished kinds simply because of the cruelty and corruption of our Governor,” she included.
Haydee Pabey, whose mother died of COVID-19 in a northern Manhattan nursing residence, said. “My heart is damaged all around all over again.”
“The Justice Office turned its again on seniors who died. The Justice Section coated up the address-up,” Pabey reported.
“I do believe that this is political. Biden does not want to drop a damaging light on Cuomo, the Democrats and the Democratic Party. He’s striving to sweep this less than the rug.”
And Vivian Zayas, whose mom, Ana, died soon after contracting COVID in Prolonged Island nursing dwelling soon after recovering from knee surgical procedure, claimed: “I’m unwell to my tummy. We’re in disbelief. Cuomo’s mandate brought about a wildfire and thousands of deaths of nursing property citizens.”
“Biden is masking up for Cuomo and other Democratic governors who adopted his direct. Imagine if Trump did this? It is a shame that this is partisan and grieving people are caught in a partisan game. It’s a partisan protect up. Who do we switch to now?! No one is curious about 1000’s of vulnerable elderly individuals died of COVID by means of no fault of their possess.”
But Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens), whose uncle died in a nursing home immediately after struggling signs or symptoms of COVID-19, claimed, “I assume it is way too untimely to conclude that the Biden administration is allowing Cuomo off the hook.”
“There’s way way too quite a few investigations, which includes a legal investigation.”
“I think closing this 1 investigation does not necessarily mean there weren’t any wrongdoings in these facilities and also wrongdoings by this administration at the condition amount.”
In addition to the August ask for, the DOJ in October asked for details from New York and New Jersey about their whole quantities of nursing dwelling fatalities.
In the meantime, the Cuomo administration was stonewalling lawmakers, reporters and others who were also trying to find the info.
Melissa DeRosa, one of the governor’s top aides, later privately apologized to Democratic legislators for withholding the information for the duration of a Feb. 11 online video convention connect with.
A recording of the call, received by The Submit, unveiled that DeRosa mentioned Cuomo’s administration feared the numbers would “be employed in opposition to us” by the DOJ.
DeRosa also said it appeared the feds experienced “dropped” the make any difference.
It’s unclear no matter whether the DOJ is continue to examining what ever info it been given in reaction to its Oct ask for, but Cuomo’s administration has acknowledged getting underneath investigation by the FBI and the Brooklyn US Attorney’s Office environment.
That probe will involve equally Cuomo’s handling of nursing homes amid the coronavirus disaster and his $5.1 million deal for his pandemic memoir, in accordance to point out Senate Well being Committee Chairman Gustavo Rivera (D-The Bronx), who was interviewed by federal authorities in May possibly.
Cuomo’s administration hasn’t received official notification about Friday’s letter to Scalise but was instructed by DOJ that it is not becoming investigated in connection with about 30 public nursing residences, in accordance to a source common with the make a difference.
A Cuomo spokesman declined to comment.