September 25, 2021

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It’s very good Cuomo’s absent, but you should not forget about the nursing house scandal

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I have generally said it doesn’t make any difference what finally provides down Gov. Cuomo. In the end, it turned out to be a report on sexual harassment. The abuse, specific in point out Legal professional Standard Letitia James’ report last 7 days, was repulsive. These of us who misplaced dad and mom, grandparents and in-legal guidelines to Cuomo’s killer nursing-home purchase simply cannot begrudge his other victims their victory.

Nevertheless, it would be a tragedy of the downfall of Cuomo had been to spell the finish of the inquiry into his catastrophic nursing-dwelling choice and the subsequent attempted deal with-up. That would allow many Cuomo cronies and malefactors to have on with their political and administrative careers without getting to the root of how the conclusion came to be manufactured —and how the quickly-to-be-former governor managed to disguise its toll for months.

Tuesday’s damning report from James concluded that the governor — the exact same a single who was remaining hailed as a presidential applicant previous summer months — sexually harassed multiple girls and in carrying out so violated federal and New York point out regulation.

Listening to these women’s tales of staying “terrified,” “demeaned” and getting taken advantage of designed me so angry. And not just due to the fact of the situations they had been compelled into, but due to the fact Cuomo nearly obtained away with it.

This is just a person of the numerous investigations into the governor’s perform and actions. Cuomo’s energy-hungry reign around New York extended into a pandemic with the governor celebrating himself instead of essentially encouraging the people he represents.

families of COVID-19 victims who passed away in New York nursing homes gather in front of the Cobble Hill Heath Center to demand New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologize for his response to clusters in nursing homes during the pandemic
Households of COVID-19 victims who passed away in New York nursing properties acquire to desire New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologize for his reaction to clusters in nursing houses for the duration of the pandemic, Oct. 18, 2020.
AP Picture/Yuki Iwamura, File

Sending COVID-favourable sufferers into nursing houses for 46 times aided kill hundreds of aged, which includes my husband’s parents. But if you watched the information final spring, you in all probability would hardly ever have acknowledged.

He was using superior on his level of popularity: successful an Emmy award, making and promoting creepy posters of a conquered “COVID mountain” and signing a $5.1 million e-book offer. All the although, he covered up how his decisions led to seniors dying — by the 1000’s.

I can’t lie: I’m angry that the deaths of about 15,000 seniors didn’t bring headlines or get the scorn that it ought to have from our elected officers. To them, our biggest generation does not seem to issue. President Biden’s Department of Justice civil investigation into the nursing-home tragedy in New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania was dropped just last week. Why?

A woman attends a memorial and a candlelight vigil honoring those that have died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in nursing homes one year after the March 25, 2020 executive order by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in which nursing homes in New York state were forced to take in untested patients
A woman attends a memorial honoring people that have died of COVID-19 in nursing properties just one year right after the March 25, 2020 govt order by Andrew Cuomo in which nursing homes in New York condition were pressured to choose in untested clients.
REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

This should be one particular of the greatest tales of the pandemic. Towards all scientific evidence, governments ordered infected clients into the properties in which our most vulnerable resided. That does not should have our awareness? Shouldn’t we know the origins of the mandate? Or does the truth of the matter just get buried alongside with our important relatives members?

My good friend Assemblyman Ron Kim, who shed his uncle in a nursing property recently, certain me that he and his colleagues will carry on the probe into nursing houses right here in New York. But he states we have to get the governor out first. Once his electrical power is long gone, we can ultimately keep him accountable for the hundreds of unwanted fatalities beneath his management.

So I will consider comfort that Cuomo is resigning, and hold out hope for the reality.

Janice Dean is senior meteorologist at the Fox Information Channel.

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