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Senate GOP legislation would open probe into nursing home COVID deaths

Mar 15, 2022 1:15 am

Caleb Guerrido is reporting for the Legislative Gazette state Sen. James Tedisco has announced new legislation, with 12 of his Republican colleagues, requiring an official investigation into the more than 15,000 nursing home-related deaths that occurred in New York during the COVID-19 pandemic. Another measure would designate March 25 as a day of remembrance for the lives lost to COVID statewide. Recently, the new Health Commissioner Mary Bassett advocated for a forward-looking approach for the current administration, but some Republicans are not ready to move on just yet. “This push isn’t about living in the past. It’s about ensuring the health and safety of all New Yorkers now and in the future,” said Sen. Sue Serino, a Republican member of the Aging Committee. “Dr. Bassett showed a complete disregard for these 15,000 New Yorkers, when she said during her recent confirmation hearings that she will not look back, or in her words, unravel, what happened with the former administration.” Both bills are currently in committee. Read the full story in the Legislative Gazette.