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Hochul slammed over ‘slow’ promised inquiry into NY’s COVID-19 response

New Yorkers who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 are losing patience with Gov. Kathy Hochul, who is yet to launch a promised investigation into the Cuomo-Hochul administration’s response to the pandemic.

“When asked if she’s trying to get to the bottom of what happened here in New York during the height of the pandemic, she opens up about blue-ribbon panels and figuring out the good, bad, and ugly, but I don’t believe her anymore,” said Janice Dean, a senior meteorologist at Fox News who lost both of her in-laws to nursing homes to COVID-19.

The governor has suggested on numerous occasions that she wants to get the facts about the state’s COVID-19 response since she replaced the disgraced ex-government. Andrew Cuomo – who shamefully covered up data on deaths among nursing home residents last August.

But Governor Hochul – who is up for election in November – has yet to appoint investigators or even seek suggestions from outside advisers who would help with such efforts, according to the Gotham Gazette, although RFPs could be released in the coming months.

“She is taking this investigation slowly as a political move. She slows down the investigation because she was part of the administration. She remained silent as Cuomo issued orders to move COVID patients to nursing homes. She was silent the whole time. We don’t trust her already,” Tracey Alvino, associate director of Voices for Seniors – whose father, Daniel Alvino, died of COVID at the West Islip Nursing Home – told The Post on Wednesday.

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has been criticized for not yet opening a promised investigation into the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Andrew Cuomo
Disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been covering up data from nursing homes during the pandemic.
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Other critics say they hope Hochul will launch an investigation sooner rather than later.

“It’s time to put her empathy into action, and I look forward to working with her when she does,” said Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), who along with State Senator Jim Tedisco (R-Schenectady) promoted bipartisan legislation. to create a government inquiry into COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents.

The lack of concrete progress hasn’t stopped the Hochul administration from reporting progress for months

Investigative efforts are “underway,” a spokeswoman told the Gotham Gazette in April.

Hochul personally suggested that “outside consultants” be selected as early as May 23 — a comment that made national headlines for allegedly conducting an investigation.

“I need to be able to pass on what I’ve learned to future governors. Not only in healthcare in response to nursing homes, but also decisions that impacted our economy,” Hochul added.

Rep. Ron Kim
Rep. Ron Kim, pictured with Janice Dean, says it’s time the governor “put her empathy into action”.
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Hochul senior adviser Bryan Lesswing told the Post that the government is currently in a “multi-step process” after the governor “directed her team to investigate a March “review” of the state’s handling of COVID-19 “.

“We are currently finalizing the scope of the call for proposals to reach a meaningful review, a process that will involve discussions with experts from various industries, and we expect the call for proposals to be published later this summer ‘ he said in a statement.

He also touted the administration’s efforts to protect nursing homes over the past year and bills signed by Hochul that tighten oversight of nursing homes.

However, her government has not officially announced who would conduct an investigation and what the scope of it would be.

Bill Hammond, a senior fellow at the Empire Center for Public Policy, said an investigation could answer unanswered questions about why COVID-19 hit the Empire State so hard early in the pandemic, as well as details about who served Cuomo and other key officials helped to create their own answers.

Family members of nursing home victims protest Cuomo administration in February 2021.
Family members of nursing home victims protest Cuomo administration in February 2021.
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A governor who is reluctant to open an investigation does little to help answer such questions, Hammond says.

“I don’t think the governor should be able to distract like she did because she kind of assured people like me… ‘We’re going to look at this’ — and then nothing happens. That’s not good,” he said.

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