This week, we, the families who lost loved ones in long term care facilities finally have hope for the truth to be told regarding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s policies admitting and re-admitting folks who were covid-19 positive to nursing homes.
In a letter dated August 26, 2020 the Department of Justice requests the numbers of ALL who passed from COVID-19 in long term care facilities and those that were sent to the hospital from long term care facilities and passed there. It also requests ALL ORDERS that were issued by the Governor. These orders as well as the numbers have never been made available despite many requests. When asked the Governor hides (figuratively speaking) behind his staff and tosses the question to his health commissioner who has repeatedly refused to answer.
Although it’s a step in the right direction, it is not enough. This investigation is for public nursing homes only. Governor Cuomo’s policies have included all nursing homes in New York.
We want the truth. The whole truth. We deserve the truth.
Personally, I remember watching Governor Cuomo’s press conferences at the very beginning naturally worried about my brother. I remember him saying, verbatim, “that’s what keeps me up at night” when asked by a reporter about long term care facilities.
I remember him creating “Matilda’s law” named after his Mother to protect the elderly.
We never heard about “Matilda’s law” again.
I have tried to put myself in his shoes. I have tried to forgive him because forgiveness is for me. It would be a lot easier had he come forth and been transparent about what took place. To this day, we have not had an explanation or an accurate count of those lost. Our loved ones died alone. There was no plan to keep the most vulnerable population safe.
New York had an empty medical ship available. New York had the Jacob Javits Center available. Neither were used.
Governor Cuomo likes to say that this is strictly political, an attack on him politically. No Governor Cuomo, this N.Y. democrat disagrees. Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s about our lost loved ones, our Mothers, our Fathers, our Sisters, Brothers, Aunts, Uncles, and Grandparents. It’s about protecting the very same population that was failed to be protected the first time should we have a second wave.
I’ve stopped torturing myself by watching the Governor’s daily press conferences in which he repeatedly and arrogantly gloats that New York is victorious under his (failed, have you been to N.Y. lately?) leadership of course. It is not a victory for the 32,000+ New Yorkers who have died. It is not a victory for family members who lost a loved one. It is certainly not a victory for the most vulnerable who died alone. It is not a victory for the people who died because of policies that sent covid positive people to reside with them.
I’ve stopped following his social media accounts where folks (most of whom aren’t from N.Y.) refer to him as a hero.
My brother was my hero and he is dead.
Governor Cuomo seems to have forgotten the 32,000+ New Yorkers who died when he unveiled a victory poster to sell. A victory poster! No mention of our loved ones on that poster.
When someone we love dies, we want to know why. How. Could it have been prevented?
Thank you DOJ.