A Column by Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C,-Victor)
VICTOR, NY — May 30, 2020 — When facing criticism, the governor’s administration has a very simple playbook. Their first instinct is to dig in their heels. They insinuate that questions are being asked in bad faith. Legitimate oversight is waived off as politically motivated.
If that doesn’t work, they try to blame President Trump.
Under normal circumstances, this is a frustrating, disappointing practice. When grieving families are looking for answers and accountability, it becomes something even worse- it’s inhumane.
Oven 5,800 New Yorkers have died from COVID-19 in our nursing home facilities, the highest such death toll in the country. For some context, California has suffered 3,300 COVID deaths across the entire state. The statistics are grim, but the stories are much worse. The New York Times reported that “terrified residents were pleading with the outside world for help” as “the bodies of dead residents piled up in makeshift morgues.”
I cannot imagine how someone could argue that those nightmarish results are acceptable. It’s hard to imagine that a leader wouldn’t want to review the procedures and decisions that caused an unmitigated disaster that claimed thousands of vulnerable lives. The governor, however, dismissed questions into his administration’s nursing home policies just last week.
“It’s the political season, I get it,” said the governor. He went on to blame President Trump, insisting that his outrageous decision to require nursing homes to accept COVID-19- positive patients was simply complying with CDC guidelines.
SOURCE: Daniel LaFave | Communications | NYS Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb