Accountability for nursing homes implicated in the deaths of New York’s elderly population from the coronavirus is falling short, according to aides of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo’s secretary Melissa DeRosa and the governor’s counsel Beth Garvey told Democratic lawmakers in a meeting last week that the administration has yet to revoke the licenses of any nursing homes facing allegations of mishandling residents during the pandemic. The aides blamed the lax enforcement on inadequate laws and “significant due process,” according to The New York Post.
“I think a lot of these nursing homes, frankly, retrospectively, even prior to COVID have been getting away with a lot for a lot of years,” DeRosa told lawmakers, according to audio of the meeting received and reviewed by the Post.
“I think that if there is any evidence that anyone was willful, or anyone was negligent in a way that goes beyond the normal course that costs people’s lives, I think that we all