State lawmakers want independent investigation of coronavirus nursing home deaths

Emily DeVito & WNYT Staff
Created: September 16, 2020 01:37 PM

There was a new push for an investigation into the number of coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes Wednesday.

Some lawmakers at the state Capitol have launched a new statewide online petition drive. They're hoping all the signatures they get will urge the legislative majorities to bring forth legislation for an independent investigation into coronavirus deaths in nursing homes.


State officials say more than 6,400 New York nursing home residents died from the virus, but many believe that number is much greater.

They question Gov. Andrew Cuomo's directive back in March ordering nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients from hospitals.

That's why lawmakers have been pushing for this independent investigation.

They say they want numbers, so they know what went wrong and can have a plan in place heading into winter to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Sen. Jim Tedisco says sending out this petition to citizens is a last resort to try to get these numbers.

Tedisco repeatedly said this is a non-partisan issue, and they have seen support from both Democrats and Republicans.

If this proposed legislation of an independent investigation were to pass, findings and recommendations would be due by November 30.

Hear more from Tedisco about why he hopes the petition could help by watching the video of Emily DeVito's story.

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