Updated: March 25, 2021 09:07 PM
Created: March 25, 2021 01:03 PM
ALBANY - It's been one year Gov. Cuomo issued what has been a controversial executive order directing nursing homes across the state to accept recovering COVID patients back into their facilities.
At the state Capitol Thursday, family members who lost loved ones held a "Remembrance Day."
For the family members who lost loved ones in nursing homes, it's not just a solemn day, it is a day of infamy.
Many of the individuals who gathered for a news conference in West Capitol Park, family members and politicians, hold Cuomo personally responsible for the death of their family member.
It is believed that as many as 15,000 nursing home residents succumbed to COVID-19.
Even though the Cuomo administration has repeatedly said the state's guidance had no impact on the rate of COVID infections, the
Nursing home employees gather at the State Capitol to remember the 15,000 nursing home residents lost during the Covid-19 pandemic. pic.twitter.com/k5cLpsAJJ0— Dan Levy (@dlevywnyt) March 25, 2021
Republican lawmakers who invited nursing home families to join them have repeatedly stated that data suggests otherwise.
What everyone attending the event wants to see is an independent investigation.
As part of Thursday's news conference, Senate Republicans introduced a resolution that would forever establish March 25 as "We Care Remembrance Day."
Hear family members explain why they say this investigation is so important by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.
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