Blankenbush: The Governor’s Ultimate Betrayal

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River) reacts to AG James’ Report on Nursing Homes

“Today we finally received an accurate report on nursing home deaths and numbers in New York during the pandemic. The report from Attorney General James confirms what many of us hoped not to be true - the governor was involved in a cover-up. The attorney general details that the governor and his administration underreported nursing home deaths by up to 50%.

“For months, family members who lost loved ones in nursing homes have been demanding answers. Their worst fears have come to life with the news of AG James’ report. The governor and Health Commissioner Zucker are at fault for countless lives that were needlessly lost, and they need to be held accountable.

“In a show of unity, the Legislature can use this moment to rein in the governor’s emergency powers on a bipartisan basis. The attorney general’s report makes clear that he can no longer be trusted to make unilateral decisions.”