NORTH GREENBUSH, NY – At Van Rensselaer Manor, Representative Elise Stefanik was joined by Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin on Monday afternoon to announce that if Republicans take control of the House after the midterm election By then, she plans to convene a congressional inquiry into March 2020 ordering New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to force COVID-19-positive residents into nursing homes.
In January 2021, New York State Attorney General Letitia James released a report stating that the state health department had underestimated the number of COVID-19 deaths in the world by 50%. retirement homes. The decision resulted in the deaths of as many as 15,000 long-term care residents.
Rensselaer County and McLaughlin defied the order and chose not to allow COVID-19 positive patients to return to the Van Rensselaer Mansion, saving countless lives.
“We said no and decided to protect the lives and safety of our elders,” McLaughlin said.
“We stayed strong. We got up. We deserve the answers. The people of New York deserve answers. They were promised these answers and this congresswoman from New York is about to give them to us. We’re so proud to have stood up and I’m so proud we all have to stand next to Congresswoman Elise Stefanik who’s going to get the answers that the people of New York state and the people of the United States deserve,” added McLaughlin.
Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) thanked healthcare workers who care for the elderly and protect their health and well-being.
“I am so grateful that this is a priority for Rensselaer County in terms of protecting the residents of Van Rensselaer Mansion,” Stefanik remarked.
“Make no mistake, there must be accountability and there must be transparency and answers for New York State, Governor Cuomo’s executive order that failed to meet CMS guidelines, which forced Covid-positive patients into nursing homes across this state,” Stefanik continued regarding the need for further investigation into these nursing home deaths.
“Once again, Rensselaer County has made the right decision under Steve’s leadership to stand firm in protecting the health and safety of seniors,” Stefanik noted.
“So while Democrats in Albany have refused to conduct a full investigation; while Washington Democrats declined to conduct a full investigation. House Republicans will,” Stefanik added.
Last month on 60 Minutes, President Joe Biden said “the pandemic is over.” While the president and members of both parties have apparently chosen to pretend to ward off the pandemic, COVID-19 continues to kill nearly 3,000 people or one 9/11 a week in the United States.
Additionally, according to the New York State Department of Health, in the Capital Region, the seven-day rolling average positivity rate for Rensselaer County is 8.1%, Saratoga County is 7.6% and Albany County is 8.1%.
With these numbers lingering, Stefanik commented on what should be done to protect the elderly and vulnerable populations in the future.
“Well, look here in Rensselaer County, the fact that they opposed Governor Cuomo’s unscientific and fatal executive order and the fact that Governor Cuomo and his public health office refused to listen to our workers. healthcare on the front line of retirement homes. who are responsible for the welfare of the elderly in nursing homes like this. We will use best practices, like in Rensselaer County, thanks to the strong local leadership of Steve McLaughlin who works with county employees to prioritize health and wellness,” Stefanik said.
“Also, we know a lot of research from when COVID first hit to where we are today in terms of therapies, in terms of ensuring that we have adequate testing, adequate PPE, but certainly this economy is reopening, we are moving on. But you what also one of the fatal decisions was the isolation. The isolation that older people faced was devastating and it has major impacts on their health, their physical health and I think any healthcare worker will tell you that hearing from family members and having that type of activity, it’s very, very important for older people,” Stefanik explained.
“I therefore congratulate the management of Van Rensselaer Manor. I commend Rensselaer County leaders and we will be looking to this county for best practices that should be adopted nationally,” added Stefanik.
The congresswoman also remarked on whether she and her colleagues in Washington would look into other scandals involving the former governor.
“Well, the list goes on, doesn’t it, of Albany Democrat corruption scandals?” Stefanik was of the opinion.
“It keeps growing. I mean, look at Kathy Hochul’s latest bribery scandal. The fact that we are paying more in New York State for Covid testing and now she has a first campaign donor of over $100,000,” Stefanik continued.
“This is corruption and it should be investigated and if the Democrats in Albany refuse to do so, we will look into corruption to expose it at all levels because we represent the taxpayers and For too long Democrats in Albany have focused on protecting themselves and it’s building.” this cesspool of corruption. We need to stand up for transparency and accountability, which House Republicans are going to do,” Stefanik added of further investigations.
When asked to comment on Stefanik’s remarks, Rich Azzopardi, founding and senior partner of Bulldog Strategies and spokesperson for the former governor, offered the following statement.
“She’s said this 100 times and I’m sure she has a lot of questions about Jeff Clark, the Trump insurgent in charge of the DOJ’s bogus investigation into blue state nursing home policies before he be reassigned to help cancel the election,” Azzopardi said. .