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Exactly a 12 months in the past, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had simply received an Emmy Award and was solely days away from releasing his e-book (which he wrote whereas 1000’s of New Yorkers have been dying) “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.” 

Celebrities and information personalities couldn’t cease gushing in regards to the self-proclaimed “Luv Guv” in print and on tv. 

Entertainment Weekly referred to as him “The hero that America never realized it needed until he was on our television screens every night.” 

He and his brother Chris spent many nights on CNN on “Cuomo Prime Time” joking about who was their mother’s favourite son, how huge brother Andrew was “single and ready to mingle,” and – the factor that also makes me livid to today – joking about getting COVID checks whereas nursing houses weren’t allowed to make use of them to check incoming sufferers.


Gov. Cuomo was being celebrated on the entire main liberal information channels and there have been rumors he might even exchange Joe Biden on the November ticket in 2020 because the Democratic nominee for president. 

My, how issues have modified in one year.

Janice Dean grateful Cuomo resigns day after memorial for her in-lawsVideo

Gov. Cuomo resigned in August after a number of investigations into his reckless management, together with admitting COVID constructive sufferers into nursing houses and masking up the variety of deaths. 

There are stories that he enlisted his workers to assist him write “American Crisis,” a e-book that netted him a $5.1 million advance, and spent hours and taxpayer {dollars} utilizing state assets to get COVID checks to shut household and associates. His abuse of energy additionally introduced on accusations of sexual harassment from virtually a dozen girls. 

And though we’re grateful to not see Cuomo on our televisions, the radio or the limitless puff items in print, he nonetheless hasn’t been punished for his lethal selections, unethical mismanagement of workers or his mistreatment of ladies. 


For myself, and 1000’s of households, it’s private. A resignation just isn’t accountability for what occurred to our family members in New York nursing houses final spring. 

Andrew Cuomo’s substitute is Kathy Hochul, however New York’s new governor isn’t inspiring confidence both. 

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks to reporters after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. 

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks to reporters after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony on the state Capitol, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. 
(AP Photo)

She has but to succeed in out to any of the victims’ households or remark in regards to the over 15,000 members of the family we misplaced after the pandemic started. 

Her administration has by no means given us solutions or causes as to why it determined to confess contaminated sufferers into long-term-care amenities for 46 days with out contemplating the opposite locations they might’ve introduced them just like the USS Comfort or Manhattan’s Javits Center.


And regardless that the New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, the person who helped write the manager order that introduced the sick into locations that housed our most susceptible, has handed in his resignation, he stays on the job till additional discover.

We nonetheless deserve solutions.

Janice Dean and Ron Kim detail threats made against them by Gov. Cuomo and his associatesVideo

One of the one individuals who has by no means forgotten us or our combat is my good friend New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim. Since the Hochul administration has finished nothing to assist us, even acknowledged us, Kim and several other different leaders and advocacy teams try to get issues finished with out her. 

On Wednesday, we’re demanding reform and a compensation fund for victims. There should be amendments to the state’s definition of “wrongful death” and “statute of limitations” on the subject of justice for many who weren’t prioritized at first of the pandemic. 

Dee and Mickey Newman and one of their grandsons.

Dee and Mickey Newman and one in all their grandsons.
(Courtesy Janice Dean)

The “Justice for Nursing Home Victims Act” will probably be introduced by Kim on Wednesday. It will maintain the state and for-profit nursing house industries accountable for depriving our household of the safety and high quality of care they deserve.

The act received’t carry again our family members however it would be sure that what we now have all skilled by no means occurs once more to a different household.

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The members of the Cuomo administration would really like us to overlook the 1000’s of family members we now have misplaced. They need us to overlook how Gov. Cuomo blamed everybody else besides the administration that enforced the foundations.