PULASKI, NY — Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay released the following statement on Jan. 28, 2021:
“The attorney general’s report is alarming on a number of levels and triggers even more questions. What took place in New York’s nursing homes and the Cuomo Administration’s decision to deliberately mislead the public by underreporting COVID-19 fatalities is unconscionable and demands accountability.
The report indicates that as many as 13,000 nursing home residents may have died from COVID-19 – that’s more fatalities than the entire death toll of 40 states. Families, advocates, members of the media and lawmakers demanded the truth for months. But this administration dismissed those questions as a politically-motivated agenda, and went so far as to concoct a Department of Health report that absolved the Department of Health.
Our governor actually wrote a book about leadership in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. But as we learned today, and as many suspected, he never told the whole story.”