“We need to see what missteps were taken here with another group of our most vulnerable population,” Tedisco added. “We need to know this for the future. Pandemics don’t go away forever.”
Martucci, ranking member of New York Senate Disabilities Committee, said the state's group homes directive mirrors the nursing home directive.
“They are eerily similar,” Martucci said. “Not only in their language, but even down to their formatting, and almost every point within them.”
Martucci said that their request for data from OPWDD “has been completely stonewalled.”
“At this point we do not have any response from the agency at all,” Martucci said.
Martucci argued that “there’s no question this order needs to be reversed immediately, adding that the families of those in group homes “are trusting our state and are trusting us to make sure their family members are safe.”
“What we need here is transparency, and we don’t have that,” Martucci said.
Palumbo, a member of the New York state Senate Mental Health Committee, said that residents of group homes are an “at risk” population, “and there is no reason for this directive to continue.”
“This deserves an answer and a correction, very simply,” Palumbo said.
Tedisco, who is ranking member of New York’s Senate Mental Health Committee, said he believes that the data will show the group homes directive jeopardized the health of residents. He said he and his colleagues have not yet received the requested data, and expressed a willingness to pursue that information with a lawsuit.
“This governor’s got more angles than a geometry book, every time you show him the facts, there’s another excuse,” Tedisco said.
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Tedisco argued that Cuomo--who is also facing a series of sexual harassment allegations--should resign.
“This has got more legs and shoes dropping than a centipede could ever have,” Tedisco said. “you can’t keep track of it from one day to the next.”