Supervisors BREH AND BORN offered the following Resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION URGING THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE TO ESTABLISH A TEMPORARY COMMISSION TO STUDY AND INVESTIGATE THE EFFECTS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE RELATED TO NURSING HOME DEATHS

WHEREAS, the State reported coronavirus death toll in New York State nursing homes, estimated between 6,500 to 7,000, is likely a significant undercount; and

WHEREAS, the inordinately high mortality rates to a very vulnerable population indicate that there is a need to examine the state policies that led to poor outcomes in combating the COVID-19 virus; and

WHEREAS, Senate Bill S.8756 (Tedisco) and companion Assembly Bill A.10857 (Kim), will support families still searching for answers by establishing an independent bi-partisan commission to study and investigate the effects of the COVID-19 response on nursing home deaths; and

WHEREAS, the proposed Commission will consist of members appointed by the Majority Leader, Minority Leader in each respective house of the State Legislature, along with a member appointed by the New York State Attorney General’s Office; and

WHEREAS, said Commission will have subpoena power and shall make a report of its findings and recommendations and remain in full effect for a period of one year after delivery of such report; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby urges all members of the New York State Senate and Assembly to support S.8756/A.10857, an Act “Establishing a temporary state commission to study and investigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic response on deaths in nursing homes”; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the County Treasurer, Governor Cuomo, NYS State Attorney General Letitia James, Senator James Tedisco, Assemblyman Robert Smullen, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt, Minority Leader of Assembly William Barclay, Assemblyman Ron Kim, Budget Director/County Auditor and Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board.

 

 

 

 

 

Seconded by Supervisor POTTER and adopted by the following vote:

TOTAL:  Ayes: 18   Nays: 0   Absent: 2 (Supervisors Lauria and Wilson)