The measure rolled again the “Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act,” which granted well being care amenities and staff liability immunity from negligence fits, and comes as Cuomo’s administration is beneath federal investigation for masking up some 9,000 COVID-19 associated nursing home deaths final 12 months.
The scandal — solely revealed by The Post — weakened Cuomo politically and led to requires him to resign as sexual harassment accusations in opposition to him swirled within the wake of the report.
“As we near the passage of this year’s momentous budget, I am relieved to see corporate immunity, which was slipped into last year’s budget, fully repealed,” Bronx State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, one of many bill’s sponsor mentioned in a press release Tuesday evening.
“This blanket immunity prevented thousands of families who lost loved ones to COVID-19 from seeking legal recourse, and potentially incentivized nursing home executives to cut corners — endangering staff and residents.”
“The corporate immunity provision was a license to kill,” the Democrat beforehand instructed The Post
Queens Assemblyman Ron Kim additionally co-sponsored the bill. Kim — whose uncle died of the coronavirus in a nursing home — mentioned Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, threatened to “destroy” him, if he didn’t assist the governor include the injury of the dying coverup.
“’I can tell the whole world what a bad person you are and you will be finished,’” Kim mentioned the governor instructed him in February.
The regulation was handed regardless of opposition by the highly effective Greater New York Hospital Association foyer.
The measure is one among ten payments the Democrat-led Senate has spearheaded to bolster accountability and oversight of nursing houses and the well being division within the wake of the scandal.