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Gov. Andrew Cuomo repealed a measure on Tuesday he had originally signed into law in April 2020 that shielded nursing homes from COVID-19 lawsuits.
The New York Democrat repealed the law as he faces an FBI investigation into his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic. FBI investigators are looking into how the nursing home legal immunity bill made it into the state’s budget legislation just before Cuomo signed it into law, according to THE CITY.
Democratic Assemblyman Ron Kim told The Guardian in May that “the language of the [immunity] bill and the entire proposal was drafted, submitted, and negotiated into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo and his staff.”
New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, a co-sponsor of the bill signed into law Tuesday that revoked the legal immunity measure, told the New York Post she was “relieved to see corporate immunity, which was slipped into last year’s budget, fully repealed.”
“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,” Biaggi said, according to the Post.
Cuomo signed the legal immunity measure into law shortly after his administration issued an order on March 25 requiring nursing homes to... (Read more)
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