Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the below statement following the Department of Justice opening an investigation into nursing home deaths in New York State during COVID-19:

“Today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice is an important step to ensure transparency, accountability, and answers for the people of New York,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Thousands of grieving New York families who lost loved ones because of Governor Cuomo’s failed and fatal nursing home policy deserve these answers and this long overdue accountability. After speaking with constituents who have lost loved ones during the COVID-19 crisis in New York nursing homes, I have advocated consistently for months for this federal independent investigation. After today’s announcement by the Department of Justice, I have spoken directly with constituents and New Yorkers who have shed tears and gratitude that they will finally be given answers. Each and every family has shared that this investigation is important so that we do everything we can to ensure we protect our most vulnerable seniors in the future and that this never happens again.”