‘A slap in the face’ – Yonkers woman miffed by DOJ decision to pass on NY nursing home probe

The DOJ issued a letter on Friday saying it will not open a civil investigation to determine whether policies issued during the pandemic requiring nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients contributed to deaths.

News 12 Staff

Jul 26, 2021, 7:17 PM

Updated 1,055 days ago

Share:

Some Hudson Valley families are outraged over the Department of Justice's decision to not investigate New York's response to COVID-19 in nursing homes.
The DOJ issued a letter on Friday saying it will not open a civil investigation to determine whether policies issued during the pandemic requiring nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients contributed to deaths.
News 12 spoke to JoAnn Rodriguez, a Yonkers woman who lost her 84-year-old father during the pandemic after he contracted COVID-19 in a nursing home.
She believes the governor is to blame.
"We are still not getting even a public apology from our governor all this time later. It's still a huge slap in the face to not just my family but to all of the 15,000 other family members who lost loved ones in nursing homes," she says.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded to the decision Monday afternoon.
In a statement he says in part, "It was an outrageous allegation. We followed the CDC guidance when it came to how we handled people in nursing homes and when they went to a hospital, when they were brought back to a nursing home."


More from News 12
0:28
​Poughkeepsie police: Man who pointed replica gun at officers disarmed, hospitalized

​Poughkeepsie police: Man who pointed replica gun at officers disarmed, hospitalized

2:09
Sun and clouds on Father’s Day ahead of heat wave expected in the Hudson Valley

Sun and clouds on Father’s Day ahead of heat wave expected in the Hudson Valley

1:30
Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon raises money for youth summer program

Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon raises money for youth summer program

0:21
Red Cross provides emergency assistance to 33 residents displaced by Yonkers fire

Red Cross provides emergency assistance to 33 residents displaced by Yonkers fire

1:50
Students sing their hearts out for the 2024 'Yonkers Idol' competition

Students sing their hearts out for the 2024 'Yonkers Idol' competition

2:02
 A potential heat wave is coming. These sunscreen tips can save your skin

A potential heat wave is coming. These sunscreen tips can save your skin

Is your dad awesome? Hudson Valley tell us why your dad rocks!

Is your dad awesome? Hudson Valley tell us why your dad rocks!

1:59
Revelers enjoy Juneteenth festival and parade in Yonkers

Revelers enjoy Juneteenth festival and parade in Yonkers

1:57
Rep. Bowman, Latimer encourage voters to cast ballots early

Rep. Bowman, Latimer encourage voters to cast ballots early

0:29
Police: 2 arrested for stabbing man in New Windsor

Police: 2 arrested for stabbing man in New Windsor

0:29
Saugerties man convicted of manslaughter for fatally beating man in 2022

Saugerties man convicted of manslaughter for fatally beating man in 2022

2:04
Village of Sleepy Hollow raises Pride flag for first time despite opposition from some residents

Village of Sleepy Hollow raises Pride flag for first time despite opposition from some residents

2:04
Kevin Jonas undergoes surgery to remove common skin cancer; urges fans to get checked

Kevin Jonas undergoes surgery to remove common skin cancer; urges fans to get checked

1:39
Showing support for Ukraine in the Hudson Valley during Yonkers Ukrainian Heritage Festival

Showing support for Ukraine in the Hudson Valley during Yonkers Ukrainian Heritage Festival

0:47
Westchester Medical Center pioneers robotic procedure to help those with severe hearing loss

Westchester Medical Center pioneers robotic procedure to help those with severe hearing loss

0:29
Carmel police warn people about recent car burglaries

Carmel police warn people about recent car burglaries

0:35
Prosecutors: Former Wallkill firefighter sentenced to prison for 2021 arson incident

Prosecutors: Former Wallkill firefighter sentenced to prison for 2021 arson incident

1:47
EXCLUSIVE: News 12 uncovers police data that shows 19 children struck by vehicles in Ramapo in 6 months

EXCLUSIVE: News 12 uncovers police data that shows 19 children struck by vehicles in Ramapo in 6 months

1:28
Officials: 7 people injured, 13 families displaced in Yonkers fire

Officials: 7 people injured, 13 families displaced in Yonkers fire

1:03
PARENTS: Dutchess County children lost for 2 hours on nightmare bus ride home

PARENTS: Dutchess County children lost for 2 hours on nightmare bus ride home