N.Y. Assemblyman calls on Cuomo to repeal legal immunity to hospitals and nursing homes

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference before the opening of a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in the Queens borough of New York, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. This FEMA run site, along with another in Brooklyn, gives priority to local residents in an effort to equitably distribute the vaccine. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference before the opening of a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in the Queens borough of New York, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)

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UPDATED 6:30 PM PT – Wednesday, February 24, 2021

New York Assemblyman Ron Kim (D) continued his push to impeach Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) over COVID deaths in state nursing homes. At a rally in Manhattan Wednesday, Kim was joined by other elected Democrats and those who lost family members in nursing homes and care facilities.

Kim called on Cuomo to return $2 million in contributions from hospital lobbyists and to repeal legal immunity granted to nursing homes and hospitals. Some in attendance said the pandemic exposed Cuomo as a pay-to-play governor who dodges accountability and passes the blame.

“Nursing homes telling him: ‘You can’t do this,’” Kim said. “‘Half of our staff are out. Everyone is sick. Your March 25th order will kill people.’ That’s what the workers were telling the governor.”

Kim also called on Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to open an immediate investigation into the matter. Kim claimed Cuomo threatened retribution over the criticisms of the state’s handling of nursing home deaths.

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