State lawmakers discuss meeting on nursing home deaths with governor's top aide
Two state lawmakers spoke to News 12 about the meeting on nursing home deaths with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top aide.
State Sen. James Skoufis says that despite calls from some Republicans, he will not give up his seat as chair of the Investigative Committee for being part of the meeting with Melissa DeRosa as she admitted the withholding of the state's nursing home COVID-19 death toll data.
"It wasn't just some random grouping of people. It was the committee chairs who have for the past seven months, have been looking for answers related to nursing home concerns and issues," he says.
Skoufis says that meeting was called by the state to answer a series of questions related to their investigation.
"That night, we released the 17 answers, it was 16 pages long. From the Department of Health. Addressing the issues that we had," he says.
State Sen. Sue Serino is one Republican lawmaker asking for Skoufis to step down, while also sending a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the state to know everything that was said.
"I think it's really important that we know what happened, especially as our Senate legislators said it was a productive meeting," says Serino.
While supporting the release of a transcript, Skoufis adds he isn't going anywhere, and is looking ahead to the work that needs to be done.
Serino is expecting to have a response to her FOIA request by early next week.