Cuomo still won’t release nursing home deaths, Covid 19 hearings announced
July 17, 2020 — Hearings on New York State’s response to the covid 19 epidemic were announced by the State Senate and Assembly. These hearings will be an indirect way to examine how Governor Andrew Cuomo has performed. He was given complete control over the response to covid 19 by the legislature on March 3.
The most important hearings, based on the estimated number of deaths resulting from policy decisions will be hearings on the nursing home fiasco scheduled for August 3 and 10, and on the subways on August 25.
Cuomo had been criticized for his decision, since rescinded, to force nursing homes to admit patients with active cases of covid 19, even though CDC safety guidelines could not be followed, and his Executive Order prohibited nursing homes from even testing residents for covid 19.
Cuomo still has not released information on how many people caught covid 19 in nursing homes but died in hospitals, and other locations, outside the nursing homes.
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Please click on this link Take Action to send messages to the Governor, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, Speaker Carl Heastie, Assembly Health Chair Richard Gottfried, Senate Health Chair Gustavo Rivera, your State Senator and your Assemblymember asking them to release the number of people who died in nursing homes and who contracted covid 19 in a nursing home but died in a hospital or other location.
Add up 252 numbers, which includes 4 separate numbers for each on New York’s for 63 counties in New York,
The current death total is 6482. BUT as it says on the NYSDOH document, “This data does not reflect COVID-19 confirmed or COVID-19 presumed positive deaths that occurred outside of the facility.”
The hearing on the Metropolitan Transit Authority (subways) is crucial as well. Cuomo, not NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, has ultimate control over the MTA subways. In March, the number of trains were substantially reduced, which resulted in the remaining trains being packed with riders. In April a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study said, “New York City’s multipronged subway system was a major disseminator – if not the principal transmission vehicle – of coronavirus infection during the initial takeoff of the massive epidemic that became evident throughout the city during March 2020.”
There is no mention of the hearings currently on the State Senate website (nysenate.gov.)
Here is the current schedule. Each of the hearings will be live-streamed on the State Senate and Assembly websites. (nyassembly.gov and nysenate.gov)
July 28 – How COVID-19 Has Impacted Higher Education: This hearing will examine how COVID-19 affected higher education institutions, students and faculty in the 2020 Spring semester and the impact it will have on the upcoming 2020-21 academic year.
August 3 & August 10 – Residential Health Care Facilities and COVID-19: These hearings will review New York State’s rate of infection and mortality due to COVID-19 in residential health care facilities.
August 11 – Elections in a Pandemic: A Review of the 2020 Primaries: This hearing will review the turnout and systemic voting issues in the 2020 primary elections and evaluate how well New York handled voting during a pandemic.
August 12 – Hospitals and COVID-19: This hearing will review New York State’s rate of infection and mortality due to COVID-19 in hospitals.
August 13 – Impact of COVID-19 on Workers: This hearing will explore the impacts of COVID-19 from a worker’s perspective, including unemployment insurance receipts, workplace safety standards and the impact of the federal Payroll Protection Program on maintaining employment.
August 14 – How COVID-19 Impacts New York’s Veteran Community: This hearing will examine how COVID-19 affected veterans.
August 25 – COVID-19 and the MTA: This hearing will evaluate the financial and operational impacts of COVID-19 on the MTA.
July 17, 2020 — Governor Cuomo has announced guidelines for reopening schools in New York after the COVID-19 closures. New York Senate Candidate in the 27th Senate District, Liz Glass, has broken down all of the most important aspects of those guidelines using the Governor’s own words. She also includes many questions that remain unanswered. It is lengthy, but well worth the read for every New Yorker.
In summary from my point of view, Cuomo has announced guidelines for schools that will force no socialization, no physical human contact, no appropriate exercise, school’s will become fertile grounds for tracking the populace through mandatory contact tracing schemes, and they can be shutdown completely once again at a moments notice. All students & faculty must wear masks all day long regardless of any negative health impacts they may cause, and regardless of the fact that face masks have been found to have no benefit in preventing flu-like respiratory illnesses from being transmitted outside of medical settings.
To me this is all laying the ground work for Reimagine which Cuomo already stated on May 5th should replace in-person schooling in New York State.
Read what Elizabeth Glass has to say on these matters below, or if you prefer, watch her speak to all of these issues on Facebookby clicking HERE — End of FED UP DEM commentary:
Below written by ELIZABETH GLASS
Hi I’m Elizabeth Glass, a candidate for NYS Senate in Manhattan’s District 27. The Democratic primary was June 23, 2020, and as of today – July 16 – the Board of Elections is still counting the absentee ballots.
But the results from the in-person voting have been AMAZING…this campaign truly is a people’s movement, and I am proud to stand with you as we fight for our freedom, and our children’s future.
Speaking of our children, Governor Cuomo recently issued the 23-page “Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Schools.” These guidelines will determine how New York State’s 688 school districts will reopen, as well as the educational fate of millions of New York children. Cuomo also presented a formula that will ascertain if they think it is safe for schools to reopen.
I will include in the comment section a summary of the guidelines, as well as pertinent and helpful links, but want to address the following issues with you right now:
1) General legal and scientific questions pertaining to the guidelines, 2) Mandatory face coverings, and 3) Contact tracing.
We could include countless other issues, but the vast majority of us have so little time, so it’s prudent to focus attention where it is most needed.
It should be noted that these issues are only relevant if schools open at all. Based on what’s been presented, there is no guarantee that that will happen, particularly in NYC… and once again, our homes will become juvenile house arrest, thanks to Governor Cuomo, as well as the state reps, including my opponent, who voted to give Cuomo such unchecked power.
(I’ll post info in the comment section more about that vote, the bill S7919/A9953).
I) General legal and scientific questions
Cuomo stated at the press conference:
“Schools open if the region is in Phase 4 and the daily infection rate remains below 5% using a 14-day average (since “unPause” was lifted”…date not specified, but it is June 6).
“Schools close if (the) regional infection rate is greater than 9% using (a) 7-day average.” (after August 1st)
He also said “We will make formula determination during the week of August 1 to 7.”
“If the virus spikes between August 1 and the school opening date…the schools hit an emergency “close” button.”
He also said “We have more testing and data than any other state.”
Here are some questions for the Governor, and please share your thoughts in the comment section. Let me preface by saying my heart goes out to all who have lost loved ones to this virus. As a lifelong New Yorker, my family lost many wonderful friends, yet I know in my heart that they would want us to make decisions for our kids based on facts and reputable scientific studies, not fear.
Question: Summer camps in New York were allowed to open on June 29. There were no formulas involved in opening the camps. If camps could just open, why not schools?
Question: The guidelines do not include reputable scientific studies documenting that children are at risk of serious illness or mortality from the COVID-19 virus, or that they are significant vectors of transmission. Where are these studies? Do such studies exist?
Question: About these formulas and infection rates and time spans: the numbers seem random, like some DOH worker used one of those paper fortune tellers to come up with numbers. Where is the scientific justification for these formulas?
Question: Teachers and staff have no idea if they will have a job in less than eight weeks, and parents have no idea if their children will start school in less than eight weeks. It almost seems like Cuomo wants everyone unemployed, and to lose their assets. What do YOU think?
Question: Cuomo stated: “We have more testing and data than any other state.” We have more “data” than any other state because we have had more deaths than any other state. New York is 6% of the US population, but 30% of the COVID-19 deaths in the US were New Yorkers. Why is this failure presented as an attribute?
II) Face Coverings/Masks
At the press conference, Cuomo stated: “For schools that are authorized (to open) the students and staff must abide by social distancing and mask guidelines…(masks must be worn) when students and staff cannot maintain social distancing.”
Question: If masks work, why can’t schools simply reopen? Also, please provide reputable scientific studies demonstrating the efficacy and safety of mask-wearing for 6+ hours per day. (News Flash: There are no studies.)
III) Contact Tracing
Cuomo breezed over the topic of contact tracing at the July 13 press conference, merely stating that “Tracing has to work in the schools.”
Here is Cuomo’s description of contact tracing:
“As part of the strategy to reopen, we will…use contact tracing to limit the spread of the virus; and implement a phased return to a ‘new normal.’” (April 16, 2020 email)
(At a press conference on April 22) Cuomo described the “Test, Trace, Isolate” process in more detail:
“How does it work? You test a person (for COVID-19). If the person winds up positive, you then trace that person’s contacts.”
“Contacts,” are people you have been in close proximity to: co-workers, family, someone at a supermarket. This information is found via an app on your phone, which tracks your location, and shares this and your medical status with the government.
Cuomo continued: “…(For) every positive (person identified) you have to go back and trace…Once you trace and you find more (people who test) positive, then you isolate (them). They are under quarantine. They can’t go out. They can’t infect anyone else.”
There will be “Isolation Facilities” for people who test positive for COVID-19 and who cannot self-isolate.
Cuomo: “This entire operation has never been done before…you have never heard the words “test trace isolate” before. A few textbooks have (described) it, (but it has) never (been) done anywhere near this scale. So it is an intimidating exercise. But I say “so what?”
“We have to put together a tracing army…Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has volunteered to help develop the program which will recruit, hire, and train 17,000 tracers statewide.”
Question: If a student who participates in contact tracing comes into contact with infected people several times over the course of a year, how does this impact his or her education plan?
Question: Quarantining necessitates that the individual has his or her own bathroom. What if a child tests positive, the family only has one bathroom, but more than one kid…what happens?
Question: If the person who tests positive has no symptoms – they are asymptomatic, they feel fine, they’re healthy – required to self-isolate? What if they don’t want to quarantine?
Question: What about teachers and staff who are tested, traced, tracked and must quarantine? Will there be enough substitute teachers available?
On a final note: at a press conference, Cuomo quotes from a book about the Fall of the Roman Empire:
“When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then (they) ceased to be free” implying we should be responsible and comply with government orders for the greater good.
The truth is: as Americans, and as living human beings, we can’t wish for freedom; it is a critical responsibility that we fight for it, for our children, and our descendants.
Thank you for listening and your support, please like the Facebook page (Facebook.com/glassforsenate), follow me on Twitter (@glassforsenate) and Instagram (@glass_for_senate). The links for the social media are at glassforsenate.com
I am Liz Glass, a candidate for NY Senate in District 27. We are stronger together, and every one of us is essential.
Question: “If masks are worn in public at all times, how are children exposed at all, and forced to quarantine?”
Question: The 4th Amendment of the Constitution guarantees “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects.” Isn’t contact tracing unconstitutional?
Summary of “Interim COVID-19 Guidance for School”:
“If (the district) can reopen, follow the guidelines. Leave specifics to the school districts.”
Other parameters include:
• Lunch in classrooms and social distancing in cafeteria
• Schools must develop before and aftercare plan.
• Protocols for extracurricular activities
• Daily screening: temperature checks and forms that need to be filled out
• Cleaning & disinfecting procedures
• Possible closures as per health department
• Staff and students must participate in contact tracing (which I will describe).
Cuomo also spoke of the 20-member Reimagine Education Advisory Council, made up of 17 education officials, two teachers and one parent. Reimagine Education is an initiative by the Gates Foundation, which seeks to revolutionize education by ending in-school instruction, replacing it with distance learning. The Council came up with guidelines, as well, including:
• Districts must have flexible plans
• Prioritize in-school learning for most needy students
• Maximize space in school and community to increase in-class time
• Prioritize arts, career, tech, and labs for in-person instruction
• Use innovative models like community schools
• Establish best practice for hybrid and remote instruction
Question: Since the Gates Foundation failed NY kids with “Common Core,” why is the organization being consulted on “Reimagine Education”?
July 6, 2020 — New bills in the New York legislature seek to make permanent Governor Andrew Cuomo’s temporary Executive Orders allowing business owners to require employees and customers to wear face masks. The mask requirement began on March 7 with Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.17, and business were given explicit authority to refuse service to people without masks with Executive Order 202.34 issued on May 28. Executive Orders remain in effect for only thirty days and then must be renewed. Cuomo’s emergency power to rule by edict will expire next spring. But the proposed law has no end date. And it could be the beginning of a whole range of bills to make permanent other parts of the covid 19 Executive Order regime.
This bill is just another of the many bills passed and proposed since 2018 that steadily take away medical decision making away from individuals and parents of minors, and gives that power to politicians, bureaucrats, businesses, anyone but the person who will need to live with the consequences of the decision, and who will have to pay for it.
New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) introduced Senate Bill S8559a, and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D-Upper Westside) introduced the identical Assembly Bill A10694. (both are pictured above)
These bills are completely redundant. Current Executive Orders already achieve the purported goals of the proposed law. One would assume that when Cuomo believes the Executive Orders are no longer necessary, he will stop renewing them. These bills will simply saddle us with a new permanent silly law. One thing is clear, even by the logic of the Cuomo administration, it does nothing new to protect public health.
Please click on the link Take Action to send a message to your State Senator and Assemblymember as well as Kaminsky and Rosenthal, and the Governor, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins and Speak of the Assembly Carl Heastie, to express your opposition to this bill.\
And please get on the phone and call your State Senator and Assemblymember, as well as sponsors Kaminsky and Rosenthal while you are at it and let them know politely that you oppose this bill.
And then call the sponsors of this bill and express your opposition to them:
State Senator Todd Kaminsky, (516) 766-8383, (518) 455-3401
Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (212) 873-6368, (518) 455-5172
One of the worst tendencies of legislators is “Dosomethingism.” Problems arise and legislators want to be seen “doing something” about the problem. Frequently, they don’t much care what it is that they do, they care even less about the consequences doing something might have, they just don’t want to be caught not “doing something.” So they will pass any kind of stupid law as long as they can say they did something. This law seems like a good example of Dosomethingism.
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June 26, 2020 — Albany Democrats have finally realized they cannot ignore the slaughter that happened in New York nursing homes during the COVID Lockdown under Governor Cuomo’s leadership. The public outrage and the media attention has grown too large, and Democratic leadership has announced it will be holding hearings into the matter.
However this is not an independent investigation, which is what really needs to happen. This is Democrat theater in an election year. Democrats don’t want to be voted out this coming November, and they know if they don’t place a cast-of-characters on the stage to scold for the slaughter of over 6000 senior citizens in nursing homes they may lose their seats to challengers in the general election come November.
I have ZERO FAITH in the outcome of these hearings. Nevertheless they are an important milestone. They likely mark the moment that public perception of Cuomo takes a stark turn for the worse, as it should. This will lay the ground work for further investigations; independent investigations possibly at the federal level. Besides Cuomo there is also a focus on his Commissioner of Health Howard Zucker. Many believe Zucker is merely Cuomo’s lapdog but as I learn more about him that narrative is wearing thin.
Zucker is a member of the elite and powerful Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), formerly worked for the World Health Organization (WHO), and has long been a shill for Big Pharma. Howard Zucker is a political and medical insider among the global elite and is certain to be serving the agendas of Bill Gates and others who want to see mandatory adult vaccination and increased authoritarian control over the populace. As of today, my bet is Zucker kept crucial information away from Cuomo so the Governor would have plausible deniability if an investigation ever arose.
“Reimagine” Your Children Never Going to School Again
June 9, 2020 — Brad Hoylman seems to be completely fine with “the new normal” of children learning remotely and not attending in-person education in school buildings. However the people of New York don’t seem to be ok with this. Over 9,000 New Yorkers have joined a Facebook group called NY Parents & Teachers Against Distance Learning.
“No school in New York State is going to be open in the Fall, ” said Liz Glass broadcasting on her social media platforms. Glass is a candidate for New York Senate in district 27 running against Brad Hoylman. Glass references the Cuomo and Gates plan called “Reimagine Education.” She states her opponent Hoylman is in agreement with it. I asked Glass how she knows Hoylman is in support of expanding remote learning.
“Everyone should call him and ask him!” responded Glass. That’s a good idea!
CALL HOYLMAN HERE – Phone: (212) 633-8052 (leave message)
cc: firstname.lastname@example.org (if you are comfortable doing so, please cc me. I will not share or publish any information, I just want to get a count on how many emails went to Hoylman)
Call and ask Hoylman where he stands on expanding remote learning in NYC. Call and ask him if NYC schools will be opening in the Fall. Call and ask him what he is doing to advocate for you and your kids, and email all of that to him as well.
Liz Glass is 100% against the plan to “reimagine” education at a distance and, even more so, is 100% against placing The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in charge of what our educational system will look like. Gates failed miserably with common core as a national curriculum in America. Why are we trusting an organization who has already failed our country to “reimagine” what school will fundamentally be?
Governor Cuomo has announced a panel of educational experts to “reimagine” education which will be interacting with members of The Gates Foundation. The COVID Lockdown served as a trial run for remote distant learning, and it appears the goal this September will be to do a more structured “launch” of remote distant learning.
Cuomo can force New York State to do this because Brad Hoylman (and many others in Albany) voted YES to giving Cuomo emergency powers in Senate bill S7919 that lasts until April of 2021. Cuomo just has to say remote learning is still necessary due to the “public health emergency” – whether that is true or not. This law allows him to do as he pleases like a King. Hoylman willingly and gratefully gave away all of his power to the Governor.
With New York State financially broke, it is highly likely discussions of teacher lay-offs will be on the table across the state this summer. Bill Gates is certain to swoop in and “save the day” with millions in funding conditioned on the implementation of more remote technological “solutions” for New York. This may save some teachers and staff in the short run, but ultimately it will lead to the destruction of the teaching profession, teacher unions, and ultimately the middle class status most teachers gain from their employment.
The head of the NYC Teacher’s Union, Mike Mulgrew, is already on record saying we are going to have to implement a “hybrid instructional model of sometimes in person and sometimes remote.” According to Liz Glass and her sources, we won’t even get that. We are headed to full-time remote learning this Fall and officials are only saying school may open to keep everyone calm.
Thousands of students – especially those with disabilities – are struggling immensely with remote learning. The socialization that school offers is invaluable to many students and families. Not to mention the billions of tax dollars paid every year by New Yorkers to fund the school system.
Privately and quietly I personally know Superintendents and Chancellors of school districts throughout New York are discussing all of the following:
Having half the students attend school each day – have ‘A’ & ‘B’ days
Purchasing thousands of masks for students
Delaying the opening of in-person school until October
Delaying the opening of in-person school until 2021
**Interestingly when I published this report on June 9th, the same day Chancellor of NYC schools Richard Carranza released a list of possible plans for September and he left open the possibility that school will not reopen in the Fall.
Is there a chance we may never again have in-person education in New York again?
Is Cuomo opening day camps to bailout camp owner and Dem party chief Jay Jacobs?
Programs for special needs children will remain closed.
From John Gilmore
June 3, 2020 — New York’s schools are still closed. There won’t be summer school. Special needs children are not receiving home services they are entitled to, or year-round programs required by federal law, but yesterday Governor Andrew Cuomo decided to allow day camps to open this summer. Why the inconsistency?
Could it be that Cuomo is helping out his close political ally Jay Jacobs, owner of three very expensive day camps on Long Island? Jacobs owns Timber Lake Camps which runs three day camps, North Shore Day Camp, Hampton Country Day Camp and South Hampton Day Camp. Jacobs is also the Chair of the New York State Democratic Committee, and the Chair of the Nassau County Democratic Committee, in short he is the head of Democratic Party in NY next to Cuomo.
Why don’t you ask them. If rich kids can go to day camp why can’t special needs children get the services and school programs they are entitled to?
Governor Andrew Cuomo, (518) 474-8390
Jay Jacobs, Timber Lake Camps (800) 828-CAMP
The NYS Democratic Committee does not have a phone currently being answered.
Or tweet the Governor at: @NYGovCuomo
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