WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWNY) - North country Congresswoman Ellise Stefanik says Governor Cuomo’s order to move hospital equipment from upstate to downstate New York is “of grave concern.”
In fact, she said, "Our worst fears are being realized."
Stefanik vows to fight redistribution of upstate ventilators. She she says her congressional district has the highest number of elderly, those especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, of any congressional district in the state.
“Upstate needs need to be met and taken care of. We will not play second fiddle to downstate. We understand the unique challenges that rural communities already face in terms of lack of testing capabilities when it comes to how the state has been making the decision to distribute those testing supplies. I expect to hear from the governor’s team, clarification as to how they are going to meet the requirement for upstate and specifically for the north country when you have very rural hospitals with a high percentage of seniors,” said Stefanik (R. - 21st District).
She urges hospital CEOs to speak out against the governor’s order.
Stefanik made the comments before Senior Advisor to the Governor Rich Azzopardi issued a statement saying the governor is asking upstate hospitals to loan 20 percent of their unused ventilators to struggling downstate hospitals.