Albany has kept New Yorkers in the dark for months about Covid-related deaths in nursing homes, and someone finally needs to pull back the curtain and let the sun shine in. The necessary reckoning should start with a bold exercise in transparent government: The state Health Department should open its vault of pandemic data and release every last digit to the public. No Freedom of Information requests. No lawsuits. No subpoenas. Give public information to the public.
This simple but powerful idea was put forward in an open letter spearheaded by Reinvent Albany and co-signed by eight other watchdog groups, including the Empire Center. The letter calls for legislative oversight hearings and an independent investigation, which are great ideas. But first and most important, the groups urged the state to publish all of its Covid-19 data and attached a checklist of 121 data sets to guide the process.
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"...the Empire Center is the think tank that spent months trying to pry Covid data out of Mr. Cuomo's government, which offered a series of unbelievable excuses for its refusal to disclose...five months after it (the Empire Center) sued, Team Cuomo finally started coughing up some of the records." -Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2021
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