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Nursing home investigative series spotlighted on human rights program

This week Staff Reporter Gabriel Pietrorazio joined Ute Ritz-Deutch, who hosts  the Human Rights and Social Justice Program on WRFI.

Ritz-Deutch has taught at SUNY Cortland and Tompkins Cortland Community College, and currently serves as the Amnesty International domestic coordinator for upstate New York.

Article 25 (1) from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

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Today, Pietrorazio and Ritz-Deutch interrogate that claim, putting it to the test as they explore how New York state has been handling its nursing homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and in its immediate aftermath following the first joint Senate-Assembly public hearing last Monday.

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Specifically, Pietrorazio speaks about’s ongoing investigations into the Ontario Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare and Elm Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

The initial program airs this Friday, August 7th at 4 p.m. on WRFI 88.1 FM in Ithaca, and 91.9 FM in Watkins Glen.

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The same program will be replayed at 3 p.m. Monday, August 10th on WBDY 99.5 FM, Binghamton Community Radio at the Bundy Museum of History & Art.

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