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“Apologies aren’t meant to change the past, they are meant to change the future.”
I remembered that quote on Tuesday on my way home with my husband Sean after meeting New York Gov. Kathy Hochul. We were invited to the meeting after the governor saw us at a rally outside her Manhattan office a few weeks ago when we were advocating on behalf of the loved ones we lost to COVID last spring in separate long term care facilities.
It was a small, closed door meeting. There were no pictures taken inside the office. It was simply a moment to finally speak and be heard.
Daniel Arbeeny, Haydee Pabney, Assemblyman Ron Kim, Alexa Rivera Janice Dean, her husband Sean Newman and Peter Arbeeny pose for a photo before meeting with New York Gov. Hochul about 2020 COVID nursing home deaths on October 12, 2021.
This was the first time our family has ever been acknowledged by the governor’s office. As she walked in and shook our hands, she offered her condolences.
“I’m sorry for your loss.”
I thanked her for taking the time