David Robinson, The Journal News

David Robinson

The Journal News

Port Chester, NY, United States

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  • The Journal News
Past:
  • Rochester D and C
  • The Oakland Press
  • Poughkeepsie Journal
  • Times Herald-Record
  • Observer-Dispatch
  • IthacaJournal
  • stargazette.com
  • The Palm Beach Post
  • The Daily News
  • Herald-Tribune
  • and more…

Recent articles by David:

How long are ER wait times for mental health patients in NY? Check your local hospital

NY officials say wait times for psychiatric beds are not tracked. But federal data on wait times in ERs sheds light on the problem. What to know → Read More

Feds probe COVID unemployment fraud in NY as GOP accuses Dems of systemic failures, coverup

A state audit estimated NY lost $11 billion to unemployment fraud. State labor officials say it is $4 billion. Feds seek answers in COVID fraud probe. → Read More

COVID killed nearly 1,600 New Yorkers as new variant emerged in December. It may get worse

COVID-19's new highly contagious XBB.1.5 variant took hold of NY in December. Here's what you should know about concerns of post-holiday infections. → Read More

New York laws seek to crack down on COVID fraud. What you should know

The state laws targeting COVID fraud come after USA TODAY Network reported on systemic failures linked to billions in COVID fraud in New York. → Read More

NY to begin enforcing nursing home staffing minimums amid concerns of 'system collapse'

NY nursing homes will face fines of up to $2,000 per day for violating a new staffing minimum law and related financial standards. → Read More

New York state lawmakers approve $32K pay raise to become highest paid in nation

NY state legislators voted Thursday to raise their salary to $142,000 from $110K, despite some lawmakers calling it misguided amid economic struggles. → Read More

80% of maternal deaths are preventable. How NY plans to save more mothers' lives.

A key health panel is releasing guidance for lawmakers and doctors after finding nearly 80% of maternal deaths are preventable. What you should know. → Read More

NY added 27K flu cases in 1 week. Here's what to know as hospitals brace for patient surges

Flu cases in New York are off the charts and poised to get worse, while an uptick in COVID downstate suggests a winter wave may be starting. → Read More

NY Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett to resign, return to Harvard. What to know

Dr. Mary Bassett became New York state health commissioner in December 2021, replacing Dr. Howard Zucker. → Read More

NY AG accuses Rochester-area nursing home of $18.6M Medicaid fraud tied to COVID deaths

NY AG Letitia James revealed lawsuit against The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center in Orleans County, citing $18.6 million fraud. → Read More

NY ends home liens, wage garnishments in medical-debt collection. What you should know.

A new state law limiting medical-debt collections comes after USA TODAY Network reported how dozens of hospitals in NY imposed 4,880 home liens. → Read More

NY approves first 36 cannabis dispensary licenses. What to know about legal pot sales

New Yorkers impacted by drug convictions secured many of first 36 cannabis dispensary licenses, as officials push for sales to begin by end of 2022. → Read More

NY's ranking in hospital safety grades improves, but far from best in US

New York tied Alabama for 39th in new hospital safety grades, and that's an improvement. Here's what you should know and how local hospitals fared. → Read More

NY's COVID unemployment fraud topped $11B, partly due to system failures. What happened?

New York unemployment benefit payments totaled an historic $76.3 billion in COVID's initial year. At least $11 billion was lost to fraud. Here's why. → Read More

Elder care oversight program didn't visit 59% of NY nursing homes, care facilities: Report

Hundreds of NY nursing homes, adult care sites went months without an ombudsman visit earlier this year, deepening oversight failures amid pandemic. → Read More

NY election results: Dems maintain control, including Hochul, as GOP chase key upsets

Campaigning on vows to protect abortion rights and defend democracy against election deniers, Democrats won key election showdowns across New York → Read More

NY opioid deaths surged 68% amid COVID, report shows. Here are key takeaways

A record-high 5,841 New Yorkers died due to drug overdoses in 2021, and this year is on pace to be even worse. What you should know → Read More

NY flu cases spike 51% amid vaccination push. Why this season could shatter records

NY's early flu tally hit 3,200 cases - prior record-high seasons didn't reach that until Thanksgiving. Officials are encouraging a flu shot. → Read More

Will flu, RSV, COVID overwhelm New York's children's hospitals? What parents need to know

Hochul says 25% of non-ICU pediatric hospital capacity remains available in New York. But flu, RSV, COVID, other respiratory illnesses pose threat. → Read More

Hospitals in upstate NY ravaged by bed, staff shortages: 'It is not right for patients'

Nursing home backlogs are part of NY's hospital capacity crunch. Growing numbers of patients being treated in hallways, transferred hundreds of miles. → Read More