Letters to the editor May 7 to 13
In recognition of National Nurses Week, I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to all nurses who live and work in our Hudson Valley and Catskills communities. The critical role they play in our healthcare system should be acknowledged and applauded by all. Nurses are often the first caring, reassuring face that a patient will see when they open their eyes in their hospital bed. While they encounter a new set of challenges each day, no challenge has been greater than the one they have boldly stepped up to combat now. Nurses have responded, as always, with compassion and technical expertise in their efforts to help residents across our region return to health.
During this pandemic, nurses are risking their own health and well-being to benefit the many of us who need heightened levels of care. In an effort to stop the spread of the virus, family members have not been allowed to be at the bedside of their loved ones that are sick, and so nurses have, once again, been called to an even greater level of duty.
New Yorkers have become keenly aware of the many people that do their jobs and keep our state running in the most challenging of times. While we are grateful for every single member of our communities that continues to answer the call of duty, nurses most closely represent what it means to be on the “front lines,” and will forever merit our profound gratitude and admiration. I wish you all health and steadfastness as our state and our nation continue to overcome the present difficulties. Together, we will get through this.
Mike Martucci, candidate for New York State Senate, 42nd Senate District
New Hampton, NY
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