Rep. Zeldin Releases House Veterans Affairs Committee Letter to Northport VA
Washington, DC - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) released a new House Veterans Affairs Committee letter from Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R, TN-1), to the Interim Director of the Northport VA Medical Center (VAMC), Vincent Immiti, regarding the troubling state of affairs at the Northport facility. You can view a copy of the letter here: DPR letter to Immiti re Northport Facility Deterioration.pdf
Congressman Zeldin said, “I have heard high praise from many veterans across Long Island over the years, who have had nothing but a very positive experience at the Northport VAMC. However, I cannot ignore the rise in specific and very serious allegations that have been made to my office in recent years. As Chairman Roe mentioned in his letter to the Northport VA, the deteriorating facilities are very concerning and alarming. The Chairman outlines specific issues regarding capital improvement, budgets, and maintenance needs. My office has made repeated attempts to engage Northport in moving their priorities up on the Department’s list, but the projects Northport VA have identified barely address the overall construction and maintenance issues that currently exist, and the fact remains that several of the ongoing requests have seen little to no progress from the Department. Northport VA has been critically important to meet the healthcare needs of many in our veteran community. Significant action must be taken to ensure Northport VA is only providing the highest quality of care for Long Island veterans. I thank the Chairman and the committee for their continued work to improve veterans’ care at Northport VA and VA facilities across the country.”
Last year, after the media first reported that the Northport VA closed operating rooms due to a faulty HVAC system, Congressman Zeldin was contacted by several Long Islanders, including veterans, whistleblowers and other stakeholders, regarding very specific and serious allegations that have been made with regard to the Northport VA. The Congressman shared the information with the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Upon review of the allegations, the committee initiated an investigation that has included a field hearing on September 20, 2016, at the Northport VA entitled, “An Assessment of Deficiencies at the Northport VA Medical Center,” which you can read more about here.