So yesterday I was told that the New York Department of Health, which oversees assisted care facilities like the Mansion and the Danforth, is proposing barring Red and me from visiting the Danforth Adult Care Center, where the evacuated Mansion refugees are waiting to come home.
They are suggesting that I don’t have permission to come into the Danforth as a visitor or take any photographs there.(For the record, I don’t photograph anyone ever or anywhere without permission, and I’ve never taken a photo of any of the Danforth residents, only the Mansion residents, all of whom have given me signed permission to take their photos.)
I am simply going where they go, and I believe it is very important now that Red and I get access to them. The Mansion staff is totally supportive of this.
I don’t know if it matters much if they try to kick me out, but if they kick Red out, they will have a good sized shitstorm on their hands. Tossing a therapy dog out of an adult care center is not the best public relations in the world. And Red has a lot more fans than I do.
As to writers, who cares?
Obviously, someone is reading my blog and not loving what they see. How else would they even know I’m going there?
I think I have a good sense of what is going on.
Some people don’t like what I’ve been writing this week. I’ve urged the bureaucracy to move quickly and have drawn a contrast between the Mansion and other adult care centers.
The Mansion is a loving and special place, for all the leaks. The residents plead every day to go home. It’s important to make sure the Mansion is safe for them, it’s also important to see the disruption and dislocation is taking on them. They are the victims here.
I got a supportive message this morning from George Scala, one of the Mansion owners. He said he was sorry I was getting flak from the Department of Health and offered to help in any way he can.
I appreciate the support, but he has enough on his plate, I can take care of myself. And I have a great dog behind me.
George says the work on the Mansion is proceeding rapidly, he hopes the residents can return soon.
This is all familiar to me, I was a reporter a long time, and I can’t help but telling the truth about what I see, even when I don’t realize what I’m doing. I don’t wish to add to anyone else’s troubles, but I’m not backing down.
In any case, and as you can imagine, Red and I will get right over to the Danforth this morning. If anyone tries to kick out us, they will have to carry us out. I wonder if the Army Of Good does bail money? (Just kidding, I don’t anticipate getting arrested.)
I have every right to be there, and I will be there.