Rochester NY – The New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Health held a public hearing in Rochester Wednesday to gather input on the problems facing nursing homes in New York. According to Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, chairman of the Health Committee, the major problem facing nursing homes is the lack of personnel resulting in large part to the good economy. Assemblyman David Koon of Fairport said his office receives phone calls on a daily basis from people who have relatives in nursing homes, complaining about the lack of qualified staff. Another issue raised at the public hearing was the lack of a state law mandating that all nursing home employees undergo background checks and fingerprinting in order to prevent convicted individuals from being hired. Every year there are a number of reports of elderly residents being attacked by nursing home staff members.