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Assemblyman Schmitt Releases Statement on Gov. Cuomo Assembly Impeachment Investigation

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Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (Stony Point) released the following statement regarding the announcement that a formal impeachment investigation will commence in the State Assembly:

“I welcome the announcement of a formal State Assembly impeachment investigation into our corrupt and morally bankrupt Governor. For nearly 2 months, I, alongside my colleagues in the Assembly minority conference have called for the investigation, resignation, and impeachment of Governor Cuomo for his criminal coverup of the deaths of nearly 15,000 nursing home residents. Now, coupled with numerous allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault, the time for waiting is over.

“Following new reporting that the Governor abused his powers and is accused of sexually assaulting a staffer in the Governor’s mansion, no one can remain silent any longer. I support this impeachment investigation of Governor Cuomo and my deepest sympathies go out to all of his victims — the families of those lost due to his criminal negligence during COVID and those who endured sexual harassment and assault directly from the Governor. It is time to impeach Cuomo.”

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Statement: Congressman Lawler – George Santos Should Resign

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PEARL RIVER, NY – Rockland’s Congressman Mike Lawler (NY-17) has released the following statement regarding controversial newly elected Congressman George Santos:

“It is clear that George Santos has lost the confidence and support of his party, his constituents, and his colleagues. With the extent and severity of the allegations against him, his inability to take full responsibility for his conduct, and the numerous investigations underway, I believe he is unable to fulfill his duties and should resign.”

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Statement from County Executive Ed Day

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Since Fall of 2021, I’ve adamantly spoken out against state legislation to create Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), as New York is a home rule state. Yesterday the Governor proposed expanding a property tax exemption that would allegedly reward homeowners who “build-out” ADUs, essentially incentivizing the development of these types of units. While there is no legislation currently in place requiring municipalities to allow ADUs, I fully believe that widespread construction of ADUs in suburban areas like Rockland County would be harmful to our community.

Last February, when Gov. Kathy Hochul pulled the bill from her 2023 executive budget, I was quoted saying:

“…the removal of this legislation from the Governor’s proposed State Budget seemingly is not the end but a re-start, one that I am convinced the Governor will throw her weight behind AFTER Election Day IF she is re-elected. Keep that in mind when you vote on November 8th.

The proposed ADU bills are still active and in committees in the Senate and Assembly. We will continue to oppose any attempt for this legislation to be revived.

While creating affordable housing is an admirable goal, our own Planning Department stated in their professional assessment the one-size-fits-all approach of the ADU legislation is extremely problematic and does not account for differences between rural, suburban, and urban communities and I’m concerned there is a strong likelihood that the character of our County could be changed forever.

I am concerned as well about some of the mandates included in the Governor’s new NY Housing Compact that will require municipalities to change zoning in specific areas of their communities and meet mandatory home growth targets. As your County Executive, and past president of a local civic association, I believe this concept to be contradicted by the Constitution of New York State and will continue to stand firmly in opposition to any politically based plan that undermines New York State Home Rule regulations and municipal zoning ordinances. My Administration will keep all our options open in order to stop this plan in its tracks.”

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