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COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Available This Friday at the Martin Luther King Center in Spring Valley

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SPRING VALLEY, NY – The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) announces 1st dose appointments are available for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, April 30, 2021, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, at the Martin Luther King Center 110 Bethune Blvd, Spring Valley, NY 10977. If you are 18 and older and live, work or attend school in New York State, visit our COVID-19 webpage (http://rcklnd.us/covid19) to schedule your appointment. Walk-ins are welcome and will be registered onsite.

If you do not have access to a computer and need assistance in scheduling your COVID-19 vaccine appointment at the RCDOH, eligible residents can call the Rockland County COVID Call Center at 845-238-1956 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday (except holidays).

The current recommendation is to get your second dose at the same place where you got your first shot. You will be given an appointment for your second dose when you receive your first dose. The Moderna vaccine requires you to get a second dose 28 days/4 weeks after your first dose. If it is not possible for you to return on the date you are given due to conflicts or illness, call the Rockland County COVID Call Center at 845-238-1956 to reschedule your appointment.

Individuals being vaccinated must provide proof of eligibility. Check the NYS vaccine instructions for acceptable forms of proof of eligibility. If you have health insurance, please bring your benefit card with you. The vaccine is free; however, the health department can collect an administrative fee from insurance plans. Please note that this immunization requires 2 doses given 28 days apart.

“We are proud to partner with the Spring Valley NAACP and the Martin Luther King Center to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines and meet residents where they are. We encourage residents to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated to protect themselves, their friends, family, and the community. The Moderna vaccine uses MRNA technology which continues to prove to be safe and effective. This vaccine is an important public health tool to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect people from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19 and may also help those around you,” said County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert.

If you are a Rockland County resident aged 60+ and need assistance making a COVID-19 vaccine appointment please call the Rockland County Office for the Aging at 845-364-2110, Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Spanish and Creole speakers are available. In addition, residents can sign up online at http://rcklnd.us/c19-waitlist.

If you represent a non-profit agency, municipality, or faith-based organization and would like more information on scheduling a presentation on the importance of vaccination or hosting a pop-up vaccination site, please email the Rockland County COVID Call Center at [email protected] or call 845-238-1956 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday (except holidays).

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“Restaurant Week” By Rockland County Executive Ed Day

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This week we welcome back “Restaurant Week” to Rockland County and the Hudson Valley. I am thrilled to see this event returning as we continue on the road to recovery as it spells very good things for our future.

Running until May 23rd it is a great opportunity to try the food at some of our great local restaurants at a price that won’t break the bank. Participating restaurants are offering three-course dinner menus for $35.95 and lunches for $25.95.

And now that restaurants in New York are able to operate at 75% dining capacity and with all capacity restrictions being lifted on May 19th, we are making real progress at getting back to a new normal. I encourage residents to support our local businesses, especially our restaurants, who were all affected by the pandemic.

With people now feeling more comfortable getting out and about, Restaurant Week is the perfect time to show our support for the restaurants that have been there for us when we needed them. Dining out will also give our local economy an extra boost as we in government aim to get more folks back to work.

All this should lead to further improvements in the local unemployment rate which stood at 5.6% in March. Down from 6.4% in February and down from a high of 13.4% during the worst of the pandemic last April. Rockland is heading in the right direction and anything we can do to support restaurants will help.

Dining establishments are a key part of our local economy. 763 of these businesses employed more the 7,400 people prior to the pandemic. The number of employees dropped to just over 6,200 in the Fall of 2020, but the number of businesses remained relatively stable.

These numbers make it clear to me that this is an area that is primed for a full recovery and I look forward to doing my part to help it along by dining out and enjoying some great local food. And if you are not comfortable dining out just yet, that’s okay too, this year many restaurants are also offering takeout options.

You can view participating Rockland restaurants and make your reservation here: https://bit.ly/3sB332Q

I hope to see you there!

*This is a weekly column by Rockland County Executive Ed Day.

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Assemblyman Schmitt Presents State Assembly Proclamation to Heroic Stony Point Police Officers

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STONY POINT, NY – Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (Stony Point) joined by Stony Point Town Supervisor Jim Monaghan recognized three Stony Point Police Officers; Vincent Agovino, John Ferrara, and William Mari.

They were formally presented with a New York State Assembly Proclamation, by Assemblyman Schmitt, for their heroic efforts in March when they ran into a burning house to save the lives of children who were inside. (Photos at the end of the video)

Video of the ceremony below.

 

Each of these police officers received their own official Proclamations at the Stony Point Town Board meeting on, May 11, 2021, detailing their service of honor, courage, and personal sacrifice.

Supervisor Jim Monaghan, “Officers Vincent Agovino, John Ferrara, and William Mari are heroes. Their actions saved the lives of local residents and represent the very best of our local police department and it is great that Assemblyman Colin Schmitt joined the town board during police week to honor them.”

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “Today and every day we should be thanking law enforcement who put their lives on the line to protect our families and communities. Police Officers Vincent Agovino, John Ferrara, and William Mari are prime examples of what the badge stands for; honor. courage, sacrifice, and selfless service. These heroes were just doing their jobs, not looking for recognition, but they deserve this honor today. I am proud to officially recognize the heroes that live amongst us and thank them for their service.”

Video via Stony Point Facebook Live Stream – rocklandreport.com

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