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“Mosquitos Bite” By Rockland County Executive Ed Day

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With the summer months upon us, I and many of you have been spending more time outdoors which also often means spending more time swatting away pesky mosquitos. You may have recently seen members of our Health Department Mosquito Control Program visiting your street or neighborhood. They treat more than half of the 50,000 storm drains and catch basins in the County, primarily those which have standing water where mosquitos love to breed.

While they do a great job, the most effective mosquito control begins in your own backyard. Mosquitos do not travel far from where they breed so if you’re seeing more than usual there is likely standing water on your property. It doesn’t take much water for these pests to reproduce; all they need is something as small as a water or soda bottle cap and they can cause a problem. They can also breed in gutters, buckets, wheelbarrows, birdbaths and unopened swimming pools.

We recommend checking around your property for any items that can hold water and storing them in a manner that prevents them from collecting water. Our Health Department also provides free Mosquito Control Products to help you reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property.

Mosquito Dunks® are small, donut-shaped objects that float on standing water and release bacteria that kill mosquitoes during their larval stage of development before they become flying, biting adults. The Health Department provides them to County residents to use in closed or unused private swimming pools and spas. Dunks are effective on wet surfaces for approximately 30 days. A single dunk will treat an area of about 100 square feet of standing water.

Please always follow the label instructions when using Mosquito Dunks® or any other pesticide. It is also important to know the approximate dimensions of your pool/spa to ensure that you get the correct number of dunks for effective treatment.

Mosquito Dunks® are available to owners of private swimming pools/spas in Rockland County, free of charge, for curbside pickup at the Robert L. Yeager Health Complex, 50 Sanatorium Road in Pomona. Dunks must be ordered in advance by calling 845-364-3173 or e-mailing [email protected] to arrange a date and time for pick up, while supplies last. Visit the Mosquito Control webpage at http://bit.ly/2aXY0E4 for details and download and print a DUNK GIVEAWAY FORM. Please bring the completed and signed form to the pickup location on the arranged day/time.

And while mosquitos are mainly pests, they can also spread disease. Thankfully Rockland hasn’t has a human case of West Nile Virus in several years but according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, there were 14 human West Nile cases in New York for 2019; preliminary data for 2020 show 3 human cases.

We all must take action to help control the mosquito population and protect ourselves and our community from the diseases they can carry. Our Health Department will keep their head on a swivel to ensure we are protected against all health threats. If you have any questions or need more information, please call the Health Department at (845) 364-3173 or visit https://bit.ly/2aXY0E4.

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

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Senator Skoufis Touts $352K in Emergency Response Grants for Rockland County

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HAVERSTRAW, NY – Senator James Skoufis touted a $351,925 grant to Rockland County to support its emergency response operations and make critical improvements to 9-1-1 dispatch functions. The funding, announced Friday, will be administered by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

“Rockland County is more than deserving of this critical funding,” said Senator Skoufis. “Our emergency service providers are on the front lines every day, responding to what may ultimately be life-and-death situations, in often unpredictable circumstances. Improving our communications infrastructure will save more lives while making the work of our dispatchers and first responders faster and more effective.”

“These funds help recipients make important upgrades such as text-to-9-1-1 and implement other next-generation 9-1-1 technology so they’re ready to handle calls for help and to dispatch first responders immediately,” said Patrick A. Murphy, Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. “Since 2014, the state has distributed approximately $60 million to help our local partners improve their public safety answering point capabilities.”

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Stony Point Resident Celebrates 100 Birthday

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STONY POINT, NY – A big Happy (belated) Birthday to Florence Barbasso of Stony Point who turned 100 yesterday!

Florence was presented with a certification from Stony Point Supervisor Jim Monaghan. 🎂

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