ALBANY, NY – Governor Cuomo announced at his daily press conference that outdoor, socially distanced graduations of up to 150 people will be allowed beginning June 26th.
Assemblyman Schmitt (Stony Point) started the petition effort following his formal request made to Governor Cuomo and the New York State Education Department two weeks ago to authorize socially distant in-person summertime outdoor graduation ceremonies for New York students following the standards already authorized in New Jersey and many other states for middle school, high school and college graduations.
Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “We now have socially distant in-person graduation ceremonies authorized for New York students. This is a huge win for our deserving New York students who have achieved so much. We have moved the Governor who just days ago refused to authorize any socially distant in-person summertime graduation ceremonies. I was happy to be the first to formally request the outdoor ceremonies two weeks ago and launch a petition effort to support the request. I will continue to push to increase the number allowed per ceremony to accommodate larger graduating classes.”
This plan is subject to any outbreaks or significant changes.
Video and cover photo from the Suffern High School Class of 2019 Graduation
Rep. Mondaire Jones on Build Back Better Act
Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) released the following statement:
“Today is an historic day for our nation, and for the great people of Westchester and Rockland Counties. Thanks to the leadership of progressives—who insisted on passing not just the bipartisan infrastructure bill, but also the larger Build Back Better Act—the House passed the most significant investment in our nation and our people in more than half a century.
The bill will guarantee that high-quality child care is affordable for every family in America; save the planet from climate catastrophe while creating millions of good-paying, union jobs; expand Medicare to include hearing; continue to cut child poverty in half through an extension of the expanded Child Tax Credit; make an historic investment in housing affordability; lift the cap on the State and Local Tax deduction that has unjustly burdened working families in Westchester and Rockland; and so much more.
I’m especially proud that this bill contains key provisions that I led the fight to secure: universal child care and an increase in the SALT deduction cap to $80,000.
This victory is a testament to the strength and tenacity of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, of which I’m proud to be a Deputy Whip, and which held the line throughout this process to ensure we passed a bill that meets this unprecedented moment of overlapping crises.
We in the House have done our job, and now our colleagues in the Senate must do theirs. I look forward to President Biden making good on his promise to secure 51 votes for the Build Back Better Act in the Senate expeditiously so we can get this bill onto his desk and begin delivering the change people in Westchester, Rockland, and across America need and deserve. The American people are counting on us to deliver, and we must do so without delay.”
End of the Village of South Nyack: Village Hall is Up For Sale
End of the Village of South Nyack: Village Hall is Up For Sale.
After a referendum, residents of South Nyack voted to disband and join the Town of Orangetown.
This article will be updated when a price is listed for the Village Hall.