Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY), the first openly gay, Black Member of Congress, joined U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland for a Pride Month conversation at the Stonewall Inn, the first national landmark dedicated to LGBTQ+ history in the United States. At the event, Congressman Jones and Secretary Haaland discussed the Stonewall Inn’s historic place in the LGBTQ+ rights movement, the importance of the site’s designation as a national monument, and the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ equity.
“I’m honored to celebrate Pride Month with Secretary Haaland at the Stonewall Inn, the site of the first-ever Pride protest and a national landmark in the fight for LGBTQ+ equity,” said Congressman Jones. “Pride is an opportunity to celebrate the progress our community has made, reflect on the work it’s taken to get here, and recommit to the work that remains to secure justice for all LGBTQ+ people. At a time when LGBTQ+ rights, and trans rights in particular, are under attack from the far-right, it is as important as ever that we fight to create a world where every LGBTQ+ person can live and thrive as their authentic selves. I know Secretary Haaland and the Biden Administration are committed to this fight, and I’ll continue working in partnership with the Administration and my colleagues in Congress to affirm LGBTQ+ justice.”
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.