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Rep. Mondaire Jones Named Most Active Freshman Member of Congress

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NYACK, NY – Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) is the most legislatively active freshman member of Congress so far, according to an analysis published by Axios this week. In his first 140 days in office, Jones has sponsored or co-sponsored more than 287 pieces of legislation, more than 60 more pieces than the second-most active freshman member.

“I came to Congress intent on meeting the numerous crises we face with the urgency that this period in our history demands, and in my first months in office that’s exactly what I’ve done,” said Congressman Jones. “My team and I have wasted no time getting to work for the people of Westchester and Rockland, and I’m thrilled to see that hard work reflected in the data. From crushing the COVID-19 crisis and jumpstarting our economic recovery to fighting to save our democracy and obtain racial justice in policing, we’ve made great progress, but our work has only just begun. I’ll continue advancing equity and justice for every person in our district and beyond.”

Jones has introduced several bills as the lead sponsor or an original co-sponsor, including:

The SALT Deductibility Act, legislation to fully restore the State and Local Tax Deduction, which was capped at $10,000 as part of the 2017 Republican tax plan;
The Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act, legislation to ensure high-quality child care by making it free or affordable for all families and by establishing a network of federally supported, locally administered childcare options;
The Judiciary Act of 2021, legislation to restore balance and independence to the Supreme Court by expanding the number of Justices from nine to 13;
The Juror Non-Discrimination Act, which would outlaw discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals in the jury selection process. This bill was included in the Equality Act, which the House passed in March;
The Full-Service Community School Expansion Act, legislation to invest $3.65 billion in full-service community schools, which provide integrated wraparound support services to serve students, families, and communities;
The Apprenticeships Access for All Act, which would help ensure people who have historically faced barriers to employment have an equal opportunity to participate in the national apprenticeship system. This bill was included in the National Apprenticeship Act, which the House passed in February; and
The Strength in Diversity Act, legislation to help fulfill the promise of equity in education by offering support and funding to districts that are developing, implementing, or expanding school diversity initiatives.

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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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