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Rockland County Vaccination Process Update (March 4, 2021)

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POMONA, NY – County Executive Ed Day announced on Thursday that a total of 2,920 COVID-19 vaccines were scheduled to arrive at the Rockland County Department of Health as part of Week 12 of the New York State vaccination program. This allocation includes 1,700 Moderna vaccines (700 for Phase 1B Essential Workers, 500 for those with Comorbidities and 500 for those 65+), 500 Johnson and Johnson vaccines (for those 65+) and 720 Pfizer vaccines (for those 65+) and is the largest allocation received to date.

In total, Rockland County providers received 6,920 doses of COVID-19 vaccine during the week of March 1-7, far outpacing prior week’s allocations. The list of locations in Rockland receiving vaccine from New York State is available here: https://rocklandgov.com/departments/health/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccine-allocation/

New York State determines how much vaccine is sent to each vaccination site and which populations they are allowed to vaccinate. Westchester Medical Center has launched an interactive map to assist Hudson Valley residents with accessing COVID-19 vaccinations which is available here: https://public.tableau.com/profile/wmchealth#!/vizhome/HudsonValleyCOVID-19VaccineDirectory/DirectoryMap

“We have recently seen a little more flexibility from the State in terms of who we are able to vaccinate and I am pleased that we are once again able to get shots into the arms of seniors at our Health Department clinic,” said County Executive Ed Day. “And now that we are seeing increasing doses of all three FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines allocated to Rockland providers we are starting to make real progress.”

The Rockland County Department of Health is currently able to vaccinate these eligible groups:

Essential Workers from Phase 1B
Residents and Staff of congregate settings certified by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
Individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions
Individuals who are 65+

Appointments for the 1,720 total doses allocated for seniors are being set up by the Rockland County Office for the Aging. Seniors who signed up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist are being called in the order in which they joined the list. The Rockland County Emergency Operations Center was activated to assist in this process with nearly 20 County Departments and volunteers currently participating.

Rockland residents age 65+ can still sign up to the Senior COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist by calling the Rockland County Office for the Aging at 845-364-2110, Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8:00 am through 5:00 pm. Spanish and Creole speakers are available. In addition, residents can sign up online https://form.jotform.com/210357060190041.

Appointments for those certified by the OPWDD are being set up by the Rockland County Department of Health.

Appointments for Essential Workers from Phase 1B and individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions are being made via weekly open public registration.

The Rockland County Department of Health announces each public registration hours ahead of time via press release, social media posts and website updates. This process will continue for the foreseeable future at different dates and times to allow for more access.

“On a personal note, I was able to register to be vaccinated as a senior individual with a comorbidity during the recent public registration for this group and received my first dose of the Moderna vaccine this afternoon. While I have been eligible for a shot since January, when everyone 65 years of age and up became eligible, I had not sought a vaccine because I recognized that there were those in our community who needed it more than I did. But with vaccine supply now increasing and hearing the feedback I received from many residents along with my friends and family urging me to get the shot, I have done so. I encourage everyone to get the shot when it is their turn as I believe these vaccines are safe and effective and I trust the advice of the public health professionals in the Department of Health. My message to you is this, we will continue to do everything in our power to get shots into the arms of Rockland residents, to share information about where vaccinations are available and raise awareness around the importance of getting vaccinated. For those still searching, please be patient. This process is improving, and we will get you vaccinated,” said County Executive Day.

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NYS DEC Announces Spring Turkey Hunting Seasons

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that spring turkey season opens May 1, in all parts of Upstate New York, north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary. In addition, DEC’s annual youth turkey hunting weekend will take place April 24 to 25. The youth turkey hunt for junior hunters aged 12 to 15 is open in all parts of Upstate New York and Suffolk County.

“Turkey hunting has long been a sign that spring is here. It also presents a wonderful opportunity for New Yorkers to get outside and enjoy the outdoors and introduce the next generation of hunters to the sport,” Commissioner Seggos said. “As hunters take to the field this spring, DEC reminds everyone to hunt safe and hunt smart by following the guidelines to support hunter safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

Last year, turkey hunters took approximately 21,500 birds in New York during the spring season, an increase of about 25 percent from 2019. Much of the increase was likely due to a rise in hunter participation as more people looked for outdoor activities close to home during the COVID-19 pandemic. This spring, hunters can expect good numbers of jakes based on average-to-good productivity in 2020 and a mild winter. However, two-year-old birds may be more difficult to find. During 2019, turkeys in New York experienced one of the worst breeding seasons in the 25 years DEC has been monitoring productivity, and the effects of this poor productivity will be experienced most heavily for hunters targeting adult birds this year.

About the Spring Youth Hunt, April 24-25:

Hunters 12 to 15 years of age are eligible and must hold a hunting license and a turkey permit;
Youth 12 to 13 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or adult over 21 years of age with written permission from their parent or legal guardian. Youth 14 to 15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or adult over 18 years of age with written permission from their parent or legal guardian;
Accompanying adults must have a current hunting license and turkey permit. The adult may assist the youth hunter, including calling, but may not carry a firearm, bow, or crossbow or kill or attempt to kill a wild turkey during the youth hunt;
Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to noon each day;
The youth turkey hunt is open in all parts of Upstate New York, north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary, and in Suffolk County;
The bag limit for the youth weekend is one bearded bird. This bird becomes part of the youth’s regular spring season bag limit of two bearded birds. A second bird may be taken only in Upstate New York, north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary, beginning May 1;
Crossbows may only be used by hunters 14 or older. In Suffolk and Westchester counties it is illegal to use a crossbow to hunt wild turkeys; and
All other wild turkey hunting regulations remain in effect.
About the Spring Turkey Season, May 1-31:

Hunting is permitted in most areas of the state, except for New York City and Long Island;
Hunters must have a turkey hunting permit in addition to their hunting license;
Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to noon each day;
Hunters may take two bearded turkeys during the spring season, but only one bird per day;
Hunters may not use rifles or handguns firing a bullet. Hunters may hunt with a shotgun or handgun loaded with shot sizes no larger than No. 2 or smaller than No. 8, or with a bow or crossbow (except crossbows may not be used in Westchester County);
Successful hunters must fill out the tag that comes with their turkey permit and immediately attach it to any turkey harvested;
Successful hunters must report their harvest within seven days of taking a bird. Call 1-866-426-3778 (1-866 GAMERPT) or report harvest online at DEC’s Game Harvest Reporting website; and
For more information about turkey hunting in New York, see the 2020-2021 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide or visit the Turkey Hunting pages of DEC’s website.
Hunt Safe, Hunt Smart!

While statistics show that hunting in New York State is safer than ever, mistakes are made each year. Every hunting-related shooting incident is preventable and DEC encourages hunters to use common sense this season and remember what they were taught in their DEC Hunter Education Course:

Point your gun in a safe direction;
Treat every gun as if it were loaded;
Be sure of your target and beyond;
Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot; and
Stalking stinks! Set up with your back against a tree or other object wider than your shoulders and call birds to you.
DEC also encourages all hunters to wear blaze orange or blaze pink when moving between hunting spots to make themselves more visible to other hunters. A blaze orange or blaze pink vest or other material can be hung in a nearby tree when you are set up and calling birds so other hunters are alerted to your presence. In addition, all hunters should continue to follow COVID-19 precautions to ensure a safe hunt, including social distancing and wearing masks. A hunter education class is required for all new hunters and is available in-person (for free) or online (for a fee). To find an in-person hunter education class in your area, visit DEC’s Hunter Education Program website or call 1-888-HUNT-ED2 (1-888-486-8332).

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Meet Suffern School Board Member Angus Mackenzie

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Meet Suffern School Board Member Angus Mackenzie, who just announced he will be running for re-election. “It has been my pleasure to serve on the board the last three years and I hope to serve our community! Thank you for that privilege!” said Mackenzie during his re-election announcement.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Graduated from Suffern High School and received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement Administration from St. John’s University. Went on to earn a master’s degree in Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and an advanced certificate in police leadership from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

PROFESSION: Retired. Previous positions include Narcotics Detective with the New York City Police Department, and Deputy Sheriff with the Rockland County Sheriff’s Department.

RESIDENT: Born and raised in Suffern

FAMILY: Married to Amy (also a Suffern High School graduate), with three sons, Angus, grade 9, James, grade 7, and Rory, grade 3, all in the Suffern Central Schools

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Has served as a volunteer football coach for Suffern Midget Mounties, Ramapo PAL Flag Football and Suffern Middle School Football. Has served as Treasurer of the Cherry Lane PTA. Current President-Elect of the Suffern Rotary Club

ELECTED POSITIONS HELD: Union Delegate, New York City Police Department Detectives Endowment Association , Vice-President Board of Education

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING? My wife and I are products of the Suffern Central Schools, as were our fathers. There is nothing like the education and experience of attending the schools in Suffern Central. I want to ensure that the experience that my family has enjoyed will be enhanced for future generations. I would like to continue to work collaboratively with fellow board members to expand and improve special education services for our students, maintain the district’s high level of education by increasing the use of new technologies in classrooms and to achieve optimal results for our students. In addition, I would like to see our programs for English Language Learners expand and culturally responsive teaching in the classroom. I hope to help create a Recovery School program to serve the students who are struggling and recovering from addiction.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS WHILE ON THE BOARD

Brought the Visions program that facilitated the internship of two visually impaired students at Cherry Lane Elementary School.

Former Vice-President of the Board of Education

Helped to develop the SCSD five year strategic plan

Helped to develop the SCSD safety plan

Organized school safety and active shooter training for all SCSD staff and faculty

Member of the Re-Opening Team

Chairperson, Advocacy Committee

Former Chairperson, Strategic Planning Committee

Board Representative Safety Committee

Board Representative of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee

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