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Rockland, Orange and Ulster County Republican Committees Release Joint Statement, Call on Senator Skoufis to Resign as Chair of NYS Senate’s Investigations Committee

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Joint Statement from the Rockland, Orange and Ulster County Republican Committees Regarding Senator James Skoufis

Last week’s admission by Governor Cuomo’s Chief of Staff, Melissa DeRosa, that Governor Cuomo intentionally lied about the number of elderly that died in New York State Nursing Homes as a direct result of The Governor’s deadly executive order, was stunning both in its content and in who it was addressed to. Ms. DeRosa’s admission was made on a zoom call to certain Democratic lawmakers of which Senator James Skoufis was one. Not only did Senator Skoufis participate in the call, but allegedly thanked Ms. DeRosa for her candor and explanation. After the call, Senator Skoufis made no statement concerning the call’s existence or content.

Senator Skoufis is the Chair of the Senate Investigations Committee and has been leading the Senate’s sham investigation of the Nursing Home Death Scandal. Less than 2 weeks ago, Senator Skoufis refused to issue subpoenas to the Governor’s Office or The State Department of Health concerning his own investigation, thus allowing the Governor and his office to continue to lie and evade. Then when Ms. DeRosa finally admits the truth, Senator Skoufis thanked her. This shameful pandering is a complete abdication of Senator Skoufis’s oversight responsibilities as Chair of the investigations Committee. Senator Skoufis owes the families of those that died, and the people of New York, answers. Senator Skoufis’ failure to seek or provide those answers clearly establishes that he is unfit to Chair the Senate Investigations Committee.

Therefore, The Rockland, Orange and Ulster County Republican Committees call on Senator Skoufis to immediately resign as Chair of The New York State Senate’s Investigations Committee. The people of the State of New York deserve true oversight and accountability, not effusive praise for other elected officials who lie and evade. Senator Skoufis must resign as Chair of the Senate Investigations Committee.

The 39th New York State Senate District includes parts of Rockland, Orange and Ulster Counties.

 

Lawrence Garvey, Rockland County Republican Chairman
Courtney Canfield Greene, Orange County Republican Committee Chairwomen
Roger Rascoe, Ulster County Republican Committee Chairman

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Former Piermont Trustee Lisa DeFeciani Running for Orangetown Town Board

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BLAUVELT, NY – The Orangetown Democratic Committee announced on Facebook that Lisa DeFeciani would be running for Orangetown Town Board. Lisa grew up in Haverstraw and recently moved to Blauvelt from Piermont, where she served on the Village Board.

The Orangetown Democratic Committee posted the following:

“Lisa is deeply involved in the Orangetown community and has a great understanding of our town, its many communities, and its struggles. Lisa is committed to tackling some of the most pressing issues in our town: making sure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely on efforts that most impact residents (schools, roads, parks and more); addressing the issue of overdevelopment in our community and the impact on our environment, infrastructure (roads, schools, sewerage systems, etc.), and home values; and, addressing the fear many have regarding the health of our school districts and the possible need for a ward system, like the one recently established in East Ramapo, that would help ensure there is fair representation for all of the communities in Orangetown.”

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Democratic Chairs Respond, Call on Assemblyman Schmitt to Resign

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“Democrats and Republicans are expected to disagree on issues. It is a sad day, however, when our counterparts are attempting to shamelessly politicize the deaths of our fellow New Yorkers. It is remarkable yet unsurprising that the GOP Chairs and Assemblyman Schmitt – who literally boarded a January 6th bus of DC-bound seditionists to root on their efforts to overturn an election – learned absolutely nothing from the travesty of the insurrection. We need to rid our political discourse of conspiracy theories and outright lies yet, on the heels of enabling the attempted coup, Assemblyman Schmitt seems intent on doubling down. He ought to resign in disgrace.

“Here are the facts: a number of chairmen and chairwomen of Senate and Assembly committees met with the Administration and DOH Commissioner last week. To be clear, every Senator and Assembly Member who is doing their job meets with agency officials on a regular basis. The nursing homes answer that has elicited much attention over the past five days was prompted by a pointed question by Senator Skoufis himself as he continues to hold government actors accountable. This comes on the heels of over 40 hours of oversight hearings that Senator Skoufis led as Chairman of the investigations committee. When there were outstanding answers, he threatened subpoenas; within a week and a half, those answers on nursing home deaths were produced.

“In just two years, Senator Skoufis has demonstrated he’s the most effective Chairman of the Senate’s investigations committee that the chamber has seen in recent history. His independence is second to none.

“We saw on January 6th what happens when big lies are told and people are whipped into a frenzy by irresponsible political hacks. We won’t stand by and let it happen again which is why Assemblyman Schmitt needs to resign.”

Kristen Stavisky, Chair of the Rockland County Democratic Committee
Brett Broge, Chair of the Orange County Democratic Committee
Kelleigh McKenzie, Chair of the Ulster County Democratic Committee

You can read the initial Republican statement here.

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