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“As it stands, someone who’s in a nursing home as a resident gets infected in their nursing home, but loses their life in a hospital or elsewhere is not counted as a COVID nursing home death. So, first, how many other states similarly do not count the aforementioned as a nursing home death?” asked Senator James Skoufis.

“I can’t give you the answer on the number of states. I know that the data that’s coming into the CDC, and I’ve spoken to the CDC many times is quite fragmented regarding different states,” said NYS DOH Commissioner Howard Zucker.

Senator Skoufis believes New York’s counting method “misrepresents the true scale of this crisis” in nursing homes. Commissioner Zucker was not able to provide the number of nursing home residents who have died as a result of COVID in hospitals at this time saying he needs to make sure he has an accurate number.

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Martin Luther King Multi Purpose Center in Spring Valley Receive Much Needed Bus Donation

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Martin Luther King Multi Purpose Center in Spring Valley Receive Much Needed Bus 🚌 Donation

For months, the MLK Center has been in desperate need of a bus or van that could help them continue to provide the Spring Valley community with critical services. Thanks to the generosity of John Corr, Chestnut Ridge Transportation, and Assemblyman Mike Lawler’s office in pursuing potential donors, they have a vehicle that fills that need and more.

“I’m proud of the work my office did in helping acquire this vehicle for the MLK Multi-Purpose Center, and I look forward to assisting the Center in other ways as they carry out their critical mission in Spring Valley!” said Assemblyman Lawler.

The MLK Center is a Rockland County treasure – it is the third largest food pantry in Rockland and they distributed over 300,000 lbs of food in 2020!

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Rep. Mondaire Jones’ Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Extended Eviction Moratorium

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Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s shadow docket decision to terminate the federal eviction moratorium:

“The Supreme Court’s shadow docket decision to strike down the CDC’s eviction moratorium is as dangerous as it is logically and morally bankrupt.

For the last year and a half, the eviction moratorium has kept as many as 11 million Americans struggling to pay rent safe and housed amid the worst public health and economic crises in a century. As the Delta variant continues to ravage our nation, striking down the moratorium will lead to unnecessary death and suffering—particularly in communities of color, which bear the brunt of the housing crisis.

We fought to extend the eviction moratorium to give states time to distribute the more than $46 billion in rental assistance that I helped pass as a member of Congress. The disbursement of these funds by states like New York, which is sitting on over $2 billion in rental assistance, is critical in order for landlords to be made whole. With its decision, the far-right Supreme Court has once again subverted the clear legal authority of the executive branch, instantly putting millions of lives in danger.

This decision is a painful reminder of the reality of a hyper-partisan Supreme Court that is more concerned with protecting special interests than protecting everyday Americans, and the need to restore balance to that Court by expanding it. We need not accept baseless, unsigned rulings issued in the dead of night.

I’ll continue fighting to ensure every person in my district and across the country remains safe and housed for the duration of this pandemic and long after. As I fight to eliminate the filibuster in the U.S. Senate, which is a roadblock to congressional action on a moratorium, the legislature in New York must pass an extension of our state’s own eviction moratorium.”

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