STONY POINT, NY – Since the start of the pandemic, Senator James Skoufis (D-Hudson Valley) and his office have flagged and helped process over 3,000 unemployment insurance claims with the state’s Department of Labor (DOL). The 3,000th constituent was provided assistance on Monday.
Due to the pandemic, the DOL has experienced an unprecedented influx of claims, causing the website to crash and phone lines to jam up. In April, the statewide unemployment rate increased from 4.1% to 14.5%. In response, Senator Skoufis restructured his office in order to designate a majority of his team to assist with unemployment support all day, every day. Additionally, Senator Skoufis and his office continue to field hundreds of other questions, concerns, and issues facing the community on a daily basis.
Senator Skoufis said, “While I’m heartbroken that thousands of my constituents have required support to help navigate the state’s unemployment, I’m proud that my team has continued operating with a ‘constituents first’ approach. Well-functioning constituent services is paramount in my office and I’m grateful to have a team that shares the same dedication to taking on issues and, to the best of our ability, resolving them.”
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.