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Senator Skoufis Responds to Governor Cuomo’s State of State Address

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The Governor’s presentation did not include many specific proposals, but the issues we face as New Yorkers are clear. We have a COVID-19-driven budget deficit facing us, but there are a number of steps we can and should take to rebuild our economy, get people back to work, and ensure that the pocketbooks of hardworking New Yorkers are protected.

“We need to repurpose state incentives that heavily favor large corporations and, instead, provide real and significant relief to our small businesses. As virus restrictions persist in many communities, far too many empty storefronts litter our Main Streets. Our small businesses need assistance and they deserve assistance.

“Additionally, we ought to address the COVID-driven budget shortfall by modestly increasing state income tax rates for people making over $3 million annually. In an effort to mitigate cuts to essential services such as our schools and hospitals, we ought to look to the very wealthy among us – almost all of whom live in New York City – to offer up a small sacrifice in order to protect services that we all rely on.

“The budget also presents an opportunity to pass a large infrastructure bill which will both create good-paying jobs and rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges. I’ve always prioritized bringing back infrastructure dollars and this year will be no exception as I fight for funding to expand Route 17 to three lanes in each direction, repave local roads such as Route 17M and Route 218, and rebuild our community’s bridges.

“As I continue my efforts as Chair of the Investigations Committee to hold the government and its stakeholders accountable, I look forward to working with my colleagues over the next three months of negotiations in order to ensure the forthcoming budget works for the Hudson Valley and we rebuild our state’s economy.”

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Congressman Mondaire Jones on Impeachment of President Trump

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mondaire Jones before voting to impeach President Donald Trump for his incitement of the violent insurrection at the Capitol last week, delivered his first ever Floor speech since becoming a member of the 117th Congress.

Below are the Congressman’s remarks and the video of his speech can be seen here:

“I rise to support the impeachment of the disgraced, defeated President of the United States. There must be consequences for last week’s treason and sedition. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Donald Trumps in today’s Republican Party aim to run for higher office. We must send them a message that no one, in the United States of America, is above the law. The world is watching. I yield back.”

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Assemblyman Zebrowski Calls for Large-Scale Vaccination Center in Rockland

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Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski releases statement calling on the New York State Health Department to establish a large-scale vaccination center in Rockland County.

“I have seen enough of the 1B roll-out today to know that it isn’t working. My office has been on the phone with countless Rockland residents over the age of 75 who are confused and frustrated that they can’t make any appointment for a vaccine. This morning, the Department of Health website showed only three providers and none were taking appointments. This is unacceptable. We need a major vaccine center, similar to the testing center at Anthony Wayne, established immediately. Additional private providers should help augment the vaccination efforts, but should not be the primary system. I do not believe we can rely on these private providers to handle the logistics of all the Rockland residents attempting to make an appointment. This center should integrate seamlessly with our Rockland County Health Department to utilize their resources and local expertise. Our private health partners are a key component to the vaccination process, but the logistics should not fall fully on them, we need a publicly organized vaccination center as the hub. My office believes that very few, if any Rocklanders, were able to make an appointment as of Monday afternoon. There is obviously a failure within the current system and the State needs to be able to pivot immediately to a better system.”

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