“State of Emergency” By County Executive Ed Day
We are making progress. Our latest numbers show that 17,654 MMR vaccinations have been given since the beginning of the outbreak in October 2018. That number has increased by almost 700 since we declared this State of Emergency. While these numbers are the most recent provided by the state they may not encompass the total given thus far. Doctors have up to 14 days to enter their numbers into the system, so the total is likely higher.
I did not come to this decision lightly but after more than half a year of dealing with the measles outbreak something had to be done. Every action we have taken since the beginning of this outbreak has been designed to maximize vaccinations and minimize exposures, and the State of Emergency was only the latest step.
Our Department of Health must be commended for their hard work and dedication to protecting the public health here in Rockland. Without their efforts, this outbreak could have been much worse. I also want to thank those residents who have responded to the State of Emergency positively and responsibly by going out to get their children vaccinated.
We viewed the State of Emergency as an opportunity for everyone in our community to do the right thing for their neighbors and come together. We are doing everything in our power to end this outbreak and protect the health of those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and that of children too young to be vaccinated.
Each and every new case is a roll of the dice that could bring on pneumonia, encephalitis – swelling of the brain or cause premature birth which can lead to all kinds of complications even death. We must not allow this outbreak to continue indefinitely. We will not sit idly by while children in our community are at risk.
We recognize that major religious holidays will soon be upon us and we want people to be able to celebrate. We don’t want to see a repeat of how this outbreak started when we saw people gather together and then fall ill.
That is why we have sounded the alarm and brought this issue to the forefront of public consciousness. We want everyone to be able to return to the normalcy of their lives. It is time that everyone takes proper action to protect themselves and their neighbors; for the health and safety of all of us in Rockland.
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.