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➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2021-01-18T23:38:28+0000

ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE REVERSAL OF FAILED VACCINE DISTRIBUTION BACK TO COUNTY SYSTEM

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I,LBT,SAM-New Windsor) today called for the Governor to suspend his failed system of COVID-19 vaccine distribution and revert back immediately to the proven system of distributing through county health departments.

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “The Governor’s self-created system for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine has failed. It has left the public with confusion and concern and without shots in arms. It is time for the Governor to suspend this poorly planned and executed process and immediately revert back the proven system of distributing through county health departments, who are trained for this exact purpose. It is time to rely on the county-based system which has been planned for and trained on for years.”

Assemblyman Schmitt, who serves as Ranking Member of the Local Governments Committee also joined today with Health Committee Ranking Member Kevin Byrne to request joint Assembly oversight hearings between the Local Governments Committee and Health Committee.

Schmitt stated, “We have an obligation to immediately convene Assembly oversight hearings to get to the bottom of what is happening here and help reverse course. We need shots in arms and we need systems in place that accomplishes that. Right now, concern, confusion, and uncertainty has gripped thousands of New Yorkers who are seeking to get shots but simply cannot.”

Rockland County Executive Ed Day stated, “Trying to manage a war from a bunker in Albany is either the height of illogic or arrogance and possibly both. In this battle to vanquish COVID-19, you must rely on your field generals and trained troops to be effective and the results of failing to do is now starkly obvious as we have seen in the bungled State rollout. We again implore Albany to get the vaccines to the experts- our county Health Departments and give them the tools and latitude to get the job done”

Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands, and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula Quincy!

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ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE REVERSAL OF FAILED VACCINE DISTRIBUTION BACK TO COUNTY SYSTEMAssemblyman…

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Monday, January 18, 2021

January 18th, 2021|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2021-01-18T20:03:39+0000

ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT JOINS WITH ASSEMBLYMAN BYRNE TO CALL FOR JOINT OVERSIGHT HEARING OF COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I,LBT,SAM-New Windsor) today joined with Assemblyman Kevin Byrne to seek a joint legislative hearing of the Local Governments Committee and Health Committee on the ongoing failures of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution and the decision to not utilize existing distribution systems in place with county governments that have long trained for and had in place vaccine distribution processes through local departments of health.

Assemblyman Schmitt who serves as Ranking Member of the Local Governments Committee and Assemblyman Byrne who serves as Health Committee Ranking Member made the request via formal letter to the Chair’s of both committees and the Speaker and Minority Leader of the Assembly.

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “We have an obligation to convene Assembly oversight hearings to get to the bottom of what is happening here and help reverse course. We need shots in arms and we need systems in place that accomplishes that. Right now, concern, confusion, and uncertainty has gripped thousands of New Yorkers who are seeking to get shots but simply cannot. This is in large part due to the Governor’s decision to not use the long standing system of vaccine distribution through the county departments of health.”

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne stated, “The development of multiple life-saving vaccines at such speed is nothing short of miraculous. Still, that alone won’t get the actual shot in the arm. The distribution of the vaccine has been an absolute disaster. Politicians can try to finger point their way out of anything and avoid taking responsibility, but it’s part of our job as legislators to get to the bottom of it and ensure better policies are adopted moving forward. The Legislature holds dozens of hearings every year on important subjects that affect our fellow New Yorkers. This should be one of them.”

Joint Letter:

Dear Chair members Thiele and Gottfried:

The mere fact that we presently have multiple vaccines to inoculate New Yorkers and protect them from COVID-19 is a medical marvel. While many New Yorkers across our state have expressed an eagerness to receive the vaccine, the distribution has been nothing short of a disaster and has delayed inoculation. The primary cause of these issues lay with the Governor’s administration, and the lack of proper congressional oversight and support for the efforts have been noticeable.

The immense frustration experienced by our fellow New Yorkers who attempted to sign up for the vaccine and the state’s failure to effectively distribute it is having direct negative impacts on people across the state. It is our understanding that the governor replaced an existing process for vaccine distribution using county governments and their departments of health and created a new system that has resulted in confusion, lack of accountability and limited success. New issues are compounding on a daily basis— exasperating those who are in need of the vaccine and leaving them with little to no answers. Governor Cuomo and the Department of Health have rightfully promoted a campaign labeled #VaccinateNY. Sadly, this campaign will do little to advance inoculation efforts so long as distribution is not managed effectively.

We all know and understand that this scale of inoculation effort is largely unprecedented. We realize that a large-level distribution plan is likely to have some issues at the onset of its first roll out. That said, that does not mean we should simply allow the status quo to continue without doing our due diligence to receive testimony and promote policies that would improve distribution efforts moving forward.

The Assembly has a proud tradition of hosting legislative hearings on matters of importance to our fellow New Yorkers. It is our belief that a joint legislative hearing with both the Local Governments and Health Committee is warranted to review distribution efforts and better understand the executive’s decision to not utilize existing distribution systems that were in place by county governments.

The State Assembly’s oversight authority could help save lives and reverse the failures we are currently experiencing. We have an obligation to restore trust for our constituents and ensure systems that are known to work are being used. Therefore, we respectfully ask you, as chairs of both Local Governments and Health committees, strongly consider scheduling a hearing on this matter.

We look forward to collaboratively working with you during this process. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this request.

Respectfully,

Members of Assembly Schmitt and Byrne

Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands, and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula Quincy!
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ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT JOINS WITH ASSEMBLYMAN BYRNE TO CALL FOR JOINT OVERSIGHT HEARING OF COVID-19 VACCINE…

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Monday, January 18, 2021

January 18th, 2021|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2021-01-18T17:32:35+0000

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr

Today I was able to once again participate in the MLK Peace March and Ceremony in Highland Falls to celebrate the life and legacy of hope and light of Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." -…

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Monday, January 18, 2021

January 18th, 2021|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2021-01-16T21:43:41+0000

WHEC: Bill would require high school sports to restart in NY https://amp.whec.com/articles/bill-would-require-high-school-sports-to-restart-in-ny-5978171.html

WHEC: Bill would require high school sports to restart in NY https://amp.whec.com/articles/bill-would-require-high-school-sports-to-restart-in-ny-5978171.html

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Saturday, January 16, 2021

January 16th, 2021|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2021-01-15T17:26:44+0000

MidHudsonNews: Lawmakers urge Albany to approve return of interscholastic sports https://midhudsonnews.com/2021/01/15/lawmakers-urge-albany-to-approve-return-of-interscholastic-sports/

MidHudsonNews: Lawmakers urge Albany to approve return of interscholastic sports https://midhudsonnews.com/2021/01/15/lawmakers-urge-albany-to-approve-return-of-interscholastic-sports/

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Friday, January 15, 2021

January 15th, 2021|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2021-01-15T12:15:46+0000

News12 reports on my Let Them Play Press Conference https://westchester.news12.com/2-gop-lawmakers-say-interscholastic-sports-can-be-played-in-safe-responsible-way-despite-covid-19-cases

News12 reports on my Let Them Play Press Conference https://westchester.news12.com/2-gop-lawmakers-say-interscholastic-sports-can-be-played-in-safe-responsible-way-despite-covid-19-cases

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Friday, January 15, 2021

January 15th, 2021|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2021-01-15T01:54:02+0000

Spectrum News: Schmitt, Coaches call for return of interscholastic sports https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/hudson-valley/news/2021/01/14/schmitt–coaches-call-for-return-of-interscholastic-sports

Spectrum News: Schmitt, Coaches call for return of interscholastic sports https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/hudson-valley/news/2021/01/14/schmitt–coaches-call-for-return-of-interscholastic-sports

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Thursday, January 14, 2021

January 14th, 2021|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2021-01-14T21:27:39+0000

ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO SAFELY RESUME ALL INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS WITHOUT DELAY

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I,LBT,SAM-New Windsor) held a press conference with local elected officials, High School coaches, and ‘Let Them Play’ stakeholders from across the region to announce the introduction of legislation to compel the NYS Department of Education and the NYS Department of Health to allow all interscholastic sports to be cleared to play this year using proper COVID-19 safety protocols.

The issue has broad support from many members of the community — and is critical to ensuring the holistic health and well-being of our youth. Interscholastic sports are an integral part of the school experience and a way to maintain a semblance of normalcy in an upended world.

Currently, some sports are being played in New York, while others like basketball, football, ice hockey, and more are not allowed, despite a majority of states, including neighboring NJ, PA, and CT allowing basketball competition to begin this week.

The introduction of this legislation follows the Assemblyman’s letter from the beginning of the week to the Governor and Commissioners of Health and Education calling for the safe immediate resumption of all Interscholastic sports.

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “New York’s student-athletes should have equal opportunity to safely compete in all sports just like students in a majority of states in our nation. Medical and scientific data prove interscholastic sports using the proper protocols is safe during COVID-19. I have received overwhelming outreach from players, families, coaches and community members on this issue and agree that it is time to “let them play.”

Schmitt continued, “Interscholastic sports are the great equalizer and provide physical, mental, and emotional health benefits. I urge all my colleagues in government to join our legislation and help advocate for our young New Yorkers.”

Assemblyman Michael Lawler stated, “We have an obligation as a community to help these kids. This is a very trying time for many of them, their parents, and their teachers. Getting back to playing sports and competition is the best way for us to get back a sense of normalcy in our society.”

Lawler continued, “I’d also like to thank Assemblyman Schmitt for organizing this today and for his leadership on this issue. When his office reached out to me to help with this push to get our kids back on the fields and the courts, I jumped at the opportunity. Together, we will get student-athletes back to the sports they love.”

Monroe Town Supervisor Tony Cardone stated, “Assemblyman Schmitt and I realize that this past year has been one of the most challenging times we have faced in recent history. As we continue to navigate through our altered day-to-day routines, we need to seek and find ways to resume activities that play an integral role in the health and well-being of our youth. This legislation on Interscholastic Sports spearheaded by Assemblyman Schmitt must and will succeed.”

Orange County Legislator Pete Tuohy stated, “Thanks to Assemblyman Schmitt taking the lead on this crucial issue, the Orange County Republican legislative caucus has approved our own letter that has been sent to the Governor urging that Interscholastic Sports must begin again. It goes beyond just stats and victories on the field, it builds character, competitive spirit, and teamwork.”

Spring Valley High School Coach Andrew Delva stated, “We wouldn’t be here today without Assemblyman Schmitt’s courage to speak out. I think it’s very important for student-athletes to have the opportunity to compete. These students see kids in neighboring states being given the chance to play while they’ve waited patiently to do the same. The science shows that sports can be done safely and that there is no link between contracting COVID and participating in sports. It is important for these athletes to play, compete, and sports have been shown to have a positive influence on their lives.”

Mahopac Football Coach Dominic DeMatteo, “I think it’s very important for student-athletes to have the opportunity to compete. These students see kids in neighboring states being given the chance to play while they’ve waited patiently to do the same. The science shows that sports can be done safely and that there is no link between contracting COVID and participating in sports. It is important for these athletes to play, compete, and sports have been shown to have a positive influence on their lives. I want to thank Assemblyman Schmitt for taking a stand with all of us.”

Seth Haight, Father to 3 school-aged athletes stated, “I want to thank Assemblymen Schmitt for giving athletes, coaches, parents, and other stakeholders an opportunity to have a voice. I am the father of an 8th grader, sophomore, and a senior, and I can see the impact that not playing sports has had on them and their peers. For my senior, athletics are a major part of his pathway to college and in the eyes of College coaches, not having any senior seasons is a significant disadvantage to him vs. seniors in states that are currently allowing sports to take place.”

Full press conference can be viewed here.

Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands, and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula Quincy!

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ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT ANNOUNCES LEGISLATION TO SAFELY RESUME ALL INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS WITHOUT DELAYAssemblyman…

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Thursday, January 14, 2021

January 14th, 2021|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2021-01-12T23:04:14+0000

Hey Sean Maloney you call your churchgoing constituents “extremists” & “terrorists” & now your Antifa pals want their names & addresses. Maybe u should read the 400 emails calling you out. Let me know when you want to start working for our constituents instead of playing partisan politics.

Hey Sean Maloney you call your churchgoing constituents "extremists" & "terrorists" & now your Antifa pals want their…

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Tuesday, January 12, 2021

January 12th, 2021|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2021-01-12T01:21:04+0000

Participated this evening in the Rockland County School Board Association Legislative Webinar with colleagues from the Rockland’s bipartisan legislative delegation.

Participated this evening in the Rockland County School Board Association Legislative Webinar with colleagues from the Rockland’s bipartisan legislative delegation.

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Monday, January 11, 2021

January 11th, 2021|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2021-01-11T19:17:16+0000

ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT CALLS FOR FULL SAFE REINSTATEMENT OF ALL INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORT COMPETITION IN NY

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I,LBT,SAM-New Windsor) today sent a letter to the Governor and Commissioners of Health and Education requesting all interscholastic sports be cleared to play this year.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic certain sports more likely to have contact have not been authorized to play, while professional counterparts have.

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “Student athletes should have the same ability to safely compete in athletic competition that is afforded to professional teams in New York. New York school districts and athletic programs have systems in place to ensure all play is safe and healthy following the highest standards available. The professionals are playing in New York and students are playing in many other states. There is no reason to delay further full equity in athletic play.”

Full text of letter:

Dear Governor Cuomo, Commissioner Zucker and Commissioner Rosa:

One of the most important activities for our students is the ability to participate in athletic competition. Many interscholastic sports like football have been unable to compete since the COVID pandemic began. This is despite the fact that professional teams have competed, including with spectators, as recently as this weekend.

Our students deserve the same opportunity to participate in time honored American traditions of athletic competition in all sports just the same as professional teams in New York.

New York school districts and athletic programs have systems in place to ensure all play is safe and healthy following the highest standards available. The professionals are playing in New York and students are playing in many other states. There is no reason to delay further full equity in athletic play.

The data is on the side of letting our students play- according to the Kentucky Football Coaches Association, which has had an interscholastic football season this year; of the 12,722 combined coaches and players there have been zero new cases of COVID-19. In your own State of the State Address you referenced the Bill’s play-off game which went off without a hitch. It is clear we can proceed, taking the right precautions, with all interscholastic sports not currently authorized.

Let’s get all our students back out in friendly competition.

Sincerely,

Colin J. Schmitt
Member of Assembly
99th District

Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands, and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula Quincy!

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ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT CALLS FOR FULL SAFE REINSTATEMENT OF ALL INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORT COMPETITION IN NYAssemblyman…

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Monday, January 11, 2021

January 11th, 2021|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2021-01-11T18:26:42+0000

𝙎𝙏𝘼𝙏𝙀𝙈𝙀𝙉𝙏 𝙁𝙍𝙊𝙈 𝙅𝙊𝙎𝙀𝙋𝙃 𝘽𝙐𝘾𝘾𝙊, 𝙈𝘼𝙔𝙊𝙍 𝙊𝙁 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙑𝙄𝙇𝙇𝘼𝙂𝙀 𝙊𝙁 𝙒𝘼𝙎𝙃𝙄𝙉𝙂𝙏𝙊𝙉𝙑𝙄𝙇𝙇𝙀

As Mayor of the Village of Washingtonville, I have had the opportunity to work with Assemblyman Colin Schmitt on many projects. I have found him to be a man of integrity. Like most of America, I condemn what took place in Washington this week, however, for the Orange County Democratic Party to verbally attack Colin and other local citizens through their statements is totally unacceptable. I would hope we can remain a united community regardless of political party. Thank you, Colin Schmitt, for your continued support and leadership.

𝙎𝙏𝘼𝙏𝙀𝙈𝙀𝙉𝙏 𝙁𝙍𝙊𝙈 𝙅𝙊𝙎𝙀𝙋𝙃 𝘽𝙐𝘾𝘾𝙊, 𝙈𝘼𝙔𝙊𝙍 𝙊𝙁 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙑𝙄𝙇𝙇𝘼𝙂𝙀 𝙊𝙁 𝙒𝘼𝙎𝙃𝙄𝙉𝙂𝙏𝙊𝙉𝙑𝙄𝙇𝙇𝙀As Mayor of the Village of Washingtonville, I have…

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Monday, January 11, 2021

January 11th, 2021|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2021-01-11T11:59:46+0000

Local businesses helping local businesses. Great job to Devitts Nursery for launching this new program to help small businesses dealing with COVID-19 impacts. Check it out—> https://supporthvbiz.com/

Local businesses helping local businesses. Great job to Devitts Nursery for launching this new program to help small businesses dealing with COVID-19 impacts. Check it out—> https://supporthvbiz.com/

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Monday, January 11, 2021

January 11th, 2021|

➔ News from Assemblyman Colin Schmitt: 2021-01-10T17:34:05+0000

On Wednesday I was honored to be sworn in for my second term by County Clerk Annie Rabbitt with Deputy County Clerk Kelly Eskew serving as master of ceremonies at the district office in Washingtonville. Thank you to local Eagle Scout Steven for leading the pledge, local student Patrick for performing the National Anthem and God Bless America and Father MacDonald for the blessing. If you missed this virtually steamed event you can find it in our Facebook videos!

On Wednesday I was honored to be sworn in for my second term by County Clerk Annie Rabbitt with Deputy County Clerk…

Posted by Colin Schmitt on Sunday, January 10, 2021

January 10th, 2021|

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