News of the Highlands reports on the Assemblyman’s activation.
Assemblyman Colin Schmitt Distributes Thousands of Additional PPE Masks and Hand Sanitizers to 99th Dist. Front Line https://ocpostny.com/2020/04/21/assemblyman-colin-schmitt-distributes-thousands-of-additional-ppe-masks-and-hand-sanitizers-to-99th-dist-front-line/
Assemblyman Schmitt delivers bipartisan results:
On April 18, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in coordination with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, announced that both marinas and boatyards can reopen for personal use if people successfully practice social distancing rules and increase sanitization protocols.
These locations were closed for weeks to prevent clusters of people at waterfronts….
Just a day before, on April 17, Assemblyman Colin Schmitt, R-New Windsor, distributed a bipartisan letter that encouraged Cuomo to amend the original closing decision, insisting that closing these waterfronts will prevent people from being able to fish or simply go outside; both of which are currently safe to do in New York.
A mix of Democratic and Republican lawmakers from the Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus signed this letter, including Senator Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, D-Forestburgh, Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, R-Guilford as well as Schmitt.
The letter states: “During particularly difficult times, sportsmen and women often turn to some of America’s most time-honored traditions as an avenue of escape. We humbly suggest that should closures be found to be necessary, that they be made in a manner that addresses the particular issue at hand while allowing access and opportunities to remain available for sportsmen and women in other areas of the state.”
Orange County Small Businesses: $500,000 business loan program launches today through the Orange County Funding Corporation
Applications are on www.ocnyida.com; click on the “COVID” button.
It is was great sadness we have learned Orange County Farming legend Bill Johnson has passed away. A true institution. May he Rest In Peace. ￼Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends.
Happy Earth Day 2020!
Our family enjoys all Mother Nature and the outdoors has to offer us.
I have focused heavily on conservation and environmental protection issues during my first term and will continue to do so. My efforts have led me to serve as Co-Chair of the NY Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, the leading legislative conservation organization nation wide and as a member of the Assembly Minority Water Quality Task Force.
From protecting open space and local farms and farmland, to preserving, protecting and rehabilitating water supplies, conserving wildlife habitats, expanding recreation opportunities, combating pollution and so much more! We are just getting going.
Our environment is so critical to our lives and all humanity. Enjoy it. Protect it.
ASSEMBLYMAN COLIN SCHMITT DISTRIBUTES THOUSANDS OF ADDITIONAL PPE MASKS AND ADDITIONAL BOTTLES OF HAND SANITIZER TO 99TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT FRONT LINE RESPONDERS AND ESSENTIAL WORKERS
Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) over the last few days has distributed 1500+ additional PPE masks and bottles of hand sanitizer to front line responders and essential workers covering the 99th Assembly District plus surrounding areas.
This is on top of the over 10,000+ PPE masks and hundreds of bottles of hand sanitizer that Schmitt has already distributed to 99th Assembly District front line responders and essential workers and over 74,000 PPE masks processed through the Assemblyman’s office to other agencies for distribution including Orange and Rockland Counties.
While Assemblyman Schmitt is still currently on active duty with the Army National Guard for the COVID-19 mission, his wife Nikki Schmitt continues to oversee all distribution of these critical supplies during times he is on mission.
Front line responders and essential workers in need of PPE masks should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-469-6929 with any additional requests.
Town of Blooming Grove Supervisor Robert Jeroloman stated, “The Town of Blooming Grove thanks Assemblyman Schmitt for his commitment to serving his district especially during this ongoing crisis. Assemblyman Schmitt has been working nonstop since the beginning of this crisis to help the community and protect his constituents. We appreciate his hard work and dedication.”
Pat Hines, Chief, Cornwall Fire Department stated, “Thank you to Assemblyman Colin Schmitt for providing us with a supply of N95’s and surgical masks. These have provided us an important bridge between when our supplier could provide our necessary PPE. We appreciate you putting first responders first and making our health and safety a priority during this ongoing crisis!”
Marcus Horrego, Town of Hamptonburgh Councilman, stated, “During the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Assemblyman Schmitt has delivered for the Town of Hamptonburgh and has truly prioritized the health and safety of our first responders. His donation of PPE to the agencies that serve the Hamptonburgh community is life-saving. It is so important to protect the health of our first responders on the front lines during this time. Together, we will get through these trying times.”
Francis Pierri, Vails Gate Fire Department Member stated, “On behalf of the department, we’d like to thank Assemblyman Schmitt for answering our call for help and delivering safety masks for the Vails Gate Fire Department during this ongoing crisis. Assemblyman Schmitt’s continued support and commitment to ensuring that all first responders are protected and safe is certainly noteworthy. Thank you for all that you do!”
George Lyons, Town of Goshen Councilman and Goshen Ambulance Corps, stated, “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Assemblyman Schmitt for his much needed donation of PPE to our first responders here in the Town of Goshen. We are proud of all of his hard work and efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy especially those working on the front lines of this crisis.”
Village of Monroe Mayor Neil Dywer stated, “The Village of Monroe would like to thank Assemblyman Schmitt for his generous support of our first responders and essential personnel at this time. We greatly appreciate his efforts to keep everyone in the community safe and healthy, even outside of his own district. Thank you for your hard work and efforts!”
Carrie Massari, Town of Newburgh Ambulance Corps, stated, “The Town of Newburgh Ambulance would like to personally thank Assemblyman Schmitt for the donation of PPE to our agency. We reached out to him over the weekend and within hours, he showed up in person to hand deliver safety gear for us. Though a pandemic is something we never wished for, COVID-19 has brought us together as a community and we are thankful for that!”
Kyle Shorette, President, Town of Montgomery Ambulance Corps stated, “Thank you to Assemblyman Schmitt for donating PPE to the Town of Montgomery Ambulance Corps. Assemblyman Schmitt has gone above and beyond to help every agency in his district and although we only cover a small portion of the 99th district – he did not forget about us. We really appreciate his efforts to help keep our first responders safe and protected during this crisis.”
John Salka, Chief, South Blooming Grove Fire Department, stated, “Special thanks to Assemblyman Colin Schmitt for his crucial donation of PPE to the South Blooming Grove Fire Department. This safety equipment is very hard to come across right now and we are grateful that Assemblyman Schmitt was able to spare some for our department. Thank you for your continued support!”
CRITICAL UPDATE from New York State Department of Labor for any one not eligible for traditional unemployment but who will qualify for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance ——->
NEW: We’ve updated our unemployment application so New Yorkers can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance without having to apply for traditional unemployment insurance first and get denied. [https://on.ny.gov/2VoHYvu]
This means we’ll process claims more efficiently and get you benefits faster.
📢If you already applied for traditional UI but may be eligible for PUA, we will contact you. If you have previously filed for UI and filled out a standalone PUA application, we are processing your application and will be in touch IF we need to speak with you for more information.
Thank you !
BREAKING: Huge win! Following NY Sportsmen’s Legislative Caucus letter marinas and boat ramp usage is back!!!
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today announced marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers will be allowed to open for personal use as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed. Chartered watercraft services or rentals will not be allowed, and restaurant activity at these sites must be limited to take-out or delivery only, like anywhere else in the three states. This announcement aligns the policies of the three states on this particular service.
Thank you Dispatchers! National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week ends today but our dispatchers work every minute of the year non-stop to help keep us safe.
10,000+ PPE Masks, Meals for seniors and more COVID-19 updates from Assemblyman Schmitt https://mailchi.mp/bcbb4dffb2fb/10000-ppe-masks-meals-for-seniors-and-more-covid-19-updates-from-assemblyman-schmitt?e=754087d287
UPDATED GUIDANCE FROM EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT FOR PRIVATE GOLF COURSES:
“However, golf courses are not essential and cannot have employees working on-premise; notwithstanding this restriction, essential services, such as groundskeeping to avoid hazardous conditions and security, provided by employees, contractors, or vendors are permitted and private operators may permit individuals access to the property so long as there are no gatherings of any kind and appropriate social distancing of six feet between individuals is strictly abided.”
NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATIVE SPORTSMEN’S CAUCUS SENDS LETTER TO GOVERNOR CUOMO RE: CLOSING OF BOAT RAMPS AND MARINAS
Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor), as a Co-Chair of the bipartisan and bicameral New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, today sent a bipartisan letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to amend his decision to close all boat ramps and marinas throughout New York State.
In the letter, the co-chairs of the bipartisan and bicameral New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus requests a more localized approach to closing boat ramps and marinas during the COVID-19 crisis. Closing all boat ramps and marinas throughout the state will severely hinder people’s ability to fish and access the outdoors which are both safe, social distancing practices during this time.
Assemblyman Colin Schmitt stated, “The New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus is urging Governor Cuomo to amend his decision to close all boat ramps and marinas throughout New York State. During the COVID-19 crisis, fishing allows for proper social distancing and recreational activity. To close all boat ramps and marinas now, especially during the spring striped bass run up the Hudson in my district, will negatively impact the environmental health of this area and the mental health of those that have no other outlet during this crisis. As co-chair of the caucus I urge the Governor to take this bipartisan request into full consideration and support sportsmen throughout New York State at this crucial time.”
Nikki, Quincy and I love to enjoy the outdoors. The National Park Service sent this along for use during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis to remember to socially distance even when hiking or partaking in outdoor activities.