Desk of NY Senator David Carlucci on State Guidance on School reopening and Covid-19

Dear Rocklandpost readers,

On July 26, we celebrate 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990. The ADA is a pivotal civil rights law, which removes barriers for people with disabilities and ensures equal protection against discrimination. The law guarantees individuals with disabilities have equal opportunity to employment, housing, education, transportation and more. 

As Chair of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee and a member for 10 years, it has been my tireless fight to uphold the ADA and fight to strengthen our laws to improve the health, independence, employment, and quality of life for people with disabilities. I was proud to pass into law the NY ABLE Actwhich allows New Yorkers with disabilities to deposit money into an ABLE account that is exempt from any Medicaid or Supplemental Security monetary limit as it relates to personal assets. The law has been applauded by the State Comptroller and was modeled after the federal ABLE Act signed by President Obama in 2014. 

While we should celebrate the progress that has been made, we must be alert to the gaps that remain. Now more than ever, we must fight to help individuals with disabilities and that means standing up against proposed state funding cuts that will gravely impact nonprofits who help our most vulnerable. I have been working to advance legislation to expedite federal funding to nonprofit service providers, whose frontline workers are putting their lives on the lines to ensure New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities are protected.

Together, we can ensure a more inclusive system for people of all abilities.


COVID-19 Cases and Deaths

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, there have been 403,175 total positive cases of COVID-19 statewide, including 13,733 in Rockland and 35,366 in Westchester. Sadly, we have lost 24,994 people statewide.

Guidance for Schools to Reopen Issued

New York will only open schools in September if it is safe to do so based on scientific data. The Governor said an initial decision would be announced the week of August 1. In the interim, the Governor has issued new guidance for schools to reopen. If a region is in Phase Four and the daily infection rate remains below 5% over a 14-day average, then schools in that region can open. Schools would have to close though, if a regional infection rate is greater than 9% over a 7-day average after August 1. Additional information can be found here.


Travel Alert for Out-of-State Visitors  

Out-of-state travelers from states with a high number of COVID-19 cases will now have to provide their contact information when they arrive at airports in New York. Failure to do so could lead to a court summons and a fine of up to $2,000. 

Parents Urged to Clean Playground Equipment Before Use

Last month, playgrounds across the state were permitted to reopen for recreational use. However, in many municipalities, there are no procedures in place for regular cleaning and sanitation of playground equipment. As we continue experiencing beautiful summer weather, it is important to keep kids active and get them outside. If you choose to take your children to the playground, come prepared with sanitizing supplies to clean frequently touched metal and plastic equipment before and after your child’s use. The COVID-19 virus lives longest on plastic and stainless steel and can survive on those surfaces for up to 72 hours.


Free Job Search Seminar 

The Arts Council of Rockland is hosting a program series, “United We Create,” to offer residents a number of free and low-cost classes and seminars throughout the summer. As part of this series, Alan Silberberg, a Career Coach with 25+ years of experience, is leading a free seminar on how to find a job in this difficult climate. 

This session will be held virtually on Wednesday, July 29, from 7:00PM-8:00PM and is geared towards all professionals, including recent college grads. More information on this session and other sessions in the series is available, here.  

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My Office is Here to Help

Please remember my staff is working remotely and has closed hundreds of cases since the start of the pandemic. We are here to assist with unemployment claims, health insurance enrollment, local resources and services, and any other challenges you may encounter during the pandemic. If you have any questions or issues, please call my New City office at 845-623-3627.

Get Answers to Commonly Asked Questions on COVID-19, here.

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David Carlucci