Update from Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee COVID-19 and Free Rabies shots for pet owners

Dear Friends,  
With the Hudson Valley region in phase 4 of re-opening and rising COVID-19 cases across the country,  it is important to continue to keep up social distancing, washing hands (30 seconds) and mask wearing.  Our continued efforts help New York keep our COVID-19 cases low, and keeps us all safe.  
As the end of the 2020 legislative session approaches, I am proud of the work we have done to better the People of New York.  From criminal justice legislation to COVID-19 centered legislation; we have made tremendous strides during this COVID-19 Pandemic. While I am disappointed that we could not accomplish more this session, it is my hope that as we move forward, we can continue to make New York a better place to live.  
Best wishes, 
Re-opening Schools Guidance 
With COVID-19 cases spiking across the country, many parents, students, and school districts are trying to find new ways to safely re-open our schools. Today, the Governor announced the formula for reopening schools in NY. This is just the beginning the discussion on how we can continue providing our children with a quality education, while keeping them and school staff safe. For more on the re-opening guidance, please visit, www.nysed.gov
COVID-19 Rental assistance 
The Assembly Majority championed and passed the Emergency Rent Relief Act of 2020! This act will help New Yorkers who are facing unprecedented economic challenges due to COVID-19. New Yorkers should not worry about losing their homes during a global health crisis. learn more about the program or fill out an application, visit hcr.ny.gov/RRP.
Census 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau has made some necessary changes to help keep residents safe while still working to ensure a complete census count. The national deadline for the count has been Extended to October 31st
Now more than ever, it is important for all of us to be counted in the 2020 census. Rockland is currently 64.1% compared to the 71% response rate in 2010! A complete count will ensure that more funding comes to New York State; funding that will go to our hospitals, schools, and other essential services. 
For more information on the census, please contact my office at 845-624-4601 or go to 2020census.gov

Rabies vaccines ATTN: Pet Owners! 
Rockland County Department of health announced that they will be giving free rabies shots (vaccinations) to cats, dogs, and ferrets on Sunday, July 19, 2020, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Rockland County Fire Training Center, 35 Firemen’s Memorial Drive in Pomona.  No appointment is needed. The shots are free; however, a $5 donation per animal will help defray our costs. 
Please download and print a Rabies Vaccination Release FORM and bring the completed and signed form to the clinic. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, all attendees must limit the number of passengers and remain in the vehicle. Face masks or cloth face coverings are required for everyone in the vehicle.
To get a free rabies shot:Your dog, cat or ferret must be healthy.Your pet must be older than three months.Your dogs must be on a leash.Your cats and ferrets must be on a leash or in a top-opening container. New York State law requires that all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age. Owners can be fined up to $250 if they fail to get their pets vaccinated and keep them up-to-date. All animal bites or contacts with animals suspected of having rabies must be reported to the Rockland County Health Department at (845) 364-2656. After hours, callers should contact (845) 364-8600. For more information on animal rabies or the vaccine, call the Rockland County Department of Health at 845-364-2594.
Across Rockland, residents, businesses, advocacy groups and non-profit organizations have come together to help support each other during this difficult time.  Below are some places in the county where people are coming together to help others during this time.  
United Way of Rockland Resources list – https://www.uwrc.org/pdfs/resource_guide.pdf

Rockland Community Against Hunger – http://www.rocklandhunger.org/food-pantries-feeding-programs/
Rockland County Office of the Aging – http://rocklandgov.com/departments/aging/
New York State Education Department COVID-19 resources –http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/schoolhealth/schoolhealthservices/coronavirus.html
Nyack Mask Makers – https://www.nyackmaskmakers.com
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Rockland Chapter – namirockland.org/covid_supports
Center for Safety and Change – https://www.centerforsafetyandchange.org
The Center for Disease Control – www.cdc.gov