July 2020 Meeting Highlights:
The Legislature unanimously voted to recognize August as National Water Quality Month. Founded in 2005 by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), National Water Quality Month promotes clean water and resists pollutants from dumping industrial effluents, agricultural runoff, leakage of untreated waste, and products and chemicals used at home. As a county that has seen the devastating effects of commercial pollutants in our water supplies, we continue to be committed to water quality.
The Legislature also recognized September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and agreed to “Turn the Town Teal” to call attention to this disease. Each year, approximately 21,980 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and it is imperative to raise awareness and provoke treatment.
Racial Justice for Black People and People of Color – A resolution sponsored by members of the Minority to end systemic racism was defeated on the floor. The Minority Legislators plan to submit the resolution again for the August meeting.
Health – Since school closures in March, East Greenbush Central School District had an excess of unused health and safety equipment. Due to the demand for COVID-19 related health and safety equipment for the County, the District agreed that it would transfer its surplus equipment to the County to assist in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.
The legislature also authorized deep cleaning services in polling locations before and after the June 23rd primary and early voting locations to ensure safe and sanitary voting.
Commending Troy Police at “Troy Rally for Black Lives” – On June 7th, 2020, the City of Troy hosted a rally drawing 11,000 people for the Black Lives Matter movement. The legislature unanimously commended the Troy Police and several other agencies for meticulously coordinating rally plans and responsibly respecting the protesters.
NEXT MEETING – Tuesday, August 11, 2020 in the Rensselaer County Chambers located on the 3rd floor of the Ned Pattison Government Center, 1600 7th Avenue, Troy.
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