October 2020 Meeting Highlights:

Health: The legislature unanimously accepted additional funding from the NYS Department of Health for the counties Immunization Action Plan. This supplemental funding is intended to expand the health department’s influenza outreach and promotion efforts. Due to COVID-19, the flu shot is more important than ever.  The flu season is peaking and tends to last into spring; therefore we encourage anyone who has not received a flu shot, to do so now, there is still time.

Youth: “Coats for Kids Campaign” – The 2020 annual Golf Fundraiser at the Troy Country Club exceeded all expectations with an attendance record of approximately 125 attendees and raised $ 14,500. The legislature passed a resolution to purchase 900 coats, which will be distributed through several agencies to needy children.

Broadband Access: The legislature is urging New York State and the Federal Government to address the lack of broadband access in rural eastern Rensselaer County. As COVID-19 has many students in remote learning and parents working from home situations, broadband access is more essential than ever and many households are still without internet access.

Racial Justice: The Minority office has once again submitted a resolution P/36 to address racial justice in Rensselaer County. Republican committee members continue to refuse to allow the resolution out of committee for the full Legislature to vote on.

NEXT MEETINGTuesday, November 10, 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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