Rockland County Executive Ed Day

The Westchester County executive has signed a bill to strengthen the county Health Department’s ability to prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases. The legislation was prompted by a measles outbreak in Rockland County and New York City. It comes as Rockland County officials have declared the measles outbreak in their county over.

Rockland Officials Say Measles Outbreak Has Ended

Sep 25, 2019
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The Rockland County executive is declaring an end to the measles outbreak in his county.

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The Rockland County Legislature has voted unanimously on a resolution to urge a New York state panel to provide discounted tolls for Rockland residents on the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

Two Democratic New York state senators have released a report on code enforcement following a six-month investigation. There are a number of findings and more than 10 legislative recommendations. The report singles out a town in Rockland County for alleged persistent noncompliance.

Rockland County Exec Ends Measles State Of Emergency

Jul 25, 2019
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For the first time since he first declared one, the Rockland County executive is not renewing a measles state of emergency. Republican Ed Day allowed his fourth declaration to expire at midnight, saying the measles crisis has subsided but the outbreak hasn’t ended.

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As of this week, New York no longer allows religious exemptions for vaccinations. Amid the nation’s worst measles outbreak in more than 25 years, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Thursday removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements.

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In another largely symbolic move, the Rockland County executive has renewed his measles state of emergency for a third time.

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Amid a measles outbreak in Rockland, County Executive Ed Day has written to President Trump requesting federal government intervention.

Rockland County Exec Renews Measles State Of Emergency

Apr 26, 2019

The number of confirmed measles cases in Rockland County, New York, continues to rise. The county executive is highlighting his health department’s recent orders, while a state senator is introducing a bill to counter misleading vaccination information.

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As the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise in Rockland, the county executive has renewed his state of emergency. The move is symbolic and contains no new restrictions.

Rockland Puts New Measles Order Into Effect

Apr 18, 2019

Rockland County, New York officials have issued a new order banning people exposed to measles from going to public places. This comes after a judge halted the county executive’s state of emergency April 5th.

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Westchester officials have confirmed the first eight cases of measles in their county. It comes as the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise in Rockland County, and health officials on Tuesday ordered nearly everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish New York City neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles or face fines.

Judge Pauses Rockland's Measles Emergency Order

Apr 8, 2019
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A judge has halted the Rockland County executive’s emergency declaration aimed at curbing a measles outbreak. Friday’s decision put an immediate pause on the county’s 30-day emergency order that began at the end of March.

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An acting state Supreme Court justice in Rockland County Friday halted the county executive’s emergency declaration aimed at curbing a measles outbreak. The 30-day emergency order that began March 27 barred from public places those under 18 years of age who are unvaccinated against measles.

An ongoing measles outbreak in New York’s Rockland County has prompted the county executive to declare a state of emergency. The countywide declaration starts at midnight and lasts for a month.

New York’s move to legalize recreational marijuana has stepped away from the budget and into the remainder of the legislative session. Opinions about whether to legalize the substance vary within regions and across party lines.

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Republican Rockland County Executive Ed Day is warning against a New York state budget that dumps costs onto counties, towns and villages.

An interfaith symposium Wednesday in Rockland County was planned prior to the mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand last week. But organizers say the shootings make it more important than ever to confront hatred and intolerance.

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Snow was expected in the Hudson Valley Thursday afternoon, but it came in surprising amounts and intensity. Many roads were at a standstill, others closed, and several not yet plowed or sanded when commuters hit the streets earlier than usual for the evening commute. Some officials say the state needs a better response to such storms while others admit they can do a better job of coordinating response at the local level.

Some Lawmakers Aim To Amend NY Bridge Name

Jun 11, 2018
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Last-ditch efforts are under way to add “Tappan Zee” to the name of the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.  Bills in the Assembly and Senate are backed by nearly 110,000 petition signatures, though the measures are not very far along in the legislative process and the session ends next week.

NYS Helps Rockland Clear Downed Trees

Mar 8, 2018
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A second major snowstorm to hit the region in less than a week left portions of Rockland County with many downed trees. And the county executive has been working with the state for assistance.

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A crash last week in Rockland County involving a CSX train that hit a car-carrying trailer stuck on the tracks has U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer calling on the feds to take action.

Rockland County is one of six New York recipients of a state grant to encourage breastfeeding. The grant will help the county house the Hudson Valley’s first Baby Café, which is slated to be up and running by the end of the year.

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Leaders of religious and civil rights organizations continue responding to President Trump’s executive order barring entry into the U.S. for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and blocking refugees for 120 days.

NYS PSC Approves Lower Rate Hike For Suez Water

Jan 25, 2017
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The New York state Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved a modified water rate increase for Suez Water New York, which serves about 500,000 customers in Rockland, Orange and Westchester Counties. Some area officials are upset over the approval while others praise certain components.

Cuomo Commutes Sentence For Brinks Robbery Driver

Dec 31, 2016

Governor Andrew Cuomo Friday announced the pardons of 101 New Yorkers who committed non-violent crimes as 16- and 17-year-olds and who have had clean records for at least 10 years. Cuomo announced other pardons and commutations. And one is being criticized by the Rockland County executive.

New York’s Department of State has appointed oversight monitors in a town and village in Rockland County. The purpose is to ensure that state building and fire codes are enforced. Lawmakers and officials say there have been deficiencies for years, putting lives at risk.

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The Rockland County executive alleges that the county legislature scuttled his choice for human rights commissioner and director of the Office of Community Development for political reasons. And he is firing back with a plan that includes keeping the appointee on the county staff.

The Rockland County executive wants the legislature to terminate contracts with an auditing firm. This comes the day after the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that the New York-based firm and a senior partner agreed to settle charges that they issued fraudulent audit reports in connection with municipal bond offerings by the Town of Ramapo.

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Rockland County is donating surplus medical supplies to the Haitian hurricane relief effort.