Nassau County District Attorney: Legislative District 14 Updated: 4/2/21

Under the American Rescue Act recently passed by the federal government, Nassau County will receive nearly $ 400 million to be used for relief from COVID-19. Earlier this week, I joined with my Legislative Majority colleagues in calling on the county executive to establish a separate relief fund specifically to help veterans, fraternities and other community organizations struggling financially. due to the pandemic.

Unfortunately, these organizations were not eligible for any type of federal assistance or loan programs that many other businesses were able to take advantage of. As a result, many face major difficulties in paying rent, property taxes, and upkeep of their venues as they haven’t been able to host events for over a year. I have even heard of some who think they might be forced to sell their building because of the significant loss of income.

The legislature’s plan for a COVID-19 relief fund for the community organization would be twofold: First, the organization would be reimbursed for the money it lost in the past year when it failed. could not be opened for events. Second, ongoing relief grants would be made available so that they could stay afloat until all restrictions were fully lifted.

Veterans and Fellowship Halls are part of the very fabric of our community, and I will continue my efforts to help them until they can resume using their buildings for public and private events. We are still awaiting the receipt of funds from the federal government, but when we receive them, I hope that the Administration will respond to our call by creating a fund for this specific purpose. I will keep you posted on this issue as it evolves.

In other news on the COVID-19 front, all New Yorkers 30 years and older can now receive the vaccine. As of April 6, eligibility also kicks in for all state residents aged 16 and over. Statewide, more than 9 million total doses have been administered at all vaccination sites. Here in Nassau County, we have now passed the 500,000 mark who have received at least one dose of vaccine, which is almost half of the entire adult population. These numbers make our Department of Health one of the most effective in getting the vaccine into the hands of residents. Well done, NC DOH!

This week, Pfizer also announced the results of a clinical trial that shows its vaccine to be 100% effective on tweens and adolescents in preventing the coronavirus. This means that the Pfizer vaccine may soon begin to be available for children as young as 12 years old. The vaccine in adults is still considered 91% effective.

These latest developments allow us to take significant steps forward as we strive towards collective immunity and the opening of more facilities and entertainment venues after more than a year of closures and restrictions. While it is always important to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines, each day brings heightened optimism that we are closer to defeating this virus at its own game. We have lost enough already. It’s time we got back to our lives and lived free of all the fear associated with COVID-19!

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any thoughts or ideas you may have regarding the county or any specific issue you think I could help you with. You can contact me at (516) 571-6214 or by email at [email protected] .


Laura M. SchaeferLegislator, District 14

This press release was produced by the Nassau County government. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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