This year our daily routines and annual holiday season traditions look a bit different. 2020 has been unlike any we have faced before and the difficulties we’ve all endured will have a lasting impact on our lives and community. Sadly, some of our neighbors have lost family members and others their jobs. Some have lost the comfort of simple routines and others their businesses. Many of the joys in life that we cherish were paused. It has been a challenging year.
While our pain is very real, there is hope on the horizon and we can see light at the end of this long tunnel. Let me be absolutely clear, there is no challenge too great that can't be met by our wonderful community. We owe a great deal of gratitude to our doctors, nurses, teachers, firefighters, small business owners, faith leaders, and all the frontline workers who have given so much of themselves. I am convinced we will not only get through this together, but in the end will remain resilient and strong.
As we wrap up 2020 and look ahead to what we all hope will be a better 2021, I want to wish all residents of the Fifth District a happy and prosperous year ahead.
While the pandemic made in-person meetings impossible, the Legislature was able to fulfill our responsibilities, continue to engage residents and comply with all open meeting requirements through a creative mix of mail, email, voice mail and remote legislative hearings. The Legislature was especially involved in oversight of the County’s pandemic response, participating for many months in daily updates with the executive branch and most importantly by working day in and day out to keep our constituents informed. For the latest updates on the status of COVID19 in Suffolk County, visit: https://suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Health-Services/Health-Bulletins/Novel-Coronavirus and select COVID-19 Case Tracker.