Weekly E-News: Sunday, January 17th, 2021

This Monday, January 18th, 2021, is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day and we have much to reflect on from 2020.

We have an obligation — now more than ever — to re-embed Dr. King’s message of hope, unity, and nonviolence again within the fabric of our society. Given last week’s violence at the Capitol, many of us now question the starkly different responses in comparison to the BLM protests last summer. Let’s honor and commit to Dr. King’s message as we welcome in a new President and new Administration next week with renewed hope for our country, future, and economy with meaningful reform.

As always read on for the latest community happenings and events from around the state and 109th District!

LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND PRESS

  • Port of Albany to be Home to Nation’s First Wind Turbine Manufacturing Tower: 🏗 The Port of Albany and Capital Region will be home to the nation’s first wind turbine manufacturing tower. Offshore wind will rapidly become a centerpiece of New York State’s energy infrastructure in the years to come, and this will cement the Capital Region as the nation’s first real hub for offshore wind energy infrastructure. In addition to helping New York achieve its ambitious energy efficiency and carbon emission goals set forth under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), this project will create 500, good-paying long-term jobs for Capital Region residents at a time when they are sorely needed. I commend Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYSERDA for their continued leadership on the transcendent threat of climate change, and the Port of Albany for their vision and investment in the clean energy grid of tomorrow. By 2040, the International Energy Agency (IEA) projects that worldwide offshore wind capacity will grow fifteen-fold into a $1 trillion industry. Now, #Albany is poised to capitalize on that.

VACCINATE NEW YORK RESOURCES & UPDATES

  • 📲 Capital Region residents and #109AD constituents can utilize this information, updated daily (linked and below), on how to schedule appts. with NYSDOH — New York State Health Department, eligibility, upcoming eligible phases, and more: bit.ly/vaccine109 | ny.gov/vaccine
  • Following constituent concerns our office has received related to the rollout of the state’s vaccination program, we’ve been in regular contact with our partners in the Governor’s office, Albany County, and local government to rectify some of the serious issues with accessibility and more. A major obstacle to accelerating the dispersment of vaccinations in New York State is the federal government’s weekly supply of just 300,000 doses, while 7 million New Yorkers are eligible and awaiting or scheduling their appointments. By this timetable, the New York State Department of Health projects it will take up to 14 weeks (April 2021) to vaccinate all eligible persons in phases 1a and 1b. Please be patient and continue to try — appointments will be scheduled throughout this winter and spring, so patience is advised.
  • 💉 NYers aged 65 years and older are now eligible to receive the #COVID19 vaccine.
  • ☎️ As always, my office is here to help you navigate this process with any questions and concerns that you may have: (518) 455–4178.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS, RESOURCES

PODCAST: The Fahy Files: What Makes the NY Capital Work (Or Not!) — Connecting in a Time of Chaos

  • To highlight some of the individuals in the Capital Region who exemplify what it means to remain connected within our community and cope with the chaos of the past year, I’ve launched a new series of my podcast The Fahy Files, ‘Connecting in a Time of Chaos’.

Listen to our first 6 (3 of these are featured below) episodes from this year so far on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud, or wherever you listen to your podcasts!

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