New City, NY (Dec. 20, 2018) – Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder says the County Executive has used the measles outbreak as a political tool against the Orthodox Jewish community and that he must stop immediately.
In an open letter to County Executive Ed Day, Legislator Wieder said private schools were already complying with the county Health Department’s request for student immunization records when the cooperation stopped and the threat of steep fines began – all so that the County Executive could make it seem that is was him alone that brought about the compliance.
Legislator Wieder wrote, “The TRUTH is that these nine private schools, some of them with small staffs and shoestring budgets, were already 90 percent in compliance before any threat of fines arose. They had provided the vast majority of student health records and simply needed an additional week to fully complete the information, and they informed the Health Department as such.”
He continued, “Despite this compliance, you, Mr. Day, have tried to make it seem that it is only because of you and the imposition of fines that nine private schools submitted any student health records and without your intervention, would not have complied at all. Once again, your message couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Legislator Wieder, in his letter, urges County Executive Day to tone down the rhetoric as he has already shown he can do.
“After your reelection last year, you significantly toned down the terrible rhetoric against the Orthodox Jewish community that so many in Rockland County find offensive,” Legislator Wieder wrote. “It was a wonderful thing for myself and the good people of Rockland County to see. We hoped a bridge to better relations had been built.”