Two top Rockland County officers have still left their careers with the county, with minor detail as to why.
Rockland County Business office for the Ageing Director Tina Cardoza-Izquierdo and Human Rights Commissioner Constance L. Frazier are no for a longer time with the county.
County officials declined to deliver information, stating staff issues could not be discussed publicly.
Equally commissioners experienced been appointed by Rockland County Executive Ed Working day and had served for numerous decades.
County spokesperson Beth Cefalu stated Friday that the Working day administration is looking for replacements.
Messages remaining with Frazier were being not instantly returned.
Cardoza-Izquiero could not be attained for remark.
Significant position in COVID vaccine rollout
Cardoza-Izquierdo was appointed by Day in 2016, replacing June Molof, who retired following 41 several years.
For the duration of the early times of COVID vaccination rollout, the Business for the Getting old took a key role in controlling appointments at the county’s Yeager Health and fitness Elaborate.
In the early stage-in for vaccinations, county pharmacies ended up assigned to vaccinating folks age 65 and in excess of and the county was charged with supplying vaccines for healthcare workers and very first responders.
But with scant provides heading to Rockland pharmacies, the condition sent further provide to the county to help vaccinate seniors. Having an appointment, nevertheless, associated promptly navigating an on-line program that some seniors mentioned was perplexing.
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The county’s Office environment for the Aging established up a Senior Call Middle to help with signups for vaccination appointments. Those who indicator up will be termed when the county is restocked.
But seniors described the telephones wouldn’t be answered. Cardoza-Izquierdo explained in the initially 7 days, the Business office for the Growing older obtained about 700 calls for aid arranging vaccination appointments.
Addressing community tensions
Frazier, a retired universities administrator, grew to become commissioner in 2017.
She was the 3rd particular person to head the human legal rights fee through Day’s 8-calendar year tenure as county government.
In 2016, Ram Nagubandi, who had been human legal rights commissioner for 16 many years, give up beneath tense situation. Nagubandi experienced filed legal motion alleging that Working day and 5 others violated his civil legal rights by making an attempt to fireplace him for arbitrary and capricious good reasons. The day following Nagubandi dropped the authorized action, the county withdrew the rates and introduced his resignation.
Day then appointed an acting commissioner, Penny Jennings, but the Rockland County Legislature turned down the lasting appointment.
Frazier was then appointed and authorised by the Legislature.
Frazier experienced pushed for the elimination of the Local community Improvement Place of work, which oversees federal funding, from the Human Rights umbrella. She stop in 2018, but returned to the human legal rights commissioner post following the county split the positions.
In Rockland, the human legal rights fee has extensive searched for means to handle mounting tensions that typically emphasis on the Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, especially parts like Ramapo, Spring Valley and the intertwined East Ramapo university district.
In 2019, the county withdrew from U.S. Office of Housing and City Development’s Fair Housing Assistance Software following cash after HUD has suspended payments. HUD explained the Human Rights Fee had violated needs of the method, but Day identified as the program’s requirements “onerous to say the the very least and not the best match for our county and numerous other municipalities.”
Frazier in 2020 introduced a sequence of conference and group outreach concentrating on building bridges amid the a variety of communities in Rockland. This came on the heels of a deadly machete attack at a Hanukkah party in December 2021 at Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg’s Forshay Highway property. The thirty day period in advance of, a rabbi going for walks to early morning prayers in Monsey was the target of a however-unsolved knife assault and beating.
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