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Greetings!  Welcome to a new year with the RCBA!  My name is Ira Schoeps, and I was recently installed as the new President of the Rockland County Bar Association.

It was my hope that this fall would open up a new “post-Covid” beginning in the world and for our Association.    I was looking forward to some CLE’s, social events, Practitioners Chats and other events where we could all see each other in person.   However, as I write this, the Delta Variant of the Covid -19 virus has caused an uptick in infections and we have seen a number of break-through infections.   According to LOHUD, “as of August 24th, Rockland County had 679 active Covid cases, with 14 people hospitalized.  The Mid-Hudson region positivity rate, or the % of COVID tests for the virus was 3.4%.  It had been below 1% through early summer.”  In addition, on July 27, 2021, the CDC released updated guidance and recommended that everyone in areas of substantial or high transmission wear a mask in public, even if they are fully vaccinated.  The bottom line is that it does not look like we have fully emerged from the threat at this time.   

Therefore, the Rockland County Bar Association will heed the warnings and continue to offer CLE’s, Practitioners Chats and as many programs as we can, virtually on Zoom.    We want to do all we can to keep our office, our employees, our members and the public safe.   As soon as it looks like we are ready to congregate together again, the RCBA will do what we can, as expeditiously as possible, to facilitate in-person events.    

On a positive note, we are taking advantage of the lack of traffic at our offices and are in the midst of making some much needed improvements at our facility.    We are upgrading our heating and cooling systems and replacing carpet, wall coverings and paint.    When we do finally emerge from the pandemic, those that utilize or visit our Association offices will encounter upgraded and refreshed facilities.  

I wish you all a safe and productive year.

Ira

Ira S. Schoeps

President