Kathrin Jansen from Pfizer gives opening address at Dominican College; Zebrowski sponsors ‘Dark Store’ Bill, briefs
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Kathrin Jansen from Pfizer gives an opening speech at Dominican College
Kathrin U. Jansen, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Head of Vaccine Research and Development, Pfizer Inc., will virtually deliver the opening address at the 67th undergraduate opening ceremony at Dominican College on Sunday, June 27th Place at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, NY, at noon.
During the ceremony, Dr. Jansen was awarded the honorary doctorate.
Dr. Jansen was the driving force behind the development of the first COVID-19 vaccine to receive emergency approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in people aged 16 and over. The Pfizer vaccine with mRNA technology was developed in record time and is currently the only vaccine approved for emergency use in adolescents aged 12 to 15 years.
The mission to develop a vaccine was for Dr. Jansen deeply personal who lives in New York City and who used refrigerated truck morgues in hospital parking lots during the first terrifying wave of the pandemic. As of March 2020, when Pfizer worked with German company BioNTech to develop a vaccine, Dr. Jansen tirelessly searches for a vaccine to end the most devastating pandemic in more than 100 years. She worked tirelessly, leading her 700-strong team with the support of thousands of other Pfizer colleagues focused on developing a high quality, safe vaccine as quickly as possible.
Jansen has also developed vaccines to fight the HPV virus and pneumonia and has earned a reputation as a calm, fearless, and knowledgeable professional who devotes her life’s work to research and development of vaccines to prevent infectious diseases.
Dominican College awards Dr. Jansen received an honorary doctorate in recognition of her remarkable contributions to the development of life-saving vaccines, her unwavering determination to end a pandemic that claimed more than 600,000 lives, and her steadfast dedication to science and data.
Zebrowski is co-sponsoring the Dark Store Act to prevent a drastic reduction in tax assessments
Rep. Ken Zebrowski (D-Rockland) and Senator James Gaughran (D-Long Island) have tabled a draft law for the “dark store” that sets out clear and unambiguous guidelines that appraisers can use when formulating reviews. (A894C / S5715A). The bill passed the entire legislative period.
The Zebrowski / Gaughran bill is a response to the increasing use of the “dark store” strategy by companies, particularly large retailers in New York State. Commercial property owners question their tax assessment by using vacant shops or properties as comparison values; argue that their value should be balanced with properties that are not used. This approach has been successful in several state lawsuits resulting in a drastic reduction in tax returns for large retailers; Shifting the tax burden onto homeowners and small businesses.
“When large corporations pay their taxes through highly paid lawyers, homeowners and small businesses pay the bill. Dark store theory threatens our tax base by allowing large companies to take advantage of the valuation process by comparing a company’s current usage to vacant properties. The argument that dynamic companies should be rated as if they were closed is incomprehensible. Our legislation contains legal guidelines and standards on which assessments should be based; Use common sense to guide courts in valuing real estate, ”said MP Zebrowski.
If signed, the bill would come into effect immediately and apply to evaluation lists created on and after January 1, 2022.
Volkswagen of Nanuet opens dealership on Route 59
Volkswagen of Nanuet has opened a car dealership on Route 59 and added several car dealerships to a corridor. The new showroom and service department at Route 59 and Hutton Avenue was the former location of Bob’s Discount Furniture. “Route 59 is known as the ‘dealership corridor,'” said Clarkstown supervisor George Hoehmann as he cut the ribbon. “This is a very welcome addition for the many people who travel here from the region to buy a vehicle.”
VW dealership owner Bob Erickson said the $ 3 million project took longer than expected due to the pandemic. The dealership opened with food, music, face painting and the opportunity to see some vintage Beetles along with 2021 models in the exhibition space of the new dealership.