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Assemblyman Lawler and Schmitt Send Letter to Thruway Authority Supporting Chick-Fil-A at Thruway Travel Plazas



PEARL RIVER, NY – Rockland County Assemblyman Mike Lawler and Colin J. Schmitt and other Members of the Assembly sent a letter to the New York State Thruway Authority supporting the newly announced renovation of all travel plazas/rest areas including the addition of Chick-fil-A restaurants.


Full text of letter:

July 13, 2021

Matthew J. Driscoll, Executive Director
NYS Thruway Authority
via email

Dear Executive Director Driscoll:

Recently it was announced that the first phase of a statewide privately funded $300 million dollar Thruway travel plaza/rest area renovation project will begin. The news was widely applauded and welcomed, especially with the disclosure that numerous new restaurant and dining options will be included for Thruway travelers and area residents.

We are contacting you to express our support for the decision to include Chick-fil-A as an additional dining option.

Chick-fil-A has been ranked as America’s top fast-food restaurant for the seventh year in a row by The American Customer Satisfaction Index. Also, a Harris poll has found that for the sixth year in a row Americans have ranked Chick-fil-A the top chicken restaurant in the country.

Its food is extremely popular, generating business and attention within wide ranges of its locations, and Chick-fil-A is known for great customer service.

The company is also well regarded for its treatment of employees, considering them like family, and guaranteeing every Sunday off for each employee and operator.

While some of our colleagues in the State Legislature have attempted to recast your decision in an ideological context to advance their own political agendas, rest assured that the decision to add Chick-fil-A has broad public support and has generated excitement among both our constituents and Thruway travelers.

If you have any questions or we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to call 845-469-6929.


Colin J. Schmitt
Member of Assembly, 99th District

Joseph Angelino
Member of Assembly, 122nd District

Joe DeStefano
Member of the Assembly, 3rd District

Jodi Giglio
Member of the Assembly, 2nd District

John Lemondes
Member of Assembly, 126th District

David McDonough
Member of Assembly, 14th District

Edward P. Ra
Member of Assembly, 19th District

Matthew Simpson
Member of Assembly, 114th District

Christopher S. Friend
Member of Assembly, 124th District

Mike Lawler
Member of Assembly, 97th District

Brian D. Manktelow
Member of Assembly, 130th District

Michael Montesano
Member of Assembly, 15th District

Michael Reilly
Member of Assembly, 62nd District

Chris Tague
Member of Assembly, 102nd District

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ShopRite Supermarket in Tallman Closing After 43 Years



TALLMAN, NY – For weeks rumors have been circulating on social media of the closure of the ShopRite in Tallman. Lohud has now confirmed that they will be closing at the end of September.

“After 43 years, ShopRite of Tallman, NY located at 250 Rte. 59 has made the very difficult decision to close the store in late September of this year,” Wakefern Food Corporations spokesman Daniel Emmer said Friday. “The Inserra Family owners and operators of the ShopRite of Tallman appreciates the loyalty of our customers and the dedication of our store associates who have worked hard to serve the community for the past four decades.”

Workers would be offered transfers from the ShopRite of Tallman to positions in other nearby Inserra ShopRite Stores.

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Long Lines for Grand Opening of Playa Bowls Nanuet



NANUET, NY – Huge Lines Await the Opening of Playa Bowls Nanuet

Over 200 people are on line at the new Playa Bowls location at the Shops at Nanuet. We are told people have been waiting on line since 8am. Town of Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann held a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning.

The shop offers an extensive menu of smoothie bowls, fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies and oatmeal. The superfoods listed on the menu include acai berries, pitaya, coconut, banana, kale and spinach.

As of 11 am on Saturday, the store is now open!

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