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In Remembrance of Cpl. Justin Garcia (July 26, 1980 – Nov. 14, 2006) of Rockland County, NY

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In Remembrance of Cpl. Justin Garcia (July 26, 1980 – Nov. 14, 2006) (aged 26 of Valley Cottage, NY)

Justin was born in Queens on July 26, 1980. He graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College in 2003. Garcia served in the Army’s 1st Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment.

Justin learned on Father’s Day that he was to become a dad. He had lost both his parents as a teen and vowed a different life for his children. He always wanted to join the Army and enlisted soon after graduating from St. Thomas Aquinas College with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice where he met his wife-to-be, Michelle. They would marry in July of 2005 at St. Paul’s Church in Congers, NY.

Less than a year later, he deployed to Iraq with the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Garcia was riding in a Humvee during combat operations in Baghdad on Tuesday, 4 November 2006. Insurgents detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) alongside his vehicle. Garcia and an Army officer both perished in the explosion.

Justin’s wife gave birth to their son three months and two days after he was killed in Iraq.

We will never forget Cpl. Justin Garcia 🇺🇸

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Rep. Mondaire Jones on Build Back Better Act

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Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) released the following statement:

“Today is an historic day for our nation, and for the great people of Westchester and Rockland Counties. Thanks to the leadership of progressives—who insisted on passing not just the bipartisan infrastructure bill, but also the larger Build Back Better Act—the House passed the most significant investment in our nation and our people in more than half a century.

The bill will guarantee that high-quality child care is affordable for every family in America; save the planet from climate catastrophe while creating millions of good-paying, union jobs; expand Medicare to include hearing; continue to cut child poverty in half through an extension of the expanded Child Tax Credit; make an historic investment in housing affordability; lift the cap on the State and Local Tax deduction that has unjustly burdened working families in Westchester and Rockland; and so much more.

I’m especially proud that this bill contains key provisions that I led the fight to secure: universal child care and an increase in the SALT deduction cap to $80,000.

This victory is a testament to the strength and tenacity of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, of which I’m proud to be a Deputy Whip, and which held the line throughout this process to ensure we passed a bill that meets this unprecedented moment of overlapping crises.

We in the House have done our job, and now our colleagues in the Senate must do theirs. I look forward to President Biden making good on his promise to secure 51 votes for the Build Back Better Act in the Senate expeditiously so we can get this bill onto his desk and begin delivering the change people in Westchester, Rockland, and across America need and deserve. The American people are counting on us to deliver, and we must do so without delay.”

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End of the Village of South Nyack: Village Hall is Up For Sale

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End of the Village of South Nyack: Village Hall is Up For Sale.

 

After a referendum, residents of South Nyack voted to disband and join the Town of Orangetown.

This article will be updated when a price is listed for the Village Hall.

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