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Interview With Hi-Tor Animal Shelter Volunteer, Speaks About Removal and Board

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POMONA, NY – Hi-Tor Animal Shelter Volunteer Jessica Garcia details the events that lead up to today’s incident. After a Facebook post called into question some of the actions of the Hi-Tor Animal Shelter Board, volunteers are now alleging retribution for their comments. Earlier today, according to Garcia, ” The Board President informed me she has been trying to reach her, and due to her asking questions on a Facebook post, the Board felt she is no longer allowed to be at the shelter.
In the beginning of the video you can see Sheriff’s escorting Garcia as she brings the dog back after a walk, which she does on a daily basis.

 

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“A couple of weeks ago there was a post in a community page discussing questionable activities and lack of transparency by the Hi Tor Animal Care Center, Inc. board. Like many others I asked questions that the board has failed to answer on numerous occasions. After that point in time the board, Debbie DiBernardo president, Helen Allen secretary, Will York treasurer, Marie Fay, Rosemarie Servillo, and Michelle Torello along with newly appointed executive director (previously asked to leave) Lizanne Fiorentino has launched a personal attack against me forbidding me to volunteer anymore. During Covid until now I have been at that shelter seven days a week for 6 to 8 hours a day. What kind of organization not only treats their dedicated volunteers with disrespect but they go one step further to targeting them. They have a pattern of behavior like this that revolves around making issues personal and discriminatory. Their actions are deplorable, self-serving and put our homeless animals at risk. When is enough enough of this board We need to protect our animals not only from all the hardships that they have been forced to endure but also from the board who clearly does not have their best interest in mind.
How disgusting.” – Jessica Garcia

 

* This story will be updated when more information is available

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VIDEO: $7 Million Park & Ride in Monsey Nears Completion

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MONSEY, NY – The construction on the over $7 million park and ride located on Route 59 near the corner of Saddle River in Monsey is almost completed.

It includes two parking lots, a bus turn-around, roads into the lots, a large cul-de-sac for other turning needs, numerous lights, sidewalks, fencing, and a large water retention area. The overall park and ride area will accommodate some 300 vehicles and is expected to open this year. Construction on the project started in 2019. At the end of the video, you will find video when crews began work on the park and ride.

No local county tax dollars were used for the project because the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will cover all costs. That figure brings the original contract approved by the Legislature in 2018 to a total of about $7.05 million.

The County currently leases property at the former Rockland Drive-In Movie Theater but expects to discontinue its use of that area once the new lot is fully operational. Transdev’s Hudson Link and the Rockland Transport of Rockland buses will serve the lot.

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Supervisor Hoehmann Receives 2020 New York State Recreation and Parks Society Elected Official of the Year Award

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NEW CITY, NY – Town of Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann is the recipient of the New York State Recreation and Parks Society 2020 Elected Official of the Year Award. The Supervisor accepted the award at the Town Board meeting this week. The award was presented by Jessica Dickinson, Regional Representative of NYS Recreation and Parks Society.

“I am delighted to accept this award and proud to be recognized for our efforts to make the Town’s Recreation programs and parks the best in the state,” said Supervisor Hoehmann.

Supervisor Hoehmann has dedicated the necessary resources and funding to the Town’s Recreation and Parks Department to advance its goals of better serving its residents’ changing recreational needs. He is always supportive of exploring and instituting new programs, ideas and events.

Under Supervisor Hoehmann’s leadership, renovations and upgrades have been completed at Germonds Pool, Lake Nanuet, Street Community Center, and several playgrounds throughout the Town. The historic Tallman Budke House was restored for future generations. Clarkstown also acquired several properties for open space and recreational use. Supervisor Hoehmann also created the Town’s first dog park at Congers Lake and constructed and opened its first Winter Wonderland LED light display around Congers Lake.

“Supervisor Hoehmann and I have collaborated on and instituted many new programs and events for the benefit of Clarkstown’s 85,000 residents over the past five years,” said Clarkstown Superintendent of Recreation and Parks Elaine Apfelbaum. “Thanks to Supervisor Hoehmann the residents of Clarkstown enjoy state of the art facilities, beautiful parks, and a variety of activities and events for all ages.”

“We are indebted to leaders like Supervisor Hoehmann who truly understand the significant need for recreational outlets and appreciate the resources it takes to serve the community’s needs. With many deserving candidates across New York State to select from this is quite an honor, residents of Clarkstown are lucky to have such an advocate for parks and recreation,” said Lisa Morahan, Executive Director of the New York State Recreation and Park Society.

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