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Rep. Mondaire Jones, House Colleagues Pass $715 Billion Transportation Bill, Includes $10 Million In Funding For NY-17

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NYACK, NY – Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) voted to pass the $715 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill, known as the INVEST in America Act, which contains funding for all seven transportation project requests he submitted on behalf of communities in New York’s 17th Congressional District earlier this year. The projects include repairs and enhancements to bridges, roadways, bike lanes, and tunnels throughout Jones’ district.

The INVEST in America Act also includes an amendment introduced by Rep. Jones directing the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study on the economic benefits of one-seat ride commuter rail service between urban and suburban areas. The study is a critical step forward in the fight for direct, one-seat rail service between Rockland County and New York City, which Congressman Jones has advocated for since before coming to Congress.

“As we work to Build Back Better from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, it’s critical that we invest in a strong, equitable recovery for all communities,” said Congressman Jones. “That starts by upgrading our essential infrastructure, which is exactly what the INVEST in America Act will do. With over $10 million in funding I requested for projects in New York’s 17th District, this bill will connect communities, promote sustainability, and ensure that our local economy can continue to grow and thrive. And with a study on the economic benefits of one-seat ride commuter rail service, this bill will get us closer than ever to finally securing a one-seat ride from Rockland to New York City. ”

By helping to pass this bill, Jones could secure over $10 million in funding for critical infrastructure projects throughout NY-17. While the funding is not guaranteed until a final bill is passed in the Senate, House passage is a critical step in securing the funding.

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Assemblyman Lawler, Senator Reichlin-Melnick, Historians, and Piermont FD Look to Honor Thomas “Pomp” Pomplin

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Assemblyman Mike Lawler, members of the Piermont Fire Department, ex-Chief Dan Goswick, State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick, Supervisor Teresa Kenny, Piermont Mayor Bruce Tucker, County Legislator James Foley, NYACK NAACP President Nikki Hines, Bill Batson, and other historians and activists held a press conference announcing their intention to honor Thomas “Pomp” Pomplin, a black Piermont resident and firefighter, as the first line of duty death in Rockland County.

In 1854, Pomp and the other members of the Piermont Fire Department were called to Nyack to help put out a massive factory fire. They pushed their fire truck from Piermont all the way to Nyack and helped battle the blaze. Unfortunately, Pomp passed away a few days later from heat exhaustion and other injuries. There is a direct connection between Pomp and all of the other heroic firefighters who have given their lives in service of keeping our communities safe. May he and all other fallen firefighters rest in peace, and may we never cease to thank, honor, and memorialize them for their sacrifice.

The goal is to raise $10,000 to help the Village of Piermont and the Piermont Fire Department build a proper memorial for his heroic sacrifice, which would be located in the village. Please consider donating at this link:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/thomas-pomplin-lodd-memorial?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&fbclid=IwAR1lmpGERbqtmRgW0LJ-vMeqRkJiLB9jXL-mPcaNFS6yVLAenhhcEck3QJo

Watch the Press Conference Below 

 

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Rockland Community College Receives National Award for Excellence in Diversity

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SUFFERN, NY – Rockland Community College has been selected as a 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award winner from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the nation’s oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This national honor recognizes US colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. RCC will be featured, along with 100 other recipients, in the November 2021 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. This is the first time RCC has been named as a HEED Award recipient.

“Diversity reflects an appreciation and respect for the unique gifts and talents in all of us,” said RCC President Dr. Michael A. Baston. “To close equity gaps, community colleges must first offer a safe and welcoming environment. Then we can create strategic partnerships between the college and the community and take advantage of our organizational resources and collaborative leadership to ensure equitable opportunities and outcomes for all our students.”

“Last year RCC started developing an actionable plan by establishing a working group to review the legacy of diversity efforts led by the College’s former Diversity Council and to build on their outcomes to reflect current realities. We are now developing a new college-wide plan that incorporates those recommendations with recommendations from all areas of the College. The new plan will include specific outcomes that are measurable using key performance indicators to be reported on an equity
scorecard,” stated Melissa L. Roy, Chief Diversity Officer for RCC.

“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done
every day across their campus.”

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