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“Resilience” By Rockland County Executive Ed Day

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Last week I joined with fellow Rockland residents, my friends, my neighbors, my brother and sister first responders and the families of those who were taken from us to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks. Reopening our hearts to the emotions, the fear, the anger, the pain that we felt that bright Tuesday morning 19 years ago was not an
easy task.

But the fact that we return to the County September 11 Memorial year after year to undergo that trial of will is a testament to our strength and resiliency as a community. It is also a reminder to the families of those who were lost that they are not alone and will never be alone.

This year has been more difficult than most. We have faced great challenges due to a situation outside of our control. Some even suggested that we should not have gathered this year. That was a suggestion that I refused to accept. The simple act of gathering together, reminding each other that we care, is too important to too many people.

This year we adapted to ensure the safety of those in attendance because we are all still dealing with the heinous wounds inflicted by the attacks of 19 years ago. And these moments of togetherness are necessary to help us all process their effects and the changes the years have brought. We must continue to stand by those who lost loved ones on that day and those
who have since passed, and I know we will.

I especially thank those who were able to attend; coming together again, as friends, family, neighbors, an entire County united to speak loudly and clearly in support of the families who have suffered a grievous loss and for those who are still now losing their loved ones.

Those who were the first to offer a helping hand in the hours, days and weeks that followed these attacks are now being struck down. They are facing terrible cancers and diseases that ravage their bodies. People are still dying because of the hatred and cruelty of our enemies. The tragedy, the pain, is ongoing.

The wounds from that day and since will forever be etched on our hearts, souls and bodies. To that end, we must redouble our efforts to ensure that a tragedy of this magnitude never happens again.

This task is ours and ours alone. We were attacked, we were tested by those who hate us and our way of life, but we did not falter. Let us all remember not only how the towers fell, but how we rose up, determined to defend our way of life. And how we continue to do so to this very day and will here after.

But the mere fact that we still come together as a community shows that the tragic deaths and the deaths of those in the 19 years since have unified this nation against hatred, against terrorism, against anything or anyone that threatens our freedom and our families.

I ask that as we remember this anniversary, that we do not dwell on the pain or the loss. Let us instead focus on how we came together and continue to support each other despite any challenge. When we truly unite, there is no obstacle we cannot overcome.

While we must always remember, we must also never, ever forget. Let us all do what we can to preserve our way of life. Remember kindness, remember friendship, remember love, remember those that gave their lives for ours and live a life worthy of their sacrifice.

 

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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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