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Rockland County Welcomes New PPE Manufacturer

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NEW CITY, NY – Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Economic Development Director Jeremy Schulman today congratulated NY Critical Materials LLC, a manufacturer of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) who was awarded a $750,000 New York State grant, the largest amount in this round of funding, to produce COVID-19 supplies. NY Critical Materials will open a facility at the New York Center for Innovation in Pearl River to produce N95 respirator face masks.

“We are thrilled that NY Critical Materials has chosen Rockland County to produce these lifesaving supplies,” said County Executive Day. “Rockland has all the essential elements conducive for entrepreneurship, production and growth. This project will have a tremendous impact on the county in terms of public health, safety and long-term economic growth.”

NY Critical Materials is a subsidiary of Hudson Holdings Group which is expanding beyond its Piscataway, New Jersey base and was formed in response to the pandemic and the demand for American-made PPE. NY Critical Materials plans to hire 100 new employees and has invested in eight specialized machines that will allow it to manufacture 2 to 3 million face masks per day.

“Our new home in Rockland County is a unique opportunity for us to help solve the PPE shortage crisis, particularly N95 masks,” said Jonathan Ho, CEO and Founder of Hudson Holdings Group. “Our made-in-America mission is squarely in line with supporting in-state needs. Our approach brings mass production of high-quality, low-cost disposable masks to a space dominated by Chinese imports. This partnership will also bring much-needed American jobs to New York at a time when people are still feeling the harsh economic impact of the pandemic. We’re proud to help.”

NY Critical Materials will lease over 50,000 square feet of commercial space in Building 100 at the campus, making it the first manufacturer and largest tenant to occupy the building, which has ample space, power and specialized infrastructure to accommodate future expansion plans and those of other industrial users. The company seeks to take advantage of the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)–an economic development tool available to Rockland companies–as an incentive to help them “Make it in Rockland” and remain competitive in global trade.

“The New York Center for Innovation is a perfect fit for NY Critical Materials as a socially-conscious tax ratable that will provide jobs in the local community,” said Economic Development Director Schulman. “The county quickly assisted NY Critical Materials through identification, coordination and facilitation of its site selection search with Empire State Development’s collaboration.”

“How fitting that NY Critical Materials LLC, a manufacturer of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), is coming to Pearl River and, notably, to the same campus where Pfizer’s successful research for the COVID-19 vaccine took place,” said Town of Orangetown Supervisor Teresa Kenny. “NY Critical Materials will help us to continue our fight against COVID-19 with its production of N95 respirator facemasks. After a difficult financial year for so many, the creation of 100 new jobs right here in Orangetown is welcome news to all of us. We welcome NY Critical Materials to the growing Orangetown business community and look forward to a ribbon cutting ceremony in the near future.”

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Great American Cookies Announces New Location at Palisades Center Mall

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WEST NYACK, NY – Great American Cookies®, home of the original Cookie Cake, will open its newest location at the Palisades Center this summer. The 724-square-foot store will be located on Level Three next to Macy’s.

The Great American Cookies store at Palisades Center will make your life sweeter with 15 varieties of fresh-scooped cookies, several varieties of brownies, and their famous Cookie Cake.

A vibrant, fun-filled ambiance where everyday elements tempt your sweet tooth and elevate your mood

“We can’t wait to bring this beloved brand back to Rockland County in the Palisades Center,” said Jamie Arkley, Owner of Great American Cookies. “We’re looking forward to getting to know our community and making all their special days sweeter.”

Many longtime Rockland residents may remember the Great American Cookies location in the Nanuet Mall directly next to the food court.

 

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Levity Live in Palisades Center Mall Reopens May 21

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WEST NYACK, NY – After more than 14 months, the popular comedy club West Nyack Levity Live will reopen May 21 at Palisades Center with a weekend of performances by Gary Owen.

“We’ve waited a long time for this, so it’s exciting to know that live comedy is returning to Levity Live in May,” said John Campbell, General Manager of West Nyack Levity Live. “Our comics are eager to get out and work again, so it’s going to be a great summer of shows. We’ve missed our hard-working staff and they’re eager to return and welcome our guests next weekend.”

Levity Live will reopen with guest safety as the top priority. Tables will be socially-distanced according to current state guidelines. Excelsior Pass – to verify test or vaccine status – will be used at the door, along with temperature checks. Guests will be required to wear masks when not eating and drinking. Staff will wear masks throughout their shift, undergo daily screening, and carry out enhanced cleaning between performances.

“Levity Live always delivers something new and exciting for our guests and we’re thrilled to see them reopening,” said Darrin Houseman, General Manager at Palisades Center. “We’re looking forward to seeing the great lineup of comics and smiles on our guests faces!”

Gary Owen will perform at Levity Live from May 21-23 for five shows. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 10 at 10 a.m. Owen’s big break came in 1997 on BET’s Comic View where he was voted “Funniest Serviceman in America.” He later starred in the BET reality show “The Gary Owen Show” and appeared in such films as “Rebound,” “Daddy Day Care” and “Meet the Blacks.” Owen last performed at Levity Live in March, 2018.

Other confirmed performances after reopening include:
• Bill Bellamy, May 28-30 (On Sale Now)
• Guy Torry, May 6-10 (On Sale Now)
• Chris Redd, July 1-3 (On Sale Now)
• New York Kings of Comedy, July 9-11 (One Sale Now)

Additional performances will be announced shortly.

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