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Stony Point Signs Contract to Sell Former Letchworth/Patriot Hills Golf Course

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STONY POINT, NY – In a deal that will realize one of the largest private investments in the Town of Stony Point in decades and millions in savings for taxpayers, Town officials announced today at a press conference that they have signed a contract for the sale of the former Letchworth Village property and Patriot Hills Golf Course. The developer, Patriot Hills Park LLC, intends to invest in the remediation and redevelopment of the site of the former state institution as well as upgrades to the golf course, clubhouse, and catering facilities.

“This is an exciting day and big win for Stony Point,” stated Town Supervisor Jim Monaghan at the press conference on the golf course. “As far back as 2003, the town has actively worked to market the old Letchworth facility and today’s agreement will finally ensure both the revitalization of this property and the enhancement of this beautiful golf course for benefit of our taxpayers.”

 

 

“This deal means millions in benefits to our taxpayers immediately and helps strengthen the long-term fiscal health of the Town that will enable us to keep town taxes down,” said Councilman and Deputy Supervisor Tom Basile. “This contract will at long last allow this site to generate income rather than be a drain on resources and do it while maintaining the character of this community.”
The purchasers have also agreed to fund the design and construction of a new Stony Point Community Center to replace the current RHO Building on the Letchworth site, which is in constant need of repair. The new community center will provide facilities for senior citizen functions, official town meetings and a range of other uses.

“I, along with my partners, look forward to the success of this project and the exciting possibilities and economic growth that it will bring to Stony Point,” stated Raja Amar of Patriot Hills LLC. “As a resident of Stony Point, I have a personal interest in investing in our future for the benefit of our community and its residents.” Amar and his partners have been in negotiations with Town officials for more than three years.
Key elements of the contract include:
• $6.4 million due at closing encompassing both cash payment and performance bond for the design and construction of a new Stony Point Community Center.
• $6 million estimated commitment from the developer to remediate and demolish buildings on the Letchworth site.
• Renovations to and the preservation of Kirkbride Hall for Town recreation purposes.
• Golf course will remain accessible to Town residents and their guests.
• Stony Point active riding volunteer fire department and ambulance corps members will play for free.
• Deal encompasses both all buildings on the former Letchworth site as well as the catering facility and current golf course.
The Patriot Hills golf course has been consistently subsidized by town taxpayers by an average of more than $1.3 million per year for the last five years. The savings for Stony Point taxpayers will be significant including eliminating the need for an estimated $7 million in projected additional expenditures and debt for golf course capital improvements, renovation of the catering facility and maintenance for the dilapidated Letchworth buildings.
“The golf course has been a drag on our finances for years that has prevented us from investing in other priorities,” said Monaghan. “This deal will enable us to direct resources toward other critical needs.”

The company intends to begin work on upgrading the golf facilities as soon as possible. Following remediation of the Letchworth property, any development plans would proceed in accordance with all applicable Town planning and zoning processes.

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“Restaurant Week” By Rockland County Executive Ed Day

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This week we welcome back “Restaurant Week” to Rockland County and the Hudson Valley. I am thrilled to see this event returning as we continue on the road to recovery as it spells very good things for our future.

Running until May 23rd it is a great opportunity to try the food at some of our great local restaurants at a price that won’t break the bank. Participating restaurants are offering three-course dinner menus for $35.95 and lunches for $25.95.

And now that restaurants in New York are able to operate at 75% dining capacity and with all capacity restrictions being lifted on May 19th, we are making real progress at getting back to a new normal. I encourage residents to support our local businesses, especially our restaurants, who were all affected by the pandemic.

With people now feeling more comfortable getting out and about, Restaurant Week is the perfect time to show our support for the restaurants that have been there for us when we needed them. Dining out will also give our local economy an extra boost as we in government aim to get more folks back to work.

All this should lead to further improvements in the local unemployment rate which stood at 5.6% in March. Down from 6.4% in February and down from a high of 13.4% during the worst of the pandemic last April. Rockland is heading in the right direction and anything we can do to support restaurants will help.

Dining establishments are a key part of our local economy. 763 of these businesses employed more the 7,400 people prior to the pandemic. The number of employees dropped to just over 6,200 in the Fall of 2020, but the number of businesses remained relatively stable.

These numbers make it clear to me that this is an area that is primed for a full recovery and I look forward to doing my part to help it along by dining out and enjoying some great local food. And if you are not comfortable dining out just yet, that’s okay too, this year many restaurants are also offering takeout options.

You can view participating Rockland restaurants and make your reservation here: https://bit.ly/3sB332Q

I hope to see you there!

*This is a weekly column by Rockland County Executive Ed Day.

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Assemblyman Schmitt Presents State Assembly Proclamation to Heroic Stony Point Police Officers

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STONY POINT, NY – Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (Stony Point) joined by Stony Point Town Supervisor Jim Monaghan recognized three Stony Point Police Officers; Vincent Agovino, John Ferrara, and William Mari.

They were formally presented with a New York State Assembly Proclamation, by Assemblyman Schmitt, for their heroic efforts in March when they ran into a burning house to save the lives of children who were inside. (Photos at the end of the video)

Video of the ceremony below.

 

Each of these police officers received their own official Proclamations at the Stony Point Town Board meeting on, May 11, 2021, detailing their service of honor, courage, and personal sacrifice.

Supervisor Jim Monaghan, “Officers Vincent Agovino, John Ferrara, and William Mari are heroes. Their actions saved the lives of local residents and represent the very best of our local police department and it is great that Assemblyman Colin Schmitt joined the town board during police week to honor them.”

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “Today and every day we should be thanking law enforcement who put their lives on the line to protect our families and communities. Police Officers Vincent Agovino, John Ferrara, and William Mari are prime examples of what the badge stands for; honor. courage, sacrifice, and selfless service. These heroes were just doing their jobs, not looking for recognition, but they deserve this honor today. I am proud to officially recognize the heroes that live amongst us and thank them for their service.”

Video via Stony Point Facebook Live Stream – rocklandreport.com

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