NEW CITY, NY – County Executive Ed Day and the Division of Environmental Resources presented the 23rd County Executive’s Outstanding Environmental Volunteer Award to Haverstraw resident Tim Sanders during a ceremony at Kennedy Dells County Park in New City. Tim has worked for several years on the American Eel Project at the Minisceongo Creek in West Haverstraw.
“While we have faced many challenges this year, one of the unexpected benefits of our situation is that many more residents are exploring our county parks and other natural environments that they may not have taken the time to visit in the past,” said County Executive Ed Day. “They are getting the chance to see and appreciate the hard work of volunteers like Tim Sanders.”
Volunteers like Tim are trained to count, weigh, and relocate the eels that are caught as part of this project. We relocate them above the nearest barrier to help them in their long journey upstream. But not only Tim is involved in this work, he brings along young people from Haverstraw.
“This is where Tim truly excels; he leads by example. If you have seen him, dressed in waders – in the middle of the Minisceongo Creek then you know what I’m talking about. The is a powerful example for youth in Haverstraw and North Rockland. Establishing this connection between local kids and the natural environment instills a type of community pride that is long lasting and has will affect the rest of their lives,” said County Executive Day.
A pink dogwood tree was planted in his honor at Kennedy Dells County Park.
During his acceptance speech Tim Sanders said, “it is through these different adventures and exposures that I have been blessed to work with these wonderful kids. I feel that I’m not too old to learn, and they’re not too young to teach and I try to keep that spirit with me every day. This is not just for me; I plan to bring these kids back here to see our tree.”
Legislator Harriet Cornell, Chairwoman of the Environmental Committee of the Rockland County Legislature spoke during the ceremony, “to really understand why Tim Sanders has been selected as this year’s Outstanding Environmental Volunteer, treat yourself to the sight of young children in waders counting and releasing young eels in the Hudson. Their happy faces reveal what their time with Tim means to them. He has involved children from the Haverstraw Center in this DEC project for many years, as well as getting them involved in park clean-ups and Rockland’s Planning Land Use program. Not only are these children learning about environmental protection, they are becoming stewards of their community and their world, thanks to Tim.”
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“Tim consistently goes above and beyond his duties as the Project Coordinator for the Division of Youth and Family Services at the Haverstraw Center. He is an innovator – always willing to find a new way to get young people involved and instill in them pride in their community,” concluded County Executive Day.
VIDEO: $7 Million Park & Ride in Monsey Nears Completion
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.
Supervisor Hoehmann Receives 2020 New York State Recreation and Parks Society Elected Official of the Year Award
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.