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Legislator Davidson Invites Student Katherine Dely to Deliver Invocation at Rockland County Legislature Meeting

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – Just minutes after the Rockland County Legislature concluded its annual Black History Month Celebration, Katherine “Kat” Dely stepped forward to deliver the invocation at the start of the board’s regular meeting.

The 8th grader flawlessly delivered “An Ode We Owe,” an inspiring poem focused on issues important to young people — and Rocklanders of all ages – including climate change, equality, and economic justice.

Rockland County Legislator Beth Davidson invited Katherine to participate Davidson believed the poem was a fitting kickoff to Black History Month and a way to involve youth in calling for climate action. Legislator Davidson chairs the Environmental Committee.

Katherine attends Nyack Middle School, where she is a member of the marching band, and is also an actress. She’ll be in Nyack DramaWorks’ production of High School Musical 2 next month.

“Katherine did a fantastic job and inspired everyone in the room,” Legislator Davidson said. “Her voice will be heard by other youth and will help lend urgency to the fight for environmental justice.”

The duo spent time in advance of Tuesday’s meeting discussing the poem, its meaning and its potential significance to the generation that will bear the brunt of the climate crisis in the coming decades.

The poem was written by Amanda S.C. Gorman, the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate. Gorman first gained wide public attention when she read her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” at President Biden’s inauguration in 2021.

In 2022, Gorman delivered “An Ode We Owe” to the United Nations General Assembly. The poem concludes, “To anyone out there: I only ask that you care before it’s too late, That you live aware and awake, That you lead with love in hours of hate. I challenge you to heed this call, I dare you to shape our fate. Above all, I dare you to do good. So that the world might be great.”

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Rockland Green Paper Shredding Event on March 16th in Suffern

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – Rockland Green’s next shredding event is Saturday, March 16 at the Spook Rock Pool, 171 Spook Rock Road in Suffern, followed by one on Saturday, March 23 at Germonds Park, 165 Germonds Road in West Nyack. Both events run from 8 a.m. to noon. This event is open to all Rockland County residents. See flyer below for additional details.

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“Reviving & Rebuilding Rockland One Grant At a Time” By Rockland County Executive Ed Day

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Here in County Government, we are always working to improve the lives of everyone who calls beautiful Rockland home. For this reason, the moment my administration received $63 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds we capitalized on the opportunity to help Rocklanders who struggled significantly because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants we’ve distributed so far include:

Awarded over $1,3000,000 to small businesses.

Awarded $400,000.00 in non-profit rescue grants.

Awarded over $450,000.00 to restaurants.

Awarded $7,000,000.00 in Urban Green Space grants.

But that’s not all. We utilized the funding to a variety of beneficial community programs including the Youth Bureau TEEN Works program and the Spring Valley Youth Police Initiative, completed the Rockland Riverway Feasibility Study- 26-mile path from Palisades to Stony Point, and granted $1.5 million to acquire land for workforce housing.

But as I’ve said time and time again, we will make sure every single penny that we received will be utilized to help our families and as such I am proud to announce our newest grant program that will utilize $500,000 of ARPA funds to further support our nonprofits.

To combat the rates of food insecurity in Rockland County, which have dramatically increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the $500,000 of ARPA funds will be used to establish the Food Security Equipment Reimbursement Grant which aims to provide reimbursement funds to organizations for pantry related equipment expenses that encourage capacity building by increasing and improving the services pantries provide to their communities. This capacity building will ultimately cultivate a more resilient network of food pantries, which can improve their ability to weather future public health emergencies.

Individual reimbursement grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to select organizations who meet the eligibility requirements for expenses including but not limited to:

Freezers

Refrigerators

Shelving

Insulated Storage Sheds

Lift-gates

Forklifts

Pallet Jacks

Hand Carts

Tents

Tables

Outdoor Heaters

Pantry-Related Software

Awarded organizations may be reimbursed for funds used for eligible equipment expenses incurred beginning January 1, 2024, and until the application submission period closes on May 31, 2024.

When our hardworking families endure a new level of strain these organizations always step up to help and we are honored to reciprocate that level of care and consideration to our heroic nonprofits.

We encourage nonprofits interested to contact our ARPA Department at [email protected] or 845-364-2027.

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

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