Assemblyman Schmitt launches 99th Assembly District reopening and long-term recovery task force

Washingtonville. Task force includes first responders, medical professionals, small business owners, local officials, union members, education professionals and religious leaders.

11 May 2020 | 08:15

    Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) has launched the 99th Assembly District reopening and long-term recovery task force.

    The goal is to solicit input from leaders throughout the district regarding legislation and other additional actions that the legislature should take to help the reopening process and ensure long term economic recovery in our region from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Members of the task force include first responders, medical professionals, small business owners, local officials, union members, education professionals, religious leaders as well as others with expertise and insight to offer on a strategic reopening and plans for long-term economic recovery.

    The 99th Assembly District Reopening and Long Term Recovery Task Force will be asked to provide input from their respective expertise and Schmitt's office will conduct virtual meetings during the reopening and recovery process with task force members.

    “Assemblyman Schmitt and I have been working together since the beginning of this pandemic to help our shared constituents that are in need," Village of Woodbury Mayor Tim Egan said in the assemblyman's press release announcing the task force. "I appreciate the opportunity to continue that partnership through this task force the Assemblyman created to develop long term and sustainable solutions to revive our communities. Together, we will overcome this pandemic.”

    Added Elsie Rodriguez, superintendent, Monroe-Woodbury School District: “It is critical that we begin developing a strategy now for the reopening of New York state schools. Students at every grade level have been impacted as a result of this pandemic and I look forward to collaborating with Assemblyman Schmitt and other community leaders to ensure our educators are prepared for the upcoming school year."

    The task force
    The following individuals have been appointed to the task force:
    Thomas Tripodianos, president, Hudson Valley Builders and Remodelers Association
    Andrew Regenbaum, Councilman, Town of New Windsor
    Elsie Rodriguez, Superintendent, Monroe-Woodbury School District
    Mayor Tim Egan, Village of Woodbury and a paramedic with Rockland Paramedics
    Dr. Tony Ardisana, U.S. Naval Reserve doctor
    Matt Ross, Carpenters Local 279
    Kathy Stegenga, Orange County legislator and Blooming Grove Chamber of Commerce president
    James Monaghan, Town of Stony Point supervisor
    Father Michael Cedro, Pastor Holy Cross Catholic Church
    Kurt Hahn, Director of Emergency Management, Cornwall
    Rob Jeroloman, Town of Blooming Grove supervisor
    Vicki Hoffman, Hoffman Insurance
    Eve Lincoln
    Barbara Martinez
    Vincent C. Finiza, president of Chester Fire Department
    Michele Young, owner, Bagel Girls, Chester
    Bill Schuster, executive director, Black Rock Forest