Village of Pomona Holds Community Cleanup Event

Village of Pomona Holds Community Cleanup Event

by M.C. Millman

The Village of Pomona held a community cleanup event on Sunday afternoon, another in the series of local cleanup efforts done in partnership with the Keep Rockland Beautiful endeavor. 

"It's important that we do everything we can to keep our environment clean," Congressman Mike Lawler shared with attendees before they began. "These community cleanups are really critical, as is partnering with Keep Rockland Beautiful and getting the community organized here in Pomona."

Lawler also promised the cleanups would continue over the year throughout Rockland communities.

Haverstraw Supervisor Howard Phillips addressed participants, which included local elected officials, North Rockland Safety Patrol (NRSP) members, and community members. The supervisor brought out the importance of recycling and the superior recycling program in Haverstraw. 

"We recycle everything from paper, glass, plastic, cans - everything you can think of," Phillips said, "to electronics, insecticides - everything really, taking it out of the waste stream and keeping Rockland beautiful."

"It was a pleasure to attend another Keep Rockland Beautiful event," Chestnut Ridge Deputy Mayor Chaim Rose tells Rockland Daily. "The weather was truly conducive to putting in the extra effort to clean up local roads. It was great to work with so many who recognize our responsibility to help preserve our environment by keeping it clean. Kudos to all who attended."

"What a great way to give back to the community and keep our streets and roads clean," Rockland County Legislator Joel Friedman shared after the event. "We thank all the citizens, volunteers, and Keep Rockland Beautiful for this initiative."

"Today's cleanup was a success!" Pomona Mayor Ilan Fuchs tells Rockland Daily. "Coming together as a community to clean up and promote environmental awareness is a priority for us. We look forward to future events that will give Pomona residents the opportunity to work together to keep our Village clean and pollution free for our families and generations to come."

Around thirty-five people joined the cleanup effort, including twelve members of NRSP who patrolled the roads to ensure the safety of the volunteers while helping with the cleanup. The afternoon began at the Village Hall on Ladentown Road. Attendees included Congressman Mike Lawler, District Attorney Judge Tom Walsh, Ramapo Town Supervisor Michael Specht, Haverstraw Town Supervisor Howard Phillips, Rockland Legislators Aron Wieder and Joel Friedman, Pomona Mayor Ilan Fuchs, Pomona Deputy Mayor Mendy Lasker, Pomona Trustees  Raanan Zidile, Joel Grunwald & Marc Greenberg, Chestnut Ridge Deputy Mayor Chaim Rose, Constituent Service Director Rafi Silberberg, Rockland County Legislative Candidate Paul Cleary, and Meir Tauber businessman.

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