Cornwall Wins 3-1 Over NFA Soccer

Both players and the cheering section were thrilled to be back in and watching the game this past week.  Lynn Fern covered the game and said that you couldn’t miss the cheering section, “one you couldn’t miss even if you closed your eyes..bright colors, loud chants of “you can’t do that”, music, smiles, laughter and lots of “we love Ethan” going on! An unassisted goal by Johnny Germain in the first half that brought the first roar. Tough defense shutting down the All American Javier Rodriguez (still amazing to watch)! Two more goals, an incredible goal assisted by Germain to Connor Zatlukal that didn’t even appear to be heading into the goal, but what a bend. And, a one on one with the goalie by Ethan Krakowka from Logan Leonard.

Cornwall dominated possession throughout the entire game. with a 3 – 1 win over NFA! (Photos and story by Lynn Fern)

Susie C. Sohn Joins Orange County Land Trust Board of Directors

Susie Sohn of Goshen has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Orange
County Land Trust. Susie is a real estate and commercial transactions attorney with Blustein, Shapiro, Frank & Barone, LLP, a law firm focusing on commercial and residential real estate transactions, business transactions, banking, land use, estate planning, litigation and municipal law matters. Previously, Susie served as counsel on real estate investments and commercial
transactions for the New York City pension funds through the Office of the New York City Comptroller. She previously served as counsel for real estate for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Susie earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Cornell University, a Master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School Of Law, Yeshiva University. Susie was admitted to the Bar in New York in 2005 and New Jersey in 2004. Prior to joining the Orange County Land Trust’s Board of Directors, Susie served as a member of their Finance Committee and Development Committee. She is a former Board member of the Women’s Bar Association of Orange & Sullivan Counties. “It’s a true privilege to serve OCLT in furthering its mission of conserving the county’s water resources, critical  habitat, rural and urban farmland, and scenic landscapes — all sources of sustenance for the county community,” stated Sohn. “Orange County, with its idyllic landscapes and their natural as well as historic significance, has inspired me since I was a young child. I grew up in Goshen hearing stories from teachers about growing up on dairy farms and classmates working on horse and food farms. Moving back to Goshen after spending 15 years of my professional career in New York City, my family and I have reconnected with the preserves, trails, waterways, and diverse array of local food sources at a time when ‘getting back to nature’ has provided us with a sense of relief and sanctuary. In my mind, Orange County’s beautiful landscapes, its farmlands, and natural habitat are critical to preserving not only the County’s unique resources, but its significant history and shared sense of community. I am so excited for the opportunity to work with fellow OCLT Board members and staff to help build on this effort.”

The addition of Susie to the Land Trust’s board of directors was met with much enthusiasm, according to Board President Arlene Nolan. “Susie’s expertise and motivation impressed us from the start, said Nolan. “This sentiment only grew as she continued to get more involved, and thus, the decision to invite her to join our Board of Directors was an easy one.”
“Susie is a rising star in this organization and will prove to be an asset to our mission, said 1st Vice President Elinor Hart. “We are very lucky to have her on board.” Susie lives in Goshen, NY with her husband, Gary, and two young children. She enjoys hiking and visiting natural and
historic sites with her family, especially Moonbeams Preserve and the Walkway Over the Hudson.

Orange County Land Trust, Mountainville, NY is dedicated to conserving Orange County’s watersheds, agricultural lands, and natural habitats through conservation agreements with willing landowners. For more information call (845) 534-3690 or visit http://www.oclt.org

New Windsor Officer Schettini Saves Life Of Infant

Last week, New Windsor’s Officer Maria Schettini saved a life with her quick response to the scene of a choking infant. The 6-month old was limp and turning blue in the face when she arrived. Her immediate actions in delivering a series of back blows between the infant’s shoulder blades resulted in the obstruction being cleared from his airway. The infant then began to cry and breathe normally and he was transported to the hospital by NWEMS.

Later, Officer Schettini returned to the scene to check on the infant and we took this photo.

Patriot Day Memorial Services

Orange County – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus invites the community to attend the September 11 Patriot Day ceremony, which will be held at the Orange County Arboretum at Thomas Bull Memorial Park on Saturday, September 11th at 6:00 p.m.

On September 11, a Day of Remembrance, the Town of New Windsor will be

holding a 20th Anniversary Memorial Event at 5 p.m. at the Town Hall. The Town will be dedicating a Memorial bench including a section of steel from the World Trade Center.

The Village of Washingtonville will be holding 9/11 Memorial Services at Memorial Park at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday at

The Village of South Blooming Grove is having their Patriots Day Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday, at 9 a.m. at the 9/11 Memorial on Mat Kelly Square.

Cornwall – A memorial service will be held at the traffic circle in Town at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday evening, September 11

City of Newburgh  will hold a Memorial Service at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Memorial on Park Place and Grand Street.

Assemblyman Schmitt Joins Local Officials Calling For Federal Major Disaster Declaration

Washingtonville Assemblyman Colin Schmitt held a press conference today with local officials and community members calling for all counties in the Hudson Valley impacted by Hurricane Ida to be added to the federal major disaster declaration. Categories of disaster extent will determine the amount of funding that municipalities in Orange County receive to cover the damages. Hurricane Ida caused substantial damage to many roads, bridges, local businesses, and residential homes throughout the Hudson Valley. On Wednesday, Schmitt held his press conference at the Bull Road Bridge in Washingtonville that was washed away by the storm highlighting the extensive damage and potential for future risk from weather-related disaster events. Three bridges collapsed in Blooming Grove

Orange, Rockland, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties were included initially in the request from Governor Hochul and the State for a FEMA Major Disaster Designation but was left off of the official Declaration that was issued by President Biden and FEMA on September 6th. Local governments are hoping that when the amount of damages in Orange County is tallied up it will be added to the major disaster designation list.  Dozens of homes were either destroyed or seriously damaged. Schmitt addedToday, we are calling for the immediate inclusion of all counties in the Hudson Valley impacted by Hurricane Ida to be added to the federal major disaster declaration. It must be done with urgency and should not be delayed any further.”

Blooming Grove Supervisor Rob Jeroloman stated, “Just like in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, we need to be included in the major disaster declaration. Now that the storm is gone and the skies are blue, we need to make permanent repairs to these roads and our infrastructure. Once the skies cleared and the flooding subsided, the burden for funding these repairs is now placed on the municipality and on our homeowners.” Washingtonville Mayor Joseph Bucco stated, “Each day that I come to this location, there is something else that needs to be done to repair our broken infrastructure. I know that Assemblyman Schmitt will come up with a solution that everyone will be happy with and believe we need immediate inclusion in the federal declaration.” Sara Bayne, a local Cornwall resident stated, “As a local homeowner, community member, nurse, and mother, this natural disaster has been devastating. My home was flooded, our driveway tore apart, and the property was damaged which has resulted in significant unexpected costs, as well as damage to our neighbors’ homes. A bridge right across from our driveway was washed out in the storm which caused the flooding and resulted in a car crash exposing the main gas line that leads to West Point. If the car had crashed any closer to the pipe, who knows what kind of damage could have occurred or the deadly consequences of it exploding so close to residential homes. We need federal assistance, not only for our current damages but to prevent future damages by building these bridges stronger and better so that we can rest easy the next time a storm comes through our area.” Town of New Windsor Councilman Steve Bedetti stated, “The Hudson Valley was hit extremely hard by Hurricane Ida and its aftermath has been nothing less than devastating for municipalities across our region. I want to thank Assemblyman Schmitt for fighting this fight with all of us, pushing for our inclusion in the FEMA major disaster declaration. We need funding and relief not only to repair damages but prevent future hardship through preventative repairs that will protect our vulnerable infrastructure from damages moving forward. All residents impacted should call New Windsor Town Hall and the Supervisor’s office so your damage can be tracked to push for additional assistance. Town of New Windsor Councilman Steve Moreau stated. “Thank you Assemblyman Schmitt for bringing us all together to shine a light on such an important issue, designating Orange County and the rest of the Hudson Valley in the FEMA disaster declaration. Not only were our roads and bridges severely impacted by Hurricane Ida, but homeowners and local business owners that have already been struggling from the pandemic are now left with the bill to fix damages outside of their control from this storm. Relief is imperative right now for our communities.” Orange County Legislator Kathy Stegenga stated, “It is a disgrace that Orange County has not been included in the federal major disaster declaration. I stand firmly with Assemblyman Schmitt and our other local elected officials in calling for our immediate inclusion so that we can get our roads and bridges fixed and so that homeowners and local business owners are not left with the bill to fix a situation out of their control. We need permanent repairs and mitigation efforts across the Hudson Valley to prevent an event like this devastating our community in the future.” Town of Chester Councilman Bob Courtenay stated, “Orange County and the Hudson Valley saw devastating consequences and damage to our local infrastructure and to local residents’ homes and businesses during and following Hurricane Ida. Without federal relief and funding to repair our critical infrastructure, homes, and businesses, our local governments, homeowners, and business owners will be left to pay for it all on the local taxpayers’ backs. Thanks go to Assemblyman Schmitt for his tireless work to make sure Orange County and the Hudson Valley are never left behind.”

AFTERMATH OF IDA

As Hurricane Ida charged her way through Orange County, some of the hardest hit towns have been fortunate to have not suffered any loss of life.  But property and infrastructure damage is massive and will be both extensive, punishing to residents, and could be financially crushing to both individuals, the County, and municipalities.  On Tuesday night of this week, Blooming Grove’s Supervisor Rob Jeroloman and Highway Superintendent Wayne Kirkpatrick reported on property damage, which included the collapse of 3 bridges and spent so much time at the sites planning repairs that Kirkpatrick quipped the supervisor was made an honorary Highway Department member.   May’s Field, the site of many of the town’s athletics, was covered in a foot of water. At the end of the field a foot of water rose in little more than an hour.  It is closed until repairs can be made and many of its activities will be held at Lasser Park.

But the Town of Cornwall was hit even harder, reporting 7.5 inches of rain.  Dozens of homes were flooded, and some houses by the curve of the Moodna,  were victims of major flooding that may have in fact been life-threatening.  

Infrastructure  damage to roads and bridges is the top financial threat.  Washingtonville’s Mayor Bucco stood by The Bull Road collapse where a truck was rescued from the edge of the cavernous hole.  Residents on Brian Court walk a footbridge to get to vehicles parked by Clove Road and have no idea  how long it will be before any kind of normal access will return.  Jeroloman and Kirkpatrick discussed possibilities such as whether a  4-wheel  ATV could bring a dumpster across for their weekly trash while they wait for a new bridge and road. 

The main concern at present is what kind of reimbursement the towns can receive from Federal, State and County Disaster Funds.  Clearly the damage is in the millions, but in order to receive a Major Disaster Designation the stakes are high, reportedly a criteria that might be set at around $30 Million.  Whether countywide damage will reach that criteria depends on the extent of damage that occurred in all of the county municipalities combined. Meanwhile, Senator James Skoufis’ office says the key will be careful itemization of every detail.  Of the three disaster categories the one that municipalities are relatively assured of are the reimbursements for actual damage during the storm.  But prevention of reoccurrence will be critical for each town’s future welfare.  With Ida, for instance, Blooming Grove highway department staff cleaned out storm drains ahead of time and were able to empty equipment stored in the Mays Field garage just in time to prevent damage and help the water drain. Fortunately the new electric in the concession are was placed at 52″, high enough to avoid damage.  But Kirkpatrick says that he thinks some improvement in the links between Beaver Dam and the Moodna Creek could be better managed next time.  For instance, if Beaver Dam Lake’s sluice is opened for a time in anticipation of a storm, it will have better holding capacity when the storm arrives

In the end, residents and officials throughout the area are sitting on the edges of their chairs, hoping that adequate funding comes in to make them whole again.  Cornwall residents even pushed for a petition to be written and sent to Governor Hochul, detailing the catastrophic losses that they believe justify them, and other county residents who are hoping to be given a Major Disaster Designation.

Moodna Creek in Cornwall putting a home and lives at risk
Brian Court Bridge Collapse in Blooming Grove, Homeowners stranded

Bull Road Bridge Collapse, Village of Washingtonville
Brian Court Footbridge


Editor’s Note: In this week’s Orange County Post (paper copy), two of the captions on
the cover were inadvertantly reversed. The top picture was the Brian Court bridge collapse. The bottom right picture was the Bull Road bridge collapse. We regret the error.

Newburgh’s Healthy Orange Market Offers Both Food & Information

The Healthy Orange Farmers Market is open every Tuesday from 10am – 2pm and runs through October 26, 2021.  The Market is located in the Broadway Green Lot next to 130 Broadway (DMV Building). Stop by for local vegetables, herbs, fruits, honey, microgreens, baked goods, food, natural body care products, and more!  Visit with community agencies at the market for helpful information.  The Healthy Orange Farmers Market participates in the Double Up Food Bucks program; this program boosts SNAP purchases by doubling any purchase dollar for dollar.  The Market is a proud participant in the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge*,working with local health care sites to bring Prescription for Produce vouchers to residents in need.  Cornell Cooperative Extension’s SNAPed Nutritionist will be providing a free program, “Eating Healthy on a Budget,” on September 7 and September  14, from noon to 1pm.  Anyone wanting more infoirmation about the market, or about any of these programs can call 845-360-6691.

Healthiest Cities and Counties is a nationwide grant program funded by Aetna Foundation.