As usual, the Assembly Democrats got more money to spend on pet projects this year—commonly referred to as “pork,” but Republicans got more this year than last. About $2 million to be exact.
For more information on pork spending and the specifics of the statewide trends, click here for our recent Lohud.com story.
In Rockland, the late Assemblyman Kenneth P. Zebrowski, D-New City, secured the most pork funding—$153 million—to be spent on things like a new van for the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation and new computers for Meals on Wheels.
Nancy Calhoun, R-Blooming Grove, came in second for the Rockland Assembly members, but out of $121,000, only three items totaling $17,000 were set aside for Rockland, not including money for the Ramapo-Catskills Library System which includes both Rockland and Orange counties.
Calhoun’s district includes all of Stony Point.
Annie Rabbitt, R-Greenwood Lake, set aside $18,096 and just four items of her $103,000 total for Rockland items, not including the Ramapo-Catskills Library system. Her district includes part of Ramapo.
Freshmen Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, D-Suffern, brought home a total of $110,000 for things like renovations at the Airmont community center after school programs at the Nyack Center and the Martin Luther King Center.
Below is a full list of the Rockland Assembly pork:
Nancy Calhoun, R-Blooming Grove
$2,500, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County for youth programs.
$10,000, Town of Blooming Grove for senior center improvements and recreation equipment at Mays Field.
$10,000, Town of Chester for Sugar Loaf planning grant.
$5,000, Town of Cornwall to digitize historical archives.
$10,000, Town of Crawford for improvements to the town park.
$2,500, Town of Highlands for equipment at Fort Montgomery.
$7,500, Town of Highlands Ambulance Corps for defibrillators and pagers.
$7,500, Town of Montgomery for a video-surveillance system.
$8,500, Town of New Windsor for a backup generator.
$10,000, Town of Stony Point for programs.
$4,500, Town of Stony Point for an accident-investigation system.
$10,000, Town of Woodbury for senior center improvements.
$5,000, Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson for a commercial freezer door.
$2,500, Village of South Blooming Grove for start-up expenses.
$2,500, Village of Walden for programs.
$2,500, Village of Woodbury for start-up expenses.
$2,500, Rockland County SheriffÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dept. for sex offender-tracking software.
$5,000, Ramapo-Catskill Library System for a summer reading program.
$5,000, Sarah Wells Girl Scout Council for programs.
$3,000, Orange County Veterans Cemetery for equipment.
$5,000, Orange County Firefighters Museum for programs.
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Ellen Jaffee, D-Suffern
$2,000, Suffern Farmers Market for marketing and promotion.
$7,500, Village of Spring Valley for training classes.
$2,000, Orangetown Fire Company No. 1 to remodel the interior room.
$8,000, Lower Hudson Valley Challenger Center for software and programs.
$10,000, Community Outreach Center of Monsey for a community patrol.
$7,500, Village of Spring Valley for the Jitney bus service.
$5,000, Community Action Program of Rockland for womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s programs.
$4,000, Community Action Network for a Drug-Free Life and Environment for counseling programs.
$15,000, Haitian American Cultural and Social Organization (Spring Valley) for a language-support program.
$8,000, Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center for software and equipment for an after-school program.
$5,000, Nyack Center for an after-school cultural program.
$7,500, Rockland County YMCA for after-school programs and field trips.
$9,500, Rockland Family Shelter for a teen workshop on abusive relationships.
$10,000, Village of Airmont to renovate a community center.
$4,000, Volunteer Counseling Service of Rockland to upgrade computer system.
$1,000, NAMI Familya of Rockland for support services for the mentally ill.
$4,000, Arts Council of Rockland for marketing.
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Annie Rabbitt, R-Greenwood Lake
$2,260, Pine Island Chamber of Commerce to plant trees.
$2,260, Campbell Hall Fire Dept. for equipment.
$4,524, Monroe Lakeside Fire Dept. for equipment.
$4,524, Town of Goshen for a fuel-dispensing system.
$4,524, Town of Hamptonburgh to construct a picnic area at a senior center.
$4,524, Town of Mount Hope for playground equipment.
$4,524, Town of Warwick to pave the area around an animal shelter.
$4,524, Village of Goshen for improvements to village hall.
$4,524, Village of Harriman for improvements to village hall.
$4,524, Village of Hillburn Dept. of Public Works for equipment.
$4,524, Village of Kiryas Joel for a radio repeater.
$4,524, Village of Monroe to plant trees in Crane Park.
$4,524, Village of Montebello for solar electric panels at town hall and for a 20th anniversary brochure.
$4,524, Village of Otisville to pave a municipal parking lot and for new curbs and trees.
$4,524, Village of Sloatsburg for software.
$4,524, Village of Suffern for Suffern Day.
$4,524, Village of Tuxedo Park to repair a dam.
$4,524, Village of Warwick for benches.
$4,524, Florida Police Dept. for security cameras at reservoirs.
$4,524, Greenwood Lake Police Dept. for computer upgrades.
$4,524, Wallkill Police Dept. for equipment.
$5,000, Ramapo-Catskill Library System for a reading program ($500 for each library in the system).
$4,524, Tuxedo Senior Center for renovations to the railroad station.
$3,000, Orange County VeteranÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Service Agency for cemetery equipment.
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Ken Zebrowski, D-New City
$10,000, Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation for a van.
$30,000, Village of Haverstraw for a new room at the Haverstraw Center.
$8,500, Village of Pomona for an emergency generator.
$50,000, Village of Spring Valley to replace the heating system at the Louis Kurtz Civic Center.
$2,900, Rockland TeachersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Center Institute to purchase school supplies for needy children.
$5,000, Meals on Wheels of Rockland for new computers.
$5,000, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland for a gang-prevention counselor.
$3,100, Child Care Resources of Rockland for new computers.
$7,000, Community Action Program of Rockland for womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s programs.
$5,000, Haverstraw Ecumenical Project and Day Care Center for services.
$7,000, Interfaith Coalition for the Homeless of Rockland County for office equipment.
$8,000, Rockland Family Shelter for furniture.
$2,500, Star Kids (Garnerville) for a sports program.
$5,000, Volunteer Counseling Service of Rockland to upgrade the computer system.
$4,000, Arts Council of Rockland for office equipment and a newsletter.