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Vesta Divorce Portal Expands To NY, County Legislators Approve Budget, JAMMCAR Holds Sock Drive

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Vesta: An Online Divorce Portal Expands to Westchester, Rockland

Vesta, a national online portal that offers divorce support services through complimentary webinars, a dedicated no-charge concierge support and referral service, and vetted expert professionals, has expanded to the Hudson Valley.

vestaVesta’s resource centers, called “Hubs,” feature collaborative teams of expert divorce professionals navigate people through the divorce process, including emotional, financial, legal, parenting, mortgage and real estate.

“Our secret to providing the best in care for Vesta clients is that our Hub Professionals collaborate and work as a team to help people through the process,” said Robert Vona, CEO. “The goal is always to reduce anxiety, save time and money, and improve outcomes for families as they navigate the stormy waters of separation and divorce.”

Vesta was founded in 2013 by CEO Vona, CFO Samantha Steer Vona, and Head of Concierge Services, Deanna Coyle. They launched the company with the first Hub in Boston, Massachusetts, and the company has grown to include Hubs nationwide.

The company is running an ONLINE Divorce Boot Camp from its Westchester/ Rockland, NY Hub on Dec. 15; it will be followed by a question-and-answer section.

Attendance is free but Vesta asks participants to register in advance at Vesta will email the Webinar link and the handouts to registrants before the online event.

Rockland County Legislators Vote 15-1 To Approve 2022 County Budget

Rockland County legislators voted 15-1 last week to amend and approve a 2022 County Budget that has no property tax increases, program cuts or layoffs, eliminates the county’s motor vehicle tax, starts the phasing out of the residential energy tax, and gives raises to the lawmakers, the county clerk, the county sheriff and the county executive.

county budget“More than a decade ago, we were forced to increase taxes and add new ones to help us address a fiscal crisis, moves supported by the State Comptroller and the credit rating agencies. I’m elated to say that we have finally gotten to the point where we can begin reversing many of those actions for the benefit of our taxpayers,” Rockland County Legislature Budget & Finance Chairman Michael Grant said.

Their vote moves forward an annual process that takes more than two months. A $774 budget proposal was unveiled Oct. 1 by Rockland County Executive Ed Day, who now has five working days to go over the Legislature’s amended version. He has line-item veto power.

The $789.7 million amended adopted budget includes $130.77 million in property taxes, which represents a zero percent tax levy increase over the 2021 budget.

The amended adopted plan adds four positions to the Board of Elections, which the department says it needs to better serve growing constituent demands for faster turnaround of election night results, enhanced opportunities for voter registration and absentee voting, and administering multiple early polling sites and hours of operation. The $400,000 in funding (salaries, MTA tax, health benefits, etc.) will be paid for via election services fees.

It also maintains the $8 million the County Executive included in a contractual reserve account to settle union contracts that expire by the end of this year.

Nonprofits Collaborate In Sock Drive On Sat. Dec. 18 at JAMCCAR’s HQ

jamccar socksJamaica Civic and Cultural Association of Rockland, along with the Haverstraw African American Connection, and the Holocaust Museum and Center for Tolerance and Education, will be collecting new socks for the homeless. Drop off will be at JAMCCAR’s headquarters on Dec. 18 from 10 to 12:00 at 147 N Main St Spring Valley.

The three institutions are working together for the furtherance of the community in this Christmas season, said Hope Wade, a spokesperson for JAMCCAR.

JAMCCAR is celebrating 31 years as a 501c3 nonprofit organization that has given out over $300k in scholarships to high school students in Rockland County entering their first year in college.

They are asking patrons to drop off socks and winter items as part of their campaign “Warm Feet Make A Warm Heart.” Refreshments will be served at the event.