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Legal Services of the Hudson Valley Honored Gov. Hochul, Paul Adler of Rand Commercial and Jonathan C. Harris of MBIA, Inc. at 2022 Equal Access to Justice Gala
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) honored Paul Adler, Chief Strategy Officer at Rand Commercial, along with Governor Kathy Hochul and Jonathan C. Harris, at its annual Equal Access to Justice Gala at the Westchester Club in Rye earlier this month.
This event, emceed by Tara Rosenblum of News 12, honored New York State Governor Kathy Hochul with the Champion of Justice Award, and Paul Adler, Chief Strategy Officer, Rand Commercial and Jonathan C. Harris, General Counsel and Secretary, MBIA Inc., with the Access to Justice Award.
More than 200 members from the legal, business, and nonprofit communities attended the event.
“I would like to thank everyone who attended our 2022 Equal Access to Justice Gala as we celebrated our organization and our honorees commitment to ensuring justice for all,” said Rachel Halperin, CEO of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. “This year’s gala would not be possible without our supporters who believe in our mission and the work we do each day to provide free civil legal services to those who are unable to afford an attorney.”
Proceeds from the gala will allow Legal Services of the Hudson Valley to continue its mission of protecting rights and promoting justice throughout the Hudson Valley region. For those wishing to donate, visit www.lshv.org.
St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) Ranks Among Best Colleges in U.S. News & World Report – Recognized as Top Performer in Social Mobility
St. Thomas Aquinas College has been ranked among the Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report for 2023. This year marks the tenth consecutive year the College has been recognized. St. Thomas Aquinas College was also recognized as a Top Performer in Social Mobility for the fourth year in a row. This ranking measures how well institutions graduated students who received federal Pell Grants – typically from households earning less than $50,000 annually.
“Providing access to an affordable education for all students is our top priority,” said St. Thomas Aquinas College President Ken Daly. “So, it is rewarding to once again be named a best regional college by U.S. News & World Report and to be recognized for the social mobility of our students.
Now in its 38th year, U.S. News and World Report serves as a guide for prospective students and their families, ranking 1,500 colleges and universities on up to 17 measures of academic quality. For a list of the full rankings and methodology, visit U.S. News and World Report.
Rockland Ranked #15 In Green Energy Nationwide For Counties Utilizing 100 Percent Wind Power
Rockland County is ranked number 15 of all local governments nationwide, for our utilization of 100 percent wind electricity. The list by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes municipalities purchasing clean, renewable energy.
In the fall of 2020, Rockland County, the Rockland County Sewer District No. 1, Rockland Community College and Rockland Green were awarded a contract to provide 100 percent green, renewable wind electricity for three years.
“Not only did we make this move to protect the environment, but we also did it to save taxpayer dollars,” said County Executive Ed Day. “In total, savings are projected at $600,000 for the agencies, over the three-year term of the contract.”
Also, last month, Day and the Division of Environmental Resources launched Rockland’s Sustainability Project involving nearly 20 county departments, led by environmental and planning consulting firm Barton and Loguidice.
The project is aimed at generating a long-term plan to support, focus, and improve the county’s efforts in the New York State Climate Smart Communities (CSC) and Clean Energy Communities (CEC) programs. The plan will help maximize available grant funding and guide Rockland towards a green and sustainable future, according to Day.