GOSHEN – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus expressed his gratitude to residents for showing their support by donating supplies for the victims of hurricane-torn Puerto Rico.
“The outpouring of generosity from residents, community leaders, elected officials and the business community is greatly appreciated,” Neuhaus said. “We fielded many inquiries from community members asking how they could help with the relief efforts and the support for our neighbors in Puerto Rico has been impressive. Many families in Orange County have direct connections to Puerto Rico and we are proud to support them during this difficult time.”
Neuhaus thanked Senator Bill Larkin, the Orange County Legislature, Sheriff Carl E. DuBois, Commissioner of Emergency Services Brendan Casey, Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Services Alan Mack, Town of Deerpark Clerk Flo Santini, Department of Public Works Commissioner Erik Denega, the 105th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard and volunteers for their work in coordinating the collection and distribution of supplies.
Senator Larkin and William Kaplan, founder and President of the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, collaborated to collect relief supplies for Puerto Rico at the Armory. Orange County will accept supplies for Puerto Rico through Friday, October 13th at the Sheriff’s Office. In addition, the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and Town Clerk’s offices in Monroe, Chester, Cornwall, Tuxedo, Minisink, Wallkill, Warwick, Blooming Grove, Crawford, Highlands, Goshen, Montgomery and Newburgh will also accept supplies through Friday.
The Sheriff’s Office has collected enough supplies to fill several box trucks, with the other County drop-off points receiving numerous truckloads of donations as well. The goods will be transported to Stewart International Airport for storage and will be taken to Camp Smith in Cortlandt Manor to be organized and packed. The supplies will be sent to Puerto Rico by UPS via John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The County’s Department of Emergency Services is also assisting the Kohl’s Distribution Center in Wurtsboro in delivering a tractor trailer of supplies to Camp Smith.
“The people of Puerto Rico needed our assistance and the County, as well as the community, answered the call,” Casey said. “County Executive Neuhaus instructed my team to use every resource available for hurricane relief efforts and we were proud to contribute to helping the island.”
Added DuBois, “We are overwhelmed by the huge response from the community. It restores your faith in humanity when at times it is in doubt. Americans, especially New Yorkers, are at their very best when times are at their very worst. It was gratifying to see everyone working together to make these relief efforts happen.”