Clarkstown Councilman Ralph Mandia Resigns
(New City) Clarkstown Councilman
Ralph Mandia is resigning effective February 1, 2009
from the Clarkstown Town Board. As a
result of failing health, Councilman Mandia feels he
can no longer serve the residents of Clarkstown as he has for the past 20
Councilman Mandia said, “I thank the people of
Clarkstown for their many years of support.
I especially thank all our Town employees for the great work they do for
the Town. So many have
been very kind and supportive of me during my illness."
Supervisor Gromack said, “Ralph Mandia has been a true public servant to the Town of
Clarkstown. His passion and dedication
to the Town and his constituents has been an inspiration to us all. It has been a pleasure to work with Ralph in
a bi-partisan manner for the betterment of Clarkstown residents. I could not have a better partner and
is the second longest consecutive serving Council Member. He was first elected to the Clarkstown Town
Board in 1989 and has been re-elected four times.
As Councilman, he was very active
and supportive of volunteer housing for our emergency service volunteers. He worked tirelessly on this issue as he
believes in helping and retaining our fire and emergency service volunteers
here in Clarkstown.
Ralph was a leader in the
creation and construction of the West Nyack Hamlet Green Park. He was a member of the Police Commission for
many years and was liaison to the Highway Department, Assessor’s Office and
Ralph, always an advocate for
senior housing, played a significant role in creating and supporting Clarkstown’s Active Adult Residence Zone, which will provide
a range of independent living accommodations for residents 55 and older.
Three years ago, Ralph conceived
and created the ‘Pride of Clarkstown Awards’, designed to recognize outstanding
commercial properties, nominated by individuals and civic organizations for
their contribution to the beautification of Clarkstown.
Ralph always looked for
innovative ways to save the Town money.
He sponsored a law enabling the Town to generate revenue through
insurance companies for emergency services at no cost to residents and another
offering long term care insurance to employees at no cost to the Town.
In addition to his work as a Councilman, Ralph was very
active in a number of community organizations.
concluded, “I thank Supervisor Alex Gromack and the entire Town Board for their
friendship and I will miss working with them.”
Councilman John Maloney said, “I
served with Ralph for twenty years on the Town Board, he is like a brother to
me. Ralph Mandia is always concerned about the
people of his Town more so than political persuasions. First and
foremost every vote by Ralph Mandia was a vote to
make the quality of life better for the citizens of Clarkstown. He is a
man of integrity, who believes in fair play for everyone.”
Councilwoman Shirley Lasker said,
“I have worked with Ralph for over ten years, both in my role as Rockland Civic
Association President and as a fellow Town board member. We have always had a warm and friendly
relationship. Ralph has been a dedicated
public servant whom I respect and admire greatly for his keen mind and big
heart. I will miss him and wish him the
Councilman Frank Borelli said, “I
learned so much from Ralph Mandia, as a mentor and a
friend. He was such a big asset to the
people of Clarkstown and his advice and counsel on Town matters will be very missed.”
New York State law allows the
remaining Town Board members to fill the vacancy, by a majority vote until the
next election, to be held in November 2009, which coincides with the end of Mandia’s term.
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