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Town – Corps Partnership to Save Taxpayers Money

April 25, 2011

(Congers, New York) – Town Supervisor Alex Gromack, the Town Board and the members of the Congers-Valley Cottage Volunteer Ambulance Corps are participating in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, April 25th at 11am at the site of the new headquarters located on 122 Kings Highway, Congers.

“Our goal in Town government is to continuously explore savings opportunities in municipal projects to ensure cost efficiencies for our residents,” said Supervisor Gromack.  “This is a prime example of how working with other municipal partners, we can lower the cost of government in Clarkstown.”

The project will include complete demolition of existing two story 6500 square feet building and reconstruction in the same basic footprint of a new two story 9,350 square feet building. The cost of the new building is expected to be just under $3million, which is being managed by the Town of Clarkstown to ensure lower cost to hamlet residents. As a result of the Town of Clarkstown – Ambulance Corps partnership, the residents in the hamlets of Valley Cottage and Congers saved a total of $1,690,000.00.

Construction will start next week on the reconstruction and expansion of the Congers-Valley Cottage Ambulance Corps building. The new building will provide four vehicle bays for emergency equipment, office space, secure computer operations area, secure file storage, board room, ready room, decontamination room, bunk room, storage and a multi-purpose room that will be used for training. The building is designed to provide service 24/7/365 with the inclusion of an emergency power generation back-up system.

The increased space will allow for   growth opportunities of the organization as well as its Youth Corps and the Congers Homemakers, a group of community women that have supported the Corps for many years.

Service will be uninterrupted during the construction period.

“The Congers-Valley Cottage Volunteer Ambulance Corps is proud to be in a productive partnership with the Town of Clarkstown, which is allowing what for years was just a concept to become a reality,” said Gregg Smith, President of the CVCAC.  “We look forward to having a building that allows us to provide modernized services to our community.”

 “We are thankful that the Town of Clarkstown was willing to participate in this project to ensure its completion,” said Bill Hughes, Treasurer for CVCVAC. “We want to provide our community with the most current EMS services available today and know this modernized facility is a way of helping us to do just that.”      

“Our ambulance corps members are an integral part of our community,” said Councilwoman Shirley Lasker.  “The Town Board is glad to be participating in a project that will benefit our volunteers and our community.”

“Residents have often asked when construction would begin on this building, because they understand the need to upgrade the existing facility,” said Councilman Frank Borelli.  “This new building will allow for a new facility and hopefully attract new members to the corps.”

The organization is currently operating with roughly 35 active riding members. According to Captain Arthur Panov, “this level of membership is the lowest it has been in years. We answer on average 100 calls per month and would welcome more members of our community to join us in providing such a vital and gratifying service to our residents.”

“As part of the building upgrade, we also want to raise awareness for the need of individuals to volunteer at all of our ambulance corps throughout Clarkstown,” said Councilman George Hoehmann.  “The volunteers provide an invaluable service to our residents.”  

“Any member of the community who would like to learn more about the Congers-Valley Cottage Volunteer Ambulance Corps is welcome to call me directly (845-268-0357),” offered Andrew Gioseffi, Chairman of the CVCVAC Board of Directors. He further offered, “I’d be happy to explain who we are, what we do and to share what it feels like when you can save someone’s life. I can honestly say that life takes on a more special meaning after you’ve been given the opportunity to give someone a second chance to live.”

“This new facility is not only an example of a beneficial public partnership, but also illustrative of the work the ambulance corps volunteers do on a daily basis in helping to save lives,” said Councilwoman Stephanie Hausner.  “We are glad the Town was able to participate in this project.”

Construction should be completed by December 2011.  





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