Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

For Immediate Release

March 8, 2017

Contact: Jane Lerner, Director of Strategic Communications
Office of the County Executive (845) 638-5645

Rockland County Executive Ed Day Shows Support for JCC Amid Nationwide Threats


WEST NYACK, N.Y. – Rockland County Executive Ed Day joined with Sheriff Louis Falco and other officials to pledge his support to the Rockland JCC at a time of escalating threats nationwide to similar organizations.

"We are here today to show our strength and courage – not fear and weakness," the County Executive said to a large gathering of community members and officials at the JCC. "We are not afraid to come here, to use the gym, to take a class, to play basketball, to do yoga, to bring our children to preschool or camp."

The County Executive and other officials, including Sheriff Falco, Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann and Clarkstown Acting Police Chief Robert Mahon said they would continue to take precautions to make sure the JCC is safe.

"We cannot be complacent," Falco said, as he reminded residents: "If you see something, say something."

Leaders from Rockland's Muslim community attended, along with members of the Interfaith Council, representatives of the LGBT community and  others who make up the county's diverse population.

There was a strong bi-partisan showing of elected officials, including Rockland Legislative Chairman Toney Earl and other members of the Legislature.

Representatives from every level of government showed their support.

Supervisor Hoehmann said threats to JCCs will not stop people from using the facilities.

"We will not be intimidated," he said.

Sheriff Falco outlined some of the measures being taken to make sure the West Nyack facility and others like in in our community are being protected.

He demonstrated how three bomb-detecting canines, Annie, Cable and Kelsey, sniffed out explosives that had been planted at the JCC. His officers also gave a demonstration of a device that can detect higher than normal radiation levels.

And he reminded people to be vigilant. "If you see something, say something," he said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has asked the Department of Homeland Security to provide assistance to Jewish Community Centers.

County officials have reached out to the Department of Homeland Security and will apply for grants once applications are available.