By Rockland County Executive Ed Day
Christmas is the time of year we celebrate the birth of Christ and his message of peace, love and goodwill toward others. It’s a time to enjoy the rich blessings of family and friends. It’s a time to reflect on the previous year and look with anticipation on the year to come.
It’s also a time to remember the brave men and women of our armed forces who are not able to celebrate the holidays with their loved ones. It is through their efforts that we are able to enjoy the everyday freedoms we often take for granted. They serve to bring peace and liberty to other parts of the world, and our prayers are with them for a safe and speedy return.
Closer to home, the holidays provide an opportunity to demonstrate giving, the true spirit of the season. I encourage everyone to recognize the very real needs that exist in our community and look for occasions to serve those around us. This kindness toward our neighbors will go a long way toward making our county a better place to live, and this gift to others will pay dividends in our own lives.
We must strive to keep the holiday spirit of generosity throughout the year, and not just during the holidays. Giving to others, showing the love that marks this season, and reordering one’s focus to the things that really matter shouldn’t stay bottled up between Christmas seasons.
As the year 2016 approaches, I am grateful for all that the County of Rockland has accomplished, and I have great hope for the plans we have laid for the next 12 months. These plans are intended to continue vitally important government programs and services for all residents. They also are intended to continue our fiscal recovery through the prudent use of taxpayer resources. I look forward to support from all members of the community, and I look forward to the results that will come from our collective efforts to build a healthier and stronger Rockland County.
This holiday season, I hope you are encouraged at the direction we are moving. I have reason to be proud of our great County largely because of the fortitude of our residents, and I look forward to another year of building opportunities for you and your family.
Given that this is my second Christmas as county executive, I want to say what a wonderful privilege it is to work for the citizens of Rockland. The grace and kindness I’ve been shown by thousands of residents is truly humbling. I thank you not only for the trust you placed in me in me, but also for the warmth you’ve shown my family.
I wish you and your families, near and far, a safe and Merry Christmas and blessings in the year to come.