Please Stand: Military Service Members of the Mohegan Lake FD Honored

MOHEGAN LAKE, NY – In October of 2018 the Westchester County Board of Legislators passed a resolution supporting the creation and distribution of special pins to be displayed on the uniforms of local firefighters, police officers and emergency medical service workers who served or are serving in the nation’s armed forced.  At Thursday’s monthly meeting of the Mohegan Lake Fire Department, County Legislator John G. Testa, State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne and local dignitaries recognized the service of more than 20 volunteer and paid firefighters who served in the United States Military.

Westchester County Legislator John G. Testa said, “We can never do enough to thank and recognize our veterans. I am honored to be able to present area Veterans who are also First Responders the recently created Westchester County Veteran Pin to show our appreciation for their tireless service to both our county and community. They are special individuals who should be thanked and appreciated for their dedication and service to others.” 

Westchester County Veteran Pins
 New York State Assemblyman Kevin Byrne added, “We are always grateful to our veterans and active military who serve our nation.  This occasion was particularly special as we joined our local and county partners in government to honor veterans who continue to serve in Westchester County as a member of emergency services.  We honor these brave men and women for their years of service to our nation in the military, as well as their continued service to the community in the Mohegan Lake Fire Department.”

Andrew Cerrato, President of the Mohegan Lake Volunteer Fire Company said, “I would like to thank our past and current members who have served our country in various branches of our military service.  May God bless them all!” 

Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana applauded their past and continued service saying, “I thank County Legislator Testa for bringing this great recognition to Yorktown.  Our town is blessed to have such patriotic and passionate individuals who have protected our freedoms and are now serving our community.  This was just one small way for us to acknowledge their service and sacrifice.”

Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman agreed saying, “Just last weekend my wife and I were guardians on the Hudson Valley Honor Flight.  Anytime we can honor the service of the brave men and women who protect our freedoms we should.  I thank County Legislator Testa for taking the lead on this initiative and look forward to our partnership in recognizing similar citizens within our community.”  

Matt Slater, former Chief of Staff to State Senator Terrence Murphy, praised the honorees saying, “Our community was built with the blood, sweat and tears of incredible citizens like those we honored last night.  We thank all of our local veterans for their service to our nation and continue to pray for the safe return of all active military members.  It is our responsibility to find innovative ways to ensure our brave warriors receive the acknowledgement and benefits they have clearly earned.”

Similar events are being planned to recognize additional veterans and active military members serving in the Yorktown Heights Volunteer Fire Department, Yorktown Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Yorktown Police Department.

Every Bit Helps: Pines Bridge Memorial Unveil Set Thanks to State Senate Grant

YORKTOWN, NY – After nearly a decade of effort by local historians, Yorktown’s Pines Bridge Memorial Plaza and Walkway will be officially unveiled this weekend.  This marks the 238th anniversary of the battle of Pines Bridge which took place on May 15, 1787.  Funding for the project came from all over including a $50,000 State and Municipal Grant secured by the office of former State Senator Terrence Murphy.

Matt Slater, candidate for Yorktown Supervisor and former Chief of Staff for Senator Murphy praised the community effort to preserve the significance of the Revolutionary Battle.  “People often forget how rich our region is with history dating back to the Revolutionary War.  The efforts by the Yorktown Historical Society, and in particular Michael Kahn, will make sure future generations know about the Rhode Island Regiment and the important role our town played during our fight for independence.”  

Historians often highlight the Rhode Island Regiment because it integrated European, African and Native American soldiers nearly two hundred years before the United States Army officially took similar action.  The regiment was led by Colonel Christopher Greene who lost two men while defending the Croton Reservoir against the British at the Pines Bridge crossing.

Former State Senator Terrence Murphy added, “I am proud to have been able to support this important memorial during my time in the State Senate.  During a time when history seems to have taken a back seat in our culture it is refreshing to be a part of a community that embraces its history and protects it for future generations to learn from.”

Under the Grace Administration the Pines Bridge Memorial received two installments from the Town of Yorktown totaling $167,500.  Originally to be displayed at Downing Park, the monument and subsequent plaza was relocated to Railroad Park in the Heights Hamlet.

Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana added, “As a lifelong resident of Yorktown I thrilled to see this important historical memorial and plaza be completed.  All good things come to those who wait and I thank everyone who helped pitch in to make this a reality.”

Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman stated, “I am proud to have been part of a town board who not only recognized, but took action, to promote the historical significance of Yorktown.  All of the hardwork that went into this has finally paid off.”

Commemorative bricks will remain on sale to raise funds for the memorial and be installed annually at similar events to commemorate the Battle at Pines Bridge.