Mari Morrison Rodriguez
For Stony Point Town Council
Its Time For Change
April 13th, 2019
Volunteering at North Rockland Sports Day
It was a pleasure to work together with Janice Jenson to raise funds for very important charities here in North Rockland. Please consider reaching out to Stand Up for Cancer, Friends of Karen, The Boomer Esiason Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and North Rockland Tiny Little Helpers, to help in any way possible.
May 19th, 2019
Grand Fondo Event in Stony Point
I am proud to have volunteered today, joining the Stony Point Democratic Committee volunteers and Candidates for the Campagnolo GFNY Bicycle Race from NYC to Bear Mountain. This event featured bicycle enthusiasts and all-world athletes from around the country, and was a great way to spend an afternoon with the family cheering on the riders! There were even some international cyclists commenting on the beauty of our area... Check out my Facebook page for photos by clicking here.
April 17th, 2019
Stony Point Letchworth Develepment Meeting
After attending a meeting held at Patriot Hills Golf Course in Stony Point, I met with a few residents who expressed their questions and concerns with the development plans being proposed by Stony Point Resident and Philanthropist Raj Amar. Overall, the reception to the ideas for development seemed positive and I commend the Both Supervisor Jim Monaghan and Raj Amar for being forthcoming about the plans being negotiated. Raj has made it clear he needs the support of the town residents in order to make his plans a reality.
The Stony Point Democratic Committee has been doing excellent work collecting information about this purchase offer, and I will work diligently with the members to shed as much light on the progress as possible. The Democratic Party supports a transparent development solution to the long neglected lands of Letchworth Village. I believe the town residents are ready for a new chapter.
April 27th, 2019
Keep Rockland Beautiful in Stony Point
The Democratic Committee Candidates, including Janet Hannigan Guerra and Tommy Slane, as well as a number of members of the Stony Point Democratic Comittee, pledged to volunteer their Saturday morning in Stony Point at exits 14 and 15 cleaning the exits... because we care about our town's appearance, and the preservation of our environment. Many participated this year, and I'm proud to say we have a lot of dedicated neighbors that came out to this support the Keep Rockland Beautiful Initiative. I learned that people throw out some interesting things on the side of the road and that the brand of cigarettes, beer and coffee most likely to be tossed is Newport, Budweiser and Dunkin Donuts respectively. Time to get paper cups Dunkin! Please visit keeprocklandbeautiful.org for more information on how to stay involved year round.
June 25th, 2019
Primary Election Success
We hit the streets of Stony Point and Sloatsburg to remind the people of District One that Today was the big voting day. With the final counts coming in at 10pm, we spent the evening at Lynch's Restaurant in Stony Point (awesome food and service) to find out the results. I couldn't be more excited to report that we won a hard fought primary race to be your Democratic Candidate moving forward to November 5th General Election. A huge thank you to everyone who came out to vote and support the cause. I will continue to represent our District in the race to bring much needed change to the leadership in Stony Point, Sloatsburg, Haverstraw and Ramapo. There is much work to be done!
July 10th, 2019
Of course I'm at the annual Wayne Day Carnival and celebration donating to our incredible firemen and listening to the Amish Outlaws! This fundraiser is a staple of our community and as a mother of a one time volunteer fireman, and having other family members who are first responders, I will always show up in support of these events.
July 13th, 2019
Stony Point Battlefield Reenactment
Two hundred forty years ago, at midnight, our brave American Soldiers fearlessly stormed into the British army's fort in Stony Point - not knowing what would happen to them. Fifteen minutes later, the battle was over and the Americans claimed the fort as their own. Today, they ran again in honor of this most important battle and to bring those soldiers back to life. We must never forget the bravery of these souls and all those who risk everything for our freedom. Had this battle been lost, it would hav been a different world. I support our battlefield employees and all of our historical sites, as well as the veterans who fought to protect us. I will continue to fight for proper funding for both and especially for proper treatment, housing, and care for our veterans when they return from their time of service. I had the honor and pleasure of working at Stony Point Battlefield last summer, and we all need to continue to donate and visit this historic site to keep our history alive!
April 28th, 2019
Sloatsburg Spring Block Party
The historic town of Sloatsburg, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce and Keep Rockland Beautiful, is conducting the second annual Spring block party, at the Village Walk. It begins at 11 am at Village hall, and goes until 3pm. At 10am I will be volunteering to clean up at the hall and attending the Block party to see the sites. These block parties have grown in popularity thanks in large part to the revitalization undergoing in the villages business center. All are welcome, come out and support a good cause.
May 6th, 2019
Neighborhood Cruisers Get Together
Myself and the candidates Janet Hannigan Guerra, Tommy Slane, and Chris Mullin came out to support the Neighborhood Cruisers and the new local restaurant "Knuckles" at the car show Monday Night. Neighborhood Cruisers is an amazing organization that has been present in our community for decades raising money for charitable causes. You can find them showcasing classic cars and trucks on Monday nights at Knuckles on 9W in Stony Point.
June 28th, 2019
Stony Point put on a great parade tonight honoring our Firemen, Ambulance Core, and First Responders from around the county. It is vital that our volunteers are provided with the support they need to continue to keep our communities safe. I've spoken to some first responders about their needs and concerns, and I will strongly advocate at the county level to ensure they are heard.
July 14th, 2019
Penguin Rep Fundraiser
In support of a lovely evening, Penguin Rep with the always inspiring Joe Brancato honoring our own virtual king of community service Kevin Lynch, Anita Gillete of stage and screen, and lovers of art and philanthropists Jerome and Simona Chazen. So much heart, all in one room. Grateful for everything they all do and for having this one of kind gem of a theater in our town. I continue to support the arts and those who provide community service.
July 15th, 2019
Small and Medium Business Ownership
I As a small business owner in my family owned and operated Fire Protection business, I am a prospective member of the Rockland Business Association. Today I attended an RBA meeting on Hospitality and Tourism in my district, Sloatsburg. I networked with hard working local business owners and managers and I was given a tour of the Valley Rock Inn and Mountain Club by its owner, Michael Bruno. Michael's vision to revitalize and bring tourism and business to our area is something I feel is needed in District One. There are many creative ideas I have to promote this and to obtain funding for community-based organizations as well, and I'm always open to hear from residents. Contact me with questions!
July 18th, 2019
Not for Profit organizations in our communities are struggling to keep up with the increased needs. 48% of Rockland Residents are struggling to make ends meet. Thats Half of Us! RBA will be collaborating with People to People and other multiservice organizations to form a committee to find ways to better help those who help us. I volunteered to be a part of this committee and hope I can bring my expertise as a DSS and social welfare examiner and mental health social worker to the table for better solutions.
July 30th, 2019
NR Chamber of Commerce
Great Evening attending NR Chamber of Commerce mixer at Hudson Water Club in Haverstraw. I met some awesome new people and chatted with familiar faces. Connection, collaboration, and support for local business is what makes a community stronger.
July 31st, 2019
Stonewall Democrats Watch Party
The Stonewall Dems are a wonderful presence in our community. I joined them at the clubhouse for a debate watch party and had great conversation with community members and leaders. Lots of positivity. Senator Carlucci wants to promote hikes in our majestic Harriman State Parkland in District one - I will be joining him for that at some point!
July 19th, 2019
I attended a very important NYS Thruway Authority meeting today at the Time Hotel so that the Cuomo Bridge "Toll Increase Advisory Panel" could listen to the people of Rockland with regard to the proposed huge toll hike to cross the bridge every day. I detailed my concerns to the panel on how drastically an increase would affect the economy of our county and the citizens who don't have a choice but to cross the bridge for work each day. I also argued that the brunt of the expense for the entire NYS Thruway falls largely on the people of Rockland. I support Legislator Nancy Low-Hogan and Legislator Harriet Cornell who spoke out against the toll hike. I'm in agreement with Congresswoman Ellen Jaffe, who proposed NO toll hike at all, because the bridge was already funded. I encourage those who also oppose the toll increase to email your detailed concerns to email@example.com - Let them know we wont stand for it. Unacceptable.
August 4th, 2019
Latin Parade and Festival
Today I marched in the Latin Parade in support of Mondaire Jones for Congress and to celebrate the beautiful community in the village of Haverstraw. I'm grateful for the many organizations who also marched, such as Center for Safety and Change, Haverstraw Pride and Rockland County Police Hispanic Society. Lots of excitement and plenty of young people showing off their talents. Colorful costumes, kick ass music, and great food!
August 4th, 2019
Native American Pow Wow
Today there was a display of cultural Magnificance at the Bear Mountain Native American Pow Wow held annually at our own Anthony Wayne Recreation Area and hosted by Redhawk Native American Arts Council. I am proud to reside in our District One that is filled with Cultural Events and a host of outdoor recreational activities in Harriman State Park. As the Democratic Candidate for this District, I will make it a priority to protect and support these parks and facilitate recreational growth that will bring both commerce to our area and enjoyment of use for our residents. Native American culture on display in District One is a great way to spend the day with the family!
August 10th, 2019
Support Our Libraries!
Today. Rose Memorial Library Festival at Stony Point Town Hall. Bought lots of raffle tickets in support of their fundraiser and spoke with the Rose Memorial Director about the future of our Library. I will always support District One Libraries and advocate strongly for assistance with providing them what they need in order to grow and thrive in our communities.
August 7th, 2019
I'm an Angel! Hope Not Handcuffs
Hope not Handcuffs is an incredible organization that partners with local police and community members/resources to prevent the vicious cycle of arrests of those who suffer from addiction and need help getting into treatment facilities instead of Jail. The program encourages voluntary participation those affected by addiction, so anyone can walk into a participating police station and ask for help, even if they are high. I know, its a new world right? Tolerance for those in need is a huge priority in my campaign. With overcrowded jails and the cost of prisoners reaching over 70 thousand each, annually, this program not only helps the people who are suffering, but provides logical solutions for the community at the same time.
I am proud to say that tonight I became an "Angel" via training by HNC. The opioid crisis is real - I will do whatever I can to assist our Police and community members who are trapped in addiction without hope. I plan to advocate for Stony Point and Sloatsburg police to become partners with Hudson Valley Hope Not Handcuffs as well.
August 16th and Sept. 3rd
Ramapo Pascack Ridge Zone Change
I attended both the Ramapo Town Board Meeting on 8.16 and the Legislator Meeting on Sept. 3rd with regard to the Pascack Ridge Development Proposal. I opposed the zoning change to accomodate this development as it will greatly affect the people Ramapo's infrastructure and is not in line with or approved by the Rockland County Planning Board. I also condemn the GOP "A storm is coming" Video as it only heightens division in our communities. In addition, I also condemn the hateful actions toward Legislator Santulli. They were unacceptable and illegal. Legislator Weider's comments were also inappropriate. I am advocating for a bi-partisan approach for Legislature to work with leaders in communities to diffuse the divisive rhetoric surrounding the rapid development in Ramapo and greater Rockland County. I will also work with CUPON, ROSA, and other organizations to ensure oversight of development is based on land use abuse and zoning abuse.