County Executives Answer Business Leaders’ Questions at College Forum

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and Rockland County Executive Ed Day participated in the County Executive’s Forum at Rosary Hall. Palisades Institute Executive Director Stan Jacoby moderated the event.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus were at Dominican College on Wednesday, June 7, to take part in the annual County Executives Forum sponsored by the Palisades Institute.The County leaders spoke about economic development, the fiscal health of their counties, and a host of other topics.  

During a question and answer period, both leaders said they were opposed to an increase in the tolls on the Tappan Zee Bridge. County Executive Day said he fears an increased toll would discourage shoppers coming to the Palisades Center Mall from Westchester.  In addition, he said, truck toll increases could trickle down to higher prices for consumers. “Please resist the urge to compare the tolls to the GW or to the Whitestone Bridge.  There’s no comparison.  Compare it to the Bear Mountain or any bridge north in the Hudson Valley region,” said Day. 

County Executive Neuhaus discussed the transformational effect that flights from Norwegian Airlines coming into Stewart Airport will have on the region. “I am going to be bringing in 7,000 people a week to that airport.  It’s going to double the amount of flights and double the amount of people coming in there,”  said Neuhaus.

Both Day and Neuhaus are Republican County Executives who began their four-year terms in 2014.

The Palisades Institute was created in 1990 as part of Dominican College to serve business, government, and not-for-profit organizations in Rockland and nearby counties. The Institute encourages professionals to integrate the concepts of leadership, quality, and ethics to achieve long-term success.

 

 

College Hosts 75th Anniversary of Battle of Bataan Events

Edward Simons, a 100-year-old violinist, performed at the Bataan commemoration at Dominican College. Simons accompanied President Truman by ship on the way to the Potsdam Conference.

Dominican College hosted events on Saturday, April 8, 2017, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Bataan in the Philippines during World War II.  The College sits on what was once Camp Shanks, the World War II base that was the largest point of embarkation for soldiers headed to Europe. New City resident Jerome Kleiman organized the event, which included a symbolic march on Bataan Road.  “Bataan is not part of the typical narrative of WWII any longer.  I came to the realization that the 75th anniversary of the Death March would be the perfect point in time and Bataan Road the ‘only’ location to hold the commemoration so as to honor the heroic troops of Bataan and breathe fresh life into their saga,”  said Kleiman.

The event began with a symbolic march from Tappan Zee High School to Return Home Park on Bataan Road in Orangeburg. A ceremony and entertainment then took place on a stage in the Dominican College parking lot off Western Highway.  The performers included Edward Simons, a 100-year-old violinist who accompanied President Truman by ship on his way to the Potsdam Conference to meet with Stalin and Churchill at the close of WWII. 

Dominican College Adjunct History Instructor Dr. Scott White was among the presenters at the 3:30 p.m. symposium in the Lawrence Room of Rosary Hall. Dr. White spoke about the role of Native Americans during WWII. He has also organized student volunteers to assist during the event.  This event is a unique opportunity for DC students to witness how history is more than just a book, but something that is living and tangible,” he said.

During the Commemoration, WWII veterans in attendance were recognized  and a memorial plaque was unveiled at Return Home Park.

 

 

 

 

 

Dominican College Presents Little Shop of Horrors

Students are busy rehearsing for the March 3 and March 4 performances of Little Shop of Horrors.

The musical comedy hit Little Shop of Horrors was presented by the Aquin Players of Dominican College on Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. in St. Dominic’s School. This theatrical sensation has devoured the hearts of audiences around the world  before coming to  to Rockland County

Little Shop of Horrors is a sci-fi-horror comedy-rock musical with an early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop style composed by Alan Menken and written by Howard Ashman. The musical takes place in New York City during the 1960s and is based around Seymour Krelborn, a clumsy and dejected orphan working at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in urban Skid Row. Seymour happens upon a strange plant which he names “Audrey II” in honor of his fellow coworker and longtime crush, Audrey. Much to Seymour’s surprise, the strange Venus fly trap transforms into a manipulative, foul-mouthed, R&B vocalist who has an appetite for human flesh and blood. Over time, however, Seymour discovers Audrey II desires more than just blood, what it really wants is world domination!

When Dominican College Junior John Ameen is asked what it was like to play the character Seymour, he laughs saying, “Seymour is funny, nerdy, and awkward, it’s a very different role for me but I’m enjoying it!”

Director James Filippelli, Musical Director James Quaranto, and Choreographer Melissa Lucido would like to recognize cast and crew members both onstage and backstage for their hard work and dedication. Even though practice and preparation for any musical can be stressful, Dominican College freshman Rebecca Birmingham, who played the character of Audrey, says “The cast is full of lighthearted people who make every practice enjoyable.”

 

Ensemble:

Danielle Gulston                     Victoria Ficuciello                   Shaylene Cruz

Elizabeth Roach                      Elena Ivers                              Elise Karasik

Jillian Pianghi                          Dashelle Disha                        Rebecca Birmingham

Christine Ditzel                       Julius Fontanes                        Aaron Hassan

John Ameen                            Alex Yang                               Justin Genardi

Luis Bermudez                        Jason Magee                           

 

Federal Reserve Bank of NY Leaders Present Positive “Outlook on the Economy”

Joseph Tracy, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, spoke at the sixth annual “Outlook on the Economy: National and Regional Perspectives.”

Two senior leaders from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York were optimistic during their annual presentation  “Outlook on the Economy: National and Regional Perspectives” on January 13, 2017,  in the Fury Lecture Hall in the Prusmack Center. 

Joseph Tracy, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York,  and Jason Bram, Research Officer, Regional Analysis Function,  spoke about the latest economic indicators.

Tracy said the firming in inflation, and the healthier labor market may prompt the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to consider normalizing monetary policy. He explained the key issue for policymakers, “If they start raising interest rates, will the economy continue to make progress, toward particularly the inflation objective, without harming in some sense the employment objective?  Or is there a risk that those interest rate increases could stall the economy?”

Tracy is the Chair of the Regulatory Oversight Committee for the Global Legal Entity Identifier System (GLEIS). His primary research interests include unions and collective bargaining, as well as housing and urban economics.  Previously, Tracy was an associate professor at Yale University and Columbia University. 

Bram focused on regional indicators and said that although the Rockland County housing market has not come back yet, there are encouraging anecdotal reports for the lower Hudson Valley Valley. “There’s been a big pick-up in activity, apparently. So demand has picked up, it just hasn’t come into prices yet, “  he said.

Bram’s research and analysis focuses on the U.S. economy, with a primary emphasis on the Federal Reserve’s Second District, which includes New York State, northern New Jersey and southwestern Connecticut, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He produces the regional Beige Book reports, and uses monthly business surveys to monitor and analyze current and emerging economic trends and issues of concern. 

This is the sixth year that Dominican College has presented “Outlook on the Economy.”

 

 

College Hosts Symposium on the Safety of Our Water

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There was a wide range of water safety topics discussed at the Fourth Annual Healthcare Symposium, ”Is Your Water Safe Enough? What You Need to Know” on Friday, November 18, 2016, in the Prusmack Center. 

A panel of experts educated residents about the safety of water for drinking and recreation. While public water is highly regulated, they said homeowners with private wells should test their water frequently. 

Dr. Daniel Miller, Water Supply Program Manager with the Rockland County Department of Health, also cautioned that water filters should be used properly. He explained that activated carbon filters that fit into a pitcher or onto your faucet work by absorbing contaminants to a site on the carbon.  “And when you saturate all those sites, they start releasing all those contaminants back into the water.  That’s why it’s extraordinarily important – and a lot of people just don’t do it – to change those cartridges.”  

As far as the safety of the Hudson River for recreation, Dr. Andy Juhl, a Lamont Associate Research Professor with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, said although the Hudson River is cleaner that it was years ago, there is room for improvement. “A typical location of the Hudson would still have unacceptable water quality because of sewage contamination about one out of every five days,” he said. He stressed that the tributaries of the Hudson River are actually more contaminated than the Hudson, and the Sparkill Creek is among the worst

Other panelists included: Dr. Steven Chillrud, Senior Doherty Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Hon. Harriet Cornell, Rockland County Legislator; and Dan Shapley, Water Quality Program Director, Riverkeeper. The program was moderated by the former Health Commissioner for Rockland County, Dr. Joan Facelle. 

“We are asked to be good stewards of our water supply so that our water can remain safe for generations to come,” said Dr. Facelle as she concluded the program. “ We need to continue to work on conservation, on monitoring and testing, regulation and enforcement, ongoing research and improved infrastructure, so that we can ensure a safe supply in the future.”

 

 

Businesses Get Tips on Securing Government Contracts

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Paul Brennan, Rockland County Director of Purchasing, and Lin Simeti, Program Director, REDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center, were among the panelists at the November 17 program, “How to Make Government Your Customer.”

Local business leaders interested in doing work for government agencies attended “How to Make Government Your Customer” on Thursday, November 17, 2016, in the Lawrence Room of Rosary Hall. The program was sponsored by the Palisades Institute. 

The first panel addressing “Steps to Becoming a Government Provider” included: Paul Piperato, Rockland County Clerk; Lin Simeti, Program Director, REDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC); and Paul Brennan, Rockland County Director of Purchasing.

Simeti explained that PTACs were started by the Department of Defense to assist small businesses with procurement. “They set up a program to actually help small businesses get through the process and guide them so that they have the opportunity to bid and government has the opportunity to have a wider pool of vendors.” The local PTAC in Pearl River helps businesses with one-on-one counseling, and has a free bid match system to notify businesses of local, state, or federal contracts that may interest them. 

Brennan stressed that in the public sector, businesses have the right to see past contracts and pricing so that they are not bidding on contracts “blind.” Among his suggestions:  read the entire solicitation, give yourself enough time to fill it out, ask questions, be sure to have the proper insurance, and don’t give up. 

A second panel of successful local government contractors spoke about how they have overcome challenges. Those panelists included: Ellie Kassner, President, W.H. Kassner, Inc.; Marcelo Reggiardo, Principal, Alianza, Services, LLC; Nick O’Brien, Vice President, Concept Print; and Harry Campbell, President, Biofeedback Resources International.

The aim of the Palisades Institute of Dominican College is to encourage leaders in business, government, and not-for-profit agencies to integrate the concepts of Leadership, Quality, and Ethics to achieve long-term success.

 

College Offers Biology Research Workshop for High School Students

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Dominican College is offering a Biology research workshop for high school students on weekends. The workshop will be held on five consecutive Saturdays, beginning on October 29, 2016, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Students participating in the program will have the opportunity to perform original biological research. The workshop series is open to any high school student who has completed their life science course and has a demonstrated interest in completing a research project. A total of 10 spots are available and there is no charge for the workshop. 

Interested students should contact Dr. Bernadette Connors at bernadette.connors@dc.edu or 845-848-6020 prior to October 15, 2016.

 

 

 

Upcoming Career Fair Open to the Public

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Dozens of area businesses will gather at Dominican College on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, looking for prospective employees.   The event is open to the public.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet company recruiters, apply for jobs and internships, and polish your networking skills.   The event will take place in the Hennessy Center, 495 Western Highway, Blauvelt, from 2 to 5 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for our students and local residents to meet with many different employers in one location,” said Evelyn Fiskaa, Director of Career Development. “Participation at the Career Fair is a great way to connect and network with representatives of organizations that are recruiting for positions and internships.”

Companies who will be in attendance include, but are not limited to:

Adecco Staffing
Adventist Health
Active International
ARC of Rockland
Allstate Insurance, Hamilla Agency
Braemar Living at Wallkill
Camp Chen-A –Wanda
Camp Venture, Inc.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark
Coca-Cola Refreshments
Combined Insurance
Constellations Health Service
Crystal Run Health
EF International Language School
Enterprise Holdings
Express Employment Professionals
Ezras Choilim Health Center
Foresters Financial Services
Head Start of Rockland, Inc.
i9 Sports
New York City Department of Correction
New York Life
New York State Environmental Conservation Police
Nice Pak/PDI
Northwestern Mutual-White Plains
Nyack Computer
NYS Department of Labor
Orange & Rockland
Primerica
RCALD/Y.A.I.
Rockland Boulders
Rockland County’s Sheriff’s Office
Sleepy Hollow Physical Therapy
Sparkling Pool Services, Inc.
Spectra Laboratories
St. Dominic’s Home
SUNPOWER by infinity solar
Sunshine Healthcare services
The NYS Dept. of Taxation & Finance
Townsend & Associates, Inc.
Verizon

Interested in recruiting at the event? Register here!

For more information, call 845-848-4033. 

Leaders from the Federal Reserve Bank of NY Speak at the College

Joseph Tracy (left) and Jason Bram (right), both senior leaders of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, took questions from the audience at Dominican College on January 15, 2016,

Joseph Tracy (left) and Jason Bram (right), both senior leaders of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, took questions from the audience at Dominican College on January 15, 2016.

Local business leaders gathered at Dominican College on January 15, 2016, to hear what senior leaders from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York had to say.

Joseph Tracy is the Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He said that many Americans were surprised that it took so long to reverse the job losses of the recession. “The other bit of folklore is that the stronger the downturn, the faster the recovery – you had these v-shaped recessions and recoveries.  We just didn’t experience that,” he said.

Tracy explained that the recovery took longer because of a changing economy, labor force, and demographics.

Jason Bram, Research Officer, Regional Analysis Function, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, gave a more regional perspective on the economy. He cautioned that the unemployment rates don’t tell the full story.  While U.S. unemployment is generally at the same levels as before the recession, labor participation is lower.  “What that means is that the unemployment rate is lower not completely because there are more and more people working,” said Bram,  “but to some extent because there are fewer people looking for work or people who are what we call ‘underemployed.’”

Bram said that the economy of New York State has outperformed the nation, and New York City has been the leader in the State.

The presentation was co-sponsored by the Palisades Institute and the Rockland Business Association.                                

Acclaimed Orchestra Holds Christmas Concert December 6

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The popular Dominican College Christmas Concert featuring the Reverend Alphonse Stephenson and the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at 3 p.m. in the Hennessy Center, 495 Western Highway in Blauvelt. 

“The College is very grateful to be able to bring forty classically-trained musicians to perform a holiday concert worthy of Carnegie Hall to our community,” said Mary Lichtman, Director of Special Events.  “This annual event has become a treasured tradition at the College that so many people look forward to.” 

Tickets for the concert are priced at $30 for General Admission, $25 for seniors and veterans and $20 for students with a school ID.  Concert tickets include a post-performance dessert reception.  In addition, a  Holiday Buffet will be held in the Granito Center at 1 p.m. before the concert, at a cost of $20 per person. 

To purchase tickets, please e-mail specialevents@dc.edu or call 845-848-7406.  Tickets will also be sold at the door. 

 UPDATE

Beautiful Christmas music filled the Hennessy Center yesterday during the annual concert featuring the Reverend Alphonse…

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