The following column, written by Village of Florida Mayor James Pawliczek, has been published in the Mar. 8 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch:
I am sure that most of us are familiar with the phrase “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” This phrase can certainly apply to the weather that has been occurring across the country. Locally we are experiencing high winds, rain, flooded storm drains, and low temperatures. Hopefully within a few weeks the severity of these conditions will lessen.
New York State is the first state in the nation to enact a Human Rights Law. This law is to combat discrimination across the state. A hotline has been created so that people can report an incident of bias and discrimination. Hate crimes have increased in numbers and New York State is trying to get it under control and eventually eliminate this despicable crime. The governor is sending letters to the schools requesting that they have trainings to safeguard the students. If you are a victim or witness to a hate crime, please call toll free 888-392-3644. If you fear for your safety, call 911.
The Town of Warwick recently announced its partnership with the Jewish Family Service to create the Friendly Visitor Program. This program allows volunteers to assist older adults and adults with disabilities with companionship or provide daily tasks. The volunteers are trained and will be provided with liability insurance when they are assisting neighbors. This is a good program. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, call 986-1124.