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Congers-VC Ambulance Corps. Holds Dedication

The new building was more than a decade in the making

After more than a decade of trying to secure a , the Congers-Valley Cottage Ambulance Corps. officially held its dedication ceremony Saturday for its new location.

The state-of-the-art building is located at 122 Kings Highway in Congers and is 9,350 square feet. The previous building, which was 6,500 square feet, was at the same location and demolished earlier this year. In the meantime, the corps operated out of a building on Route 9W.

“We’ve got a great facility here and I look at today as the beginning of a new chapter for Congers-Valley Cottage Ambulance Corps,” said Andrew Gioseffi, chair of the ambulance corps’ board of directors. “The only thing we could really hope for is more of our residents come talk to us, find out what it’s about, find out what we do, find out about the ways we need help and assistance.”

The day featured talks by current and former members of the ambulance corps and town officials. The building was open so guests could walk around, and there was also a bounce house for kids plus food.

The building was made possible thanks to the corps and Town of Clarkstown teaming up to pay for the building, which cost a little less than $3 million.

“This is a great building that will continue to house a great organization. It will stand proudly not only as brick and mortar structure, but as a symbol of what these dedicated volunteers perform and a symbol of what local government can do, and should do, to assist those volunteer organizations in our community, those individuals that make our community great and special,” said Town Supervisor Alex Gromack. “It’s a symbol of what can be accomplished when people work together to assist each other and overcome challenges through collaboration and cooperation. By working together to finance the construction of this building, the Town of Clarkstown and the ambulance corps saved the residents of Congers and Valley Cottage over $1.6 million.”

Congers-Valley Cottage Ambulance Corps President Gregg Smith thanked the town for making the building possible.

“If anyone asks you how many people it takes to build an ambulance corps building, just tell them a whole lot,” he said.

“We had a situation where we were going to take on this project ourselves and when situations happened with financing, the town stepped up. Supervisor Gromack and the rest of the Town Council led us to the march on this building, and he took over driving the bus and we’ve very thankful for that.”

Town Hall Jester October 22, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Thank god Gromack didn't fall asleep at the wheel again when " he took over driving the bus". I guess he was able to stay awake since the CVAC is in his neighborhood. Spend 3 million to house an Ambulance Corp, but save 1.6 million in the process; that's just fantastic. The Gromack / Town of Clarkstown Motto: We'll save the taxpayers money no matter what it costs!
stephany October 22, 2012 at 01:53 PM
maybe patch can get inside to take some pics of "every" room
Dr. Mo October 22, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Albert Will, who was a long-time member and director of this ambulance corps, just passed away in July. I know that he is looking down from the heavens above and is smiling!!
steve October 22, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Just go and ask one of the "volunteer" members to give you a tour of "every" room where they would spend their "free", "volunteer" time, training, and taking care of equipment. You might get an education on how things work and be very informed.
stephany October 23, 2012 at 12:10 AM
i'll wait for the movie
Chris October 23, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Why is everyone smiling down from heaven and never screaming up from the place down below?
A.R. Gioseffi October 23, 2012 at 05:29 AM
I'd like to thank the Patch for their fine coverage of our special day. I would like to call to everyone's attention that our organization is the Congers-Valley Cottage Volunteer Ambulance Corps., hence the emphasis on asking members of our community to consider volunteering! Thank you all who attended and made our day even more special! Andrew R. Gioseffi Chairman, CVCVAC
stephany October 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM
i can't help but wonder how you figured that by me simply asking patch to go in and do a complete tour for the people that paid for it..and if they are all so busy all the time how would they conduct the tour. wouldn't you agree a video tour would be better than taking them away from their work. I find you comment a little presumptuous and a complete waste of their time, assuming they are as busy as you say they are. and "volunteer" in clarkstown does "NOT" mean uncompensated
steve October 25, 2012 at 10:52 PM
No I wouldn't agree with you that a video tour would be better. If you stopped and talked to one of the volunteers that also paid for the building, you would be able to interact with them and ask questions on items that you may not understand and be able to make a more educated comments about what you physically observed in person, rather then on a video. No presumptions on my part, but perhaps on your part. You obviously haven't volunteered to the extent that these people do.
Clarkstown life October 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Steve don't waste your time with stephany.....she does not understand logic and reason and sees the only the bad side of everything in clarkstown
stephany October 27, 2012 at 09:42 PM
c-get a life please quote where i made any comment that was bad about clarkstown re: this article..stick to the facts not your interpretation of them or what you THINK i mean.

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