Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) issued this statement following her election as Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee:

“It is an honor to be selected by my colleagues to serve as Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee in the 113th Congress. It is especially gratifying to be the first woman to lead either party on this powerful committee.

“This important position comes with significant responsibility. In the coming weeks, Congress must extend expiring tax reductions for middle-class families and replace sequestration with budget reductions that jeopardize neither critical services nor investments for the future. Moving forward, the Appropriations Committee will play a central role in creating jobs; assisting those affected by natural disasters; rebuilding crumbling infrastructure; improving schools and health care; bolstering security at home and abroad; and reducing the deficit by eliminating wasteful and duplicative spending.

“I look forward to working with the Democratic Caucus, as well as Chairman Rogers and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, to support middle-class families, invest for the future, and ensure all Americans have the opportunity to succeed.”

Nyack Chamber elects 2013 directors
2012 Successes Celebrated at Annual Meeting and Holiday Event. Ambitious Programs Planned for the New Year

The Nyack Chamber of Commerce elected its 2013 Board of Directors at the organization’s annual meeting and holiday party on Tuesday evening, December 11, in Nyack. Harbor Hill restaurant and bar, a Chamber member located at 91 Main Street, hosted the event.

Newly elected Directors include Chris Capra, Managing Director, Emerging Media; David Collins, owner, Back to Earth natural foods; Sean Spicer, co-owner, the Pour House; and Annette Van Loon, owner, Chocolaterie. Returning to the Board are Roger Cohen, Vice President and Treasurer, Paul Curley, Secretary, Marilyn Kaskel, Director, and Nancy Phillips, Vice President.

Gina Cambre, Mark Mangan and Carlo Pellegrini will retire from the Board at the end of 2012.

“We took some major steps forward in 2012,” said Scott Baird. “In addition to our street fairs, Halloween parade, and Holiday Lights programs, we rebuilt our website, added Classic Car Night to our roster of events, launched our weekly newsletters and opened the Winter Farmers’ Market with the Nyack Center. We were instrumental in the Nyack Marketing Association’s collaborative work on the Village banner program and overall promotion efforts.” The Chamber also took part in local relief and information-sharing following superstorm Sandy.