Town re­ceives AAA traf­fic safety award Refugee fam­i­lies re­lo­cat­ing to re­gion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

The town of New Paltz has been awarded the AAA North­east’s Com­mu­nity Traf­fic Safety Awards Pro­gram’s sil­ver award.

New Paltz po­lice were cited for its many traf­fic safety ef­forts, in­clud­ing hold­ing car seat checks, ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in safety pro­grams such as Stop-DWI and Buckle Up New York, and for a fiveyear re­duc­tion in pedes­trian in­juries.

All award win­ners in the New York met­ro­pol­i­tan area were hon­ored at a lun­cheon cer­e­mony Oct. 13 at The Carl­tun in East Meadow at which 43 awards were pre­sented.

AAA has long rec­og­nized com­mu­ni­ties that make out­stand­ing ef­forts to make the re­gion’s roads safer for mo­torists, bi­cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

AAA North­east is a not­for-profit auto club with 62 of­fices in New York, New Jersey, Con­necti­cut, Mas­sachusetts, New Hamp­shire and Rhode Is­land.

More than a dozen refugee fam­i­lies from war-torn ar­eas of the globe will be com­ing to live in the Hud­son Val­ley as part of an ef­fort to ad­dress the worst refugee cri­sis since World War II.

The Mid-Hud­son Refugee Sol­i­dar­ity Al­liance will an­nounce de­tails of the new refugee re­set­tle­ment pro­gram – the first of its kind in the Hud­son Val­ley - at a spe­cial meet­ing on Nov. 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the sec­ond floor of the Stu­dents’ Build­ing at Vas­sar Col­lege in Pough­keep­sie.

The Hud­son Val­ley’s first refugee fam­i­lies most of whom are an­tic­i­pated to have fled Afghanistan and Iraq - are ex­pected to ar­rive in early 2017. Since last April, the al­liance has been work­ing with the refugee re­set­tle­ment agency, Church World Ser­vices.

The al­liance is com­prised of Vas­sar Col­lege, SUNY New Paltz, Dutchess Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Mount Saint Mary Col­lege, and Bard Col­lege.

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