The Independence Café held a ribbon cutting on January 29 to recognize its official grand opening on the second floor of the Rockland County Courthouse in New City. The Independence Café is a subsidiary of Rockland Independent Living Center (RILC). The Café was developed to provide employment opportunities to veterans and those with disabilities while at the same time offering a dining option within the courthouse itself.
“We are proud to spearhead this initiative that provides a valuable service to visitors and employees of the courthouse and puts veterans and individuals with disabilities back to work,” stated Carlos Martinez, director of Medicaid and Business Related Services.
The Independence Café is RILC’s second small business program; the first, Connections Contact Center opened in 2015 and provides call center solutions and other business support services to companies throughout the region and beyond and also employs Veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Offerings at the Café include coffee, bagels, donuts, soups, pre-packaged sandwiches, salads, snack foods and cold beverages. It is an ideal location and food option for the employees of the County Courthouse as well as the nearby County Office building. The Café has had brisk business from staff in the building, attorneys and jurors at the courthouse since its soft opening two weeks ago. The Café will soon offer for sale travel mugs with the Café logo and a barcode that allows customers to check out faster and pay via their credit card on file. Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
On hand for the ribbon cutting were Carlos Martinez –RILC Director of Medicaid and Business Related Services, Lorraine Greenwell – Deputy Executive Director for RILC, George Hoehmann – Clarkstown Town Supervisor and Former RILC CEO & Executive Director, Ed Day – Rockland County Executive, Kenneth Zebrowski – NYS Assemblyman, Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato, Rockland County DA Tom Zugibe, the Honorable Judge Bruce Tolbert, Judy Rosenthal, Director of Fiscal and Program Operations, Café staff Howard Olay and Tom Ochman, Business Consultant Walter Goldman, Chief Clerk John F. Hussey, Lt. Marcy Horbach and RILC Board Members Steven Breen and Howard Hellman.