BY JOE KUHN
The Hudson Water Club was packed last Thursday as seniors from around the Town of Haverstraw gathered to enjoy the 11th annual Ninety-Plus Recognition Day, a celebration of the senior citizens and their long and storied lives. In attendance were centurions, town council members and even a local senator. The luncheon was organized by the Town of Haverstraw as well as the Haverstraw Senior Citizens Club.
The meal commenced after a keynote address from senator William Larkin, who began his remarks by quipping, “if the guy upstairs decides I should come back again, I’ll be sitting with you at the next luncheon.” The 89-year-old veteran continued his address by thanking the audience for their contributions to the county stating that the crowd “should be very proud” and that their generation had “made this country what it is.”
The senator also took time to report on his efforts to organize a donation drive for the people of Puerto Rico, thanking the Newburgh Armory for collaborating in a week-long effort to help those impacted by Hurricane Maria. The supplies organized were shipped mere hours after the luncheon. “We were put on this earth to help our neighbor,” proclaimed Senator Larkin, still optimistic and energetic after serving 39 years in the state legislator.
Local leaders including county Executive Ed Day and Haverstraw Town Supervisor Howard Philips were also in attendance and took turns welcoming the seniors and thanking them for contributing so much to the county during their long lives. Many other local politicians, including the entire Town Board of Haverstraw, spoke briefly to thank the assembled seniors for their support of the local government.
Special recognition was given to Corrine Seminara, a local woman who has lived to celebrate her 104th birthday.