WEST HAVERSTRAW – Rockland County’s only motor vehicle office will be staying at its current location in the Samsondale Shopping Plaza in West Haverstraw.
One year ago the state, which operates the facility, was looking to relocate it to Clarkstown.
But, State Senator James Skoufis and Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski teamed up with local officials to lobby Albany to keep the office where it has been for the last 50 years.
Skoufis said keeping the office in West Haverstraw is important on many fronts.
“This is a mainstay in Haverstraw. People work at this facility who live in the community. There is a lot of transportation challenges, especially among the residents of the two villages, West Haverstraw and Haverstraw, that they wouldn’t be able to get to a DMV if it were somewhere else further out in the community, and last but not least, the economic development that this means to the local community is enormous,” he said.
Some 250,000 people use that office annually.
Skoufis said the office employs local workers and is an economic engine in terms of area shopping opportunities.
Closing or moving the office “would cause unnecessary disruption during a time when there is unprecedented demand in services amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Zebrowski.