Updated: Jan 23
Ryan taking the Oath of Office with his young son holding the Holy Bible
Two Local Leaders Promoting Commitment , Inclusion, and Diversity
Orange County may have its political differences, and a few lawbreakers here and there. But by and large it is a peaceful region and its citizens celebrate peaceful diversity and inclusion, whether at a political ceremony or local festival. Orange County Executive, Steve Neuhaus was at West Point yesterday, along with a huge crowd of Pat Ryan bipartisan supporters, while the County's newest Congressman took his oath of office. administered by Democratic Party leader Chuck Schumer. Despite their professed differences in party affiliation they share the bond of both being servicemen, Neuhaus having recently been promoted as a Commander in the Naval Reserves. And Pat Ryan served in the United States Army as a combat intelligence officer from 2004 to 2009, and served two tours in Iraq. From 2009 to 2011.
Ryan said "No better location to officially become the first West Point grad to represent the Academy in Congress than West Point - The U.S. Military Academy itself! We have a proud history of fighting for our community and country here in the Hudson Valley. I promise to always keep fighting for you."
CE Steve Neuhaus and his sons attending the West Point Ceremony.
Meanwhile, CE Neuhaus had apparently ironically already made plans (before the tragic Caliornia mass Lunar New Year murders the previous night) for a second Sunday stop in Port Jervis, at the other end of Orange County, to join in the Asian community's Lunar New Year events at Erie Hotel, Trackside Manor and Tiki Bar. Neuhaus said, "I want to thank Orange County’s Chinese residents for sharing their culture with the community, and wish them a very happy new year."