The Week In Review-The Weekend Ahead

Support Swells Among Veterans to Keep “God” on Monument

By Mark Gerlach

Cornwall-on-Hudson resident, and Manhattan-based constitutional lawyer, Martin E. Karlinsky asked to meet with Town of New Windsor Supervisor George Green in a letter dated Dec. 9.

Karlinsky previously wrote the town requesting that the word “God” be removed from the veterans monument at the corner of routes 94 and 9W. Since the request, many veterans and elected officials have stated they support keeping “God” on the monument. The Sentinel and Orange County Post received numerous letters this week supporting the preservation of the monument in its current form.

It was confirmed Thursday afternoon that Green will respond to the letter. At a town board meeting earlier this month Green vehemently opposed altering the monument, which reads: “To Those Who Served Both God and Country.”

“It’ll be a cold day in hell when I’ll submit to taking ‘God’ off that monument,” Green said at the Dec. 7 meeting. “You have our assurance that we will not capitulate in this.”

In a Nov. 1 letter to the town, Karlinsky wrote: “I am writing to protest the Town of New Windsor’s endorsement of religion in contravention of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and, as a citizen, to demand that the town remedy this breach of law.”

To read the full article see the Friday, Dec. 16 editions of The Sentinel and Orange County Post.

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