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The Nanuet Library fondly remembers the late State Senator from Rockland County, Eugene Levy.  Gene, as everyone knew him, cut the ribbon on the original library on June 1st, 1969, and was remembered with a memorial tree and plaque on our grounds at the dedication of the new wing on October 14, 1990.
Besides being our dear friend, the Senator was a great statesman and a true Rocklander. He passed away in July, 1990 and his biography, “Gene Levy,” can be found on Wikipedia. Recently his son Bill stopped by the Library to share a book of remembrance that he has compiled about Gene called A Public Life. To see the book, ask at the Library’s reference desk.
Senator Levy worked with every association and group in Rockland to help achieve a better life for all the people.  He had a remarkable career and this gathering of his achievements in life and posthumously is indeed a blueprint for our young people, a roadmap of citizenship and of noble service to our country.
Some of the recognition he received for his efforts on behalf of our community that caught our eye were:
  • First annual Library Association of Rockland County Award for service and dedication in May, 1989
  • Rockland County School Library System Award for the legislative grant to put computers in every library in 1989
  • New York Library Association posthumous resolution, October, 1990, honoring his contributions to our libraries
  • Library of the Church of the Presentation: a living dedication on the frontispiece of Bible Stories for Children honoring Senator Eugene Levy, June 1991, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
  • Letter from the White House and President George H.W. Bush commemorating Senator Levy’s life and service, July, 1990
  • Congressional praise, posthumously, on the floor of the House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman, 101st Congress, July 12, 1990: Dedication, Service and Humanitarian Efforts for his Fellow Man
  • Two Congressional Merit Awards, October 19, 1986 and February 26, 1989. The first in Recognition of his Outstanding Service and Dedication for Helping our Mentally Handicapped Children, and the second for his Outstanding Efforts on Behalf of the American Heart Association
  • Posthumous plaque of recognition for Senator and Master Mason Eugene Levy, October 11, 1992 at the Dewint House, Tappan, New York, George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolutionary War and home to the Masonic Grand Lodge. The plaque resides under a flowering cherry tree.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Award from his colleagues in the New York State Legislature, June 26, 1984
  • NAACP Special Tribute Award and Lifetime Membership, September 20, 1987
  • Ancient Order of Hibernians Irish Culture Award, Cardinal D’Alton, April 16, 1989
  • Hospice Man of the Year, December 2, 1978
  • Portrait of Senator Levy by his son, Bill, 1990. Signed in verso “A Devotion to God, Country, State and his Fellow Man
  • Veterans War Memorial Meditation Bench inscribed for Senator Levy, New City
  • Senator Eugene Levy Memorial Park, Pomona
  • Senator Eugene Levy Education Center, Spring Valley
  • Senator Gene Levy Municipal Center, Spring Valley
  • Eugene Levy Fieldhouse at Rockland Community College, Suffern
Nanuet Public Library

149 Church Street
Nanuet, NY 10954
Phone: (845) 623-4281

Hours: M-Th:10-9, F & Sa:10-5, Su:12-5