New Castle's Town Board has picked longtime Chappaqua resident Gabriel Rosenfeld as its choice for a state Veterans' Hall of Fame.
The distinction was organized by state Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson) for his 40th state senate district and is intended to include residents from each municipality in it. Rosenfeld was chosen as part of the Ball's second round for the hall.
Rosenfeld, a World War II veteran, was honored Tuesday night at the town board's meeting at town hall in Chappaqua, where Ball stopped by for a legislative update session, the state senator's office announced.
"First of all, I was totally shocked," Rosenfeld said when reached for comment. It was the first he heard of the organization. He said that he was honored.
“I am honored to accept New Castles nomination of Mr. Rosenfeld," Ball stated in a press release from his office. "He chose a path ofcourage, honor, integrity and bravery; a path that helped shape America, as we knowit, protecting our way of life and liberty. America is not a great country because of itspoliticians, it’s a great country because of its veterans like Gabriel.”
Rosenfeld was the second named this week to Ball's list. The state senator made a visit Monday night to Pleasantville's Village Board of Trustees meeting, where he accepted the nomination of Bert Ruiz as the village's choice.
New Castle and Pleasantville are among the newer communities in the 40th district, as they were added in earlier this year after redistricting at the state legislative level. Also new to Ball's district are the Town of Mount Pleasant and the Village of Sleepy Hollow.
The honor is the second announced for Rosenfeld in recent history. In May, he was honored at New Castle's Memorial Day parade with a French Legion of Honor medal due to his role in helping France in the fight against Nazi Germany. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got to pin the medal on Rosenfeld's chest.
In the interview, Rosenfeld also focused on his current feelings about service. He expressed concern for paying attention to younger veterans, and feels that the United States needs to get avoided getting involved in too many military conflicts.
Rosenfeld has been civically active in the community for a long time, having served on entities ranging from New Castle's Zoning Board of Appeals, to boards for Neighbors Link and Northern Westchester Hospital.