We, the Mayor and Village Board of Nyack must express our shock and surprise at the clemency granted Brinks robbery participant Judith Clark by Governor Cuomo yesterday.
The Brinks robbery was one of the most devastating events to rock our small and wonderful community. It still echoes throughout our Village. For some there are daily reminders and as a community, every year on October 20th, we remember the brave law enforcement officers lost that terrible day.
We cannot express strongly enough our deep respect, love and support for all of our police officers who demonstrated extraordinary bravery on that horrible day in 1981 and those who continue to do so every day.
We declare both our deepest sadness and our continued support for the families of Nyack Police Officer Waverly Brown, Nyack Police Sargent Edward O’Grady and Brinks guard Peter Paige. These were incredible men who went to their jobs to protect us all and stood their ground amidst the kind of chaos, confusion and terror that should strike no community. They never came home to the families they loved.
To Officers Artie Keenan and Officer Brian Lennon and the family of Brinks guard Joseph Trombino, who were shot while performing their duties; to all of the men and women who served our community that terrifying October day; to our Nyack neighbors and especially to the families of those of those whose lives were lost, we offer our condolences for surely this has added to what must be almost unendurable pain.
Thank you to the women and men in blue for continuing to stand strong and courageous in the face of terror.
The Brinks robbery was a crime against brave law enforcement officers and against their families and those who loved them. But this was also a crime against an entire community and one that continues to shatter many of us.