Local leaders unite to preserve open space in Rockland County

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Local leaders united Tuesday to purchase historic farmland in New City and preserve it as open space for Rockland County.

The 23-acre Cropsey Farm has a new life thanks to monies from Rockland County, the Town of Clarkstown and a state grant. The property located on Little Tor Road will now become county parkland.

Jim and Pat Cropsey had worked the farm their whole life and wanted to retire. However, the Cropseys did not want to sell their historic land to developers. The farm has been in Jim Cropsey?s family since the late 1800s and now it will be protected for future generations to enjoy.

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