Rockland mourns passing of civic leader and prominent figure in the county's agricultural history

Jim Cropsey, a 94-year-old farmer from New City, hailed from a family of generations of farmers and left behind a rich heritage deeply rooted in the region.

News 12 Staff

Jul 25, 2023, 11:55 AM

Updated 271 days ago

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The passing of Jim Cropsey, a prominent figure in the county's agricultural history, is being mourned by the community.
The 94-year-old farmer from New City, who hailed from a family of generations of farmers, left behind a rich heritage deeply rooted in the region.
Cropsey's family-owned farm on South Little Tor Road, which has stood for hundreds of years, remains a testament to his family's dedication to farming. Most recently, Cropsey made headlines when he chose to sell his ancestral land to Rockland County and Clarkstown, ensuring its preservation and protection from development.
Beyond his role as a farmer, Cropsey was actively involved in various community agencies and organizations, including the Rotary, where he left a lasting impact on those who knew him.
According to Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann, Cropsey was "an institution" and a true "gentleman's gentleman" with the heart of an old-fashioned country farmer. His decision to preserve Cropsey Community Farm instead of allowing it to become just another subdivision showcased his commitment to preserving the farming heritage of the area.
In light of his passing, plans are underway to honor Cropsey's contributions to the community, as Rockland County remembers a man deeply tied to its agricultural legacy.


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