On Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, this day will be known in the Town of Newburgh as Dr. Victor T. Redano Day and 21 Hudson Valley Professional Plaza will be forever known as the Rendano Building.
Town of Newburgh Supervisor Gilbert Piaquadio, joined by the town board, delivered this proclamation for the doctor in front of him and his wife, Joyce, of 51 years, daughters Maggie and Laura and other family members in attendance. Rendano hails from South Orange, New Jersey and now resides in Sarasota, Florida.
Rendano graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1972. Rendano was inducted into the American College of Veterinary Medicine and in 1975, received his board certification.
Rendano was a faculty member of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine. For 20 years, Rendano worked as an associate professor and senior radiology clinician. In 1996, he retired from the university and began a private practice.
The building was where Rendano operated a veterinary service and intended to donate the building upon retirement to the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 973, which was located next door.
The building itself needed renovation and repair. According to Piaquadio, late Assemblyman Frank Skartados was able to acquire a grant of $250,000 to help with the necessary renovations to the building. Piaquadio also recognized Councilman Paul Ruggiero who oversaw the renovations of the building.
The building was donated to the Town of Newburgh on February 26, 2016, in memory of Rendano’s father, Tech Sergeant Victor T. Rendano Sr., his veterinary mentor Captain Samuel Pollock, and his father-in-law Major Carl B. Mader.
Mike Anagnostakis, an Orange County Legislator and senior advisor to Senator James Skoufis, presented to Rendano and his wife a certificate of recognition for their work on behalf of the senator. Anagnostakis also presented a certificate of recognition to Piaquadio and the town board for their work to make this possible on behalf of the senator.
Assemblyman Jonathan G. Jacobson, also in attendance, presented the Rendano family a certificate of merit in recognition for their donation to the town.
Rendano’s daughters shared words to guests about their late grandfathers, who are truly missed and leave behind many fond memories.
With all the awards and initial words said, Rendano stepped forward to the podium to deliver what he called the hardest speech he had ever written in his life. Speaking about his mentor, his father and father-in-law, Rendano is grateful for their sacrifice and love throughout the years, pushing him to be the best he could be through hard work and perseverance.
At a young age, Rendano said that he was known for getting into trouble and school seemed to be on the back burner. During a 30 day suspension from school, Rendano was given a job by Pollock, cleaning the kennels at his shop.
Without the help of Pollock, Rendano says that he would not be here today and thanks him for his belief in him and helping him on the right path.
“My mentor, Doctor Pollock, he taught me that education is the key that opens the door to a lot of opportunity,” Rendano said.
The Rendano building will now house a portion of the town’s animal control department, the code compliance offices and the planning and zoning departments.