Adler Among Those Inducted into Rockland Civil and Human Rights Hall of Fame

John Jordan | October 2019

From left, Paul Adler, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, Barbara Williams, Commissioner of Human Rights for Rockland County Constance Frazier and Virginia Norfleet.

NYACK—Commercial real estate veteran Paul Adler Esq. of Rand Commercial was one of three individuals inducted into the county’s Civil and Human Rights Hall at the Hall of Fame’s luncheon held in Nyack earlier this week.

Adler, who serves as Chief Strategy Officer/RE Associate Broker with Rand Commercial, is an attorney, a veteran commercial real estate broker and creative development professional who has an outstanding reputation as an industry leader throughout the New York State, New Jersey and the New York City area for more than three decades.

Other Hall of Fame inductees were: Virginia “Ginny” Norfleet, the founder of the Haverstraw African American Connection and Haverstraw’s African-American Memorial Park, and longtime social and civil rights activist Barbara S. Williams, the former chairperson of the Rockland Community Action Council.

“Today we honor three individuals who have dedicated their lives to standing up for equality, even in the face of adversity,” said Rockland County Executive Ed Day. These dedicated people have stood for the marginalized and have paved the way for equal rights among all local residents. This year’s inductees have acted on their convictions and truly made a difference here in Rockland.”

“Thanks to the tremendous efforts of these folks, Rockland residents have more resources to turn to when they need assistance. We can proudly say that while we live in the smallest geographic county in New York, it is the most diverse and we take pride in the diversity. I thank these inductees for the work they have done and what they continue to do to promote equality, diversity and human and civil rights here in Rockland,” said Commissioner of Human Rights for Rockland County Constance Frazier

A native of Rockland County, Adler earned his BA degree from Pace University, Masters Public Administration from Long Island University with Honors, and Juris Doctorate from Pace University School of Law. In addition to his work in real estate, he has held prominent positions in both the private and public sectors.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of: Montefiore-Nyack Hospital Board of Trustees, Rockland Community Foundation, Westchester County Association, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, Justice Brandeis Law Society (Executive Committee), Holocaust Museum for Tolerance and Education (Advisory Board), Nyack Branch of the NAACP (Executive Board), Rockland PRIDE (founding Board Member) and The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors (Legislative Steering Committee).

In 2013, Adler completed the “Undoing Racism Course” given by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and VCS. He was named “2011 Philanthropist of the Year,” and received the prestigious Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Services to the Rockland Business Association in 2012. In 2013, Paul and his wife Mary Adler received the Prime Ministers Award – State of Israel Bonds. In 2014, he was awarded the “Lifetime of Friendship and Service Award” from Camp Venture. In addition, in 2015 People to People honored Paul and Mary with its Friend of PtoP Award. Also in 2015, he earned the coveted Spirit of the Company Award from Rand Realty, Rand Commercial & Hudson United. The Center for Safety and Change (formerly Rockland Family Shelter) bestowed the First Carolyn Fish Human Rights Award to Adler for 2017.

He and his wife Mary have five children and live in Nyack.

The 2019 inductees were selected from a list of distinguished nominees selected by the Human Rights Commission for making significant contributions to the advancement of equality, diversity, human rights and civil rights in Rockland County.

The Rockland County Civil and Human Rights Hall of Fame was designed to raise public awareness about human rights issues and to foster an environment for discussion and education regarding Rockland’s civil rights history and ongoing challenges.

John Jordan
Editor, Real Estate In-Depth