Rita J. Louie

I was born in Queens New York in 1958. My family lived in the Electchester Houses in a 6 story building, where my Dad was the housing Manager. The project was built in the1950’s for families of Local 3 electricians, so all of my friends and neighbors were somehow affiliated with the electricians union in New York City.

I attended St. Nicholas of Tolentine Catholic School through 8th grade and then went on to the High School of Art & Design in Manhattan, where, along with my artistic talents, I discovered my passion for architecture and building.

After attending the New York Institute of Technology, majoring in Architecture for 2 years, I transferred to the City University system, for financial reasons, and completed my Bachelors Degree in Urban Studies at Queens College.

I worked my way through my final years in college as a paralegal clerk at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and as a lease analyst and assistant project manager at Olympia & York Development, both large firms in NYC.  Needless to say, the education I received in the field far outweighed anything I experienced in the classroom!

My first construction project as a junior asst. Project Manager was the World Financial Center in downtown manhattan, across from the World Trade Center.   On day one of that job I watched in awe as giant cooling towers were lowered onto the roof, 32 stories above the Hudson River, and dozens of union workers from various trades operated like a finely tuned clock to place them, bolt them down, tie up the loose ends and start wiring the systems, while the cold wind howled past them from every direction. I have always had complete and utter admiration and respect for trades workers, since that day. It was quite a site to see.

While still in college, I married Richard Louie, a financial analyst and musician, and we were fortunate to have 2 beautiful children. We will celebrate our 31st Wedding Anniversary this October.

I went on to work for various developers over the years, including working as Tenant Coordinator/Asst. Project Manager on the 1993 Nanuet Mall expansion. I started my own business in 1996 in order to stay home more often and have more job flexibility for my two small children.

My children, Rick 25 and Corinne 23, both attended the East Ramapo Public Schools where I often volunteered and was elected PTA President, PTA Vice President and Vice President of the East Ramapo Marching Band Parent’s Association. Rick graduated from the University of Miami in 2009 with a degree in Jazz Piano Performance, writes and produces music and is currently an Associate at indabamusic.com. Corinne graduated from Pace University in 2011 with a degree in Musical Theater and is currently pursuing her career in New York City.

My husband and I moved from Queens to Rockland County in 1987 when I was 7 months pregnant with my son. We wanted a cleaner, quieter, country setting in which to raise our children and first settled in the New Holland Village Condominiums in Nanuet. We lived there for 6 years, where I served on the Condo Board of Director’s, and saved up to build our home in Pomona, which we did in 1993.

I became involved with local politics when asked to serve on the Village of Pomona Planning Board in 2002 and proudly served there for 4 years until being elected a Village Trustee in 2006. I am proud to be active in my community.