SPRING VALLEY, Rockland County — NYS Senator David Carlucci (38th District) made sure an African-American woman’s life and legacy would live on in New York State. The Senator passed a law to allow a portion of State Rt. 45 in Rockland County’s village of Spring Valley to be renamed after a beloved library security guard who was senselessly murdered.
The Sandra L. Wilson Memorial Highway, which runs from Gerow Avenue to East Hickory Street on Rt. 45 was unveiled Friday, November 13th with new signage, and Sandra Wilson’s family in attendance.
“It means a lot,” mom Shirley Wilson said. “I’m still hurting. I’m still hurting right now.”
There were cheers, though the renaming of the state road also brought tears.
“Sandra was a kind soul to all who knew her. We will miss her love for family the most. We are grateful to Senator Carlucci for pushing to remember her life through this memorial highway,” said Ka’Liyah Nash, Sandra Wilson’s daughter.
Sandra Wilson, a security guard was stabbed repeatedly inside the Finkelstein Memorial Library on Chestnut Street in Spring Valley on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
Senator David Carlucci was joined by the family of Wilson, who was killed at the Finkelstein Memorial Library on February 18 after asking Blanchard Glaudin to turn down his music.
“We wanted to make sure that Sandra’s legacy lives on,” Carlucci said. “She had such an infectious smile, was someone who just gave off such positivity and did such good for our community.”
At the dedication ceremony, family said the mother of three was always smiling and took her job as a security guard at the Finkelstein Memorial Library very seriously. Wilson worked there for nine years, starting as a clerk and becoming a full-time Security Aide in 2019. Library staff and frequent visitors remember Wilson as friendly and well-liked by many.
In February, while at work at the library, police said Wilson was viciously stabbed by a patron when she asked him to turn down his music. Police identified her attacker as 25-year-old Blanchard Glaudin who has since been indicted on second degree murder charges. It was later discovered that Glaudin should have been behind bars, after being charged with attempted rape in November of 2018; however, due to inaction by the Rockland County District Attorney’s office, Glaudin was able to go free and walk into the library that day. According to a public defender on the case, the District Attorney’s office never pursued a preliminary hearing or produced evidence to indict Glaudin, but it is unclear why. The Rockland County District Attorney’s office has said the case is under review.
Police said that Glaudin confessed and has shown “no remorse at all.”
He is charged with second-degree murder.
Now, the signage is a reminder for the community and a source of meaning for family members.
“That she is watching over me, that she is free, that she is not down here dealing with the chaos that we are,” her son, Marvin Heywood, said. “So that is a reminder that she’s free.”
Wilson is survived by her mother, siblings and three children.