Mayor’s Corner

Dennis Leahy Mayor of Maybrook

May 29, 2018

Central Hudson Gas and Electric – Central Hudson crews continue their replacement of the gas main and service lines throughout the village. The new gas main replacement is near completion and they are ready to move onto the next phase which is the replacement of the service lines. Road patch work has been started and will continue as the project moves along. Thank you to DPW Superintendent Matt Thorp and Village Engineer Sean Hoffman for staying on top of the project.

Tornado in the Hudson Valley- On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, a bad storm hit our region that included tornado winds that caused devastation in some surrounding communities. We were very fortunate here in the Village of Maybrook in that we had no physical injuries or major damage to homes. Other areas like Fishkill, Newburgh, Cornwall and Saugerties were not so fortunate. I just want to thank the first responder’s the Maybrook Police Department, Maybrook Fire Department and the Maybrook DPW for their efforts in assisting residents during this horrible storm. I also want to thank Central Hudson and our area representative Lisa Carver for her efforts in coordinating the restoration efforts in the village. We had a tree take out a pole on Jewel Ave between Tower Ave and Homestead Ave. The electric sub- station has four grids feeding out, two of them were knocked out of service. Central Hudson had the majority of the village back in service by early Thursday evening. It was a great effort by all and I’m very there were no injuries or destroyed homes.

Economic Development- Economic Development continues to move forward in the village. I’ve attended several meetings with developers and business people interested in the direction the village is heading. The Galaxy LLC. has informed me that they are moving along and continuing with their environmental studies with their project. Updates will be available to the Village Board and residents as the project moves along. The Deputy Mayor Bob Pritchard has been working with our Village Grant Writer in preparing New York State Consolidated Funding Application Grants and Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grants. The Deputy Mayor and I have had several meetings with our Economic Consultants in putting together a plan for the village. Moving on to the infrastructure, as mentioned Central Hudson Gas and Electric are finishing up on the new gas mains and will be starting work on the service lines to resident’s homes. The project has been moving along and I want to thank the resident’s for their patience during the construction. We are moving along with the sidewalk replacement in the village. Our Village Engineer Sean Hoffman has been working with Central Hudson and the New York State Department of Transportation in trying to coordinate our permits needed with the project so we can work with the Central Hudson’s project. We ran into a few problems however with the assistance of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and Senator William Larkin, the process is moving along. I want to thank both the Congressman and Senator for their immediate assistance. Our Village Engineer has received a response shortly after and we are moving closer to getting the permits needed to proceed. In the coming weeks we will be addressing the new pavement of roads in the village. Going forward, I can assure the residents that a lot of work is being put into the revitalization of our village. Even though summer will soon be upon us, we will continue to move along and hope the visuals of our efforts will become more noticeable going forward. It’s a big tree and we keep chipping away.

Maybrook Population Growth THR May 23, 2018- On May 23, 2018, the Time Herald Record printed an article about population increases based on estimates from July 1, 2017. The Village of Maybrook was listed at #2 with a 20.7% increase which was the fastest growth rate since the 2010 census. The Bluestone Commons has roughly 138 new apartments and they are near capacity. Homes are being purchased in the village. Two homes foreclosed on my street in the last two years. Those homes have been sold and new families have moved in. The owners of the Maybrook Glen Development have their final approvals for 52 new homes. Another developer is interested in putting 18-20 single family homes on a piece of property on the north end of the village. I talk to realtors in the area on a regular basis to get feedback on home sales in the village. They have told me personally that their clients express a lot of interest in the Village of Maybrook. I’m very pleased to hear that the Village of Maybrook was listed #2 with the fastest growth in entire New York State however we need to build on this so when the next census comes out, I would like to see us at #1! Let’s keep the momentum and continue moving forward!

Village of Maybrook Memorial Day Parade and Service- The Village of Maybrook hosted our annual Memorial Day Parade and service yesterday, May 28th. Thank you to our Trustee Kevin Greany for all of his hard work in organizing the event! Thank you to our Guest Speaker Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, the 2018 Grand Marshall Dorothy Flournay, the Maybrook VFW Post 2064 Commander Robert Beck, the VFW Post 2064 Auxiliary, the Maybrook Police Department, the Maybrook Fire Department led by Chief Ted Ginquiti and Ladies Auxiliary, the Peoples Regular Baptist Church and Pastor Tom Jackson, Miranda Calarco who performed the “Star Spangled Banner. A “Special Thank You” to Maybrook Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for helping with refreshments after our service,  Dunkin Donuts for coffee and tea, Shoprite for donating water and juice, Mainline Diner for donating rolls and bagels and Buddy Nelson, Patrick Manz and Healey Chevrolet in Middletown for providing cars for the parade. I would also like to mention and thank our Maybrook Department of Public Works for their hard work in getting our village ready for Memorial Day. Last but not least we thank our young men and women in the Scoutmaster Bill Giannico, Band Leader Jim Barnett, Venture Crew Leader Abby Williams and the Maybrook Troop 236 Boy Scout Band. They truly make our Memorial Day special in the Village of Maybrook!

Maybrook Co-ed Adult Beach Volleyball- The Maybrook Co-ed Volleyball program will start on Thursday, May 31st. Anyone interested in joining may contact Doug Carlson 845-863-4128. Great to see people in our parks!

Village of Maybrook Community Wide Yard Sale– will be held on Saturday, June 16th throughout the village from 8 am to 3pm. All residents are welcome to participate!

Village of Maybrook Family Movie Night– Our first Village of Maybrook Family Movie Night will be held on Friday, June 22nd at the Frederick Myers Veterans Memorial Park and begin at dusk. The featured movie will be “Despicable Me 3”. It’s a great family event and free to all residents!

Village of Maybrook Kick Off the 4th of July Celebration– will be held on Friday, June 29th 7 pm to 10 pm at the Frederick Myers Veterans Memorial Park. Live music performed by “Hot Rod” and the “Maybrook Troop 236 Boy Scout Band”. Shoprite will be selling hamburgers and hot dogs, Stewarts will be selling ice cream and Georges Famous Zeppoles will be there as well! To close out the evening there will be *FIREWORKS* (Rain Date is Saturday, June 30th). This event is planned the Friday before the 4th of July week. When residents get home from work they can kick off the 4th of July with their family and friends at the park. Fingers crossed for good weather

I also am very proud to announce that we have a new civic group forming in the Village of Maybrook, the Maybrook Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis Club is a wonderful non-for profit organization that can make a difference in our village. I’m very pleased to have a civic group starting up in our village and I will support them in any way that I can as I’m sure the rest of the village board will as well. Men and women of all ages are welcome to join and help make a difference in our community. I also would like to mention that residents outside the village are invited to join as well. Those interested in membership can contact; David Morse- 845-772-2953 Email: slapshot1371@gmail.com Guy Cusumano– 845-662-1720 Email: Guycusu@gmail.com

Be Safe and Be Well,

Mayor Dennis K. Leahy