Story by A.J. Arias
“Excited” was the word used by Daniel Harter, Jr. moments after the conclusion of his first Board of Trustees meeting as the new Mayor of the Village of Florida. Harter took the oath of office at the organizational meeting held on Mon., Apr. 2.
When asked for comment on it how it feels to be Mayor, Harter said he’s, “Excited to work with the different Boards for the betterment of the Village of Florida, and I’m excited about all of the possibilities on the horizon for the Village of Florida.”
Harter took the oath of office only a few weeks after his surprise victory in the Village elections held on Tues., Mar. 20.
Rosalie Fuller, the wife of Deputy Mayor Thomas Fuller, said that on election night everyone was shocked and surprised. Fuller said at first she wasn’t sure about Harter because of his lack of experience, both politically and in business, but after meeting with him, she realized that he’s, “On top of everything and isn’t afraid of change.”
Harter is the grandson of former longtime Village of Florida Mayor Jake Harter, who was surprised with the outcome of the election. Harter said that his grandson hadn’t consulted him at all and did this all on this own.
Mayor Harter’s first acts in office included the following notable appointments: Thomas Fuller as Deputy Mayor, Emergency Manager Coordinator, and liaison to the Police and Justice Departments; John Barczak, Jr. will be liaison to the Water and Sewer Departments; Brian Slattery will be the liaison to the Department of Public Works and Buildings and Grounds; and Craig Olejniczak as head the Recreation Department, Animal Control Administrator, and liaison to the Building and Planning Dept.
Additional appointments by the Board include the following: Walter Kujawski as Village Treasurer; Colleen Wierzbicki as Village Clerk; Elizabeth Cassidy as Village Attorney and Attorney for the Planning Board; Robert Fink as Attorney for the Zoning Board of Appeals; Shirley Coughlin as Secretary for the Planning Board; MaryLouise Sosler and Melissa Foote as Deputy Village Clerks; MaryLouise Sosler as secretary for the Zoning Board of Appeals; Al Fusco as Village Engineer and head of Village Building Department including as Fire Inspector; Richard Hubner as Village Assessor; Peter Barlet as Acting Justice; Richard Carr as part time crossing guard; Timothy Brunswick as Superintendent of Public Works; Lori Kennedy as secretary to the Department of Public Works; and Richard Hunter as head of the Water Filtration Plant.
The Board of Trustees has designated that all money received by the Village will be placed in depositories at the Greater Hudson Bank, Sterling National Bank, Orange Bank Trust, and NYCLASS.
The Board additionally continued to name the Warwick Valley Dispatch as the official newspaper for legal advertising purposes. The Times Herald Record and the Warwick Advertiser were designated as alternates.
Garbage & Recycling Collection
Regular garbage collection will be on Mondays for all properties on the east side of Main St. and on Tuesdays for any properties in the Business District or on the west side of Main St. Single-stream recyclable items will be collected on Fridays except on Holidays when it will be collected on the following Thursday.
Meetings will continue to be held on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall meeting room. Work sessions will be held at 9:30 a.m. on the first and third Monday of each month.