As the Village Board and staff work to finalize the upcoming budget, we just received some great news from the NYS Comptrollers Office. For the second year in a row, the Village of Greenwood Lake received a 0% fiscal stress rating from the Comptrollers office (best score possible). The Comptrollers Office uses the following data to draw their fiscal stress conclusions: year-end fund balance (our savings account), operating deficits, cash positions, short-term flow debt, personal services salaries, and employee benefit management, as well as overall debt services throughout the year.
I will say that maintaining zero fiscal stress in all these measures is challenging to achieve in a perfect year. Your municipality was able to achieve this while investing in new parks, infrastructure investments worth over $500,000, a new DPW truck, pedestrian safety measures, expanded youth services, expanded recreation, health and wellness activities as well as robust tourism operations. We have sought grants whenever possible. We have stretched a dollar as far as it will go and as a team, we have run this municipality as we would run our homes – efficiently and with both long-term sustainability and management as top priorities.
G.L. Boater Safety Course
The Greenwood Lake Police Department will host a NYS Boating Safety Course on Tues., Apr. 3 and on Wed., Apr. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. Attendees must take both classes. The cost is $35 per person and there is an additional $10 charge by NYS upon completion of the course. To reserve a spot, bring a $35 check to the Greenwood Lake Police Department payable to the “Village of Greenwood Lake.” All personal watercraft operators must have a boater safety certificate. For additional information, call 477- 9211.
Greenwood Lake Radio – Every Friday!
Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, I host “Greenwood Lake Radio” on WTBQ, our local news and talk radio station. The show can be streamed live on www.wtbq.com or you can listen at 93.5 FM or 1110 AM. We accept callers who would like to talk about any topic and you can call in at 651-1110. Tune in to hear all about Greenwood Lake this Friday and every Friday!
The above column, written by Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer, will be published in the Mar. 28 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.