Partnering with the Village Board, Village Administration, Town, County, State and other agencies, we accomplished the following:
- Fifth consecutive year where we adopted a budget that did not exceed the tax cap.
- Fourth consecutive budget closeout where we ended the year under budget.
- Audited by Comptroller with NO financial recommendations or issues.
- Received highest designation from Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress rating (first time in Village history).
- Secured outside funding of more than $500,000 to do the following:
- Created 4,300 sq. ft. of new sidewalk.
- Replaced 3,500 sq. ft. of old unsafe sidewalk in our downtown.
- Created three new stamped concrete pedestrian crosswalks.
- Paved two linear miles of roadway (Village 3.5 sq. miles) (Real asphalt not tar/chip).
- Turned an unsightly gateway to the Village into a public park and passive boat launch.
- Secured two grants toward end of year totaling $125k – one from NYS Senator John Bonacic and the other from Community Development – to be spent in 2018 for equipment for Parks/Rec, Senior Building, & upgrade Elks bathrooms to become ADA compliant (Seniors).
- Hosted several festivals including: Hoboken Film Festival, Jazz Festival and a music festival.
- Secured permitting for a new well and completed necessary well borings – well should be soon.
- Extended hours of operation and activities of the Coalition Teen Center.
- Began working with a skatepark committee on the future Greenwood Lake Skatepark.
- Joined forces with the Town and Villages for a town-wide visioning project.
- Completed a Water Quality Study of our lake with West Point and local students.
- Partnered with Orange & Rockland, and WTW park association, to fully connect that park with Natural Gas. Received $100K from O&R to fully pave roads.
Not everything in 2017 was smooth. We started the year with a shake up in the building department. We had to replace our building inspector quickly and under very unfortunate terms. We stayed very busy the entire year managing the day to day operations of running the Village, keeping residents happy and continuing to accomplish the goals set by this administration. We were hit toward the end of the year with a massive water main leak. Not ordinarily that difficult to manage, but without the new well in operation, we were unable to meet the water demand of the leak and usage of our residents simultaneously. Thankfully residents and business owners came together, reduced water consumption and we solved the problem.
When the new Village Board took over nearly five years ago, we all agreed on very simple goals. We wanted to enhance the health and quality of our lake, improve the quality of life for our community’s youth, revitalize “main street,” take care of our seniors, provide financial stability and efficient governing principles, and lastly, bring in tourism while improving the quality of life for all residents through arts, activities and community celebrations. I can sit here today, confident that we have achieved those goals this past year and every year of this administration. 2018 will be no different. With the continued support of the Village Board, our residents and businesses, we will continue achieving these goals and working toward the betterment of Greenwood Lake.