Story by Katie Bisaro
The Village of Warwick Board of Trustees held its annual reorganization meeting on Mon., Apr. 2. Mayor Michael Newhard, Trustee George McManus and Trustee Bill Lindberg were all sworn in to their respective positions by Village Clerk Raina Abramson. Trustee Barry Cheney will serve as Deputy Mayor.
Newhard has been the Mayor of the Village of Warwick for the past 17 years. The first time he was sworn in, his son, Henry, was a baby. That “baby” was in attendance at this swearing in and is now a 17-year-old senior in high school. Newhard’s wife, Judy, also stood with the Mayor as he was officially sworn in.
Trustee McManus was sworn in for his fifth term and Trustee Lindberg for his third term.
As part of the reorganization meeting, the Village Board of Trustees also approved the appointments to the various positions within the Village.
The Attorney to the Village Board will be from the firm of Drake Loeb. The Planning Board attorney is Robert Dickover and Robert Fink will be the attorney to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Labor Relations will be handled by Ron Longo from Keane & Beane, and Village Bond Counsel will be Norton Rose Fulbright. Peter Barlet was appointed to the position of alternate to the Village Justice. Lynn Ruvolo will serve a three-year term for the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Michael Moser was reappointed as Public Works Supervisor and James Quackenbush was appointed to the position of Working Leader. Moser will also serve as DPW Liaison to the Village Board.
Lehman & Getz will continue as the Village Engineer. Water System and Facilities Engineer work will be handled by Barton & Loguidice. Tectonic Engineering will be the engineering firm responsible for reservoir resources and dam safety.
Michael Vernieri will serve as the Village Accountant and Richard Hubner will continue as the assessor. Official Banks for the Village are Greater Hudson and Sterling.
The Warwick Valley Dispatch has once again been named Village newspaper. The Computer Consultant for the Village will be Kevin Brand of the Computer Guy and computer programming work will be done by Edmunds & Associates, BAS. Website maintenance will be done by Mark Damia.
The Village Recreation Director will be Ron Introini; the Shade Tree Commission will be headed by Robert Scheuermann. Linda Smith will serve as the Village grant writer and summer concerts in the Village will continue to be planned and organized by Bill Iurato.
Maureen Evans will serve as the 911 Coordinator; Emergency Management duties will be overseen by the DPW Supervisor and Mayor Michael Newhard.
Village Clerk Raina Abramson will be in charge of Risk Management as well as the Office Liaison to the Village Board. Abramson will also serve as the Records Management Officer. Barbara Ranieri was again appointed to the position of Deputy Clerk/Treasurer. Melissa Stevens and Carolyn Purta will serve in the position of Registrar of Vital Statistics.
Dr. Anthony Martini has been appointed Village Health Official; Safety Officers will be DPW Supervisor Michael Moser, Code Enforcement Officer Boris Rudzinski and Trustee Bill Lindberg. The Citizens Awareness Panel for Jones Chemical includes Trustee Barry Cheney, Michael Moser and Joseph Lawler.
Appointments to the Village Planning Board were separated out from the long list of appointments for separate approval motions. Karl Scheible was unanimously appointed to a one-year term to the Village Planning Board. The Planning Board Alternate will be Kerry Gluckman Boland, for a one-year term, also unanimously approved. For the five-year position on the Village Planning Board, the Board voted four to one in favor of George Aulen. Trustee George McManus voted against the appointment.
Village Trustees are also assigned as liaisons to a variety of organizations and departments throughout the Village.
Trustee Barry Cheney will serve as the liaison to: Planning and Zoning; Town of Warwick; Public Works Daily Operations; Engineering and Infrastructure; Green Building Practices/Alternative Energy Option; Citizens Awareness Panel/Jones Chemical; and Orange County Planning.
Trustee Bill Lindberg will work with Parks and Recreation; Weekend Bus and Transportation Issues; and Traffic and Parking. Lindberg will also serve as the liaison to the Warwick Fire Department; Safety Committee; Crosswalk and Pedestrian Issues; and Employee Training – Workplace Violence/Sexual Harassment.
Trustee Eileen Patterson will continue to be the liaison to the Village Merchants, Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Tourism. She will also work on Issues of Public Health; Senior Citizens; Public Interface and Outreach; Government Efficiency; St. Anthony Community Hospital and Bon Secours; and Orange County Department of Health.
Finally, Trustee George McManus will continue to serve as the liaison to Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick NY, the Warwick Valley Central School District, and the Warwick Police Department. He will also work with Ethics, Cablevision, WVT, issues of emergency and Homeland Security, Warwick Youth Development Organization (WYDO), the Warwick Valley Community Center Coalition for Prevention, and the Historical Society.