Story by Lourice Angie
Before the start of the Warwick Town Board meeting on Thurs., Jan. 18, the Board assembled with members of the Warwick Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), their family and friends to honor Warwick Police Department retirees, Detective Gary B. Sisco and Police Officer Michelle Kozlowski.
“We’re losing two Police Officers who have dedicated a fair portion of their life to service of the Town of Warwick, but we’re also very pleased for them and happy that they are going to go on to the next phase of life and wish we them nothing but the best,” said Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton.
He called upon Police Officers Michelle Kozlowski and Detective Gary Sisco to come up to the front of the room. First he addressed Officer Kozlowski, describing his observation of her work within the 14 years she served the Town of Warwick.
“She was a true community Police Officer. Whenever I ran into her and she was on patrol she was always smiling and engaging with residents and I think that’s such an important thing for us to have in a community like ours. I thank you and congratulations,” said Sweeton.
Kozlowski was then presented with a special plaque for 14 years service to the Warwick community.
Supervisor Sweeton than addressed Detective Gary Sisco, saying, “I could spend all night talking about Detective Sisco,” as family, friends and Board members chuckled and smiled. He added that although Sisco was some years younger, they attended school together.
Sweeton described the long and distinguished career of Detective Sisco who served the Town of Warwick for 39 years.
“Gary epitomizes everything that I remember about Warwick growing up. He was born and raised here and knew everybody, which is a part of what made him a great detective. He knew all the players, good and bad. He was able to reach out to help solve cases while working with a series of partners. He gave us a good, strong detective unit in the Town and we’ve been able to build on that. I can’t believe that we’re saying goodbye to you on retirement. It’s been a pleasure to have you as part of the Town. You’ve done a terrific job. We wish you the best in retirement.”
Detective Sisco was then presented with a plaque on behalf of the Town of Warwick for his 39 years of selfless service.
Warwick Police Chief Tom McGovern said, “Both officers have served the Town of Warwick for years and years. I’ve known Gary Sisco since the third grade. We wish them both well and we look forward to replacing them soon.”
New Coordinator for the Friendly Visitor Program
The Chairman of the Friendly Visitor Program, Vince Copello, introduced the new coordinator of the program, Marie Luca. Her role will be to handle intake evaluations and informational work including pairing neighbors with volunteers for those who want and need services within the community.
Copello said that the program currently serves 70 neighbors and that the new coordinator has already interviewed an intake evaluation of six neighbors this month.
The program currently has about 44 volunteers. The next volunteer training session will be held on Mon., Mar. 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Albert Wisner Public Library, located at 1 McFarland Dr. in Warwick. Reservations are required. To reserve a spot call 986-1124, ext. 400.
Reports to the Board
Councilman Mickey Shuback announced that although the complete report had not been finished yet, the Town Department of Public Works has been busy since the beginning of the year and especially within the past week.
Councilman Floyd DeAngelo reported that for the month of December, the Warwick Police Department had 1,743 calls for Greenwood Lake, Pine Island, and Warwick combined. The total amount of calls in 2017 from all the Villages combined was 24,453 calls.
Councilman James Gerstner announced that Warwick Coach Mike Cipolla was setting up a meeting with the Town for the summer recreation and sports programs within the next month. The meeting will focus on preparing for a great season which will be here before we know it.
Take the Polar Plunge
Councilman DeAngelo also announced that Warwick Valley Humane Society President Suzyn Barron asked him to address the issue of animal control, responding to numerous reports of dogs left outside without adequate shelter. She advises owners to comply with New York State law. The shelter has to be large enough for animals to stand up, turn around and lay comfortably, and it must be off the ground, waterproof, insulated, and clean in and around the shelter.
The Humane Society will hold their “Go Jump in the Lake” Polar Plunge fundraising event on Sun., Feb. 18 during the Winter Carnival at the Breezy Point Inn, located at 620 Jersey Ave. in Greenwood Lake. The cost is $25 per plunger. Prizes will be awarded to the highest donation sponsors collected. To register, visit www.active.com, www.wv.humane.org or mail a request to the Warwick Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 61, Warwick, NY 10990, and note “Plunge” on the memo line. Monetary donations are also kindly accepted as an alternative to plunging.
Police & Fire Dept. Come Together
Councilman Russell Kowal announced that after witnessing a weather related motor vehicle accident by his home on Tues., Jan 16, fortunately no one was hurt and he commended the work of the Warwick Police Department and volunteer firefighters who together handled the situation.
“It was great to see how well our community gets together professionally and helps out in these situations…I’m glad nobody was hurt,” said Kowal.
Councilman Shuback also witnessed an accident by Pulaski Hwy. where the driver went over the guardrail and into a ditch but was not hurt.
“We do advise residents to be careful when snow events occur. Drive slowly and stay off the roads if you can,” said Supervisor Sweeton.
Chief McGovern said that the Warwick Police Department has responded to a lot of accidents due to the snow, which really hasn’t been that significant yet. The Chief advises that people use their heads, pay attention to weather reports and be careful.
Town Clerk’s Report
Warwick Town Clerk Eileen Astorino reported that fees collected for the month of Dec. were $4,332.96 and the fees paid out were $2,918.44. For the year, fees received totaled $128,573.35 and fees paid totaled $70,351.70.
There were bid requests for a replacement vehicle for the Town of Warwick Building Department received from Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Warwick and Leo Kaytes Ford. The first was a 2018 Dodge Durango for $25,497 from Chrysler Jeep Dodge; the second was for a 2018 Ford Explorer for $29,553 from Leo Kaytes Ford; and the third for a 2018 Jeep for $27,382 from Chrysler Jeep Dodge. The Board accepted the bid from Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Warwick for the 2018 Dodge Durango at $25,497.
Supervisor Sweeton advised anyone who still hasn’t thrown away their Christmas trees to please do so. Tree recycling is collected at Public Works Dr. on the right hand side across from the Dial-a-bus, Mon. to Fri. from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sat. to Sun. from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sweeton read the Building Department report, issued for 2017. There were 844 permits; 145 complaints were filed; $345,732 in funds were collected; 2,560 inspections handled; and 41 abstracts related to property transfers and sales were handled.
“It was a busy year for the Building Department. I thank them for doing that as well as they did,” said Sweeton.
“Community preservation receipts for the month on Dec. were $81,440.41, bringing the total fund balance to $2,601,732.22. We are in the process of closing seven farms, five of which should be accomplished this year. All of those have partners either with the State or Government together so our contribution to the fund will be anywhere from 25-50%.”
Supervisor Sweeton also announced that the Village did a wonderful job with the Sesquicentennial Booklet, which is now available in stores throughout the Village or Warwick or by inquiring on the Village of Warwick NY Sesquicentennial Facebook page.
Dial-A-Bus Driver Resigns
The Board accepted the resignation of the Town of Warwick Dial-a-bus driver Deborah Rzeznik. Supervisor Sweeton wished her well and thanked her for her service to the Town.
Sweeton Designated as Voting Delegate
Councilman Kowal made a motion for the Board to designate Supervisor Sweeton as the voting delegate to attend the NYS Association of Towns Annual Business Session, to be held on Sun., Feb. 18 and to cast the vote of the Town of Warwick pursuant to six of article three of the constitution and bylaws of the said association. Councilman Gerstner has been designated as the alternate voting delegate.
Next Meeting Set for Feb. 8
The next Board meeting will be held on Thurs., Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.