Story by A.J. Arias
Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, Village of Florida Mayor Daniel Harter, Jr., Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer, and Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard announced on Tues., May 22 that they will unite as one to work with Community 2000 to develop a new future plan. Community 2000, which last developed a “vision for the future” in 1993, brought Warwick’s leaders together to begin work on a new vision for the Town.
The process began in November with workshops that were hosted in each of the communities where members of the community were allowed to express their own visions. Since then, the Town Supervisor and Village Mayors have established a Coordinating Council that will meet quarterly to discuss issues brought up in those workshops, as well as in the Town in general, which included ways to bring the community together.
Geoffrey Howard, representing Community 2000, announced two projects that will go forth from those meetings. The first, which will be spearheaded by Mayor Dwyer and Mayor Harter, will be to create several intercommunity competitions. Originating from an idea proposed by Mayor Harter, the project will have the goal of developing events such as a Battle of the Bands or a Little League World Series, which would pit the communities against each other while still bringing everyone together.
The second project, which will be led by Town Supervisor Sweeton and Mayor Newhard, will be a cleanup initiative for Wickham Lake and Wawayanda Creek. The goal will be to clean up debris to make the lake and canals more manageable for navigation. The Town Supervisor gave an anecdote during his speech about how he went on a kayaking trip recently with Mayor Newhard through the lake and the creek. The trip, estimated to take a few hours, ended up taking them seven. Community 2000 wishes to establish a deadline for this project as well in order to see documentable progress of the overall vision being enacted.
Following the announcement of the project, Howard asked members of the crowd to go up and speak to the leaders individually about their own participation and ways to help implement the projects. This led to the creation of committees that will help lead them to fruition.
Howard additionally acknowledged Gianni Longo, who played a big part in bringing together the first vision for the future. He continues to work for the betterment of the community 25 years later.
In order to see the full Vision for the Future presented by Community 2000, visit www.community2gether.org/vision.