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    Voters in the Villages of Florida, Greenwood Lake and Warwick will head to the polls on Tues., Mar. 21 and vote in Village elections. This year the only contested race is for Justice in the Village of Warwick. Incumbent Jeanine Garritano Wadeson and Kenneth Del Vecchio are seeking the Justice seat for a four-year term. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Goodwill Hook and Ladder Co., located at 25 Church Street Ext. in Warwick.

      In the Village of Greenwood Lake, incumbent Mayor Jesse Dwyer is running unopposed for re-election as Mayor for a two year term. Also running unopposed are incumbent Trustees, Thomas Howley and Kelli Ann Kelm, for the two Trustee seats available for a two year term. Polls will be open from 12 noon to 9 p.m. at the Greenwood Lake Senior Center, located at 132 Windermere Ave. in Greenwood Lake.

    In the Village of Florida, incumbent Trustees, John C. Barzack, Jr. and Brian Slattery, are also running unopposed for the two Trustees seats for a two-year term. Polls will be open from 12 noon to 9 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Center, located at 1 Cohen Cir. in the Village of Florida.

 Candidates for Village of Florida Trustee 

John Barczak, Jr. & Brian Slattery

Brian Slattery & John Barczak, Jr.

      On Mar. 21, John Barczak, Jr. and Brian Slattery will be running for re-election for Village of Florida Trustees. Trustees Barczak and Slattery have worked hard for the residents of the Village of Florida. Here are a few of the accomplishments achieved in the last eight years:

  • A Major structural addition was added to the Village Hall. The addition included a new court house/meeting room, judge’s chambers, court clerk office and bathrooms.
  • Maple Avenue municipal parking (behind Werner’s True Value) was completed.
  • Additional municipal parking was recently completed on Main St. behind Rookies Pizzeria.
  • The installation of a commercial generator was completed in order to maintain operations during power outages for the Sewer Plant.
  • By the end of the fiscal year, both the Senior Center and the Village Hall will see the completion of generator installation.
  • A new water main will be completed at the cross roads of Meadow Ave. and Rte. 17A continuing down Rte. 94 and connecting to the Beazer Home Development.
  • The Glenmere Lake Dam/Spill Way was ranked as one of top ten most dangerous dams in New York. A major upgrade has been completed which brings the dam into compliance with the NYS/DEC governmental mandate.

      If Trustees Barczak and Slattery are re-elected, here are some future achievements that the Village of Florida residents can look forward to:

  • We will be continuing Maple Ave. sidewalks each year until completion, through both grant money and Village tax dollars.
  • Additional parking behind the Florida Firehouse, Police Station, and adjacent to the Florida Library will be graded and paved through a NY State grant we received.
  • Within the next year, video surveillance will be implemented at Glenmere Park, the Water Filtration Plant, the Department of Public Works barn, the Police Station, and the Walter Sturr Park.
  • Maintaining and gradually upgrading all department’s necessary vehicles, equipment, tools, and computer systems.
  • Continue replacing water lines in the Village through Orange County H.U.D. grant program.
  • We will proactively search for all available monies from the County, State and Federal Government in order to continue with the improvement, upgrade and beautification of the Village of Florida.

      As Village of Florida Trustees, fiscal responsibility to the taxpayer has always been our highest priority. We respectfully ask for your vote in the upcoming election on Tues., Mar 21.

      Feel free to call John Barczak, Jr. at 742-3593 or Brain Slattery at 988-1067 with any questions or concerns.

Candidate for Mayor of Greenwood Lake

 Jesse Dwyer

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Jesse Dwyer

     One of the proudest days of my life was taking the Oath of Office as Mayor of the Village of Greenwood Lake. As a young man, barely thirty years old who grew up in this Village, it is a distinct honor to serve as the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Trustees in the Village I love. And although the past four years have been challenging, tiring and complex, they have also been exhilarating, entertaining, fulfilling, and full of meaningful accomplishments for which I am very proud. I am writing this letter to ask for your continued support.

      Though I am young, my service to the community is extensive. I began my involvement in Village government while I was college student, serving on both the Village Planning Board and Comprehensive Plan Committee. I then served on the Village Board as a Trustee for nearly three years before running for and earning the position of Mayor. I currently serve as an officer of the GWL Elks Lodge, an active member of the GWL Coalition, a volunteer at our Teen Center and I am a Parishioner of Holy Rosary Church. My beautiful wife, Colleen Dwyer, a lifelong resident of the Village, and I have two wonderful children, nearly seven-year-old Emma and nearly three-year-old Joseph. Both of them are my inspiration to do my absolute best as Mayor, in order to preserve, strengthen and protect the integrity and prosperity of the Village of Greenwood Lake.

      Working as a team, the Village Board, staff and administration have accomplished many incredible things during my four years as Mayor. Much of my accomplishments have been emphasized in my weekly Mayor’s columns and at our Village Board meetings. I would like to point out the unobvious accomplishments. The Village Board, as a whole, is working as a team to accomplish the goals of our Village, something which I believe has not been done in nearly a decade. Citizen participation is at an all-time high as we endeavor to engage more of the ideas, strengths and knowledge of both our residents and our civic organizations.

      Although, as previously mentioned, the job has its challenges and difficulties; it goes without saying that I love being Mayor. The past four years the Village Board and administration have achieved monumental strides in what we set out to do, and there is much that remains to be done. I look forward to continuing to fight on behalf of ALL residents of this Village while serving another two years as Mayor and I ask for your support in the upcoming election on Tues., Mar. 21. Thank you for the opportunity and privilege to serve my community.

Candidate for Village of Greenwood Lake Trustee

Thomas Howley

Thomas Howley

      I have proudly served the people of the Village of Greenwood Lake as a Trustee for the last four years. It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of the good work that the Mayor and the Board of Trustees have accomplished. I would like your support to be able to continue serving for the next two years.
I was born in Brooklyn and moved to Greenwood Lake in 1971 and attended Monroe-Woodbury High School. Immediately after graduation, I joined the U.S. Army and served in Germany with the Military Police. I met and married my wife, Romy, while stationed there.
Upon my discharge from the military, we returned to Greenwood Lake and settled in the Victory Acres section of the Village. We raised our two children, our son, Thomas, and our daughter, Jennifer, who both attended Greenwood Lake Schools and Tuxedo High School.
I immediately became very involved in many Greenwood Lake organizations. I was a longtime coach and president of the Greenwood Lake Little League and CYO Basketball. I am also a past president and a 34-year member of the Greenwood Lake Elks Lodge 2067.
I joined the NYC Police Department in 1986 and served in various functions. I retired in 2006 and now work in the private sector providing security. I am also a proud member of the Orange County Shields, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge in Monroe and the Greenwood Lake Gaelic Cultural Society.
Once again, thank you for letting me serve the Village of Greenwood Lake and I look forward to doing so for many years to come.

Candidate for Village of Greenwood Lake Trustee

Kelli Kelm 

Kelli Kelm

      I have lived in Greenwood Lake for 45 years.  I grew up on the East Shore and moved to the village 22 years ago after marrying my husband, Eric. We have two children, Samantha and Jacob, who attend UMASS Amherst and Warwick High School. My husband is co-owner of Murphy’s Tavern & Restaurant and J6 Construction & Development – both located in the Village.

      I was previously employed as a substitute teacher for the Greenwood Lake School District for 10 years and I am currently employed by OUBOCES and work in the STRIVE Program. I also own my own small business, Kelli’s Krazy Pink Drink, through Plexus Worldwide, a health and wellness company.

      My education started at the Village Pre-School then the Greenwood Lake Elementary and Middle Schools. I graduated from Tuxedo High School and earned my A.S. degree in Business Management from Rockland Community College. I completed and earned my Bachelors degree in Business Management from SUNY Empire.

      As an active member of this community, I coached Little League for years before moving to Girls Softball. Through my children, I have been involved in Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, CYO Basketball and the Greenwood Lake Soccer Club. I was an active member of the Greenwood Lake PTSA and served on the board for six years. I belong to the Gaelic Cultural Society, the Greenwood Lake Chamber of Commerce and a member of Grace Lutheran Church for over 35 years.

      It has been my honor and privilege to serve my community as a Village Trustee for past six years, serving as Deputy Mayor for the last four years.  In the last four years I have seen our Village grow and prosper. Along with the Mayor and the Village Board we have worked hard to bring a Teen Center and many wonderful programs and events to our Village. We have worked tirelessly to keep our taxes under the tax cap and still be able to offer our community wonderful opportunities and a safe and beautiful place to live.

Candidate for Village of Warwick Justice

 Kenneth Del Vecchio 

Kenneth Del Vecchio

 In profiling Kenneth Del Vecchio’s Renaissance Man-like accomplishments, The New York Times wrote, “As usual, Mr. Del Vecchio was larger than life.”

   Kenneth Del Vecchio is the author of some of the nation’s best-selling legal books, including a series of criminal codebooks published by Pearson Education/Prentice Hall and ALM/New Jersey and New York Law Journal Books. These books include: New York Code of Criminal Justice, New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, and Code of Criminal Justice: A Practical Guide to the Penal Statutes.

   Mr. Del Vecchio is a former judge, a former prosecutor and a practicing criminal/entertainment attorney for over 20 years, wherein he has tried over 400 cases and handled thousands of others. A frequent legal analyst on networks such as the Fox News channel, Mr. Del Vecchio is the owner of the Criminal Law Learning Center, where he has taught over a thousand police officers and lawyers criminal law.

      Mr. Del Vecchio is also a critically acclaimed filmmaker who has written, produced and directed over 30 movies that star 100+ film and TV stars, including several Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees. His films – which all have central themes of law – are distributed through industry leaders such as NBCUniversal, Anchor Bay, Cinedigm, Millennium Entertainment, Screen Media Films, Vivendi Entertainment, and E-1 Entertainment. He has starred in numerous movies, as well.

      A best-selling criminal suspense novelist, he penned his first published novel at only 24-years-old. Additionally, Mr. Del Vecchio is founder and chairman of the Hoboken International Film Festival, called by Fox, Time Warner, and other major media “One of the 10 Biggest Film Festivals in the World.” The Hoboken International Film Festival is now held in Greenwood Lake.

      Kenneth Del Vecchio is married to Dr. Francine Del Vecchio, a college professor who received her doctorate from the Ivy League of Columbia’s Teachers College. They have an eight-year-old son, Mario, who is in the Warwick Public Schools.

Candidate for Village of Warwick Justice

Jeanine Garritano Wadeson 

Jeanine Garritano Wadeson

      It has been my honor to serve the Village of Warwick as Village Justice for the last eight years.

      For those in the community who do not know me, I have spent the majority of my life here in the Village of Warwick, having moved here with my parents and sisters in 1979. After being away at college for four years, I quickly realized how special Warwick is and knew it was where I wanted to make my life. I returned to Warwick, married my high school sweetheart, Craig, and we have remained here to raise our two daughters, Madeleine and Annabelle.

      I have practiced law in Orange County for over twenty years, engaging in a general practice of law that took me to many Justice Courts throughout the County. Having seen how different local judges conducted their courts shaped my desire to become a local Justice and bring my own touch to the court of my hometown.

      It is often said that the Justice Courts of the State of New York are the courts closest to the people. For many, an experience in Justice Court is their only experience with our legal system. I make a conscious effort to remain very aware of that fact and I go to great lengths to make sure that every person who appears before me is made fully aware of the process and his or her rights and is treated with dignity. The courtroom is no place for bombastic bullying by a judge.

      I believe it is my responsibility to serve the people of the Village of Warwick and I do that by conducting my court in such a way as to reflect the values of the residents here: justice tempered by mercy, compassion for those who are the victims of a crime, and understanding when a young person engages in a youthful transgression.

      A hallmark of my time on the bench has been the implementation of community service requirements as a condition for the resolution of many cases involving Village Code violations or low level offenses. In requiring a person to perform community service before his or her case can be resolved, not only does the community receive an overall benefit, but I have had defendants come back to say that the completion of their court-ordered community service has made them see the value of giving back to society—something we in Warwick value greatly and something I commit to do in my own life through my involvement with Girl Scouts, PTA, Meals on Wheels and the Warwick Valley Rotary Club.

      I look forward to continuing to serve the residents of the Village of Warwick as your Village Justice, where in my last eight years of service I have earned the respect of both prosecutors, defense attorneys, police officers and litigants. I would appreciate your support on March 21.

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