I write this week to address a couple of issues that are ongoing within our Village. First, I would like to remind everyone to please drive carefully on our roads and follow the posted speed limit. Our streets have many homes built close to them and residents enjoy walking along them for exercise or spending time in their yard. Speeding and reckless driving is affecting their quality of life. Fear for themselves or someone for whom they care being hit by a speeding car, is an unnecessary stress in an already stressful world. Please take a little extra time out of your day to leave a few minutes earlier so you are not in a rush to get to your destination.
The second issue I’d like to mention is the portion of Main St., Rte. 17A and Rte. 94 going through Florida that is deteriorating with each passing day. The potholes are becoming craters and the “patching” that New York does on occasion to remedy this does nothing. Several letters have been sent to raise awareness of our problem to the NYS Department of Transportation with limited effect. As a major commuter and taxpayer route, you would expect New York would prioritize repairing/repaving this road. I urge all of you to help get their attention. Please contact them by phone at 343-4638 or send a letter to NYS Department of Transportation, 3233 Rte. 6, Middletown, NY 10940.
The above column, written by Village of Florida Mayor Daniel Harter, has been published in the Jan. 16 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.