Story by Lourice Angie
The Warwick Town Board held a swearing-in ceremony for newly hired full-time police officer, Neil Ryan Jr., on Thurs., May 9, before the start of their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Officer Ryan was sworn in by Town Clerk Eileen Astorino with his family, members of the Town Board and representatives of Warwick Police Department looking on.
“This is an extra special evening because the officer who we are going to appoint comes to us with a tremendous amount of experience, and a great record in neighboring forces. He will be a great asset to our Police Department,” said Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton.
Officer Ryan is a Warwick resident and not a stranger to the law enforcement family. Minimal training, if any, will be needed because of his previous experience serving as a Sergeant in the Greenwood Lake Police Department.
His father, Neil Ryan, Sr., also served the Town of Warwick Police Department for many years before retiring and had the honor of pinning his retired shield on to his son.
Warwick Police Chief Thomas McGovern Commends
Work of Police Officers
Warwick Police Chief Thomas McGovern wanted to bring attention to the opioid crisis which has resulted in two deaths in just three weeks.
McGovern reported that Warwick K9 Officer Kevin Halsey and Officer Keith Slesinski conducted a traffic stop for several vehicle and traffic violations on Mon., May 6 on Rte. 94 with the assistance of the Florida Police Department in the Village of Florida. A total of 250 bags of heroin were recovered at the scene.
“Detective Sgt. Morley’s people have been doing an amazing job in trying to keep this junk out of our community. The K9 that was involved that night led the officers to the drugs that were hidden inside that vehicle. I can’t say enough about the work that these guys are doing trying to keep this community safe and free of this poison. I just wanted to take this opportunity to give these guys the credit they deserve,” McGovern said.
Covered Bridge Rd. To Close for 12 Days
Supervisor Sweeton advised local residents that Covered Bridge Rd. at the intersection of Fancher Rd. and Onderdonk Rd. in Warwick will be closed starting on Mon., May 13 for approximately 12 days. Orange County Department of Public Works contractors will be working on repairs, paving, and excavation. Detour signs will be posted.
Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton was happy to announce that a recent upgrade to the Town website has been completed and has now launched. The new website is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, and compatible with all mobile devices and tablets.
Sweeton also reported that the Town calendar will now be compatible with Burbio.com. Burbio.com is a free website app that puts school, library, government, and community events in one place for the Town and all the Villages.
Next Board Meeting
The next Town Board meeting will be held on Thurs., May 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.