Voters in the Villages of Florida and Greenwood Lake will head to the polls on Tues., Mar. 19. The Village of Warwick does not have an election this year.
The Village of Greenwood Lake will have four incumbents running unopposed: Mayor Jesse Dwyer is running for a two year term, Justice Keith Garley is running for a four year term, and Trustees Kelli Kelm and Thomas Howley are running for two year terms. Greenwood Lake polls will be open from 12 noon to 9 p.m. at the Greenwood Lake Senior Center, located at 132 Windermere Ave. in the Village of Greenwood Lake.
Candidate for Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor: 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 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. Although the past six 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 grateful for all the support I have received so far and I am asking for your continued support in the upcoming election.
Though I am young, my service to the community is extensive. I began my involvement in Village government while I was a college student, commuting from Greenwood Lake to Pace University in Manhattan every day. While in college, I served 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 Greenwood Lake Elks Lodge, an active member of the G.L. Coalition, a T-Ball Coach, and my family and I are members of Holy Rosary Church.
My beautiful wife, Colleen Dwyer, a lifelong resident of the Village, and I have two wonderful children, Emma and Joseph. Emma is about to graduate elementary school here in the Village while Joe is about start kindergarten. I own a business on our main street and am blessed to have the support of my family and the flexibility to fulfil the demanding duties of Mayor each day.
One of the most dynamic parts of our local government is the Village Board itself. The Greenwood Lake Village Board is made up of some of the most talented, knowledgeable and dedicated members of our community. The greatest thing about our Board is the diversified skillsets and talents each member brings to the table. We have accomplished so much together, and the entire Board deserves credit for that.
The Village Board has secured over one million dollars in grants to fund critical infrastructure projects, expand recreational opportunities, build parks, open a teen center, and so much more. Most importantly, we have made great investments and improvements in our community while keeping taxes in check.
When we took over six years ago, our Village had massive debt issues and our water fund was borrowing money from accounts just to pay bills. Now, according to the New York State Comptroller, our Village has been given the highest possible financial rating three years in a row.
Although being Mayor has its challenges and difficulties, it goes without saying that I love being Mayor. The past six 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 and I ask for your vote on Tues., Mar. 19. Thank you for the opportunity and privilege to serve my community.
Candidate for Village of Greenwood Lake Trustee: Thomas Howley
I have proudly served the people of the Village of Greenwood Lake as a Trustee for the last six 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, NY, 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, a son, Thomas, and a daughter, Jennifer, who both attended Greenwood Lake Schools and Tuxedo High School.
I immediately became very involved in many of Greenwood Lake’s 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 36 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
I have lived in Greenwood Lake for 46 years. I grew up on the East Shore and moved to the village 23 years ago after marrying my husband, Eric. We have two children, Samantha, who will be graduating from UMASS Amherst in May and Jacob, a project manager for J6 Construction. My husband and I were co-owners of Murphy’s Tavern & Restaurant for 10 years and currently partners in 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 for the last 8 years 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 Bachelor’s 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 eight years. I am a member of the Gaelic Cultural Society and a member of Grace Lutheran Church for over 40 years.
It has been my honor and privilege to serve my community as a Village Trustee for the past eight years, serving as Deputy Mayor for the last six years. In the last six years I have seen our Village grow and prosper. Along with the Mayor and the Village Board we have worked hard to grow our village. We have been able to repurpose the old firehouse into a community center that houses our Teen Center and is used by many organizations. We have been able to secure grants to give our community new sidewalks and a passive launch at no cost to the taxpayers.. We continue to work together to make our community a safe place to raise our families. We have and will continue to work with community and outside organizations to bring many 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 Greenwood Lake Justice: Keith Garley
As of press time Keith Garley did not submit his candidate profile to the Warwick Valley Dispatch.
Village of Florida Elections
In the Village of Florida, incumbent Village Trustees Brian Slattery and John Barzack are running unopposed for a two year term and incumbent Justice Richard L. Shuback is running unopposed for a four year term. Florida polls will be open from 12 noon to 9 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Center, located at 3 Cohen Cir. in the Village of Florida.
Candidates for Village of Florida Trustee: Brian Slattery & John Barczak, Jr.
On Tues., Mar. 19, 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 ten years:
• A Major structural addition was added to the Village Hall. The addition included a new courthouse/meeting room, judge’s chambers, court clerk office, and bathrooms.
• Maple Ave. municipal parking (behind Werner’s True Value) was completed.
• Additional municipal parking was completed on Main St. behind Rookies Pizzeria.
• The instillation of a commercial generator was completed in order to maintain operations during power outages for the Sewer Plant and the Department of Public Works (DPW) garage.
• The Senior Center, Village Hall, and Police department had generator systems installed as well.
• A new water main at the cross roads of Meadow Ave. and Rte. 17A has been completed. A good portion of money is on the way via a H.U.D. grant to secure the rest of the line replacement to complete the loop to the Beezer home development.
• The Glenmere Lake Dam/Spill Way was ranked as one of top 10 most dangerous damns in NY. A major upgrade has been completed which brings the damn into compliance with the NYS/DEC governmental mandate.
• Additional parking behind the Florida Firehouse, Police Station, and adjacent to the Florida Library has been completed through a grant from former Senator John Bonacic.
Candidate for Village of Florida Justice: Richard L. Shuback
I am seeking reelection to the office of Village of Florida Justice. I have held this office for the past 12 years.
I am a lifelong resident of the Village of Florida and graduated from the S.S. Seward Institute. I served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967. I was employed by the New York State Department of Corrections, first as an officer and then retiring as a sergeant after 30 years of service.
My wife, Diane and I have been married for 48 years. We have a daughter, Heather, who also graduated from S.S. Seward Institute of the Florida Union Free School District. To round out our family, we have a son-in-law, Wayne, and a granddaughter, Alyssa.
I can only say that I have honestly tried to do the best job possible in every matter that has come before me in my tenure and I would greatly appreciate your support in the Tues., Mar. 19 election.