Voters in the Villages of Florida, Greenwood Lake, and Warwick will head to the polls on Tues., Mar. 20. The only contested race this year is for Village of Florida Mayor after Mayor James Pawliczek announced that he is not seeking reelection.
Daniel Harter, Jr. and Robert J. Schreibeis, Sr. are seeking to become Mayor of Florida for a two year term. Incumbent Trustees, Thomas Fuller and Craig Olejniczak, are running unopposed for the two Trustee seats.
Voting will take place at the Senior Citizen’s Center, located on Cohen Cir. in the Florida NY, from 12 noon to 9 p.m.
Two Trustees Seats in Greenwood Lake
In Greenwood Lake, incumbent Trustees Katheleen Holder and Chad Sellier are seeking reelection unchallenged for a two year term.
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 Greenwood Lake, NY.
Warwick Residents to Vote for Mayor & Two Trustee Positions
In the Village of Warwick, incumbent Mayor Michael J. Newhard as well as incumbent Trustees, William Lindberg and George W. McManus, are running unopposed for a four-year term.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Goodwill Hook & Ladder Co., located at 25 Church St., Ext. in Warwick NY.
The Warwick Valley Dispatch invited all candidates to submit profiles for publication in this special election issue.
Candidate for Village of Florida Mayor – Daniel Harter
My name is Daniel Harter Jr. and I want to be your Mayor. In the Village of Florida, we face particular challenges and we need vision to take us forward. We must be proactive and review our Master Plan as there will be many new demands placed on us. Our area is developing quickly and we must be prepared to meet those demands on our terms. It is time to revisit and renegotiate outside contracts as necessary to protect our resources.
Small businesses are the backbone of our community economy and we must maintain an environment where they can flourish. I want to serve the Village of Florida and its residents so that people like me, who grew up here, will choose to stay here and create a life for themselves.
I have lived in Florida my entire life, going to the Village schools and working out in the Black Dirt during high school summer vacations. I went to SUNY Orange and then onto Rutgers University to receive my Bachelor’s Degree, and then made a very conscious choice to return home to Florida and bought a home with my wife, Ashley. I have a small business, LBD Taxidermy LLC serving the outdoorsmen and women of the area. I am 33 years old and have accomplished much.
I have never held a political position or been involved with politics before this race. I will serve no one but the people of Florida. As a fellow taxpayer, home and small business owner I have the background, vision, and independence to lead our Village as you next Mayor.
Candidate for Village of Florida Mayor – Robert J. Schreibeis, Sr
I have had the privilege of working alongside my fellow community-members in the Village of Florida for the past 40 years. I am honored to have received the support from the following individuals for this position: Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Orange County Legislative Chairman L. Steve Brescia, Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, Legislator Paul Ruszkiewicz, current Mayor Jim Pawliczek as well as an endorsement from the entire current sitting Village of Florida Board of Trustees.
I believe I have earned the support from so many because of my long-standing commitment to public service coupled with my business and financial experience. This experience will ensure that the Village is run by someone who has the experience and knowledge to lead such an incredible Village. I promise to run the Village with integrity, transparency and I promise to keep a policy of accessibility to all residents of the Village of Florida. My door will always be open, and I will always listen to the residents. We are in this together, and I will lead together.
My qualifications are as follows:
- Born and raised in Village of Florida. Married, three sons, four grandchildren.
- Owner/Operator Schreibeis Trucking and Excavating – current.
- Owner/Operator Schreibeis Enterprises, Inc – current.
- Chairman, Florida Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners – current.
- Director, National Bank of Florida – past.
- Regional Board of Directors, Provident Bank – past.
- Member, Florida Zoning Board of Appeals – current.
- Chairman, Florida Planning Board – past.
- Board Member, Orange County Industrial Development Agency – current.
- Member, Florida School District Land Study Committee – past.
- Member, Florida School District School Renovation Committee – past.
I look forward to earning your support in the Village election which will be held on Tues., Mar. 20.
Candidate for Village of Florida Trustee – Thomas Fuller, Sr.
Since returning from Vietnam in 1969, I have been involved in numerous community and civic minded organizations. I’ve managed Little League teams, coached modified soccer and baseball for Seward, and I am a forty-year member of the Florida Fire Department, having served as President of the Company and Captain of the Fire Police.
I was a part-time Police Officer for the Village and served on the Planning board as a member and Chairperson.
I now serve as Deputy Mayor, liaison to the Police Department and Village Court and the Village’s Emergency Manager. Since I’m retired, I now have more time to spend in and around our Village if something does arise, I’m right there to assist. I stop by the Village offices and Police Department almost daily to see how things are going and if there’s anything I can do to help.
You need seasoned people working for you to balance the scales between maintain and improving the level of service our Village provides, while keeping our budget balanced and reasonable.
Once again, I am asking for your support in my bid for re-election to the office of Trustee in the Village of Florida.
Candidate for Village of Florida Trustee – Craig Olejniczak
I am a life-long resident of the Village of Florida and a graduate of S.S. Seward class of 1991. In 1995 I graduated with a B.A. in Economics/ Pre-Med from the University at Albany and also later earned a M.S. degree in Sports Medicine/Exercise Science from Long Island University/ Brooklyn Campus. I am currently employed with the Enlarged City School District of Middletown as a Certified Athletic Trainer. My wife, Amanda Larie, and I have a five year old son named, Stanislaw, and a newborn named, Conrad.
This year I am running for a fourth term as Trustee. I was first elected into office of Trustee in March 2012. The departments of Youth Recreation, Building and Planning and Animal Control have been my main responsibility over the last six years. I have continued to focus on consistent improvements in our Summer Recreation Program and have been able to increase the Grant Funds that are available every year. The Summer Swim program is also offered to our youth and both programs employ many of the local high school and college students each summer.
My plan during the next two years includes expanding our great parks and recreation, along with the rest of the community. These improvements will be part of a new Comprehensive Master Plan for the Village of Florida. The Village has had many enhancements to the business district with added parking and building storefront and restaurant upgrades. In order to have continued progress, we need to have a smart vision, and building codes that match our vision.
I look forward to working with all of our local boards and interested community members on this task. I also look forward to leading our LED Street Light Conversion Project. This project includes a new street light design and a more energy efficient, cost saving way to shed light on our Village streets and sidewalks.
Finally, a short drive or walk through the Village leaves one feeling welcomed and charmed. The Mapes Project is looking better every year and one day our Village history will be showcased for all to come visit and learn. I would like to encourage all Village of Florida residents to exercise their right to vote in this election on Tues., Mar. 20. I am running unopposed but I will appreciate your support, as each vote is a way to communicate your voice.
Candidate for Village of Greenwood Lake Trustee – Kathleen (Buckley) Holder
I was born and raised in the Village of Greenwood Lake. I moved to Virginia Beach, VA in 1999, where I lived with my husband for two years while he was serving in the United States Navy. In 2001 we moved back to the Village of Greenwood Lake to raise our family.
I am a graduate of the Greenwood Lake School District. I have an Associates degree from Orange County Community College in Sales and Marketing Management. I am currently employed as an office manager for a local restaurant. I have worked in many different fields as a project manager for over 20 years.
I volunteer my time for many organizations within the Greenwood Lake Community. The current positions that I hold are the Coordinator of the Greenwood Lake Soccer Club as well as an assistant coach to our U12 travel team. I was the Committee Chair and Den leader for Greenwood Lake Cub Scout Pack 121 for five years. I am currently a committee member for Boy Scout Troop 121 for over three years. I am currently the recording secretary for the Greenwood Lake Gaelic Cultural Society, as well as volunteering my time when needed to the Greenwood Lake Coalition and Greenwood Lake PTSA. My family attends Holy Rosary Church.
It is very important for the Village government as well as the community as a whole to support our local businesses. The local businesses within Greenwood Lake have always given back to this great community. While working with the Village government, I hope to make it more appealing for new businesses to want to open within the Village.
In addition to maintaining the quality of our beautiful lake and village, we need to keep it accessible to our residents and tourists. In these economic times I will continue to work with the Village Board in obtaining grants for projects like the Waterstone sidewalk project as well as other projects in building up this beautiful Village.
Since being a Village Trustee, I have worked as liaison to the Greenwood Lake School District, Library, Recreation as well as Health and Wellness. For the past four years I have coordinated our Summer Concert Series, Zumba, Yoga, and other events at the Thomas Morohan Park Beach. I am proud of what the Village Board has accomplished during my time as Village Trustee. If elected as trustee I hope to work with our Village Board in accomplishing additional constructive avenues for our youth, as well as coming up with new ideas to drive tourism to our area. I will work hard representing the village as a whole and making sure the Village Board makes good decisions to make Greenwood Lake a beautiful place to live, while being fiscally responsible to the tax payers.
Candidate for Village of Greenwood Lake Trustee – Chad Sellier
During my second term as Village Trustee, I worked closely with my fellow members of the Village Board, and with the Mayor, to ensure that the past two adopted budgets did not exceed the New York State mandated Tax Cap without negatively impacting our existing levels of service to the community. I also continued a lake management plan that has maintained the arms of our beautiful lake, which had become overrun with algae; endorsed the repair, as well as the addition, of sidewalks along Windermere Avenue and Waterstone Road; and supported funding to keep intact, and in some cases strengthen, valued community programs.
As the President and Chair of The Greenwood Lake Bark Park, a nonprofit charitable organization, I led a group of community residents in building out the Village’s first fenced in, off-leash Dog Park. Our organization currently manages the day-to-day operations. This venue has become a major asset and sought-after destination for the community.
The citizens of Greenwood Lake can expect me to continue to approach the job with the following mindset:
Pro Community – maintaining and enhancing both the tangible community, which is our environment consisting of our lake, beach, trails, parks, and ball fields, and the intangible which is enhancing our sense of community, those things which increase the thread count of our social fabric.
Pro Youth Development – supporting activities, events and programs that aid our youth in developing the life skills necessary to be productive in our society and successful in their career path.
Pro Business & Investment – supporting programs which foster a positive economic cycle of business expansion, job creation, and spending in our local economy.
My family, which includes my wife of 20 years and my 10-year-old daughter, has called Greenwood Lake our home for the past nine years. I have been a Village Trustee for the past four years serving as the Liaison to the Planning Board, ZBA, Comprehensive Planning Committee, and Economic Development. I am the President and Chair of The Greenwood Lake Bark Park, Inc. I am a member of the Greenwood Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Greenwood Lake Elks Lodge, and continue to be involved with many of Greenwood Lake’s local organizations.
I have a BA in Economics from Baruch College and a MBA from Mercy College. I have spent 20 years in the banking and brokerage industry in operations, administration, and project management.
I ask that you exercise your right to vote on Tues., Mar. 20, and re-elect me, Chad Sellier, as Greenwood Lake Village Trustee, to allow me to continue the work of making Greenwood Lake a great place to live.
Candidate for Village of Warwick Mayor – Michael J. Newhard
I have served as Mayor since 2001. I am a lifelong resident, married to Judy Pedersen who is an artist and writer, as well as a Library Assistant at the Albert Wisner Public Library. We have a son named, Henry, who is a senior at Warwick Valley High School. I am a co-owner of Newhard’s, The Home Source on Main St., which I own with my sisters Mary Newhard Knierieman and Elizabeth Newhard. We have been in operation for 32 years.
Warwick is a beautiful Village filled with life. A simple walk through the village center or in one of our parks makes that clear. It’s a place I’ve come to know well and love. But, the beauty of our village didn’t happen overnight. It’s the result of years of work, investment, planning and enduring partnerships.
A Comprehensive Master Plan, Inter-municipal Agreements, Park Master Plans, Historic District Designation and Farmland Preservation are all critical pieces for healthy planning that have made Warwick so unique. This year, the Town of Warwick, Florida, Greenwood Lake, and the Village of Warwick strategized in a series of community visioning workshops to help us identify key topics of interest and goals as we look toward the future.
Creating partnerships has been a key to our success. Working with non-profits, municipal entities, clubs, organizations and advocates have enlarged the scope that enriches our community. Bridge-building has developed community pride and a shared responsibility.
The Village of Warwick has adhered to the NYS 2% Tax Cap which is, by policy, 2% or the annual rate of inflation, whichever is less. The average tax increase for the past four years has been approximately 1.25%. This has been achieved through careful spending, debt reduction, as well as multi-year financial planning. All of our internal departments and the dedication of the Village Board have made us fiscally stronger.
The infrastructure of our water and wastewater systems has been, and will remain, our highest priority. The water system is made up of many complex components which include the reservoir system and watershed, filtration plant, pump stations, municipal wells, distribution system, water tanks and water metering and billing. The wastewater system is similar in scope. We are working on large multi-year projects to make improvements in both areas.
Last year, we paved a record amount of road surface and the plan is to continue this effort. Our parks, our most beloved amenity, have seen transformational improvements. With effective Master Plans, grants, and creative partnering we will continue this work.
The Village of Warwick is multi-layered, rich in history and a source of pride to its residents. I have been honored to serve as Mayor and believe I’ve grown to understand the unique workings that make the Queen Village so special. The Village of Warwick is strong, beautiful and resilient. I’ve been honored to ensure these attributes remain intact. My dedication to preserving its history and managing its growth has been paramount in my mind.
Candidate for Village of Warwick Trustee – Bill Lindberg
I wish to take this opportunity to announce my re-election candidacy for Trustee of the Village of Warwick. I have had the privilege of being a Warwick resident for the past 27 years and am completing my second term as Village Trustee. My wife, Judy, and I have two grown daughters who are graduates of the Warwick Valley Central schools. My wife recently retired from St. Anthony Community Hospital as Vice President, Patient Care Services, where she was employed for the past 26 years.
I had a 35-year professional career as district manager with Aramark Corp., an international services organization. I managed an $18 million annual budget and 650 employees. I was responsible for fiscal management, strategic planning, human resources, regulatory compliance and project development for Aramark clients in the northeast. I believe my business background provides valuable expertise for the Village trustee position.
I joined the Warwick Fire Department in 1997 and am presently the Department treasurer. I am a member of the Warwick United Methodist Church where I serve as president of the Board of Trustees. I volunteer for the Warwick Meals on Wheels Program and Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry. I was a former coach and umpire for the Warwick Little League and a past member of the Warwick Little League Board of Directors. These experiences have given me a broader knowledge and appreciation of Warwick.
The last two plus years have been very busy preparing for the Village of Warwick’s Sesquicentennial celebration. Mayor Newhard, Mary Collura and I served as the Executive Committee, planning and coordinating the many Sesquicentennial events. We worked collaboratively with many community residents and organizations and together oversaw a total of 64 events celebrating the Village’s Sesquicentennial.
I am the trustee liaison to the Village parks and am currently working with Warwick Playground Dreams. This is a wonderful group of people planning a new playground at Stanley Deming Park. These improvements will go well with the new bathroom and pavilion that were built this past year during my tenure.
I feel that my business knowledge, leadership experience, community involvement, and most importantly, my commitment to the Warwick Community bring value to the Warwick Board of Trustees. I look forward to serving you for another four years and appreciate your consideration of my candidacy. My years as Village Trustee have been very rewarding. I believe the Village is fortunate to have Michael Newhard as mayor, along with my fellow trustees, Barry Cheney, George McManus and Eileen Patterson. We are a strong team with diversified talents and are committed to serving the best interests of our Village and its residents.
Candidate for Village of Warwick Trustee – George McManus
I’ve been a resident of the Village of Warwick for 45 years, raised five children here and have 13 grandchildren. I was remarried seven years ago to Kathleen Adler who has two children and jointly we have 18 wonderful grandchildren.
I retired from Gordon Ford, an automotive dealership in 2013, where I was employed for 29 years as the Service Manager who was responsible for 15 employees in that department. Human resources, budgeting, forecasting, cost control, customer relations and corporate relations with the manufacturer were all part of my responsibilities.
I’ve been a very active part of this community as a 35 year member of the Warwick Lions Club serving in many capacities both at the local and State level. I’m a proud Veteran and an active member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, where I serve as Treasurer. I’m an active member of the Warwick Valley Prevention Coalition whose mission is to prevent underage drinking and substance abuse.
I’ve served on the Board of Education of the Warwick School District for 15 years with five of those as President. I am a member of Christ Episcopal Church and was part of the Capitol Project campaign for their building renovations.
I’m currently a Trustee of the Village of Warwick and I am seeking another term. There have been tremendous changes and challenges in our Village over the years. As a Board we worked together to continually improve our water filtration system as well as our waste purification. We keep making improvements on our parks and our recreation programs.
Is there more to do? Yes, I ask that if you the residents of our Village allow me to continue to serve you to the best of my ability I will continue to work with the other members of the Village Board as well as you to make Warwick an even better place to live.