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Mayor Dwyer’s Column

April 13, 2014

 Greenwood Lake Mayor

 

By Jesse Dwyer

 

Thank You GWL Lions and Supporters

        It is a fascinating thing to be a part of our local organizations. In addition to being an Elk, I am a member of the GWL Lions Club. The Lions Club hosted its annual Roast Beef 300 Club Dinner at the American Legion. Year after year, there is always a tremendous amount of support that is shown by the residents toward the Lions because it is widely known that the Lions are an exemplary service organization. We, as Lions, do not have a building and do not have the volunteer numbers that we once had. What we do have, however, is a list of dedicated volunteers who never fail to heed the call to service. I want to send out a very big thank you to all the members and volunteers who came out Sunday to assist in one of the Lions’ largest fundraising events of the year. Special thanks go out to Bruce Rohner, whose tireless efforts year after year have been essential in enabling the Lions Club members and their Presidents to carry out the magnificent community projects that we have seen over the years. I can guarantee you this – if you go to any corner of our Village, you will likely see some aspect that had been donated by, cared for by, or built by a member of the GWL Lions club at one time.

Interactive and Updated Recreation Page of Village Website

         I encourage all residents to begin checking in with our Village’s Website, specifically the Recreation Section. Village Trustee Katheleen Holder and Web Designer, Peter Hall, have been hard at work. The new portion of our site will include all aspects of local recreation, such as what is available, when each Rec program is offered, who to contact to get involved and signed up and many other details necessary to stay informed. Our goal is and always will be to keep our residents happy, healthy, and engaged in the community.

New Law Requires Boater Safety Course

        If you were born after 5/1/1996, you are required to have a Boater’s Safety Certificate to operate a boat or a jet ski. Our local police department is offering Safety Certificate courses at the Courthouse this Wednesday, April 16th from 6-10pm and also Thursday April 17th from 6-10pm. You must be present for both days of classes and you must register by calling the GWL PD at 477-9211.

                 

  • Open Gym for Grades 9-12 every Friday at the MS. Free for Village and Town Residents
  • Open Gym for grades 6-8 Every Thursday at the ES. Free for Village and Town Residents
  • Village Board Workshop Monday, April 21st at 6:30p.m. at Village Hall
  • Village Board Meeting Monday, April 21st at 7:30p.m. Village Hall
  • Village Board Roundtable Thursday, April 24th at 7pm in Village Hall.
  • Community Clean Sweep, Sat., April 26th and Sun, April 27th. Meet at the senior center and be prepared to assist in the community-wide beatification, or Spring Cleaning, of our Village.  

Mayor Dwyer’s Column

April 10, 2014

Greenwood Lake Mayor

 

By Jesse Dwyer

 

GWL – Rooted in Traditions

        Among the many incredible traditions that we, residents and friends of GWL get to share, is the noticeable and special event in early April – the Little League Parade on Opening Day. Saturday morning was a day many of us remember from when we were kids, marching in the streets of Greenwood Lake all the way to Lion’s Field to begin the Little League opening day ceremonies and first games of the season. This is a special day in GWL because it marks the start of a new season of baseball, one of GWL’s oldest organized sports. I want to commend the organizers of Little League for all of their hard work and effort, and I would also like to thank our grounds crew, Fire Dept and Police Dept for their part in the parade.

 

New Traditions Being Formed

        It is not every day that you notice a new tradition forming. However, this year marks the second official year of GWL Hardball. This new recreational sport was formed last year by a group of dedicated individuals who sought to organize more recreation in the Village for our youth. Well done to you all and I am very much looking forward to the great progress made in this sport going forward.

                                 

  • PBA Sponsored Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 12th at 10a.m. at the American Legion
  • Greenwood Lake Lion’s 300 Club Roast Beef Dinner Sun, April 13th from 1-4p.m. at the American Legion. For tickets and to support the GWL Lion’s Club, please call Jesse Dwyer at 477-9215.
  • Open Gym for Grades 9-12 every Friday at the MS. Free for Village and Town Residents
  • Open Gym for grades 6-8 Every Thursday at the ES. Free for Village and Town Residents
  • Village Board Workshop Monday, April 21st at 6:30p.m. at Village Hall
  • Village Board Meeting Monday, April 21st at 7:30p.m. Village Hall
  • Village Board Roundtable Thursday, April 24th at 7pm in Village Hall.
  • Community Clean Sweep, Sat., April 26th and Sun, April 27th. Meet at the senior center and be prepared to assist in the community-wide beatification, or Spring Cleaning, of our Village.  

Greenwood Lake Students Invited to Apply for Scholarships

April 2, 2014

The Pine Island Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce it has added a third scholarship opportunity to its Black Dirt Scholarship Fund.  The scholarship committee, which includes Co-chairs Peter Groenendaal of ARCC Energy Group and Sondra Hall of Warwickinfo.net, Sally and Bob Scheuermann of Scheuermann Farms and Greenhouses, Jonna Gaston of Green Valley Tack, and citizen members Joseph Maggio and Jane Hamburger, decided to add Equestrian Studies to its list of potential fields of study that qualify for a $1000 scholarship. Equine-based businesses are an integral segment of the agricultural economy of the local community.

There are now a total of three $1,000 scholarships for students planning on pursuing a college curriculum in agriculture, culinary arts/hospitality, or equine studies, and who meet the qualifications of the application.

“Applicants must be a resident of the Town of Warwick, New York, and be a high school senior, in good academic standing, who will graduate in June, 2014, or a current college student at any stage of a post-secondary education” according to Committee Co-chair, Sondra Hall.  “These scholarships are all about character and community,” she continued, “since the students must also demonstrate a commitment to and involvement in community volunteer service or community work experience.”

The Black Dirt Scholarship is funded with a portion of the proceeds from the annual Black Dirt Feast. The Feast’s objective is to bring the entire community together to celebrate the beauty and bounty of the Black Dirt Region. The mission of the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1961, is to promote prosperity in the business community, support and enhance the uniqueness of the region, and to enrich the lives of all residents through community spirit and cooperation. The Black Dirt Scholarship application is available for download at http://www.pineislandny.com <http://www.pineislandny.com/>   The deadline for submission is April 21st.

Mayor Dwyer’s Column

March 31, 2014

Greenwood Lake Mayor

 

By Jesse Dwyer

 

Grateful and Best Wishes

        I want to send out my heartfelt thanks to Trustee Ed English who did not seek re-election to the Village Board. Trustee English has dedicated his entire life living in GreenwoodLake toward the betterment of our community. I want to thank you for your service to the community and I look forward to continue working side by side with you in the future as we address the challenges and embrace the greatness of GreenwoodLake.

        I would like to welcome newly elected Trustee Chad Sellier, whom I know will make his community proud. Best of luck to you both.

Summer in Our Sights

        With what seemed like the longest winter in recorded history behind us (we can only hope), we can begin planning for a wonderful summer in GreenwoodLake. We are developing yet another exciting Summer Concert Series, pulling together plans for many new recreation opportunities, welcoming the much anticipated street fair and clearing way for the best fireworks show in all of the HudsonValley. Stay tuned as we revamp the Village website with all activities, local businesses and a comprehensive list of all recreation activities that are offered in the Village of Greenwood Lake.

 

               

  • Greenwood Lake Little League Parade and Opening Day Sat., April 5th
  • Open Gym for Grades 9-12 every Friday at the MS. Free for Village and Town Residents
  • Open Gym for grades 6-8 Every Thursday at the ES. Free for Village and Town Residents
  • Village Board Workshop Monday, April 21st at 6:30p.m. at Village Hall
  • Village Board Meeting Monday, April 21st at 7:30p.m. Village Hall
  • Community Clean Sweep, Sat., April 26th and Sun, April 27th. Meet at the Senior center and be prepared to assist in the community-wide beatification, or Spring Cleaning, of our Village. 

 

Mayor Dwyer’s Column

March 25, 2014

 GreenwoodLake Mayor

 

By Jesse Dwyer

 

Village Of GreenwoodLakeBudget Outlook

“Uncontrolled Expenditures” Affecting this Year’s Budget

  •          State Retirement Increased: +$21,616 from 2013 Actual Expenses
  •          Police Retirement:  +$69,801 from 2013 Actual Expenses
  •          Worker’s Compensation: +$20,488 from 2013 Actual Expenses
  •          Unemployment: +$12,762 from 2013 Actual Expenses
  •          Medical Insurance: +$43,961 (from 2013) — +$78,889 (from 2012 Expenses)
  •          Contractual Increase in DPW Expense: +$5,000

 

Reductions made by Village Board and Staff

“Controlled Expenditures”

  •          Did not utilize a P/T Grounds member in winter
  •          Shut aeration during winter
  •          Reduced engineering fees in half by contracting with a new engineering firm
  •          Reduced legal fees and cost of attorneys by hiring new Village Attorney and Labor Attorney
  •          Reduced cost of water plant operations by accepting bids for operators (RFP). Hired new Plant Operating Company (Affects Water Budget Only)
  •          Reduced Mayor’s contractual amount nearly in half
  •          Negotiated refuse contract saving the village $12,000 from the proposed rate increase from IWS
  •          Proposing a reduction in Fund Balance Allocation
  •          We eliminated the position of building department secretary
  •          Reduced full time village police from 9 full time to 6 full time. We are now able to utilize part time officers to fill and cover shifts through successful negotiations with our PBA, which saves the village thousands in benefits such as retirement and health benefits.

o        2012 Police Salaries: $701,374

o        2013 Police salaries: $812,116 (Previous Village Board)

o        2014 Police Salaries (New Board): $761,000 (Reduction of $51,116 from year before)

o        2015 Police Salaries: (Proposed): $760,000 (Reduction of 1k year over year with new board)

 

I cannot thank enough the new Village Board, our Village Staff and the GWL Police Department for working with me this past year. Most importantly, I would like to thank Village Clerk Pat Olsen and Deputy Clerk Beth Farrell for their countless hours spent on this budget and the contractors associated with the budget. A team effort went into this process and I am grateful to have such competent and diligent employees in Village Hall.

 

A public hearing will be held on the budget this Thursday, March 27th at 7p.m in Village Hall. We have since had two budget workshops and we are still working on reducing the budget even further to a more affordable budget while retaining the same valuable services that our residents rely on. 

                 

  •    Open Gym for Grades 9-12 every Friday at the MS. Free for Village and Town Residents
  •    Open Gym for grades 6-8 Every Thursday at the ES. Free for Village and Town Residents
  •    Village Budget Public Hearing Thursday, March 27th at Village Hall
  •    Village Board Workshop Monday, April 21st at 6:30p.m. at Village Hall
  •    Village Board Meeting Monday, April 21st at 7:30p.m. Village Hall

 

Election Day

March 18, 2014

Voting will be at the GWL Senior center today, March 18, from 12:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

On the ballot will be Trustee K atheleen Buckley-Holder and Chad Sellier. Both are running for two year Trustee seats on the village board.

Mayor Dwyer’s Column

March 10, 2014

 Greenwood Lake Mayor

 

By Jesse Dwyer

 

Congratulations to Celt of the Year

        On behalf of the Village Board I would like to thank the Gaelic Cultural Society for hosting a wonderful event at our American Legion last week. More specifically, I would like to thank one member in particular, Christine McAteer-Purdy, this year’s Celt of the Year. You have done a great job for your organization and your community and we are very lucky to be affected by your involvement and leadership in GreenwoodLake.

This Month’s Outdoor Recreation

        The universe is ready to be discovered and the TownBeach (ThomasMorahanWaterfrontPark in Village) is the perfect place to stargaze and explore our night sky! Participants will be using a reflector telescope to observe planets, our moon, deep space objects, and far away stars. This program is FREE for Village and Town of Warwick residents and is best suited for adults, teens and older children (ages 10+), but all are welcome.

        Please register by calling Village Hall at 477-9215. Remember to include the number of people in your party. This event is brought to you by the Village of Greenwood Lake and Environmental Educator Katy Boula. Event is Saturday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the ThomasMorahanWaterfrontPark (end of Windermere).

Well Done on Former Prison Site

I would like to congratulate and commend Supervisor Sweeton and all involved in the process to take ownership over the old State Prison located in Warwick. The new “TechnologyBusinessPark” is sure to bring much needed revenue and jobs to the Town of Warwick.

                 

  • Teen Center Open Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at Holy Rosary Church
  • Open Gym for Grades 9-12 every Friday at the MS. Free for Village and Town Residents
  • Open Gym for grades 6-8 Every Thursday at the ES. Free for Village and Town Residents
  • Village Election Day, Tuesday March 18th at the GWL Senior Center
  • Star Gazing with Outdoor Educator Katy Boula, Saturday March 15th at 7:00p.m. at the Waterfront Park
  • Village Budget Workshop Thursday, March 20th at Village Hall
  • Village Board Workshop Monday, April 21st at 6:30p.m. at Village Hall
  • Village Board Meeting Monday, April 21st at 7:30p.m. Village Hall

 

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