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From the Mayor’s Office

October 6, 2017

Village Receives Grant from Senator Bonacic

The Village recently received notice that a grant for $50,000 has been approved for the Village to purchase an aerial platform lift. This lift, which would mostly be used by our Parks & Grounds Dept. would significantly help with maintaining our current facilities. The Village does not have the necessary equipment such as this to repair buildings, perform tree work, and improve the appearance of our downtown during events and holidays. Much work is needed in our downtown and we constantly find ourselves renting or borrowing this equipment. It will be a welcome relief to perform these functions in-house, ultimately saving the municipality’s scarce resources.

WTW Park Paving Complete

I am happy to report the paving in Wah Ta Wah Park has been completed. We negotiated a deal with Orange & Rockland that in order for them to install natural gas lines in WTW, they must in turn pave the roads in the park. They agreed and in addition to most residents in the park getting access to natural gas, the entire park has been paved with asphalt. I would like to thank our partners at O&R including our Government Relations partner Michael Grant, the contractors who performed the work Ward Paving, our DPW for overseeing the work – Ben Astorino and Jeff Feagles, and also would like to thank Park President Kathy Gilson for her persistence and partnership in this project.

 

Village Dates

  • Open Gym Night Every Monday and Friday at the Middle School from 8pm – 10pm. Mon: 7th – 12th Friday for adults.
  • GWL Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday at the Elks. 4-6pm under 13 years old. Over 13 y/o 6-8pm
  • Village Board Workshop Monday, Oct. 16th at 6:30pm in the Courthouse
  • Village Board Meeting Monday, Oct. 16th at 7:30pm in the Courthouse
  • Greenwood Lake Coalition Meeting , Oct. 17th at 7pm in Village Hall
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Revised Website Link for Survey

October 2, 2017

Town-wide Visioning Project Seeks Input

The Visioning Committee that is developing the long-term plan for the town is continuing to accept survey data from town residents. Please complete the survey and share your vision at https://www.community2gether.org/. The survey is also available at the GWL Library and will be available until October 15th.

From the Mayor’s Office

October 2, 2017

Town-wide Visioning Project Seeks Input

The Visioning Committee that is developing the long-term plan for the town is continuing to accept survey data from town residents. Please complete the survey and share your vision at https://www.community2gether.org/. The survey is also available at the GWL Library and will be available until October 15th.

Comments for Short Term Residential Rentals

The Village continues to seek comments from the public on short-term residential rentals (Air B&B) over the next couple months. So far, I have received many comments and emails from residents and I am proud to say that the responses so far have not only been civil, they have been informative and solution-based. Please email me your comments on short-term residential rentals at mayor@villageofgreenwoodlake.org.

Relief Needed for Puerto Rico

As most have heard by now, Puerto Rico suffered a devastating impact from Hurricane Maria. At this point, relief efforts are continuing for the impacted families still living there. Town Halls throughout Orange County, as well as Village Hall in Greenwood Lake are accepting items which will be delivered to Puerto Rico out of Stewart Air Base. Items that are needed include: Aspirin, diapers, Clorox wipes, baby wipes, baby formula, batteries, flashlights, hygiene products, soap, and toiletries of any kind. These items will be accepted until October 12.

Village Dates

  • Open Gym Night Evert Monday and Friday at the Middle School from 6pm – 8pm for grades 7th to 12th
  • GWL Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday at the Elks. 4-6pm under 13 years old. Over 13 y/o 6-8pm
  • Village Board Workshop Monday, Oct. 16th at 6:30pm in the Courthouse
  • Village Board Meeting Monday, Oct. 16th at 7:30pm in the Courthouse
  • Greenwood Lake Coalition Meeting , Oct. 17th at 7pm in Village Hall

From the Mayor’s Office

September 25, 2017

Village Accepting Comments on Short-Term Residential Rentals, aka “Air B&B”

At the most recent Village Board meeting, the Village Board discussed the issue of “Air B&B”. At this point, like most other communities, Air B&B rentals are essentially unregulated. Although there are many benefits to Air B&B rentals in promoting tourism and providing greater opportunities for people to stay within our community, left un-regulated, there are many issues that need to be managed. Rather than taking this entire page to go through what was discussed at the most recent Board Meeting, I will outline the approach to tacking this issue and how you can provide your much-needed input on the issue. First, I provided the Board and the public with a document that I feel quite comprehensively identifies the pros & cons associated with Air B&B, outlines the challenges, proposes potential regulatory measures, fees associated with the rental situation, as well as a brief timeline and process by which the Village Board will execute its regulatory measures. This document can be found on the Village website at www.villageofgreenwoodlake.org. After reading the document, you may send in your comments or feedback to my email address at mayor@villageofgreenwoodlake.org. This document is merely a starting point for the Board to begin the process. There will be many more discussions at our Board meetings and there will be a public hearing. In the meantime, I will be compiling public input on the issue to assist the Board in forming the most comprehensive and beneficial solution to this issue possible.

 

Village Dates

  • Grace Lutheran Pulled Pork & Chicken Dinner, Sept. 30th from 4pm – 6:30pm.
  • Open Gym Night Evert Monday and Friday at the Middle School from 6pm – 8pm for grades 7th to 12th
  • GWL Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday at the Elks. 4-6pm under 13 years old. Over 13 y/o 6-8pm

From the Mayor’s Office

September 18, 2017

Grand Opening for New Park Scheduled for September 27th

The public is invited to join the Greenwood Lake Village Board, Town of Warwick Board and County officials in the official grand opening of the Village’s newest public park / passive boat launch. The grand opening will take place at the park, located at the intersection of Scott Lynch Way and Mountain Lakes Lane, on Wednesday, September 27th at 12pm. We are encouraging passive boat enthusiasts (kayaks, paddle boards, canoes and other non-motorized watercraft that can be carried or moved atop a vehicle’s rooftop) to attend and illustrate the new park’s amazing asset – free and public access to our lake. A group photo to commemorate the event will take place at 12:15pm.

Community Coalition Seeking Volunteer Members

As most of you have read over these past few years, Greenwood Lake has an extremely active Community Coalition. You have learned that this Coalition has worked very hard to achieve its main goal – to reduce substance abuse among our community’s youth. To achieve this goal, the Coalition has performed a variety of functions such as creating and maintaining a Community Teen Center, open gym for our youth, hosting forums, presentations, surveys, fun events for all ages and performing the task of constant engagement within the community. The mission, although comprehensive and having made significant gains, is far from complete. The Coalition needs your help. We need members to serve on the Community Coalition Advisory Council. We meet every month on the 3rd Tuesday at 7pm in Village Hall (9/19, 10/17). We need input from community members and occasionally we would need your help in donating some time. We all understand that time is tight and only ask that you give what you can to help us support this important task for the kids in our community. Please consider attending a Coalition meeting as soon as you can.

Village Dates

  • Grace Lutheran Pulled Pork & Chicken Dinner, Sept. 30th from 4pm – 6:30pm.
  • Open Gym Night Evert Monday and Friday at the Middle School from 6pm – 8pm for grades 7th to 12th
  • GWL Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday at the Elks. 4-6pm under 13 years old. Over 13 y/o 6-8pm
  • Zumba at the Beach every Saturday beginning June 3rd. 9am at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park
  • Yoga at the Beach Every Sunday beginning June 4th at 8:30am.

From the Mayor’s Office

August 14, 2017

The Year of Walkways in GWL

The Village has begun the reconstruction of our sidewalks along Windermere Avenue. The construction will start at Jersey Avenue on the West side of the road and will head North one block at a time. Once that side of the street is complete, the crew will move to the East side of Windermere. The project will replace the sidewalk from Jersey Avenue to Oak St this year, and will continue further down Windermere Ave. next year. Businesses WILL remain open during this time and the crew will make proper provisions to ensure safe and easy access to these businesses. Please be aware that parking may be a bit difficult during this time as a consequence of the improvement. The inconvenience will, however, be temporary and we ask that you please bear with us as we try to improve the infrastructure of our Village.

The Village recently received final approvals to begin construction of a new sidewalk along Waterstone Road from Court St (gazebo), around the bend all the way to the bridge. We are also going out to bid in the next few weeks for the wetlands walkway project that will connect our recreation parks together. Both projects are fully funded by grants and should be completed before the Fall.

 

Village Dates

  • GWL Concert Series Presents Atlas Gray at the Beach Fri., August 18th at 7:30pm
  • GWL Concert Series Hosts the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival’s Gabriele Tranchina Group at the Beach Sat., August 19th at 7:30pm
  • Zumba at the Beach every Saturday beginning June 3rd. 9am at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park
  • Yoga at the Beach Every Sunday beginning June 4th at 8:30am.
  • Greenwood Lake Village Board Meeting, Aug. 21st at 7:30pm. Workshop at 6:30pm in the Courthouse
  • Gaelic Cultural Society Hosts Irish Night at the Beach Sat., August 26th at 7pm.
  • Grace Lutheran Church Sliced Steak Dinner Sat., Aug. 26th from 4-6pm at Grace.

From the Mayor’s Office

July 31, 2017

Notice to Veterans Living in GWL

In a meeting with County Executive Steve Neuhaus last week, I was informed of a great program offered by Orange County for our area Veterans. Four days a week, Orange County sends a van to 9 locations in Orange County, Greenwood Lake being one of them, and takes local Veterans to Castle Point VA Medical Center. If you are a local Veteran and would like to take advantage of this service, please contact 845-291-2470 to schedule a pick up. The pickup location is CVS – they cannot pick you up from your home. Pickup is Mon., Tue., Thur., and Friday. You must call at least one full day in advance to schedule a pickup.

 

GWL Theatre Presents Wizard of OZ

Starting this week, on Wednesday, GWL Theater will be presenting a full production of the Broadway show: The Wizard of Oz. The production will take place Wed., Aug. 2nd through Sunday, August 6th at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park. The show starts each night at 7:30pm. This is a professionally organized show with professional actors, as well as local talent from Greenwood Lake, many of whom are our local youth. The show is $20 for adults and $10 for kids/ seniors/ military / students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.greenwoodlaketheater.org.

 

Greenwood Lake’s 4th Annual 5k Run / Walk and kid’s Fun Run

Signups are continuing online for the 4th annual Greenwood Lake 5k. The race will kick off from the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park at 9am on Saturday, August 5th. This year’s proceeds will go to the GWL Coalition Teen Center. TO register online, please go to http://bit.ly/GWL5K17Please email gwl5kinfo@gmail.com with questions.

 

Village Dates

  • GWL Theater Presents The Wizard of Oz, Aug. 2nd – Sunday Aug., 6th at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park 7:30 pm each night.
  • GWL 5k Run/ Walk and Kids Fun Run, Aug. 5th at 9am – Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park
  • GWL Reunion – , August 5th from 12pm – 8pm at the GWL Elks Lodge
  • GWL Elks All You Can Eat Brunch, August 6th from 10am – 2pm: Cost is $15 for adults $7.50 for children under 12. All you can eat.
  • Zumba at the Beach every Saturday beginning June 3rd. 9am at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park
  • Yoga at the Beach Every Sunday beginning June 4th at 8:30am.
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