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Mayor Dwyer’s Column

February 10, 2014

 Greenwood Lake Mayor


By Jesse Dwyer


Where is Our Representation

        Currently, GreenwoodLake is among many New York municipalities without representation in the State Assembly. Up until January 1st we were represented by former Assemblywoman and current County Clerk Annie Rabbitt. Now I remind our citizens that we are still, one month later, without representation in the New York State Assembly. As Village elections near in the month of March, many of us wonder, why has the Governor not called a special election to fill the seats of many representatives who sought other elected offices last November? There are two consequences as a result of Governor Cuomo’s inaction: first, more time passes where municipalities such as the Village of Greenwood Lake go without our steward at the state level, and the second consequence is that if the Governor does decide to call for a special election after the March election but before the next November election, these costs are passed down through the local municipality to run the election. Although, that cost pales in comparison to a system in which we, the citizens of this state who rely on our representatives to take care of business at the state level, go without. Therefore, I will be writing a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo requesting that he call for a special election as soon as possible to fill the seats without representatives. Otherwise, our system will not function as a truly representative democracy.  



  • Cyber-Bullying Seminar Hosted by GWL Coalition Feb. 12th from 7-9pm at the American Legion Event is for parents and concerned citizens.
  • Breezy Point Inn’s Annual Winter Carnival Feb. 14th – Feb. 16th
  • Village Board Workshop Feb. 18th at 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse
  • Village Board General Meeting Feb. 18th at 7:30 p.m. at the Courthouse.
  • Open Gym for Grades 9-12 every Friday at the MS. Free for Village and Town Residents
  • Open Gym for grades 6-8 beginning March 6th at the ES. Free for Village and Town Residents
2 Comments leave one →
  1. valsch0123 permalink
    February 10, 2014 11:38 am

    Thank you for this very informative information Jesse. I was not aware of this. Who is running for this? I have no information. If you could just direct me, I will check it out. Thanks!

    Val Schermerhorn

  2. ingrid king permalink
    February 11, 2014 7:33 am

    Is a petition in order? This is not good. Annie has big shoes to fill! Ingrid king

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