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Mayor Dwyer’s Column

May 19, 2015

 From the Mayor’s Office

By Jesse Dwyer

2015 Independence Day Fireworks

As it has been the case for decades, Greenwood Lake stands ready to put on yet another incredible fireworks show in recognition of our Independence over the holiday weekend. Choosing the day for the show, however, was no easy task. Fortunately for many, the 4th of July falls on a Saturday this year. Unfortunately for those of us responsible for paying for a fireworks show and staffing the event with police, that day couldn’t be any more expensive. The company who puts on the incredible show for us has contracts on the Friday and Saturday that more than doubles our rate for the show we get. I would argue that our show is just as good as those paying the premium for their show as this company is relatively local. We would also have to factor in the cost of policing the event. For every police officer we have working on what’s called a “Super Holiday”, we are contractually required to pay at the additional rate of pay for such holidays. So in short, the cost to have the show on the holiday would be too great for the taxpayers. On the bright side, next year the 4th falls on a Monday so the Sunday show will work out great!

Available Information for Residents

The Village Board and administration strives to make information readily available to residents and those looking to visit our community. Some of the methods through which information is shared is, of course, the news column that I write weekly, our village website (, our Facebook page (, our emergency notification system (IRIS, register for this FREE service on our village website), by calling village hall at 845-477-9215, or by emailing me directly at This administration works very hard to address concerns, answer questions, and to find solutions to all of the problems and challenges we all share.

  • Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks
  • GWL Coalition Meeting 3rd Tuesday each month at the Senior Center. 7:00 p.m. Help combat drug and alcohol use among our youth. Attend a Coalition meeting!
  • GWL Library Budget Vote and Trustee Election Thur., May 21st from Noon – 8 p.m. in the Library.
  • GWL PBA Bicycle Rodeo May 31st at the GWL American Legion from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Event is for children under 12 years of age.
  • EARC Rowing Regatta June 6th from 8:00 a.m. – Noon. You may view the races along Sterling & Edgemere Ave. between Emerald Point Restaurant and the bridge to Chapel Island. Refreshments will be served on site.
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