Mayor’s Report

Mayor Dennis K. Leahy

Village of Maybrook Board Meeting

Monday, November 23, 2020 at 7 pm

(Today’s Village of Maybrook Board of Trustees Meeting is being held by Conference Call due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus) For the record, this meeting is being recorded and will be posted on the Village of Maybrook website as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Update- As of today, Monday, November 23, 2020, there have been 15,857 positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Orange County since the pandemic started this past March. Since our last Village Board Meeting held on November 9th there has been an increase of 1,307 new COVID-19 cases in the County which is an average of 93 cases a day over 14 days. 886 of the COVID-19 cases in Orange County are in the Town of Montgomery. There have been 522 total deaths reported. Five of the deaths reported happened over this past weekend. Currently there are 92 people hospitalized, 87 of those 92 tested positive for COVID-19 while 5 have symptoms. There are 41% ICU beds available in the County. This past week, Governor Cuomo announced the City of Newburgh, City of Middletown, Town of New Windsor and Highland Falls were listed as YELLOW Zones. Today, New Windsor has 140 active cases, Town of Newburgh has 127 active cases, and the City of Newburgh has 151 active cases. The Governor announced that all three municipalities are approaching ORANGE Zones status if the spike in active cases continues.  Let’s continue to do our part in the Village of Maybrook by wearing face masks in public and practicing social distancing. I will continue to update the website daily so residents can be advised of the COVID-19 cases in the county. I am also posting the daily reports from the County Executive Steve Neuhaus on social media as well. Let’s continue the practice of wearing face masks and practicing social distancing! Best of health to everyone and stay safe!

Maybrook’s Annual “Christmas Tree Lighting”- The Village of Maybrook’s Annual “Christmas Tree Lighting” will be held this coming Sunday, November 29th. This event will be modified due to the pandemic for the safety of the residents and held outdoors.  Face masks and social distancing will be enforced! We will have performances by Singer/Song Writer Kevin Cronin, Pam Murphy and the Maybrook Troop 236 Scout Band. We will also have a guest appearance by Santa Claus and a few of his friends to welcome the Christmas season in Maybrook. I want to thank our Maybrook DPW for their hard work in getting the village festive for the Christmas season. One person in particular, Frankie Amodeo. Frankie puts his heart into getting the village decorated and his efforts show. Thank you, Frankie! On a sad note, we had to cancel the Maybrook Symphonic Wind Ensemble “Holiday Concert”. COVID-19 really hit us hard this year and the “Holiday Concert” is such a festive event that will be missed this year. We hope to see them all back performing in the spring.

Village of Maybrook “Christmas- House Decorating Contest– The Village of Maybrook is hosting our annual “Christmas House Decorating Contest” in our village. Judges will be out looking for the best decorated homes the week before Christmas. 1st Place is $100, 2nd Place is $75 and 3rd Place is $50. Judges will be out the week before Christmas. All prizes are Home Depot Gift Cards. We thank the many residents who have decorated their homes in the spirit of Christmas and wish everyone who participates the best of luck!

NYS Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative- As everyone is aware, on June 12, 2020 Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 203 – New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative. The order requires each Municipality to review the practices of its police department and develop a plan for improvement of such practices and promote community engagement. The order specifically requires an inclusive, open, and transparent process. As part of the process for developing our plan, the Village is seeking input from our residents in a variety of ways:

Collaborative Action Committee– We have one member of the community and a resident who have applied to serve on the Collaborative Action Committee. They are Pastor Tom Jackson of the Regular Peoples Baptist Church and Village Resident Linda Kasbarian. I thank Pastor Tom and Linda for volunteering as we work our way through this process of the Governor’s Executive Order 203.  

Community Survey on Public Safety and Law Enforcement – All residents and business owners are invited to complete a survey on the Maybrook Police Department. The survey is available on the Village of Maybrook website at www.villageofmaybrook.com. The survey will be available until Wednesday, December 9th at 5 pm. I encourage and welcome all residents to participate in taking the survey.
Community Meetings – Community Meetings will be forthcoming as we move forward.

Village Clerk/Treasurer Tina Johnson– I received a letter from the New York State Association of City and Village Clerks dated November 9th, 2020 informing me that Tina Johnson was awarded the NYS Association of City and Village Clerks Certification as a Registered Municipal Clerk. Tina received a and pin denoting her accomplishment by mail. Congratulations and well-done Tina.

Next Scheduled Village Board Meeting- Our next Village Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 14th at 7 pm. We have one meeting scheduled for the month of December and our last for this year.  As of now, we plan to have the meeting on WebEx. Any changes will be posted on the Village of Maybrook website. Also please stay in touch with the Village of Maybrook website and Facebook Page for updates on COVID-19 and village events. I would like to wish the village employees, our consultants, the Village Board, residents, and their families a Happy and I stress this more than ever, a Healthy Thanksgiving. Wear your face masks, continue social distancing and we will get through this together.

Respectfully,

Mayor Dennis Leahy