Monday, June 28, 2021 at 7 pm
- Welcome Back!– Today is a special day as it’s our first in person meeting since the pandemic started. Our last in person Village Board Meeting was held on March 9, 2020. These past 15 months have been extremely difficult on many in our village and across the world. It breaks your heart when you speak to a senior who tells you they feel like they lost a year of their life. Everyone in some way or form has been affected by the pandemic. My deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones. I pray that this is in our rearview mirror and we never have to experience anything like this again. We are slowly working our way back to normal. The Golden Links under the direction of Jane Schimpf and her Board met for the first time with a few restrictions on Wednesday, June 16th. The George C. Bullis Community Center and the Village Government Center have re-opened as well. I want to thank the Village Board of Trustees, Clerk/Treasurer Tina Johnson, DPW Superintendent Matt Thorp, Sargent Micheal Maresca, Village Building Inspector Tim Ippolito, Village Attorney Kelly Naughton, Village Engineer Sean Hoffman and all of theVillage employees for their efforts during the pandemic. I can’t tell you how proud I am of each and everyone of you as we kept business moving along without missing a beat. We had to work extra hard to have virtual meetings and tending to the needs of the village while keeping all of the employees safe. I want you all to know you weren’t taken for granted and you’re appreciated. Thank you
- Scout Tyler Allen- I want to say “thank you” to Maybrook Troop 236 Scout Tyler Allen for choosing his Eagle Scout Project in the village. Tyler Allen painted 12 park benches in the village that desperately needed to be repainted. Thank you, Eagle Scout Candidate Tyler Allen and your fellow scouts, for your hard work and enhancing our village!
- Memorial Day Parade and Service- The Annual Village of Maybrook Memorial Day Parade and Service was held on Monday, May 31st. The weather is always a factor and it turned out to be a nice day. Thank you to Village Trustee Kevin Greany who organized the event. Thank you also to the Maybrook Troop 236 Scout band, the Maybrook VFW Post 2064 and Auxiliary, the Maybrook Police Department, the Maybrook Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary, Guest Speaker Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and all of the past and present elected officials who attended the event. It was especially nice to see the residents who came out to honor those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
- Flag Day– The VFW Flag Day was held on June 14th at the Maybrook VFW Post 2064. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate, and the start time had to be pushed up and I couldn’t attend however I was informed the Maybrook Troop 236 Scouts were able to perform a few songs to honor our American Flag before the thunderstorms started.
- Special Village Board Meeting- On June 15, 2021, A Special Virtual Village Board Meeting was held to appoint of full-time Police Officer John Erpps, part-time Police Officer Nick Contino and full-time Kyle DiCharo. All three have been a great asset to our village and we welcome them to our village.
- Mainline Diner Movie– On Monday, June 14, 2021, a Hallmark Movie called “Redemption in Cherry Springs” was filmed at the Mainline Diner. The scenes filmed were “Uncle Joe’s Diner”. I was asked to appear in the film by the casting director. I can be seen in two of the scenes. It was a great experience and spoke to the director and producer who both loved their experience in the Village of Maybrook. It’s always great to get positive happenings in our village and I welcome more.
- Maybrook Troop 236 Awards Ceremony– On Sunday, June 13, 2021, the Maybrook Troop 236 Scouts hosted their “36th Annual Awards Dinner” at the Maybrook Senior Center. Congratulations to the scouts who received awards especially because of the past year we experienced with the pandemic. I wish them a safe and happy summer as they gear up for their trip to Florida to perform at Walt Disney World! Congratulations to Billy Giannico, Abbey Williams and Jim Barnett on keeping the troop together during a difficult year. Your efforts are appreciated.
- Maybrook Family Movie Night– Our first Village of Maybrook “Family Movie Night” was held on Friday, June 18th in the Frederick Myers Veterans Memorial Park. The featured film was “Raya and the Last Dragon”. We had wonderful weather and a great turnout! I want to thank our sponsors of the event, the Maybrook Police Department, the Maybrook Fire Department, Montgomery Overall Services and Stewarts Shops. The Maybrook Fire Department came down to the park with the Fire Trucks and gave out gifts to the kids. The Maybrook Police Department gave out snacks, juice boxes and glow sticks to the kids. It turned out to be a nice community event. The Maybrook Fire Department will be participating at our next Family Movie Night on July 23rd. The movie will be announced as we get closer to the event.
- Maybrook “Kick-off the 4th of July Celebration”- On Friday, June 25th we held our Village of Maybrook “Kick-off the 4th of July Celebration” at the Frederick Myers Veterans Memorial Park. We had a beautiful evening and a great turnout as well. This event was very special in that it was the first community event since the pandemic started where friends and neighbors were able to get together. I think we all needed it and I’m really glad the weather cooperated. We had great music performed by the Knuckleheads and a special “Stars and Stripes” performance by the Maybrook Troop 236 Scout Band. A Special Thank you to our Event Chair Donna Barletta, Maybrook Clerk/Treasurer Tina Johnson, the Maybrook DPW, Maybrook Police Department and the Maybrook Fire Department. Last but not least we thank our sponsors for their generosity and support of our event. They are listed on our website and social media page.
- Women’s Rec Softball- Women’s Recreation Softball was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 15th but it was rained out. The weather cleared and their opening night was held on Thursday, June 17th. I stopped down to the field and spoke to a few of the ladies. They are very happy to be playing ball down at the park. Welcome back ladies!
- Maybrook Co-ed Volleyball- The Maybrook Co-ed Recreation Volleyball program had their opening night on Thursday, June 17th. This program was suspended last year due to the pandemic. It’s really been great seeing activities in our park again. I welcome them back as well!
- Village Wide Yard Sale– The Village of Maybrook hosted our Village Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, June 19th from 8 am to 3 pm. The feedback has been positive. We will be hosting another in the fall on Saturday, October 2nd.
- Valley Central Claas of 2021- Congratulations to the Valley Central High School Class of 2021 held their graduation ceremony on June 26th. I wish them good health and all the best in future endeavors.
- Homestead Ave Sidewalks– As most may remember, we have a grant from the Dormitory Authority of New York (DASNY) for sidewalk replacement on Homestead Ave from Oak St to Williams Street we received from Senator James Skoufis. Since the pandemic started, NYS froze the DASNY grants. We (Village Engineer Sean Hoffman, Clerk/Treasurer Tina Johnson and I) have been on the phone weekly as we have been told the funding will be available in the coming weeks. Sean Hoffman and I have reached out to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to get our permits in order as these are state sidewalks we are replacing. We will keep everyone informed of any new developments. We are on top of this and thank everyone for their patience. On a side note, on June 14, 2021, I copied the Village Board a letter I sent to Senator James Skoufis for additional funds to continue sidewalk replacement on Homestead from Williams Street to West Spring Street. I will keep everyone informed of any news going forward.
- Galaxy Project – The Galaxy Project has been moving forward! Galaxy has been working with Yellow Freight to get their easements for their utilities. I have had conversations with US Steel and Averti, two businesses on Main Street, about the road connection to the train tracks to connect Main Street to the Galaxy Project. The response has been very positive as both property owners realize the road frontage will benefit their property and the village as well. Our Village Attorney and their attorney’s have started conversations. Last week, I had a virtual meeting with Galaxy and the president and CEO of the Regional Rail LLC to open discussions about the rail crossing. The discussions went very well and will continue. The Deputy Mayor Bob Pritchard and I will keep everyone informed of any new developments. I also just want to mention that I’ve been contacted by many investors who are interested in our village and the direction we are heading. I will keep everyone apprised of any new developments.
- Next Village Board Meeting– Our next Village Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 26, 2021 at 7 pm. Please stay in touch with the Village of Maybrook website and Facebook Page for updates on village events. A happy and safe 4th of July to all!
Mayor Dennis K. Leahy