Wednesday, May 27, 2020
(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.
Before we begin tonight’s meeting, I received news that Artie Orpikowski, a Veteran and member of the Maybrook Post 2064 is in the hospital with COVID 19. Most know Artie for his smile and enthusiasm for selling VFW Post 2064 Raffle tickets at Stewarts, Shoprite, and our Village Events. I know I speak for everyone tonight in that we wish him well and hope he is feeling better soon. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
- Memorial Day Parade and Service- This past Monday, May 25th, the Village of Maybrook honored and remembered the men and women who fought and sacrificed for our country on Memorial Day. Due to COVID-19, we had to cancel our traditional Memorial Day Parade because of social distancing and for the safety of the public. We have experienced many changes in our lives over the past few months as we continue to cope with COVID 19. I had the honor of attending brief Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the village with limited participants due to social distancing. The Maybrook Fire Department honored their fallen heroes and their 9/11 Memorial Monument. The Village of Maybrook paid tribute to our Veterans at the Maybrook VFW Post 2064 Memorial, the Veterans Monument at the Maybrook United Methodist Church and the Frederick Myers Veterans Monument in the Frederick Myers Veterans Memorial Park. All participants wore face masks and practiced social distancing. Our Maybrook Troop 236 Scout Band could not perform under the circumstances and they were terribly missed. Assistant Scoutmaster Abbey Williams volunteered and performed the “Five Military Branches Hymns” and “God Bless America”. Emeritus Scoutmaster and Band Leader Jim Barnett was a safe distance away proudly representing the Troop who could not attend. The Regular Peoples Baptist Church Pastor Tom Jackson gave a beautiful prayer at each of the ceremonies. The Memorial Day Ceremonies were not advertised to avoid a large gathering and we needed to adhere to the social distancing rules. After the service in the park, the Maybrook Police Department and the Maybrook Fire Department drove throughout the village with emergency lights only to honor our fallen Veterans. I am very pleased that we were able to honor the men and women who fought and sacrificed for our freedom under difficult circumstances. Their ultimate sacrifice for all of us is our inspiration and will help guide us through the difficult times we are experiencing coping with COVID-19. This Memorial Day we remembered, honored and will never forget these brave men and women who fought for our liberties. May God Bless them, their families, and our United States of America. I’d like to thank the Village of Maybrook Board of Trustees, Trustee Kevin Greany for organizing the ceremonies, Commander Bob Beck, the Maybrook VFW Post 2064 and Auxiliary, Sargent Michael Maresca and the Maybrook Police Department, Fire Chief Patrick Romanik and the Maybrook Fire Department, Regular People’s Baptist Church Pastor Tom Jackson, Maybrook Troop 236 Scouts Assistant Scoutmaster Abby Williams. Finally, I want to thank the Maybrook Department of Public Works for their hard work getting the parks ready for Memorial Day. Everyone’s efforts are appreciated.
- COVID-19- Yesterday, Tuesday, May 26th. The Mid-Hudson Region consisting of Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, Sullivan and Orange Counties re-opened at Phase 1. Phase 1 consists of Construction, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, Retail (limited to curbside, in store pick up or drop off), Manufacturing and Wholesale Trade. The projected date, as of today and is subject to change for Phase 2 is June 9th. As of today, there are 10,440 positive cases of COVID 19 reported in Orange County. 443 deaths have been reported. 97 people are currently hospitalized. 73 of those people hospitalized tested positive and 24 are hospitalized with symptoms of COVID 19. There are 68% ICU beds available in the County. As of today, there are 580 positive cases of COVID 19 reported in the Town of Montgomery. A total of 45,264 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Orange County. On Friday, May 22, 2020, at 8 pm I signed the Village of Maybrook Declaration of State of Emergency Executive Order No. 4 which extends the March 17, 2020 Executive Order declaring a local Declaration of Emergency with conditions owing to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Village of Maybrook Declaration of State of Emergency No. 4 went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on May 23, 2020 and will expire at midnight on June 23, 2020, unless terminated or further extended. The Executive Order is posted on the Village of Maybrook website. Conference calls continue daily with County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman and Department of Emergency Services Commissioner Brendan Casey. The numbers discussed and any pertinent information is posted on the Village of Maybrook website and the Maybrook Facebook Page as soon as they become available. Just a reminder to all, this is day to day and week to week at most. Let’s hope for better news in the days to come, please continue to wear masks in public and to practice social distancing. Good health to all and your families.
- Next Scheduled Village Board Meeting– Our next Village Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 22 at 7 pm. We will keep residents informed of our progress in the hope of resuming regular meetings. As of now, we will plan to have the meeting on WebEx. Any changes will be posted on the Village of Maybrook website. Just a reminder, there is ONE meeting in the month of June, July, and August.
Mayor Dennis Leahy