Mayor’s Report

Mayor Dennis K. Leahy

Village of Maybrook Board Meeting

Monday, July 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.

  • COVID-19- As of today, July 27th, the latest numbers for COVID-19 were posted on the Village of Maybrook website and Facebook. There are 11.069 positive cases of COVID 19 reported in Orange County this is an increase of 32 from Friday. There is over 85,000 people who have been COVID 19 tested in Orange County. The County is averaging 600 to 1200 tests daily. There have been 491 deaths reported to date and no increases since this past Friday. There are currently 616 COVID 19 cases reported in the Town of Montgomery. 19 people are hospitalized. 4 of the 19 people hospitalized have tested positive with COVID 19. 15 of the people hospitalized have symptoms of COVID 19. There are 79% ICU beds available in the County. The Mid-Hudson Region safely and successfully entered New York Forward Phase 4 Reopening. We, the village, are gradually working our way back to normal by following the New York State Forward Guidelines to protect our employees and residents. On Monday, June 29th, the Village of Maybrook Government Center resumed regular business hours Monday through Thursday 8 am to 5 pm and Friday 8 am to noon. There will continue to be no public access until further notice however residents may continue to make an appointment for village business. Face masks must be worn, and social distancing must be adhered to as well. Any resident who wishes to make an appointment can do so by contacting the Village Clerk/Treasurer Tina Johnson at 845-427-2717 ext. 201. On June 29th, the George C. Bullis Community Center re-opened and their hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 10 am to 5 pm, Friday 10 am to 2 pm and closed on Saturday and Sunday. The George C. Bullis Community Center offers curbside pick-up, paper copies and faxes for residents. No access is permitted into the building except for employees. For additional information or to set up an appointment, contact the George C. Bullis Community Center Manager Bobbi Sue Jurgens at 845-427-2914. We have had several events that had to be cancelled due to COVID 19. I announced at our last Village Board Meeting that we unfortunately had to cancel our Annual Village of Maybrook “Kick off the 4th of July Celebration”. We did however host our Village of Maybrook “Family Movie Night” on Friday, July 24th as originally scheduled. The featured movie was Disney’s “Onward”! We had a really nice turn out and everyone practiced social distancing which was great! I spoke to several residents and they told me they were so happy just to spend the night in the park and to get out of the house for a little while. I want to thank Stewarts Shops and manager Sue Dunleavy for sponsoring the event and donating chips and juice boxes for the kids. They really enjoyed it. Since we had two (2) “Family Movie Nights” for the summer scheduled and our last one went so well. I scheduled another Village of Maybrook “Family Movie Night” for Friday, August 28th. The Movie will be posted on the website and the Facebook Page as soon as it is confirmed. We hosted our Annual Village of Maybrook “Village Wide Yard Sale” on Saturday, July 25th. I road the village during the day of the event and there were many participants. Many I spoke to said they did well despite the hot weather. More importantly, it was a safe event. Another positive for the village, the Village of Maybrook 2020 Women’s Summer Recreation Softball season is set to begin on Tuesday, August 11th. It is a 6-week season and games will be played on Tuesday evenings. The fee is $35 and includes a t-shirt. Teams are encouraged to apply however individual applications are accepted. Individual sign-ups will be placed on teams short on players. Each team should have a minimum of 14 players to avoid forfeits. New York State Social Distancing Rules will apply to all participants. The dugouts will be closed, and all participants will be required to stand outside the fence. Celebrate Maybrook 2020 is scheduled to be held on September 24th, 25th and 26th. I tried to hold off on cancelling this event as long as possible in the hopes it could go on as planned. Unfortunately, the amusement rides operator has cancelled all events due to COVID 19. Sadly, we are officially cancelling the Celebrate Maybrook 2020 for this year. My conference calls with the County Executive, Supervisors and Mayors are now on an as needed basis however the County Executive Steve Neuhaus and I have been in contact weekly.  I have and will continue to post the daily Orange County COVID 19 Updates on the Village website and Facebook Page. Our COVID -19 cases in Orange County are at a record low. We want to continue this trend and to do so we must continue to practice social distancing guidelines. This is not something we made up on our own. My intention, as well as the rest of the Village Board is to do everything possible to protect our village employees and our residents. Let’s pray this trend continues and better days are in the not too distant future.  I want to thank the Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman and Orange County Emergency Services Commissioner Brendan Casey for their efforts during COVID-19. The village employees are doing a fantastic job. Everyone is doing their part under difficult circumstances. We are doing everything possible to keep business as usual in the village. I thank everyone for their efforts. On that note, please continue wearing your face masks and practicing social distancing. We are heading in a positive direction. Let’s continue our path without any setbacks. Good Health to all!
  • Village of Walden Police Chief Jeffry Holmes- The Village of Maybrook wishes to Congratulate Chief Jeff Holmes of the Walden Police Department. The Village of Walden celebrated Chief Holmes retirement today and his 37 years of service to the community on July 17, 2020. Chief Holmes is a gentleman and well respected in our community. I wish him a happy, healthy, and long retirement with his family! Thank you for your service Chief Holmes!
  • Village of Maybrook Audit– Many may have seen in the local newspapers that the New York State Comptroller’s Office performed an audit on the Village of Maybrook’s finances. The link is available on the Village of Maybrook website as well as the written response I sent which contained the corrective action being taken by the village. Any resident who has any questions, can feel free to contact me directly to discuss them.
  • Village of Maybrook Police Chief Butch Amthor– Today, we have officially received notification from Chief Amthor that he will be retiring from his position of Chief in the Village of Maybrook Police Department. As everyone is aware, Chief Amthor has retired from the Town of Montgomery Police Department and he has accepted a new position as Chief of Police in the City of Newburgh. I will be meeting with the Village Board to discuss options going forward for the Maybrook Police Department. I want to thank Chief Amthor for his dedicated service to the Village of Maybrook. Chief Amthor has expressed that he did not want to retire from the Village of Maybrook Police Department however his new command requires his full attention. Chief Amthor is not only the Chief of Police in our village. He is a friend as well. I wish him all the best in his new command and hope to work again with him in the future.
  • Next Scheduled Village Board Meeting– Our next Village Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 24th 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 August.

Respectfully,

Mayor Dennis Leahy