Mayor’s Report

Mayor Dennis K. Leahy

Village of Maybrook Board Meeting

Monday, September 28, 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.

  1. COVID-19 Update- As of today Monday, September 28, 2020, there have been 12,078 positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Orange County since the pandemic started this past March. Since our last Village Board Meeting held on September 14th there has been an increase of 425 new COVID-19 cases in the County.  692 of the COVID-19 cases are in the Town of Montgomery. There have been 499 deaths reported however there have been 9 deaths reported since July 24, 2020. 34 people are hospitalized, 20 of those 34 tested positive for COVID-19 while 14 had symptoms. There are 44% ICU beds available in the County. The County Executive Steve Neuhaus has assured me that the County is doing everything possible to address the hot spots in the County. The message I send to residents this evening is to please continue to wear your masks and continue the practice of social distancing. We will continue to monitor the numbers as we move forward. The numbers are updated on the Village website and Facebook Page daily. Be safe and good health to all!
  2. “National Substance Abuse” Month- National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those living in recovery. Addiction and mental health disorders are a serious problem in our country, but there is hope! The Village of Maybrook’s close partnership with Hope Not Handcuffs provides a way for those suffering with addiction to get the help they need. We are here to help. I am very proud of our association with “Hope NOT Handcuffs” My friend, Annette Kahrs and the many volunteers from “Hope NOT Handcuffs” have worked many hours to grow this program throughout the Hudson Valley. I cannot thank them enough for their efforts in helping others who suffer from addiction. I’m very proud our village was one of the first to sign on. Keep up the great work!
  3. October is “Breast Cancer Awareness” -MonthThe month of October is “Breast Cancer Awareness” in the Village of Maybrook. Pink ribbons will be place at the Maybrook Government Center for awareness in the village. Breast Cancer Awareness is an annual international health campaign organized every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. We are proud to sponsor “Breast Cancer Awareness” in our village and hope it encourages women to realize the importance of early detection and screening.
  4. New Sidewalks on Country Club Drive- On Monday, September 21st, new sidewalks were installed on Country Club Drive connecting Ted Miller Drive and Homestead Avenue. This was paid for through a Dormitory Authority State of New York (DASNY) Grant through Senator William Larkin in 2015. We are currently looking into starting and completing the replacement of sidewalks on Homestead Avenue between Oak St. and Williams St. This also a DASNY Grant that was secured by Senator James Skoufis this past year. Our Village Engineer Sean Hoffman is working on the permits with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). We will keep residents along Homestead Avenue updated as we move along. Our hope is to get them completed before winter.
  5. Maybrook Troop 236 “35th Annual Awards Dinner”- On Friday, September 25th, I had the honor of attending the Maybrook Troop 236 Scouts “35th Annual Awards Dinner” which was originally scheduled to be held in June but due to COVID-19, it was postponed. This was an abbreviated Awards Dinner compared to the ones held previously however with masks being worn and social distancing, the event was a success and the kids in the troop had closure from their previous year of hard work.  As always, I wish to thank Scoutmasters Bill Giannico and Abby Williams and the Emeritus Scoutmaster Jim Barnett for all you do for the youth in our community. Congratulations to all of the scouts on a great year despite the circumstances of COVID-19.
  6. Village of Maybrook “Fall” Community Wide Yard Sale- The Village of Maybrook “Fall” Community Wide Sale is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd throughout the village from 8 am to 3 pm. All residents are welcome to participate.
  7. Village of Maybrook/VFW Post 2064 “Run for Homeless Heroes 5k Race and Walk”- The Village of Maybrook/VFW Post 2064 “Run for Homeless Heroes” 5k walk and race is cancelled this year due to COVID-19. We hope and look forward to resuming this event again next year.
  8. Maybrook Community Shred Day- Community Shred Day will be held on Friday, October 16th at the Maybrook Government Center from 8 am to noon. All residents are welcome to safely discard important personal information free of charge.
  9. Women’s Recreation Softball- Women’s Recreation Softball had a great season and tomorrow their season will end on Tuesday, September 29th.  I spoke with a few of the ladies and they were very appreciative for allowing them to continue play for an additional two weeks. I know many are looking for extra activities to do during COVID-19 and I am pleased we were able to accommodate a revised program.
  10. Village Elections– I want to thank the many residents who took time out of their day and exercised their right to vote for the Village Elections held on September 15th even though I ran unopposed. Your support is very appreciated, and I look forward to continuing our village on the path of revitalization.
  11. Closed for Columbus Day- The Village of Maybrook Government Center and George C. Bullis Community Center will be closed on Monday, October 12th in observance of Columbus Day.
  12. Next Scheduled Village Board Meeting- Our next Village Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 14th at 7 pm. The meeting will be held on Wednesday due to the Columbus Day holiday on Monday. 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. Also please stay in touch with the Village of Maybrook website and Facebook Page for updates on COVID-19 and village events.

Respectfully,

Mayor Dennis Leahy