Daniel H. Serota
Hello friends, neighbors and residents of Brookville.
At last it’s beginning to look like Spring in our beautiful Village. As we prepare for more time outdoors, I’d like to update you on some of the activities that are happening around the Village.
If you haven’t been, it’s worth a trip over to our Brookville Nature Park at 195 Brookville Road. As you know from previous Voice stories, we are mandated by the Federal Parklands to improve this passive parkland. I’m proud to say work is underway and it is really beginning to take shape under the guiding hands of Deputy Mayor and Parks Commissioner, Caroline Bazzini who has been working tirelessly along with our Village Superintendent, Tim Dougherty, and Trustee and Road Commissioner, Rob Antonucci, our hard-working road crew Rich Holdcroft and Alan Robbins along with others to get Phase I ready by September 24th, the date of our first picnic. Hope you can all attend and see for yourselves.
As you can read about elsewhere in this publication, building construction and improvements are being made all over Brookville. This contributes to higher real estate values for all and helps to keep your taxes stable.
I know we all look forward to the completion of Wheatley Road. It’s been an ordeal beyond what anyone thought — but for the first time I can report that Nassau County and Jericho Water District have come to a resolution and a new paved road is well in sight, finally. The Jericho Water District (JED) will install some 200 ft. of new water mains replacing the very old existing pipes. Once JWD is finished with the installation the County contractors will be back to complete the drainage work so that the resurfacing can take place. Unfortunately, the road will continue to be closed on and off for the next month or two, before the milling and resurfacing gets done. I will email residents with updates and as soon as I get confirmation that the resurfacing can begin. It will be a welcome sight for us all.
Route 107 continues to have major issues that I will be working with NYS DOT to get repaired. We will plan around the Wheatley Road project and hopefully get both roads completed by the time schools reopen in the fall.
Renovations at the Old Brookville Police Department have been completed and the new alteration constitutes a vast improvement of the old OBPD building. Our 2016 Budget was adopted at the Board of Trustees Meeting on April 26, 2016 and I’m happy to report that our Village continues to be debt free and expenditures are basically flat from last year despite having to budget more on roads as we continue our resurfacing program. This was accomplished by prioritizing each budget item and cutting spending wherever possible. Thank you to the residents who have been working on fixing their fences as it is important to our landscape, so keep up the good work.
As always, I can be reached at MayorSerota@villageofbrookville.com.