Hello friends, neighbors and residents. As I write this message, I’m looking forward to Spring; hoping that our Brookville Blizzard and the storms that followed are a thing of the past. I’m also delighted to share some good news: The State of the Village of Brookville is good and getting better.
First: Not only will there be no tax hike again this year, but our tax rate is lower than in our neighboring Villages, giving us an exceptional advantage in economic development. This is evident in the recent building explosion. There are seven new homes
currently being built and that increases property values throughout the Village.
Second: According to the OBPD, crime in our Village is at an all-time low. Even though we haven’t had any auto thefts recently, it continues to be a problem in nearby communities. The majority of these thefts were made possible because owners left keys in parked vehicles. Make it a habit to lock your car & take your keys — even in your garage.
Third: I have been working with PSE&G to keep power lines off the trees. I’m pleased to report that Brookville hasn’t experienced any significant power outages, thanks to that effort. Even in these last storms, with heavy wet snow, we were able to escape the customary power outages.
Fourth: Although Nassau-owned Wheatley Road is an exception, the state of our Village roads is steadily improving. As you are all aware, major improvement work on Wheatley has been in progress — and it is not without delays and disruptions. Serious problems were encountered in the resurfacing program when the proximity of gas and water mains interfered with the progress of road repairs. NC, working in conjunction with Jericho Water and National Grid, was finally able to solve the utility problems so the permanent repairs can now move forward.
Due to the horrendous condition of Wheatley Road, temporary repairs consisting of patching and resurfacing were done pending the restart of the main plan this Spring. This will include diffusion
wells – which will effect a permanent solution to the drainage problems that have plagued the area. You have all been extremely patient and courteous and I thank you for your continued support.
Concerning our own Village road improvement program, we’ve already resurfaced some roads, and come warmer weather, will be doing more. This should result in much improved driving conditions around the Village.
Fifth: Our Deputy Mayor and Park Commissioner, Caroline Bazzini has been working tirelessly to improve and beautify our Brookville Nature Park (BNP) on Brookville Road. The BNP is getting a face-lift – we’re cleaning up and clearing dead trees by the corral. Future plans include flower beds, new fencing, walking trails, benches, etc. (See p. 10 for an update.) And on’t forget: Caroline is running for re-election.
Finally, as we welcome Spring, I’d like to remind everyone to help keep Brookville beautiful by fixing broken fences caused by the winter weather. Remember, everyone’s curb appeal combined, equals an appealing Village for us all. Happy Leap Year!
Daniel H. Serota