I am proud to say that since beginning my term in 2013, the Village of Brookville has undergone many improvements. We have succeeded in restoring the beauty of our Village after the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Thanks to the Old Brookville Police Department, we have been able to preserve our Village’s upstanding safety record and in keeping our promise of fiscal responsibility, our tax rate has not increased and the 2015-2016 budget was approved without any need to borrow from outside sources to balance it or pay our bills. The village office has been reorganized to increase efficiency and maximize staff productivity. Additionally, an Office of Emergency Management has been created with appointed director, Bob Spina. We have set OEM systems in place to prevent issues that were raised in passed storms and will increase our level of preparedness. While these past 3 years under my leadership have been constructive and prosperous for the Village of Brookville, none of this could have been accomplished without the group of hard working and industrious people serving our residents. However, there is always more we can do.
Recently, we have been busy with a number of new endeavors. Much needed improvements to Wheatley Road are currently underway to repair the many potholes and rough patches of pavement due to prior harsh winters. Note that there will be intermittent shut downs of Wheatley Road starting June, 2015 from the intersections of Wheatley and Whitney Road to Wheatley and Cedar Swamp Road from 7am to 3:30pm. Local traffic will be allowed which will include homeowners, mail service, buses and landscapers/contractors. All emergency vehicles will have access at all times. We are hoping that the project will be completed before September when the schools busses come out in full force.
After many months of negotiations, we are proud to announce the proposed 16-story Old Westbury Water Tower will now be built underground. Additionally, this spring brought with it a renewal of construction and home improvement in our community. We are aware of recent complaints regarding poor cell phone service on Route 107 and are working with the appropriate authorities to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Lastly, we ask all residents to please keep in mind that hurricane season is approaching and to prepare accordingly. Basic emergency supplies should include a supply of water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, and a first aid kit. In order to receive emergency updates, go to villageofbrookville.com and register your email. Contact L.I. Power Authority (LIPA) in the event of a local emergency at 1-800-490-0075 or 631-755-6900.
On a personal note, people always ask me why I got involved in Village government. I believe that public service is a noble calling and I am happy to give back to our community. I have been a resident of Brookville for over 20 years with my lovely wife, Cherie and our three sons, Stephen, Jonathan, and Chase. I am proud to serve our Village. To quote President John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” It may sound corny, but I truly believe in those words, and I believe in giving back. It has been my pleasure serving you over these past three years and I look forward to continue to do so. Thank you.
Daniel H. Serota