Daniel H. Serota
Hello Neighbors and Friends --
I have been serving as your Mayor for four years and it has been a life-defining honor for me. I thank you all with great humility and deepest affection. With elections just around the corner, I hope you will turn out to vote.
In the meantime, there has been a lot going on in our Village, so let me bring you up to date:
1. After six months of arduous
negotiations, working in conjunction with Deputy Mayor and Police Commissioner Caroline Bazzini, a new five- year, intermunicipal agreement has been struck with the other five participating Villages. I am pleased to say that even allowing for an anticipated overall increase to the Police budget, and to ours, that the OBPD will continue to provide us with the protection and security that we all deserve with NO tax rate increase to our residents.
2. The Zoning Board application by the JCC to expand their facilities was denied. (See story P 10.)
3. We continue our work at the Brookville Nature Park, on the DPW building located there, the picnic area and the horse trails. Plans for further improvements include an electronic gate, security cameras, and updated utilities.
4. Assuming no more major storms, we are well below budget for our snow removal and road salting/sanding program. Much credit goes to our Storm Team, headed by Tim Dougherty, and to our Road Crew.
5. The 2017 Road Resurfacing program has begun with an engineering review and more of your Village roads will be resurfaced in the Spring. I will continue to work with the NYS DOT to help ensure continued improvements on Route 107.
6. I have received a number of emails from concerned residents about a proposed 24/7 Bolla gas station at Rte 107 and Cedar Swamp Road where the old Gulf station used to be. Upon further investigation, I find that currently there are no plans for such a station at that location.
7. On March 2nd, there was a Public Hearing in Upper Brookville limited solely to commencing the environmental review for a major expansion of the Chabad House on Cedar Swamp Road across from Old Wheatley Road. Future hearings will be scheduled at which time all public input will be heard. (See P9.)
8. I know I’ve said this many times before but it bears repeating: With spring just around the corner, it’s time to repair your fences. There are unsightly ones all around the Village. Please mend them timely so that we can cross your name off our list of “Broken Fences.” Thank you.
9. Last but not least, I am proudest to report that the fiscal state of our Village is sound and again, I anticipate no tax rate increase for our upcoming 2017/18 Budget which is due, in great part, to the hard work of your Village government.
Speaking of Village Government, it’s up to you to determine who’s in it. Election Day for the Office of the Mayor, and three other Village Officials will be March 21, 2017 at Lutheran High School.
On April 27, 2017 we hold our annual Organization Meeting. The location is still to be finalized but it will begin at 6:30 PM. All residents are invited.This will be a great chance for you to meet your elected officials and to observe the swearing-in of your Village Government.
As always, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.