Mayor's Message



VILLAGE OF MONROE
PUBLIC HEARING
PROPOSED LOCAL LAW
"AUTHORIZING A PROPRTY TAX LEVY IN EXCESS OF LIMIT
ESTABLISHED IN GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW 3-c"


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT, during its January 5, 2021 Board Meeting the Village of Monroe Board of Trustees authorized a Public Hearing to be scheduled on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 6:45 on a proposed Local Law entitled "A Local Law Authorizing a property tax levy in excess of the limit established by General Municipal Law subdivision 5, S. 3-c". The purpose of this proposed Local Law is to allow the Village to override the limit on the amount of real property taxes that may be levied by the Village of Monroe pursuant to General Municipal Law S. 3-c, and to allow the Village of Monroe to adopt a village budget for (a) village purposes and (b) any other special or improvement district governed by the Board of Trustees for the fiscal year 2022 (6/1/21 - 5/31/22) that requires a real property tax levy in excess of the "tax levy limit" as defined by General Municipal Law subdivision 5, S. 3-c.

This Local Law, if adopted, will relieve the Village of the prohibition against increasing a tax levy by more than 2% as imposed by Municipal Law S. 3-c. As the Village of Monroe relies upon the assessments of the Town of Monroe and therefore cannot anticipate the impact of resolutions of tax certiorari matters or other unanticipated expenses, the restrictions o General Municipal Law would potentially impose a great hardship upon the Village or require borrowing otherwise deemed unnecessary.

This public hearing will be held via ZOOM. All interested parties may attend the hearing by videoconferencing or by telephone as follows:

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In accordance with Executive Order 202.1 issued by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on March 12, 2020 suspending the New York State Open Meetings Law (Article 7 of the Public Officers Law) to the extent necessary to permit public bodies to meet and take actions without permitting in public in-person access to meetings and authorizing such meetings to be held remotely by conference call or similar service, physical attendance by the public at the meeting will not be permitted. The public may view or listen to the meeting via Zoom as set forth above and can be accessed by visiting the Village of Monroe website www.villageofmonroe.org

All persons interested in the proposed Local Law may appear in person or by agent. All written communications should be addressed to Mayor Neil S. Dwyer and received prior to the Public Hearing.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
VILLAGE OF MONROE
ANN-MARGRET BAXTER
VILLAGE CLERK


Dated: January 9, 2021



VILLAGE OF MONROE
PUBLIC HEARING
PROPOSED LOCAL LAW
"ADJUSTING THE TERMS OF THE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
MEMBERS AND ALTERNATES TO CORRESPOND TO THE
VILLAGE'S OFFICIAL YEAR"


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT, during its January 5, 2021 Board Meeting the Village of Monroe Board of Trustees authorized a Public Hearing to be scheduled on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 6:50PM on a proposed Local Law entitled "A Local Law Adjusting the Terms of the Zoning Board of Appeals Members and Alternates to Correspond to the Village's Official Year". The purpose of this proposed Local Law is to adjust the terms of the members and alternates of the Village of Monroe Zoning Board of Appeals to correspond with the Village's official year. Pursuant to Village Law §7-712, the ZBA members' terms should run March 31st to April 1st.

This public hearing will be held via ZOOM. All interested parties may attend the hearing by videoconferencing or by telephone as follows:

Join Zoom Meeting
Click here

Meeting ID: 224 158 6816
Password: 851290

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+19292056099,,2241586816#,,1#,851290# US (New York)
+13017158592,,2241586816#,,1#,851290# US (Germantown)

In accordance with Executive Order 202.1 issued by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on March 12, 2020 suspending the New York State Open Meetings Law (Article 7 of the Public Officers Law) to the extent necessary to permit public bodies to meet and take actions without permitting in public in-person access to meetings and authorizing such meetings to be held remotely by conference call or similar service, physical attendance by the public at the meeting will not be permitted. The public may view or listen to the meeting via Zoom as set forth above and can be accessed by visiting the Village of Monroe website www.villageofmonroe.org

All persons interested in the proposed Local Law may appear in person or by agent. All written communications should be addressed to Mayor Neil S. Dwyer and received prior to the Public Hearing.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
VILLAGE OF MONROE
ANN-MARGRET BAXTER
VILLAGE CLERK


Dated: January 9, 2021



VILLAGE OF MONROE
DECLARATION OF LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY



On March 7, 2020, the Governor of the State of New York declared a State disaster emergency for the entire State of New York in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. COVID-19 cases have been documented in the Village of Monroe.

I, Neil S. Dwyer, Mayor of the Village of Monroe, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of New York, hereby find, pursuant to Section 24 of Article 2-B of the Executive Law, do hereby issue a Declaration that a State of Emergency exists in the Village of Monroe. The State of Emergency shall remain in place until December 21, 2020, and may be extended at that time.

Further, I hereby direct all departments and agencies of the Village of Monroe to take whatever steps necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure and provide such emergency assistance as deemed necessary.

SO ORDERED ON NOVEMBER 21, 2020
Neil S. Dwyer, Mayor
Village of Monroe




December 11, 2020

Good Afternoon Neighbors & Friends,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Monroe Fire Department, Monroe Volunteer Ambulance Corp., well as those that provided mutual aid assistance in responding to last night's structure fire on Holland Road.

This was a very aggressive fire and the fire companies did a great job responding and getting it under control while protecting the neighboring homes. While this work was being done, the Village's Water and DPW Departments were called on scene to service a main and fire hydrant issue as well.

The quick response of all Fire Department personnel as well as neighboring companies reminds me how blessed we are to live here in Monroe with these incredibly dedicated volunteer organizations who respond to the call without exception.

Kudos to our DPW and Water Departments as well as the Monroe Police Department for providing their services, a great joint effort.

May God continue to bless all their works in our great community of Monroe.

Sincerely,

Neil S. Dwyer
Mayor


**Photo Credit to former Trustee Irene Conklin**



Frontier Fiber Optic Work
Occurring in the Village of Monroe


December 10, 2020

Good Afternoon Village of Monroe Residents,

Many of you may have already seen trucks in and around the Village of Monroe performing utility work in our neighborhoods and in our streets.

I would like to share with you that this company, SQUAN Solutions, has been contracted on behalf of Frontier Communications to run new fiber optic throughout the Village of Monroe and surrounding areas. There are multiple crews working in multiple areas within our community, and we are working on getting a better idea of where they have already completed work, where they will be working going forward and when. When we have more detailed information we will share it on the Village's website (www.villageofmonroe.org) as well as through Constant Contact.

In many areas these fiber optic cables are being run underground and may result in the utility workers digging in the Village's right of ways. Any disturbance that may be created by this work will be remedied and replaced in kind. Please note that if it requires the replacement of grass, new seed will be planted in the spring when the weather conditions are more accommodating for seed germination.

Should you have any questions regarding this work or any other work that you see occurring in our Village, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. I can be reached by calling the Village of Monroe's Clerk's Office at 782-8341.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while Frontier completes this much needed work.

Sincerely,
Neil S. Dwyer
Mayor






Due to the Corona Pandemic, the NYS Court System has imposed new strict restrictions upon live court appearances in the 9th Judicial District’s Town and Village Courts, effective December 9, 2020.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE MONROE VILLAGE COURT CALENDAR, SCHEDULED FOR 6:00 PM ON DECEMBER 9, 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Kindly contact the Court Clerk’s Office at (845) 782-8721 for further information. Additional updates will be published via the Village’s Constant Contact system, as well as on www.villageofmonroe.com and www.cancellations.com , as this situation develops.

Thank you for your patience and anticipated cooperation.

Please stay safe.

Forrest Strauss
Village Justice






The Village of Monroe Justice Court now takes online payments! Go to www.GovPayNow.com and enter pay location code (PLC): a004-0f (please note the code includes the number 0, not the letter O). All major credit/debit cards are accepted.

A service fee of 2.5% is charged for debit/credit transactions. Neither the Court nor the Village of Monroe receives the fee. The Court also accepts cash or money orders. Please include your case number on money orders or certified checks. No personal checks are accepted. If you have questions you may contact GovPayNow by calling 1 (888) 604-7888.



Dear Neighbors,

Food Distribution

Food distribution for district families will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week until further notice. Distribution sites are Central Valley Elementary, 45 Route 32, Central Valley; North Main Elementary, 212 North Main Street, Monroe; and Smith Clove Elementary, 21 Smith Clove Road, Central Valley.

Please note: Please bring your own bag and wear a face covering (mask, scarf, bandana) at pick-up.

To request special dietary needs, please email [email protected].

Local agencies and food pantries are providing meals on a regular basis. Please view the Community Food Resources page on the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District website for more information.

Free & Reduced School Meals

Children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed or experiences a loss of household income may be eligible for free and reduced price school meals. You may apply at any time during the school year. We urge you to apply as soon as possible so that eligible students can access breakfast and lunch when school resumes. To apply for free or reduced price meals, please click here.

Should you have any question please use this link:

Community Food Resources.

If you need any further assistance please call 845 782 8341 and follow prompts to speak with our Clerk.

I am happy to call you should you have any issue. Ask my clerk for a return phone call and I will gladly reach out to you.

Please stay safe as we continue to work through this event.

God bless you all.




A Message from Village Mayor Neil Dwyer
& the Monroe Downtown Revitalization Committee

In challenging times like these, we all need messages of hope! We would like to join the many communities that are doing a Kindness Rocks project.

Please find a rock and paint it with a design or message of positivity and peace, and place it somewhere on your property – perhaps where your neighbors can easily see it while walking by.

The Village of Monroe would like to invite all those who have made a Kindness Rock to post it on our Village of Monroe NY Facebook page. We would be so happy to share your work. Hopefully we will have an opportunity in the future to display the rocks in our Village parks. Details to come.

You can use acrylic paint, porch paint or even nail polish. Or, if you would like to purchase a rock painting kit, one can be delivered to your home from Monroe’s own “Traveling Teacher.” Kits are $15 each. Call (845) 325- 2110. Or visit Traveling Teacher





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Below is a press release from FEMA regarding a 120-day grace period to renew flood insurance policies. There are over 200 parcels in the Village which are located in a FEMA flood zone and require flood insurance. Flood insurance policies are very costly. It is good to know people have some breathing room!


FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal Premiums

Release date:
March 29, 2020
Release Number:
HQ-20-040

WASHINGTON – FEMA continues to take proactive steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic. To help serve its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) customers who may be experiencing financial hardships, the agency is extending the grace period to renew flood insurance policies from 30 to 120 days. This extension applies to NFIP flood insurance policies with an expiration date between February 13-June 15, 2020.

To avoid a lapse in coverage, there is typically a 30-day grace period to renew policies. However, due to the widespread economic disruption arising from this pandemic, FEMA recognizes that flood insurance policyholders may not meet the standard policy renewal deadline.

“FEMA understands the sense of urgency related to financial hardships and wants to be proactive,” said David Maurstad, deputy associate administrator of FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, who oversees the NFIP. “We want to make sure that policyholders don’t have to worry that their policy will lapse during the spring flood season or into the start of hurricane season. We hope this extension will give policyholders some peace of mind and allow them extra time to renew their policies to ensure they are covered should a flood loss occur.”

For more information about renewing flood insurance policies or resolving an underpayment, policyholders can contact their insurance carriers or call the National Flood Insurance Program Call Center at 1-877-336-2627.



Electronics Recycling for Residents

All Orange County Transfer Stations will be accepting electronics for recycling as of Friday, January 24, 2020.

Accepted items include televisions, printers, fax machines, stereos and stereo equipment, computer monitors and towers, scanners, small servers, cables/wires, laptops, cell and smart phones, tablets, video game consoles, DVD players, VCRs, and digital music players.

Televisions (e.g. Cathode Ray Tubes and flat screens), will be accepted at a rate of $20 per unit with no restriction on size. All other accepted electronics will be received free of charge. Small appliances, microwaves and vacuum cleaners are not included in this program.

Any questions, Orange County Environmental Facilities & Services can be reached directly at 845-291-2640.



The village has been advised by the Department of Environmental Conservation that an Algae Bloom currently exists in pockets of the Millponds. It is a soupy green like substance on top of the water. There are areas in the ponds that are unaffected by this bloom as well. It is a naturally occurring bacteria native to most ponds and lakes throughout the United States. It feeds from the runoff of excess nitrogen and phosphorus from lawn clippings in residential lawns which migrates through our storm water drains, septic leaching, as well as lake vegetation and other nutrient rich biodegradable life.

The environment which allows it to flourish generally is a slow moving, warm, shallow waterway where it can get a lot of sunlight to produce its food. We are in communication with our lake management consultant as well as the DEC. We have been advised that as water and air temperatures begin dropping, the algae bloom will die.

Signs are being posted around the ponds advising you to:
  • Not enter into the water
  • Not come in contact with the water
  • Not drink the water
  • Not fish in the ponds
  • Not allow pets to enter into or drink from the ponds during this period.

  • Should you or your pet come into contact with the algae bloom water, wash thoroughly with fresh water. We expect to see this situation resolve over the next several weeks and we will keep you informed going forward on Constant Contact and the Village of Monroe website.

    I am available through Village Hall, should you wish to speak with me or stop in to Village hall for further assistance or clarification. I am posting as well a link to the DEC website for further information. To view on the DEC website please click here.

    Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.



    Military Tribute Banners
    "Going Above & Beyond to Give Honor to Whom Honor is Due"


    For more information or to sponsor your banner, visit: militarytributebanners.org. Click on Current Programs from the top menu and then select "Monroe, NY".


    Board Meetings


    January 05 - Board of Trustees Meeting via Zoom - 7PM - Agenda
          Meeting ID: 224 158 6816 and Passcode: 851290
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    January 11 - Planning Board Meeting - via Zoom - 7PM - Agenda
          Meeting ID: 818 5697 2689 and Passcode: 946505
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    January 12 - Zoning Board of Appeals via Zoom - 8PM - Agenda
          Meeting ID: 973 2860 1196 and Passcode: 559796
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    January 19 - Board of Trustees Public Hearings via Zoom - 6:45PM -
          Local Law #1 - Tax Cap Override and Local Law #2 - Modification of ZBA Terms - 8 PM - Agenda
          Meeting ID: 224 158 6816 and Passcode: 851290
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    January 26 - Planning Board Meeting - via Zoom - 7PM

    Meeting agendas are posted 24 hours prior to the meeting date.



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