Mayor's Message


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on November 12, 2020, at 6:00 P.M., the Board of Trustees of the Village of Monroe shall hold a special meeting to hear the appeal of Michael Hagopian, Sr., owner of Loyal Tire & Auto Center, INC. and Appel automotive INC., DBA Apple Auto Body, located at 320 Route 17M, Monroe, New York 10950, from the suspension of his Towing Licenses for alleged violations of the Village’s Towing Law. Said suspensions remain lifted during the pendency of the appeal.

The hearing shall be held at Village Hall. Because the purpose of the meeting is quasi-judicial in nature, the meeting shall be closed to the public.

Dated: October 20, 2020



The Village of Monroe Board of Trustees
is currently seeking Village residents to fill vacancies on the
Monroe Joint Parks and Recreation Commission.

The MJPRC meets the fourth Monday of the month at the Smith's
Clove Park Recreation Office.

Interested Village of Monroe residents should
send their letter of interest no later than October 30, 2020:

Mayor Neil Dwyer
c/o Ann-Margret Baxter, Village Clerk
7 Stage Road
Monroe, NY 10950

Schedule of Events:

12:00pm United Martial Arts Center of Monroe
1:00pm Sheahan-Gormley School of Irish Dance
3:00pm Andres Vahos Percussion Group "The Quarantine Collective"
4:00pm Orange County School of Dance
6:00pm Monroe-Woodbury Girl Scouts Pumpkin Blaze

Downtown Dining open - Planet Pizza, Artyxs, Amendola's, Plum House and LoveBites Cafe

Costume Photo Contest - Halloween Haunted House Cake Raffle

Rain Date October 31st

Dear Village of Monroe Resident,

I have received word from O&R that there will be a one-time bill credit for 72-hour or longer outages during Hurricane Isaias.

Customers who lost power for three consecutive days (72 hours) or more due to Tropical Storm Isaias will receive a one-time credit, resulting in a reduction on bills issued between October and November 2020, the company announced today.

This one-time credit will offset fixed-monthly customer charges based on 30 days of service. Credit will be based on a pro-rata reduction in 30-day fixed charges based on customers’ average outage duration. Additionally, lower energy consumption due to the outage also will result in reduced charges.

Residential customers will receive a $2.60 to $5.85 credit against the $19.50 monthly customer charge depending on outage length, while small- and medium-size business customers will receive $2.27 to $8.17 against the $21.00 monthly charge. Larger commercial customers will receive similar credits based on service classification.

The monthly delivery-charge reductions are in addition to company reimbursements announced on August 8 for food and prescription medicine spoilage for those enduring a two-day-or-more power loss because of Tropical Storm Isaias.

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, is a regulated utility. O&R provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange & Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company) and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York.

Neil Dwyer
Village of Monroe

Village of Monroe
Unofficial Results of the General Election

September 16, 2020

The unofficial results of the General Election of the Village of Monroe held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 are as follows:

Trustee Candidates (2) - Four-Year Term Each
Lorraine Loening - 118 votes
John M. Karl III - 312 votes
Irene Conklin - 210 votes
Debra E. Behringer - 240 votes

Village Justice (1) - Four-Year Term
Forrest Strauss - 281 votes


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 October 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.

Neil S. Dwyer, Mayor
Village of Monroe

The full list of dates include:
8/21 - 8/22
8/28 - 8/29
9/4 - 9/5
9/11 - 9/12
9/18 - 9/19
9/25 - 9/26

The Village of Monroe Justice Court now takes online payments! Go to 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:

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.

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    Board Meetings

    October 06 - Board of Trustees Meeting - 7PM - Agenda
    October 13 - Zoning Board of Appeals - 8PM - Agenda
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    October 19 - Planning Board Meeting - 7PM - Agenda
    October 20 - Board of Trustees Meeting via Zoom - 7PM Agenda
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