From the Mayor's Desk


Village Of Haverstraw


Michael Kohut

   Spring is here and has always signified rebirth and optimism.  There is a great deal to be optimistic about in the Village of Haverstraw.  We survived a year of seemingly constant disruptions caused by infrastructure repairs in the village – where I think we all thought every single road in the village was torn up, which inconvenienced everybody at one point or another.  Almost all of those various projects are now complete.  We have allowed the ditches to settle through a winter and rainy season, which means we can now resurface those roads that have been so horribly chopped up.  We intend to start this process in late Spring into Summer.

   Likewise, we have our Spring clean-up starting with the Great American Clean-up on April 19th.  We are coordinating efforts through the Haverstraw Center.  If you would like to help, you can contact the center at 845-429-5731.

   We have started some new extended office hours for Village Hall.  On the first and third Mondays of each month we will be open from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM.  The Building Department will extend their hours on the first Thursday of each month until 7:00 PM.  The Board of Trustees will have public hours on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon when you can meet with at least some of us and speak with us in a less formal setting.  I am also available in the Village Hall on a daily basis during regular business hours if you wish to call for an appointment or just stop in.

   Although we are very sorry to see the Iron Horse Antiques store leaving the Village (they are moving to Greenwood Lake, so you can visit them there), we hear their space may be re-rented to a restaurant.  We would like to welcome to our village a new Ecuadoran restaurant, La Cascada which opened at 35 Main Street.  Additionally, there is a latin take-out restaurant planned for Broadway near Broadway Pizza and don’t forget to visit our existing restaurants such as Latin Star, Civile’s, Bricktown Brewery, Off the Hook, Union, Soupstone Café, LaDona, Anabella’s and all the rest.

   Our Streetscapes project is progressing, although much slower than everyone has hoped.  The design has been completed and now requires the coordination and approval of New York State Department of Transportation.  Only then can construction documents be drawn and the contracts put out to bid.  With any kind of luck, we may break ground before the end of 2008.

   Also, Ginsburg Development and the Village are working toward relocating the Ferry Pier to the foot of Main Street onto the Chair Factory property by Summer of 2009.  The site plan for this area also calls for a restaurant and catering facility to be designed and owned by world famous restauranteur Buzzy O’Keefe.

   So, as you can see, there is a lot to be hopeful for this Spring and the rest of the coming year as the Village continues to work hard to make everyday life a little better for everyone.  We ask that you try and do the same in your own neighborhoods.

                                                                                                Mayor Michael F. Kohut