By Michael P. Sweeton
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Week of October 23, 2016
On Thursday evening, October 27th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall I will present the current status of the 2017 Town Budget. As you may or may not know the NYS imposed tax cap, which was billed as a “2% cap”, is this year actually a 0.7% cap. With the state mandated increase in health and retirement costs for the Police Department alone exceeding this amount, it has made it difficult to craft a budget that maintains basic services while only increasing 0.7%. The Town Board, however, continues to work towards that goal and will present options that evening.
Congratulations to Claire Gabelmann on being named the Warwick Rotary 2017 Citizen of the Year. Claire has served her community through the Mustard Seed Migrant Ministry, Warwick Lions and the Warwick in Bloom committee. Rotary also recognized two residents for Outstanding Community Service. George Arnott, a 37 year member of the Warwick Police Department, is most notable for his leadership in creating the very moving monument to the seven Warwick residents who lost their lives on 9/11. George McManus, a 15 year member of the Warwick School Board and current Village of Warwick Trustee, is also a Warwick Lion who has spearheaded so many of their great projects. Congratulations to all, and thank you for your commitment to our Town.
The Town and its Villages will impose a Halloween curfew from 8:00 p.m. Sunday, October 30th , until 6:00 a.m. Monday, October 31st, and from 8:00 p.m. Monday, October 31st, to 6:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 1st. This will ensure that our young people have a safe and secure Trick or Treat experience.
“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”
By John F. Kennedy (35th President, 1961-1963)
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Highway.