The leaves are picked up and 6 snow storms have passed. The trees have
been pruned and storm drains repaired. Streets resurfaced, old equipment surplused,
parks preened, neighborhoods patrolled and justice dispensed. Fa-la-la-la! The
holiday season and year’s end met with cheer and gratitude: for our many
accomplishments and our sound balance sheet.
This is a time when the Village, like families, weighs the year and its legacy.
The Village is, in a sense, the extended family of each of us in that our health, safety
and well-being are bound together: the Village to citizens and citizens to the Village.
For yourself, or your family, you set goals and priorities, count your assets, measure
the gap and earn, save or invest to meet those goals. For the Village, the required
maintenance and upkeep so important to our quality of life, is only achieved through
planning, budgeting, management, accountability and evaluation. This is what the
officials, staff and appointees of the Village are all about — meeting the needs of our
residents and the structural requirements of the Village — on time, within budget. And
this has to be done in compliance with local, State and Federal codes that set
standards for the health, safety and well-being of our citizens. No mean feat. I can tell
you that each staff person and board member is working with the personal goal of
protecting and supporting the special charm and appeal that South Nyack possesses. I
see their efforts as not that dissimilar in nature to the devotion and dedication that
family members expend to create and maintain the bonds so valued in family life.
With such strong parallels, I look forward to another new year with a hope for
greater outreach from the Village to its citizenry and greater involvement of our citizens
in Village government.
And on behalf of the Village, I would like to welcome the new neighbors who
moved to South Nyack this year. To you and all residents, best wishes for a very
happy new year!
P.S. The Village website www.SouthNyack.info lists the names and roles of the many
people elected, appointed and employed, who serve the Village.