Washingtonville Gets $3.2M Grant for Sewer
By Eugenia Moskowitz
New York State has granted mid-Hudson communities a total of $34 million for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements. On Oct. 5, Mayor Joe Bucco, who took office last March and whose team has been applying for various grants for the village since then, received a phone call from the governor’s office informing him that the village of Washingtonville will receive a $3,240,377 million grant to be used in the expansion and upgrade of its sewer treatment plant. “This plant has been under DEC scrutiny for the last 10 to 15 years over several administrations, with the village paying fine after fine,” Bucco said. “That had to stop. Past administrations had gotten the DEC to trim potential fines of $77k to $22k in return for a pledge to upgrade the plant, a pledge then ignored for years. The plant never should have gotten to the condition its in.”
In addition, smoke testing began along village of Washingtonville sewer lines on Oct. 9. The simple process of blowing smoke into the pipes through manholes tests to find any extraneous surface storm water inflow into the system. “No one remembers if this free test was ever done,” Bucco said. “Inflow leaks mean we are treating rain and surface water and we shouldn’t be.” The report will be made public when completed.Reducing flows into the sewer plant means saving on operating costs and increasing the longevity of the system, thus reducing the amount of money the village needs to spend on its maintenance. “We are addressing and fixing our infrastructure,” Bucco said.
Washingtonville’s first annual Walk For Our Heroes will take place on Oct. 21 (rain date Nov. 4). Organized by Washingtonville girl scouts in association with Mayor Bucco, the village of Washingtonville, and boy scouts, all are welcome to honor police officers by walking from Vern Allen Park to Memorial Park starting at 10:00 a.m. Suggested donation is $5 per walker or $20 per family with all proceeds going to the three children of slain NYPD officer and single mom of three Miosotis Familia, who was shot and killed last summer while sitting in her police vehicle. For more information, contact Colleen Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org (spelled exactly as printed here, with one L).
Washingtonville is making its way to the silver screen with two movies currently being shot in the area. The Irishman, a crime film directed by Martin Scorsese starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Romano, will film at Weir’s Ice Cream stand on Route 94, where set design constructing a mini-golf putting green has begun. The film is about mob hit man Frank Sheeran’s involvement in the killing of Jimmy Hoffa. Mr. Weir said the film crew expressed interest in his shop’s immediate grounds as well as the woods and creek just behind it, and that he is eager to see the filming take place at the shop that has been in his family for decades.
The other film, Escape at Dannemora, directed by Ben Stiller and starring Benecio DelToro, Paul Dano, and Patricia Arquette, is being shot in Salisbury Mills around the Moodna train trestle and at various houses in that immediate area. Residents have been approached by Stiller at their doors, or via letters in their mailboxes, expressing interest in filming inside their homes.
The celebs have also been seen in area eateries including Billy Joe’s Ribworks at the Newburgh Waterfront and Painter’s Restaurant in Cornwall-On-Hudson.
Finally, the village has unveiled its new interactive website at http://www.washingtonville-ny.gov. The website is fully modern and accessible through any device, and on it can be found links to village, community, and civic places of interest.
CAPTION: Smoke testing has begun along sewer lines in the village of Washingtonville to detect storm water leaks into the system. Locating and sealing such leaks reduces liquid volume into sewer plant facilities, thus extending their life. (Photo provided)