Washingtonville Village Board Discusses Full Agenda
By Eugenia Moskowitz
At the village work session on Feb. 5, Mayor Joe Bucco appointed Val Laudato to fill the vacant trustee seat left by Tom DeVinko when he shifted over to the Town of Blooming Grove. Elections to fill two trustee seats in Washingtonville will take place on Mar. 20 from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m. at Village Hall, 9 Fairlawn Drive. Four election inspectors have been appointed, and all residents are urged to come out and exercise their right to vote.
Laudato, a long time village resident, is a graphics designer by profession and has a son who is a member of the National Art Honor Society at Washingtonville High School. She has designed gratis many of the new village logos seen around town, including the new Washingtonville village hall graphic as well as the images for the Farmers Market and for Placemaking. She has been actively attending village meetings over the past five years and said, “It is an honor to be appointed as a trustee by Mayor Bucco. This village board is an amazing team and I am excited to work with them helping our village thrive while maintaining what they’ve already accomplished in the year they’ve been in office. They have ushered in a new vibrancy to the village, one I am excited to be a part of.”
After the ceremony, Bucco thanked the Run for Fun organizers of the Hot Chocolate 5K held in the village on Feb. 4, which he and his wife Leanne took part in along with trustee Diane Mack.
Bucco announced that a driving survey through the village will take place shortly to target which streets and sidewalks are in need of repair or replacement. He advised the public to please see the village website for the dates as they become available.
Deputy Mayor Paul Lang said that vehicle and traffic fines are now $50 for violations, and will be enforced by Washingtonville Police Department officers. A new 2018 Ford Interceptor vehicle has been lease-purchased by the Washingtonville Police Department.
Trustee Mack said that certain streetlights that are out have been reported to Orange & Rockland and should be fixed shortly. She urged residents to take note of any lights that are out, jot down the address or cross-streets, and tell village hall.
The Solar Law public hearing will take place on Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Village Hall. The public is welcome to attend.
CAPTION: Newly appointed Washingtonville village trustee Val Laudato with her husband Marcello and Mayor Joe Bucco after being sworn in at Village Hall on Feb. 5.
(Photo by Eugenia Moskowitz)