Chester Police Department and Senior Center Move Into Beautiful New Digs
By Edie Johnson
It has been years in the making, and saving grant after grant and crafting numerous new designs, but the very active Chester Senior Center has a lovely new senior building, and a big crowd came to attend its Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting on Monday. It is a sister-building of sorts with the new Police Department building of the same style. Along with Chester Supervisor, Alex Jamieson, who did the red ribbon cutting honors, and Town Engineer Al Fusco who Jamieson said had to work with 8 or 9 different iterations of the plan, officials came from near and far, including County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Senator Bill Larkin, Legislator John Vero (who along with Neuhaus had helped get the grants, Councilman Tom Basile who is running for the 39th District senate seat, Chester council members Bob Valentine, Ryan Wensley, Cindy Smith, Brendan Medican, Town Clerk Linda Zappala for dealing with the mountain of paperwork, Highway Superintendent Anthony LaSpina who did work on the foundations and parking lots, Village of Chester Mayor Tom Bell who helped with the water connections, Chester Police representatives, who will celebrate their new digs in the coming weeks, and all other town employees.
Legislator John Vero gave a Silver Community Service Award to Jamieson and the seniors for the hard work which involved literally dozens of meetings with seniors, town board and zoning sessions, sessions with the county and contractors.
Steve Neuhaus said the accomplishment of these two buildings is a highlight of Alex Jamieson’s work as Supervisor to date. Jamieson gave praise to the Community Block Grant program which in large part paid for the construction, allowing these important town buildings to be built with no increase in taxes to residents. He gave credit to Chester’s lively, active and involved seniors who were the inspiration for the project, and Verticon General Contractors who built it.
In the future, the expansive kitchen and recreational activities will include walking trails and more. A special feature that will be prominently displayed is a large collage display showing the many steps in this 2-year construction process.
New Police Department building is the same style and backs the new Senior Center.
County Exec, Steve Neuhaus celebrated the opening with Chief Danny Doellinger, two of his officers and candidate for 39th senate district Tom Basile
Rec office and kitchen will plan and make meals and set yearly recreation plans.
Photo at top: Supervisor Alex Jamieson does the ceremonial ribbon-cutting with Councilman Bob Valentine, Senator Bill Larkin, Councilman Brendan Medican (behind), County Exec Steve Neuhaus, and Orange County Legislator John Vero