With Assemblyman Schmitt
On Tuesday, October 20, NYS Assemblyman Schmitt hosted NYS Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay and met with. Rob Jeroloman Supervisor of the Town of Blooming Grove to tour the Town’s water concerns and potential Open Spaces and Woodbury’s Mayor Timothy Egan for a tour of the Town of Woodbury’s Water/Sewer System. These events highlighted the most important basic need of any community – Water!
Both Towns and their Villages are facing future water shortages, the very life of any community.
Assemblyman Schmitt announced at the beginning of this year that for the second year in a row the full bipartisan Orange County Assembly Delegation passed A.7699B, the Orange County Community Preservation Act. This legislation is the result of the Orange County Legislature’s unanimous request to authorize Orange County’s inclusion in the Hudson Valley Community Preservation Act.This legislation has significant and growing bi-partisan support from across the county and state including support from Preserve Chester, Preserve Blooming Grove, Orange County Land Trust, United Monroe, Town of Blooming Grove Town Board, Town of Warwick Town Board, Town of Chester Town Board, Orange County Legislature, The Nature Conservancy of New York, the American Farmland Trust, Environmental Advocates of New York and Scenic Hudson.
Assemblyman Schmitt stated, “The Orange County Community Preservation Act is critical and necessary to protect our open space, water, farmland and preserve our natural resources. Ulster, Putnam and Westchester counties have all been authorized by the New York State Legislature into this critical preservation program. Now it is time that Orange County be given the same fair and equal treatment they have afforded to other counties. I am proud of my efforts to pass this legislation twice in the State Assembly and it is time for the State Senate to get the job done.”
Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay stated, “Assemblyman Colin Schmitt has been the leading voice for Hudson Valley community preservation in the State Assembly. He has tenaciously fought in bipartisan fashion to protect farmland, water and natural resources. I am happy to join him and Supervisor Jeroloman to see firsthand the direct impact this legislation would have on Blooming Grove and the 99th Assembly District. There is critical work to be done, and Colin’s efforts have and will continue to be essential for this community.”
Town of Blooming Grove Supervisor Robert Jeroloman stated,“It was a pleasure to lead Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay on a farmland and aquifer tour today with Assemblyman Colin Schmitt to highlight the importance of land and water preservation here in the Town of Blooming Grove. I appreciate the Assemblyman’s strong advocacy in Albany and bringing in the highest ranking officials to demonstrate just how important it is to preserve our land and natural resources in this region. Today was a step in the right direction for the future of our Town and I thank Assemblyman Schmitt for his continued efforts.”
The Town has had some water issues that are compounded by the run-off from the salt used to deice steep slopes on roads in winter. The Highway Department has switched to a molasses based de-icing formula which saves time, energy, money and pure water. The tour included several areas of potential open spaces that the Conservation Preservation Act would protect for future generations. This bill would provide for a very small tax on newly purchased property, the money from which will be used for the purchase of designated Open Space; an investment by the buyers in maintaining the rural beauty of the area.
Village of Woodbury Mayor Timothy Egan stated, “Today, I was proud to lead Assemblyman Schmitt and Leader Barclay on a tour of Woodbury water wells to discuss one of the biggest challenges we face in the village – water supply and sewer capacity. This is a great example of State and local governments working together to solve really important issues and I appreciate them taking the time to visit the Village of Woodbury.”
The Town of Woodbury’s Water/Sewer System is housed is its original building built in the early 1900’s. Mickie Phillips, the Water Administrator showed the inner workings of the pump house. Currently Pump No. 1 is no longer operational and is by passed using Pumps 2 and 3. The system, updated in the 1960’s desperately needs upgrading. Currently all residents are with water but with the drain of surrounding community wells this may be short lived. Local wells are dug to 400-600’ while surrounding wells are dug 900’ below the Aquafer potentially creating what is called “dead water”, that is water void of minerals essential to our health, such as calcium and magnesium. Woodbury Mayor Timothy Egan stressed the need for funding this project to Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay especially with the new hotels and businesses planned for the Town of Woodbury.
Caption 1: Left to Right: Town of Blooming Grove Supervisor Robert Jeroloman, Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay, and Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt