An important election for this small village is coming up on Tuesday, September 15. Mayor Jim LoFranco is seeking another term, along with 2-term Trustee Sue Anne Vogelsburg. Patricia Morrice is looking to fill the 3rd spot on their “People First” ticket. She was appointed last year when Trustee Jim Mullany passed away. Several candidates who had tried to have Lo Franco and Vogelsburgh’s names removed from the ballot lost their case and while they had signs up near the entrance to the Village for some months and are said to be electioneering house to house without any advertising or online information.
Candidate Abraham Weiss is still on the ballot to be running for the Mayoral spot; however, no contact information or information about his candidacy could be found online.
The election was postponed because of COVID concerns and the Village’s State of Emergency, but will be held on September 15, 2020 at the South Blooming Grove Independence Firehouse from 12:00pm to 9:00 pm. LoFranco points to his Trustees’ accomplishments including:
Merriewold Water Filtration Project approved and started:
• $1M in Grant monies secured for the village.
• Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant awarded for drainage project.
• Annual budget consistently under NYS 2% tax cap.
• Actively pursuing and identifying water sources for the village.
• Village Hall upgrade completed in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act.
• Sears and Green Roads, Michael Court, and Galveston Drive repaved.
• Increased police patrol to ensure the safety of residents.
During Covid 19 Pandemic – Lo Franco says they have:
Constantly updated residents with information received from Orange County and New York State, distributed water to residents during the pandemic, coordinated with local municipalities to ensure the health and safety of the residents. and while practicing social distancing and safety protocols, kept a village staff member available to assist residents.