Mayor's Message

Planning Board Workshop
Cancelled for Tonight
November 23, 2020

Dear Village of Monroe Residents,

Tonight's Village of Monroe Planning Board Workshop has been cancelled due to a conflict with the Village Consultant.
The Workshop has been rescheduled for Wednesday, 11/25 at 7PM.
Our apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Very truly yours,

Neil S. Dwyer
Mayor, Village of Monroe

November 20, 2020

Dear Village of Monroe Residents,

The Department of Public Works has begun their annual leaf pickup within the Village and have been through all our streets and neighborhoods at least once already.

At this time we anticipate that leaf collection will continue through the first weekend in December. As the end date gets closer, or should DPW choose to extend pickup past this time, an additional notification will be sent out.

Just as a reminder ~ residents are not required to bag their leaves. We ask that you simply rake them to the curb and they will be picked up. However, if you choose to bag your leaves, please use recyclable bags and be aware that the bags will be emptied and left on your property.

Please remember that only leaves are to be left at the curb and not to include things like grass clippings or tree limbs. Items such as this will clog the machinery and hinder the work of the DPW.

If you have any questions, please contact the Highway Department at 845-782-8341.


Neil S. Dwyer


The Village of Monroe Planning Board is seeking to fill the position of part time SECRETARY, working directly with the Chairman of the Planning Board, Board Members, Attorney and applicants.

The Planning Board Secretary is responsible for:
- Preparation of meeting agendas;
- Publication of agendas and setting public hearings;
- Taking generalized minutes at public meetings;
- Transcription of minutes;
- Preparation of written decisions
- Filing decisions in appropriate departments and contacting applicants in writing regarding decisions;
- Attendance at two evening meetings a month.

Applicants must possess:
- Exceptional written, organizational and communication skills;
- Strong technical skills with an understanding of Microsoft Word, Excel, QuickBooks, and Adobe Acrobat full program;
- Familiarity with OneDrive and ZOOM;
- Administrative/Office experience;
- Municipal and/or Land Use experience is a plus.

The Orange County Application for Employment can be downloaded by clicking here, or picked up in the Village Clerk's Office, 7 Stage Road Monroe, NY. Candidates will be subject to an appropriate background check. Village residents are preferred. Send resume and cover letter to the attention of Mayor Neil S. Dwyer c/o Village Clerk Baxter, Village of Monroe, 7 Stage Road, Monroe, NY 10950 no later than November 12, 2020.


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Planning Board work session scheduled for November 18, 2020 and the regular meeting scheduled for November 23, 2020 are hereby canceled. All public hearings including the Amended Site Plan application for an accessory apartment to be located at 43 Freeland Street and Site Plan and Special Use Permit for Spring Hill Apartments (SBL 207-4-11.1 & 15) are adjourned until December 14, 2020.

Members of the Planning Board will convene on November 18th and November 23rd at 7 p.m. solely for purposes of required training.

Dated: October 29, 2020



On March 7, 2020, the Governor of the State of New York declared a State disaster emergency for the entire State of New York in response to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. COVID-19 cases have been documented in the Village of Monroe.

I, Neil S. Dwyer, Mayor of the Village of Monroe, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of New York, hereby find, pursuant to Section 24 of Article 2-B of the Executive Law, do hereby issue a Declaration that a State of Emergency exists in the Village of Monroe. The State of Emergency shall remain in place until November 21, 2020, and may be extended at that time.

Further, I hereby direct all departments and agencies of the Village of Monroe to take whatever steps necessary to protect life and property, public infrastructure and provide such emergency assistance as deemed necessary.

Neil S. Dwyer, Mayor
Village of Monroe

The Village of Monroe Justice Court now takes online payments! Go to and enter pay location code (PLC): a004-0f (please note the code includes the number 0, not the letter O). All major credit/debit cards are accepted.

A service fee of 2.5% is charged for debit/credit transactions. Neither the Court nor the Village of Monroe receives the fee. The Court also accepts cash or money orders. Please include your case number on money orders or certified checks. No personal checks are accepted. If you have questions you may contact GovPayNow by calling 1 (888) 604-7888.

Dear Neighbors,

Food Distribution

Food distribution for district families will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week until further notice. Distribution sites are Central Valley Elementary, 45 Route 32, Central Valley; North Main Elementary, 212 North Main Street, Monroe; and Smith Clove Elementary, 21 Smith Clove Road, Central Valley.

Please note: Please bring your own bag and wear a face covering (mask, scarf, bandana) at pick-up.

To request special dietary needs, please email [email protected].

Local agencies and food pantries are providing meals on a regular basis. Please view the Community Food Resources page on the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District website for more information.

Free & Reduced School Meals

Children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed or experiences a loss of household income may be eligible for free and reduced price school meals. You may apply at any time during the school year. We urge you to apply as soon as possible so that eligible students can access breakfast and lunch when school resumes. To apply for free or reduced price meals, please click here.

Should you have any question please use this link:

Community Food Resources.

If you need any further assistance please call 845 782 8341 and follow prompts to speak with our Clerk.

I am happy to call you should you have any issue. Ask my clerk for a return phone call and I will gladly reach out to you.

Please stay safe as we continue to work through this event.

God bless you all.

A Message from Village Mayor Neil Dwyer
& the Monroe Downtown Revitalization Committee

In challenging times like these, we all need messages of hope! We would like to join the many communities that are doing a Kindness Rocks project.

Please find a rock and paint it with a design or message of positivity and peace, and place it somewhere on your property – perhaps where your neighbors can easily see it while walking by.

The Village of Monroe would like to invite all those who have made a Kindness Rock to post it on our Village of Monroe NY Facebook page. We would be so happy to share your work. Hopefully we will have an opportunity in the future to display the rocks in our Village parks. Details to come.

You can use acrylic paint, porch paint or even nail polish. Or, if you would like to purchase a rock painting kit, one can be delivered to your home from Monroe’s own “Traveling Teacher.” Kits are $15 each. Call (845) 325- 2110. Or visit Traveling Teacher

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Below is a press release from FEMA regarding a 120-day grace period to renew flood insurance policies. There are over 200 parcels in the Village which are located in a FEMA flood zone and require flood insurance. Flood insurance policies are very costly. It is good to know people have some breathing room!

FEMA Extends Grace Period for Flood Insurance Renewal Premiums

Release date:
March 29, 2020
Release Number:

WASHINGTON – FEMA continues to take proactive steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic. To help serve its National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) customers who may be experiencing financial hardships, the agency is extending the grace period to renew flood insurance policies from 30 to 120 days. This extension applies to NFIP flood insurance policies with an expiration date between February 13-June 15, 2020.

To avoid a lapse in coverage, there is typically a 30-day grace period to renew policies. However, due to the widespread economic disruption arising from this pandemic, FEMA recognizes that flood insurance policyholders may not meet the standard policy renewal deadline.

“FEMA understands the sense of urgency related to financial hardships and wants to be proactive,” said David Maurstad, deputy associate administrator of FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, who oversees the NFIP. “We want to make sure that policyholders don’t have to worry that their policy will lapse during the spring flood season or into the start of hurricane season. We hope this extension will give policyholders some peace of mind and allow them extra time to renew their policies to ensure they are covered should a flood loss occur.”

For more information about renewing flood insurance policies or resolving an underpayment, policyholders can contact their insurance carriers or call the National Flood Insurance Program Call Center at 1-877-336-2627.

Electronics Recycling for Residents

All Orange County Transfer Stations will be accepting electronics for recycling as of Friday, January 24, 2020.

Accepted items include televisions, printers, fax machines, stereos and stereo equipment, computer monitors and towers, scanners, small servers, cables/wires, laptops, cell and smart phones, tablets, video game consoles, DVD players, VCRs, and digital music players.

Televisions (e.g. Cathode Ray Tubes and flat screens), will be accepted at a rate of $20 per unit with no restriction on size. All other accepted electronics will be received free of charge. Small appliances, microwaves and vacuum cleaners are not included in this program.

Any questions, Orange County Environmental Facilities & Services can be reached directly at 845-291-2640.

The village has been advised by the Department of Environmental Conservation that an Algae Bloom currently exists in pockets of the Millponds. It is a soupy green like substance on top of the water. There are areas in the ponds that are unaffected by this bloom as well. It is a naturally occurring bacteria native to most ponds and lakes throughout the United States. It feeds from the runoff of excess nitrogen and phosphorus from lawn clippings in residential lawns which migrates through our storm water drains, septic leaching, as well as lake vegetation and other nutrient rich biodegradable life.

The environment which allows it to flourish generally is a slow moving, warm, shallow waterway where it can get a lot of sunlight to produce its food. We are in communication with our lake management consultant as well as the DEC. We have been advised that as water and air temperatures begin dropping, the algae bloom will die.

Signs are being posted around the ponds advising you to:
  • Not enter into the water
  • Not come in contact with the water
  • Not drink the water
  • Not fish in the ponds
  • Not allow pets to enter into or drink from the ponds during this period.

  • Should you or your pet come into contact with the algae bloom water, wash thoroughly with fresh water. We expect to see this situation resolve over the next several weeks and we will keep you informed going forward on Constant Contact and the Village of Monroe website.

    I am available through Village Hall, should you wish to speak with me or stop in to Village hall for further assistance or clarification. I am posting as well a link to the DEC website for further information. To view on the DEC website please click here.

    Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

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    Board Meetings

    November 02 - Board of Trustees Meeting via Zoom - 7PM - Agenda
    November 10 - Zoning Board of Appeals via Zoom - 8PM - Agenda
    November 18 - Planning Board Workshop - 7PM - Cancelled
    November 18 - FAR Workshop via Zoom - 6:00PM - Agenda
    Meeting ID: 224 158 6816 and Passcode: 851290
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    November 23 - Planning Board Meeting - 7PM - Cancelled
    November 17 - Board of Trustees Meeting via Zoom - 7PM - Agenda
    Meeting ID: 224 158 6816 and Passcode: 851290
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