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Town of New Windsor Press Releases

Please find and view the most up to date news and information regarding the Town of New Windsor listed below.

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Halloween Curfew Dates & Times Information

Just a reminder that starting tomorrow through Monday morning, a Halloween curfew will be in effect.  This is the normal curfew the town enacts each year. 

The curfew is in effect for minors under the age of 18 during the following days and times:

Friday October 30th at 6pm until 6am on Saturday October 31st.
Saturday October 31st at 6pm until 6am Sunday, November 1st.
Sunday, November 1st at 6pm until 6am on Monday November 2nd.

During these times anyone under the age of 18 will be required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Exceptions to this are for minors traveling to or from school, work or a medical emergency.  The town thanks everyone for their anticipated compliance in this to help keep the holiday safe for all.

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Police Arrest Man in Connection to Thefts from Motor Vehicles

Release Date – August 28, 2020:

The Town of New Windsor Police Department arrested a man today in connection to stealing property out of parked cars in the Town of New Windsor. The incidents all occurred during the overnight hours between the dates of August 11th and August 21st along Riley Road and Moores Hill Road. Additionally, all of the vehicles involved were unlocked and parked on driveways outside of houses when the thefts occurred.

Detective Kevin Moore arrested 46-year-old Michael J. Barilla of New Paltz, NY and charged him with Grand Larceny, 4th degree (E-Felony) and two counts of Petit Larceny (A-Misdemeanor). Mr. Barilla was issued an appearance ticket and released without bail, as per the bail reform law, to appear in the Town of New Windsor Criminal Court on September 10, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. before Town Justice Noreen Calderin.

This type of crime is easily preventable and the Police Department needs the public’s help in stopping it from occurring. The public is reminded to lock all car doors when parking a car and to also remove all valuables from the interior of the vehicle. This will eliminate the possibility of becoming a victim of this type of crime.

Anyone with additional information regarding these crimes can contact Detective Moore of the New Windsor Police Department at (845)565-7000.

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New Windsor P.D. Receives Implicit-Bias Awareness Training

The Town of New Windsor Police Department recently completed a training in the specialized area of implicit-bias awareness.  This recently updated and state-of-the-art training, known as Fair and Impartial Policing was taught to all 50 sworn-members of the Police Department by an instructor from the nation’s #1 provider of this type of training.  This very sought after training is currently being taught to police agencies of all types and sizes around the country, including many major cities.  

The training aims to educate Officers about how implicit biases can have negative consequences on an Officer’s perceptions and behavior as they do their job.  This specific training curriculum is unique because it takes a science based approach to train Officers in the use of new skills that they can use to reduce and manage any biases that they may have.  These same skills have been shown to promote working in a more safe, just and effective manner.   

Police Chief Robert Doss stated, “This training continues our ongoing commitment to serve the community in a courteous, impartial and fair way.  There is simply no place for prejudice or discrimination in police work.  While we already have written policies in place that directly reflect these fundamental principles, this training really took a hands-on approach to reinforce to us how some implicit biases can negatively impact even the most well-intentioned Officer’s actions.  I am hopeful that this training helps build upon the exceptional level of trust that our community has graciously bestowed upon us over the years.”

Photo: A group of Police Officers participate in the Fair and Impartial Policing training while practicing safe COVID-19 protocols.
 

VEPO Water Meter Installations to Restart September 8th

Notice to all Town of New Windsor Water Customers,

Given the significant improvements achieved, State, County and Town-wide, in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, VEPO Metering will be restarting the Town’s water meter reading system upgrade project after Labor Day on Tuesday, September 8th. 

Please note, this is a mandatory upgrade program, meaning all users of the Town’s water system must participate.  Upon receipt of this notification, you must contact VEPO within the next 30 days, by calling the number below or by going to the website listed below in order to schedule an appointment to have the upgrade performed.   Residents who refuse the upgrade will be assessed a surcharge on all subsequent water bills for non-compliance.  
 

Appointments will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 P.M. or from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and can be scheduled by either:

  • Visiting VEPOmetering.com and clicking on “Schedule An Appointment”; or
  • Calling 877-860-8376 and speaking with a Customer Service Representative.

 Technicians performing the upgrades will require access to the inside of your home.  Most water meters will need to be located indoors (in a basement, cellar, crawl space, utility room, etc.).  The process is expected to take no more than two hours, and water use will be disrupted intermittently during that time.  

Your safety and the safety of VEPO employees remain of utmost importance to all.  To this end, you will be asked to provide an email address when scheduling your appointment.  This will allow VEPO to send you an electronic notification with a photo of the technician prior to the appointment.  All VEPO technicians must be in uniform, possess a photo ID, and will be driving a vehicle marked with VEPO signage. 

Further, all VEPO installers will be required to undertake the following safety protocols, every day, before appearing for any scheduled installations: 

  • All installers must undergo a temperature and health assessment check and record the results thereof, every day prior to the start of their shift.  As per CDC guidelines, if they exhibit a fever that exceeds 100.4º or any other known symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e., cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, body aches, or new loss of taste or smell), they will not be permitted to work.  If these guidelines change, the safety protocols for this project will be adjusted accordingly.  No installer may return to the job until they meet CDC guidelines for doing so.  It is currently recommended the employee (i) be symptom free for at least 10 days after the first onset of symptoms; (ii) be fever free, without use of fever reducing medication, for at least 24 hours; and (iii) show improvement of whatever symptoms they’ve exhibited during their time out from work.

  • All installers will be wearing a new face mask every day; and new disposable gloves and booties that will be changed before each installation appointment.

  • All installers will either wash their hands or apply hand sanitizer before and after each installation.

 

For the safety of the installers, we ask that you please call 877-860-8376 by 7:00 a.m. on the day of your appointment, to reschedule your appointment, if you or anyone in your household feels ill.   We also ask that each property owner, resident or representative that will be present during the installation open all doors and remove any obstacles in the vicinity of the water meter to be replaced.  This will minimize objects the installers may need to touch in order to perform the installation of your new water meter. 

The Town appreciates your support and cooperation with this very important project, which is intended to provide our residents and users with a significantly improved water metering system that will greatly increase meter accuracy, monitor leaks, and reduce the need for estimated billing. 

We look forward to working with you to complete this mandatory project and thank you, once again, for your continued support.  If you have any questions about this program, please don’t hesitate to contact VEPO Metering at 877-860-8376 or by email at [email protected]

Community Survey for the Town of New Windsor Comprehensive Master Plan

The Town of New Windsor is beginning an update of their existing Comprehensive Plan.  A Comprehensive Plan is a document that describes the history, current state, and future vision for the community. It acts as a road map to guide future growth and development.   The committee tasked with this work would appreciate if you would complete the following online by September 11, 2020.   

The Town’s current Comprehensive Plan can be viewed at this link:  https://docushare.newwindsor-ny.gov/dsweb/View/Collection-11758 

Your survey responses will be kept confidential, and no none of your personal information will be used.  The Town of New Windsor Comprehensive Plan Committee thanks you for your time. 

Survey Link: 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/82XS7D6

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Site (New Windsor) - NYSDEC Invites Public Comment on Draft Investigation Plan

NYSDEC Invites Public Comment About Draft Plan to Investigate Contamination at Brownfield Site on Little Britain Rd., New Windsor
This link opens a fact sheet that invites public comment about a draft work plan to investigate contamination at Central Hudson Gas & Electric, site ID #C336031 (New Windsor, Orange County) within New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program:

https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/der/factsheet/c336031riwp.pdf

NYSDEC is accepting public comments about the draft work plan through August 7, 2020. Please see fact sheet for details about the draft plan and how to comment.

The fact sheet is in PDF format. You can save, open, and read the fact sheet by using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can go to the following web page on the NYSDEC web site to download the program: https://www.dec.ny.gov/about/590.html

New Windsor Community Day has been Canceled

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of New Windsor has made the difficult decision to cancel New Windsor Community Day scheduled for August 22nd.  The town is aware how many people look forward to this event, however with the amount of people that normally attend this event social distancing is not possible within the event grounds for visitors, vendors and employees.  The town looks forward to having the Community Day in 2021!