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Supervisor’s 5 Year Strategic Plan

Supervisor’s 5 Year Strategic Plan

I have created this as a fluid document, to articulate a mission statement and set goals and actions to accomplish this vision.

My greatest hope has been to help unify the Stanford Community.  I view my role as Supervisor as broader than being the C.F.O. of the Town – which includes stabilizing our taxes and being an honest and transparent steward of our tax payers funds, along with the Town Board.  I post this document with the hope that it will be read, and that we can answer your questions and take your suggestions at our Town Board Meetings.  We are here to serve this Community, and I take that responsibility very seriously.

Stanford Supervisor’s Five Year Strategic Plan 3.3.21

A Poem for the New Year

CONTINUE: a poem
By Maya Angelou
 

My wish for you
Is that you continue

Continue

To be who and how you are
To astonish a mean world
With your acts of kindness

Continue

To allow humor to lighten the burden
Of your tender heart

Continue

In a society dark with cruelty
To let the people hear the grandeur
Of God in the pearls of your laughter

Continue

To let your eloquence
Elevate the people to heights
They had only imagined

Continue

To remind the people that
Each is as good as the other
And that no one is beneath
Nor above you

Continue

To remember your own young years
And look with favor upon the lost
And the least and the lonely

Continue

To put the mantel of your protection
Around the bodies of 
The young and defenseless

Continue

To take the hand of the despised
And diseased and walk proudly with them
In the high street
Some might see you and
Be encouraged to do likewise

Continue

To plant a public kiss of concern
On the cheek of the sick
And the aged and infirm
And count that as a 
Natural action to be expected

Continue

To let gratitude be the pillow
Upon which you kneel to
Say your nightly prayer
And let faith be the bridge
You build to overcome evil
And welcome good

Continue

To ignore no vision
Which comes to enlarge your range
And increase your spirit

Continue

To dare to love deeply
And risk everything
For the good thing

Continue

To float
Happily in the sea of infinite substance
Which set aside riches for you
Before you had a name

Continue

And by doing so
You and your work
Will be able to continue
Eternally

CRITICAL NEW INFORMATION ON 2020 CENSUS

THIS IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT

First, the Census Bureau has decided to tighten what was thought to be the deadline to complete the form. As a result of the COVID-19 crises, the Census had pushed back the response deadline from mid-August to the end of October. The Bureau has now announced it will October 31,2020. In our area, census workers are now starting to go door to door to help finish the count. But people don’t need to wait until a census worker comes knocking on their door. They can fill out the form now at “My2020Census.gov.” Census assistance numbers are: 844-330-2020 for English; 844-468-2020 for Spanish.

As a reminder, it only takes a few minutes for people to fill out the Census. The final numbers will determine how federal funding gets divided across the country. Congressional and legislative districts will be redrawn based on the figures as well.

Please help spread the word via your municipality’s social media, newsletter, reminders at board meetings, word of mouth etc.

Here are few links: The County Executive just published this news release that has all the pertinent information: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/County-Executive/Molinaro-Urges-Fill-Out-Census-Workers-Start-Door-to-Door.htm

Also, this is great link about to expect when Census workers come to your door. This includes safety and identification protocols.

https://2020census.gov/en/census-takers.html

     

 

 
 

New Zoom Webinar Format for Town Board Meetings

 Town Board meetings and public hearings are a challenge during COVID, but at last we have a workable way. Meetings, including but not limited to Town Board Meetings and budget workshops, will be held via Zoom, in such a way that attendees will have opportunity to comment and ask questions.  Our new ZOOM webinar system will allow hundreds of citizens to attend, and we will return to first and second privileges of the floor.  You will be able to raise your virtual hand at the beginning and end of the meetings and you will be called on to speak.  As we have done in the past, speakers may speak for 2 minutes and we will have to hold firm to that limit.

To join the meeting, click HERE

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Stanford Fire Company’s 9/11 Flag Raising Memorial

The members of the Stanford Fire Company will be honoring their 343 fallen firefighting brothers who were lost on that terrible day, 9/11/2001.  They commemorate, as well, all of the brothers that were lost from the injuries sustained from 9/11, including Stanford’s own beloved Dennis Gilhooly.  Here is a letter written by Ed Zick, a 30 year member of the Stanford Fire Company:

 
I’d like to thank everyone here for caring enough to share this moment with us. Your support is always vital to our organization, our town, and our community. Also, my sincere appreciation goes out to the Town Board for their assistance and complete encouragement for our visionary plan.
I especially want to express my gratitude to the ten men and women of this Fire Company, who, as committee members, have worked tirelessly since February to bring this project to life. Their combined skills, commitment, enthusiasm and devotion to commemorating those who gave their lives on 9/11 has been overwhelming.
The idea for this display came about after one of our members drove by a volunteer firehouse in Massachusetts, and observed dozens of flags waving in honor of 9/11 victims. Thoughts of doing something in our district, that would be a remembrance of those souls, came to mind, and using town hall grounds seemed to be the perfect venue. But instead of a few dozen flags, why not 2977 tributes in celebration of lives lost – lives of people we will never know, and those of brother firefighters we loved, including Dennis Gilhooly, Stanford Fire Lieutenant and Commissioner, who recently succumbed fro illness as a result of his work at the scene of the World Trade Center. The flag in the middle of our display is dedicated to this brave, unassuming man who instilled courage in all of us.
Unfortunately, Covid-19 struck before we could implement other ideas, like asking young school children to participate by attaching a name to each flag, commissioning the high school band to mark our event, and inviting the public to attend a town-wide dedication ceremony on Community Day.
Many of us lost friends, family, neighbors on that dark day that changed history. This memorial honors all of them. we hope it represents essential values of firefighters in the spirit of togetherness, respect and tolerance.
The exhibit will run from September 5th to September 19th.
“Never Forget”

 

A New Kind of Community Day for 2020 – September 19th, 2020

The 62nd Annual Stanford Community Day will be like no other.  The chosen theme is perfect :  We’re All in This Together!”  

The COVID-19 pandemic changed our world and our daily lives: all in the light of hoping to keep everyone safe from this new worldwide health crisis.

However, in the midst of this pandemic, people came together to help those in need: The Grange’s new Little Food Pantry which so many people have generously contributed to, the sewing of masks, the Town’s Community Hotline are just a few examples.  People checked on family and neighbors, delivered food, and offered other assistance either personally or through an organization of their choice. 

While Community Day this year looks very different from what we’re used to, we still wanted to plan something to celebrate our Town and bring us together safely as a community.  A lot of heartfelt discussion went into the planning of this year’s Community Day for the last 4 months.  With proper precautions, guidance and being “New York Smart”, we hope this year’s Community Day will be remembered in a positive way.

We will emerge from this pandemic stronger and more resilient. We will get through this together?

62nd ANNUAL STANFORD COMMUNITY DAY SCHEDULE

4:00 p.m.

Annual Lloyd Woodcock Memorial Chicken Barbecue

Sponsored by Stanford Grange #808

Donation $15 per dinner

All Dinners are Take Out Only

For Reservations, call Ryan Orton at 845 868 7869

or 845 868 1700 (Day of Dinner Only)

7:00 p.m.

Presentation of the 2020 Community Citizen Awards 

&

Town of Stanford Movie Night

with Free Ice Cream Social at the 

Town of Stanford Recreation Area

Sponsored by the Town of Stanford , The Stanford Recreation Commission, The Stanford Grange #808

and Stewart’s Shops

Reservations Required!

More information to come

 

 

 

The Rec Park will Open on Wednesday, July 8th

TOWN RECREATION PARK
INFORMATION:

The waterfront at the Rec will be opening on July 8th. Operating hours will be 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Waterfront passes will be given to Town of Stanford Residents only.   Please use the link below for registration. We are encouraging online registration and payment via check to minimize contact at the gate. If you must use cash, please use exact change when possible. Your pass will be ready for pick-up on opening day and you can pay at the gate when you arrive. Check the Stanford Recreation Facebook page for more updates, COVID rules and additional information or email townofstanfordrec@gmail.com with questions. 

PHASE II BEGINS TODAY !!! Tuesday June 9th

Phase II of the Re-Starting Dutchess begins today.  

[Photograph courtesy of Bowen Barn]

Here is a recap of what that entails:

  1. All instore retail activities can resume, operating within 50% capacity, and taking protective measures such as 6′ distancing between customers, the wearing of masks and the availability of hand sanitizer.  Our stores have suffered greatly, and if ever there was a time to SHOP LOCAL, it is now!  Bowen’s Barn, Bulls Head Treasures, Roosters 82, McCarthy’s, Big Rock Market, and all other retail shops will be open for business.
  2. Out-door dining is now allowed at our restaurants, and they are working to comply with the guidelines that State has set for table distancing and social distancing.  For example, there can be outdoor bars but customers cannot congregate at the bars.  You will need to take your drinks back to your tables. Uncle Sonny’s, Coyote Flaco and D’Sarno Pizza are all participating
  3. Offices are reopening, again with 50% capacity, 6′ distancing and masks if closer than 6′  Offices are encouraged to post social distancing markers
  4. Real Estate offices are open
  5. Vehicle sales are open
  6. Hair salons and barber shops are open which is a great thing since we all are looking like Woolly Mammoths
  7. Drive in movie theaters are still the only movie theaters that are open