Mayor's Message




2012 has been good for the Village of Haverstraw so far. We have had a good Spring and the start of a hot Summer. We hope for a beautiful Fall and mild Winter.

2012 has seen us choose a designer for our promenade walkway between Emeline Park and Warren Avenue. McLaren Engineering of West Nyack will be working with the Village and the public to design what we hope will be a fitting and ecologically sensitive walkway for public use. We are also continuing with our sidewalk and roadway program, and so you should be seeing some new sidewalks and newly paved roads in the Village soon.

Our Farmers’ Market is again running, with new coordinators and some new vendors. We would ask everyone to keep patronizing the Market and speak with Wendy and Alex, the coordinators, with any ideas you may have. The Market runs on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. until the last Sunday of October.

Dancing Under the Stars was a huge success in June, and we have another planned for Friday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m. The band will again be “The A Band”.

September will bring our annual Street Fair, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The date is September 23rd. Keep your calendars clear. We are planning to unveil a new Village Marketing logo that day.

The Village’s new Marketing Committee is sponsoring a Holiday Craft Fair at the Stone Building, 37 West Broad Street in the Village on Saturday, October 13th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested vendors can contract Lynn Bernstein.

And, in December, Holidays in Haverstraw kicks off the Village’s official holiday season. Saturday, December 1st is the day. It includes lunch and dinner specials at many of our restaurants; numerous activities for the kids at Lucas Candies and the Haverstraw Center; the annual Holiday Concert by the Rockland County Concert Band at the Central Presbyterian Church, sponsored by the Haverstraw Chamber of Commerce; and our annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Village Hall.

The Village has seen some new business join us, including the Eclipse bar and restaurant on the corner of Conklin and West Broad Streets; DJ’s ice cream stand on West Street, and Dreamscape Fence Co. on Route 9W. Some businesses have expanded, such as the West Street Café, or relocated, such as Matt’s Sporting goods on 9W. And some we anticipate opening soon, such as Union’s new venture, Unoodles on Main Street.

As we round the corner into 2013, Haverstraw’s future is looking up: new businesses, new activities, new energy and a growing restaurant community drawing those from the outside in. Let’s make Haverstraw the destination it should be! If you have any concerns, ideas, etc. please feel free to attend our board meetings on the 1st and 3rd Monday’s of each month, or call me at (845) 429-0300 or e-mail me at