'Call me': Mayor Mike Nuzzolese stresses his open-door policy

The lifelong resident sees the Village of Goshen as a warm and nuturing community, through all its changes, and likes to confer with his constituents face-toface.

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  • The Goshen Village Board (from left) Trustee Anthony Scotto, Mayor Mike Nuzzolese, Trustee Pete Smith, and Trustee Dan Henderson. Not present is Trustee Chris Gurda. (Photo by Geri Corey)

  • Looking on as the newly elected mayor, Mike Nuzzolese, signs the Oath Book are Village Clerk Meg Strobl and the mayor's family, wife, Alice, mother, Josephine, and his two grandsons, Daniel (back to camera) and James (Photo by Geri Corey)

“I intend to keep all village programs that are popular and well-attended, like the Goshen Art Walk, Trotters of Goshen, and concerts in the park, but my goal is to move whatever we can to the Village Green rather than close roads to keep traffic flowing and reduce overtime."
Mayor Mike Nuzzolese

Goshen. After having served as interim mayor of the Village of Goshen for the past six months, Mike Nuzzolese was officially voted into the position by residents on March 19. He assumed the interim mayoral spot on Sept. 10, 2018, when then-mayor Kyle Roddey stepped down to accept the position of assistant vice principal at Goshen Central High School.

“With the help of department heads and their good employees, my ambition is to keep all services we have in the village,” said Nuzzolese.

Born and raised in the Village of Goshen, Nuzzolese worked for the village in the Department of Public Works for 37 years, assuming the position of superintendent of the department in 1995. Before that he worked for the Town of Goshen for four years, from 1974 to 1979. He has been a member of the Goshen Fire Department for almost 40 years.

Nuzzolese has lived on the same street in Goshen for 63 years. He and his wife, Alice, have three children: a daughter, Morgan, and two sons, Dayle and Matthew. They’re the proud grandparents of two grandsons, Daniel, 5 1/2, and James, 3 1/2.

Nuzzolese said he has an open door policy with his employees and meets regularly with department heads.

“I’ve worked with many of them for 40 years, and we have an open-door comfortable relationship,” he said.

Recently he worked with treasurer Sarah Winter on streamlining the budget mainly through restructuring overtime and services.

“We’re running things efficiently, and it’s starting to show,” said Nuzzolese.

'A realistic budget'

After an April 1 public hearing, with no comments from the community, the board accepted the 2019/2020 budget.

“We produced a realistic budget, stayed within the cap, and didn’t take money from the fund balance, making us good for next year. We’re healthy,” the mayor said. “I intend to keep all village programs that are popular and well-attended, like the Goshen Art Walk, Trotters of Goshen, and concerts in the park, but my goal is to move whatever we can to the Village Green rather than close roads to keep traffic flowing and reduce overtime."

Nuzzolese said one of his goals is to represent everyone in the village.

“There are many different age groups with different wants and needs that have to be met,” he said.

New faces on the board

Two new faces have joined the Goshen Village Board, adding to the effective working ability of his board, said Nuzzolese.

"I appointed Anthony Scotto to the board when I moved up to the interim mayor’s position," he said. "Tony has lived in the village for quite a few years. As a senior engineer for Orange County, he’s bringing that expertise to the table.”

Brand-new to the board is Dan Henderson, a retired sergeant from the Goshen Village Police Department. He knows the village well, and along with serving as village trustee, Henderson is Chief of Police in Harriman.

Rounding out the board are Chris Gurda, an attorney, and Pete Smith, a successful businessman who owns Elsie’s Luncheonette.

“When we have work sessions, with many different areas of expertise coming to the table, every option gets talked about," he said. "We spend time on each subject thoroughly discussing the topic."

Nuzzolese’s message to the public is that he operates an open-door administration.

“I’m face-to-face — come see me,” he said.

If that isn’t possible, he recommends calling him at village hall.

Village Hall is staffed between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Call him at 845-294-6750. If he isn’t in at the time, leave a message with the clerk, and he’ll call you back.

“I’ve been in Goshen my whole life," said Nuzzolese. "It’s been my home. My family, friends are here. It’s a warm, nurturing community. There have been some changes, but it’s still a great place to raise a family.”

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