Starting in January 2020, Town of New Windsor residents will be experiencing major changes according to Supervisor-elect George Meyers. After feeling that there was a need for redirection in the town, Meyers, the former Town Supervisor, decided to run again. Meyers was the Town of New Windsor Supervisor for six terms from 1994 until 2005.
While he expects to only complete one term, Meyers explained he wants to change the current tone of the town which includes traffic congestion not only at peak times and locations but ongoing around the town, excessive building, water woes and issues with the recreational areas in town.
Meyers won the term for Town Supervisor by a margin of 72% to 28% and he expressed that he feels the residents of New Windsor spoke to their frustrations with their votes this election.
“People are not being fooled,” Meyers said of the current administration, “(The election) that means that people are not happy. I think it’s a wake-up call to politicians.”
A resident of New Windsor since 1969, Meyers is a United States Navy Veteran who went on to work for the New York State Police for 25 years and retired as a Major, and later also worked as a teacher. He feels his life experiences have made him who he is today. He said his reputation in the State Police was that he was “tough but fair”. “I’ve been around the block maybe more than most (in my life). I recognized that the people in the Town of New Windsor wanted a change and wanted someone to get involved. I didn’t know that we would have such a landslide,” he said.
Meyers explained that residents can expect to see changes “immediately” once his term begins in January with one of his most significant changes being enacting a moratorium. “I promise residents that they will see changes immediately. Parks will be cleaned up, police will be given more direction, and the moratorium will stop all building and growth in the town until we review what we have and go from there,” Meyers explained.
With overdevelopment being one of the most significant issues facing the Town of New Windsor, Meyers said a moratorium is the only solution. “We have major water and sewer issues facing the town. The overdevelopment that has happened and continues to happen is a main problem and it puts a strain on everything. You have to figure out what you have and where you are going from there. Everything will stop,” he said.
Although he feels he will only do one term, Meyers said he would like to see more people, especially younger generations, get involved in the town. In a town with approximately 27,000 residents and 38 square miles, Meyers feels it’s important to be accessible to residents and businesses. He promises to have an open door policy when he takes office in January 2020 and encourages residents to get involved in the town.
“You have to be engaged. If people have something they want to say they can come down to town hall and/or make an appointment to speak to me. I know the residents expect a lot of me and honestly I will be expecting a lot of myself,” Meyers shared.