New Windsor Town Supervisor George Meyers announced the appointment of Council Member Sylvia Santiago as the new deputy supervisor on Wednesday, July 7, during the Town of New Windsor’s monthly public meeting.
Santiago, who has served on the town board for the last 18 months now, will continue to work alongside and support Supervisor Meyers’ efforts to correct and improve issues in the town. The previous holder of the deputy supervisor position was Council Member Andrew Regenbaum, who served in the role for six months.
As an active board member, her primary roles are acting as a liaison for both senior citizens and the Newburgh Enlarged City School District. She served as a NECSD board member until her term ended June 30 of this year.
Santiago is also a volunteer for the Orange County Office of the Aging/Senior Dining. During the pandemic, she delivered meals weekly to the senior citizens. Now that more volunteers are available, she only delivers one to two times a month.
During the meeting, a motion to approve installation of License Plate Readers, was approved for use by the police department. With these cameras, officers are able to capture and read vehicle plate numbers, assisting in future investigations when identifying suspects.
Later on, several motions on the agenda pertained to possible new commercial film and production studios that would be run and operated out of four properties in New Windsor on Route 9W. The four properties include the former Anthony’s Pier 9 building, the Toyota dealership building, the Pat Tarsio bowling alley and a boat yard property.
If the properties are used in this venture, well known production companies such as HBO Max and Netflix have expressed their interest in these properties, yet the board will still need to hear the proposal. Similar studio projects have begun and operate out of the City of Newburgh, so this may be a similar path New Windsor may follow.
For Meyers, with these companies coming, the proposal is a possibility. More importantly, the questions he has are how this project will impact New Windsor residents.
“They keep talking about hundreds of jobs. I want to hear from them, will they be local people?” Meyers said in an interview. “We really want to hear from them what exactly they’re going to do.”
The current properties sit on Route 9W which also raises questions about the impact on the traffic and local businesses that surround the area with new influx of people.
There will be a public hearing on the new studio project held at the next public meeting on September 1.