Mayor’s Message

A Message From The Mayor

The year 2018 is upon us and it’s looking like a bright one for the Village of Haverstraw.  Our Streetscape project is 99% done and we will have a dedication ceremony on June 15th on Broadway in conjunction with Dancing Under the Stars and a rededication of our pocket park at Broadway and Lincoln Street.  So please put it in your calendar.

Terrace on the Hudson recently opened, in February.  It’s a spectacular facility for both catered affairs and dining.  It’s open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.  Please experience the beauty of our newest business.  Also, opening soon, down at Emeline Park on the beautiful Hudson River, will be an exciting new restaurant with a huge regional following.  It has great food and drinks, and will be a must visit for all Rockland restaurant goers.  Watch for a Spring opening.

As always, we hope you continue to support our existing stable of fine restaurants and food establishments such as Anabella’s, Unoodles, Kastel, Latin Star, Los Amigos, Tacos Marianitas, Empanadas Monumental, Lucas Candies, El Pastor, Brisas Caribenas, Mariella’s, Vilma’s Bakery, Union, Hole Shot Bagels, Big Daddy’s BBQ and all the others.  It’s an eclectic mix of homemade goodness.

The Village has presented a development proposal for the former Empire State Chair Factory site.  This project envisions a mixed use, mixed income development for businesses, restaurants, hotel and catering, residential housing and a great deal of recreation/green space.  The Village is actively seeking partners to make this dream a reality.  Anyone interested should contact me at Village Hall.

In addition to our own plans, other developers are presenting plans in 2018 for further residential and commercial development.  Ginsburg Development, developer of the Harbors at Haverstraw, plans to complete that development and, hopefully, move on to the adjoining parcel to develop new residential rental properties.  Additionally, potential residential developments along Maple Avenue and Dowd Street should be presented soon, as well as proposals for a self-storage facility on Route 9W, renovated retail shopping centers, and a major manufacturing facility at an existing industrial site should occur in 2018.

The Village will continue to improve its infrastructure through the year.  We hope to do sidewalk replacement on parts of Maple Avenue, Hudson Avenue, Clove Avenue, West Broad Street and Partition Street.  In addition, look for the milling and paving of Riverside Avenue through Dutchtown, Rela Avenue, Picariello Drive, Rhoda and Victor Avenue and Robbins Court and Harrigan Lane.  Additionally, planning will begin for the repaving of Hudson Avenue and the remainder of Broadway not completed by the Streetscape project.

The Village will be busy with events throughout the year including Dancing Under the Stars, Movies in the Park, the Haverstraw River Arts Festival, the Latin Parade, the Food Crawl, a Fireman’s Parade, the Farmer’s Market, Holiday’s in Haverstraw and more events.  Stay tuned for 2019, when the Haverstraw International Street Fair returns!

2018 looks like a year full of activity and promise.  Together, we can accomplish a great deal.  Pay it forward by sprucing up your property, picking up liter, saying a kind word or two to a stranger, and by volunteering with one of the many organizations the Village has to offer.  Haverstraw is a community in the truest sense.  Become part of it and enjoy what we have to offer.


Michael F. Kohut