To the editor:

Hello villagers. I’m writing this letter to update you on a few things that the Village Board has been working on in 2020.

The village has passed a resolution to begin construction on a new building for our Department of Public Works workers. This is something that should have happened years ago ,and I’m glad to say construction will begin in the spring of 2021. It will be located adjacent to the waste water treatment plant just off Lane Street.

The board has also been meeting with Citizen Advocates about their new building on Main Street. During these past few months, CA has informed the Village Board that they have obtained more secured funding and demolition of the Gorman building is expected to begin in the spring of 2021. The village will also be taking down 48 and 52 Duane St. and 14 Harrison Place in the near future.

A few of you have approached me about 69 Fort Covington St.; the county is expected to have that building down in 2021.

Shortly after I started, three employees out of the village office retired: Cindy Gadway, who was an account clerk, had been employed for 32 years; Cheryl Cook, who was our village clerk had 10 years, and Linda Shova, who worked as an account clerk in the front office had nine years. They have been replaced by Rebekah Scaccia as our new village clerk; Amanda Johnston as a new account clerk and Michelle LaBare as another account clerk. All three ladies are doing a fantastic job and we are lucky to have them.

We also have a new village code officer, Brian Lamondie who is also doing very well and is now a full-time employee.

Speaking of retirements, our DPW chief, Jerry Fisher. worked his last day on Sept. 30 and we are now accepting applications for that position. Jerry worked 30 years for the village and we wish him a healthy and happy retirement along with Cindy, Cheryl and Linda. The village has hired Frank Riley part time as our DPW chief until the new selection is made.

There’s a lot more going on but too much to mention here. Call me and I’ll fill you in and as always, if you have any questions or concerns call my cell at 518-353-1553 or email me at

My first year on the board has been a real learning experience and it’s been a pleasure working for all of you who reside in the village. Whether you are voting early, by absentee ballot or on Nov. 3, I’ll be running for a two-year term as Malone village trustee and would appreciate your vote.

Matthew C. Boyea


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