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Clean Bill Of Financial Health Presented To Monticello Board Of Trustees By Independent Auditors

I want to let residents and taxpayers of the Village of Monticello know, the Village is in good financial condition. An independent audit report was presented by Cooper-Arias LLP to the Board of Trustees during the board's February 2, 2016 meeting. The board is working together as the Village moves forward, keeping expenses down, as we prepare to enter a new budget year. Thank you to all who worked together with the Mayor and Trustees, including Manager David Sager, former Treasurer Lilu Li and current Treasurer Melissa DeMarmels, Village Clerk Janine Gandy, and all the Village employees who work hard as a a team to keep the Village on track.

Download: 2015 Independent Auditor's Report
and Village-wide Financial Statements

Board of Trustees

  • Doug Solomon, Mayor
  • Carmen Rue, Trustee
  • Larissa Bennett, Trustee
  • Jill Weyer, Trustee
  • Alita Gomez, Trustee

To Parents, Future Parents, Youth, And Seniors Of Monticello

Thank you for allowing me to serve you as a Village Trustee for the past eight years. I ask again for your support on March 15th when I run for re-election.

If you know me, you know I have put my heart and soul into this position for as long as you have allowed me to serve. Monticello needs an honest voice of conscience and reason like mine on the board, with an ACTIVE interest in our youth, elderly and all residents. (Click through to gallery.)

State Senator John J. Bonacic Endorses Monticello Trustee Carmen Rue's Victor In March 15th Village Election

Senator John Bonacic and Trustee Carmen RueALBANY - Republican NYS Senator John J. Bonacic (42nd District) of Mount Hope announced his endorsement of Monticello Village Trustee Carmen Rue, on Friday, January 15th. Senator Bonacic represents Sullivan County, ten towns and two cities in Orange County, six towns in Ulster County.

"Carmen Rue is an active, intelligent, and experienced Village Trustee. She cares deeply about the people of her community," Senator Bonacic wrote in a statement released through the Senate office today.

"I am proud to endorse Carmen Rue for re-election as a Trustee in the Village of Monticello," he declared.
Trustee Rue has also been endorsed by Laborer's Local 17, representing over 1200 union members skilled in various trades.

A longtime homeowner, Village taxpayer, and Broadway business co-owner, Trustee Rue is the most experienced member on the Monticello Board of Trustees. Ms. Rue has solid relationships with business leaders and officials from surrounding municipal, State, and Federal governments – which benefits Monticello taxpayers.

“At Village Hall,” Ms. Rue said, “we all have one goal. My running mates and I may not agree on every point or on every vote. Nor should we! I research every issue before voting and always vote my conscience. In the end, we all work together for the good of the Village of Monticello,” she said, noting that despite bumps in the road, Monticello has continued to move in the right direction.

Trustee Rue acknowledged Senator Bonacic's support of Monticello as recent at this week, when Village Hall was informed that the Senator had arranged a $50,000.00 grant earmarked to begin renovations to the police station.
Carmen Rue is running for re-election as a Village Trustee on the Democratic, Conservative, and Independence Party lines in the Monticello election on March 15, 2016. Polls will be open from 12:00 Noon to 9:00 PM.

For more information, a ride to the polls, or to offer assistance or support, call Trustee Rue at 845-791-1432.

Laborer's Local 17 Endorses Monticello Trustee Carmen Rue's Re-Election

Laborer's Local 17 endorsed Monticello Trustee Carmen Rue in a January 6th letter signed by union business manager L. Todd Diorio.

"Please accept this letter as Official Notification of endorsement by Laborers' Local 17 in your upcoming election. Local 17 represents over 1200 union members and takes pride in their membership's political education process with over 95% of their membership being registered to vote," Mr. Diorio wrote.

Carmen Rue seeks third term as Trustee – cites substantial progress, Monticello headed in the right direction, and decades of volunteer community service

Press Release
Written: January 10, 2016

MONTICELLO – Monticello Village Trustee announced this week the filing of designating petitions for the Democratic, Conservative, and Independence Parties, for the Village of Monticello election slated for Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The polls will be open from 12:00 noon to 9:00 PM. Only lawful residents of the Village of Monticello are permitted to vote in the village election.

The longest-serving member currently on the Monticello Board of Trustees, Ms. Rue has solid relationships with business leader and officials from surrounding municipal, State, and Federal governments – which benefits Monticello taxpayers.

“At Village Hall,” Ms. Rue said, “we all have one goal. My running mates and I may not agree on every point or on every vote. Nor should we! I research every issue before voting and always vote my conscience. In the end, we all work together for the good of the Village of Monticello,” she said, noting that despite bumps in the road, Monticello has continued to move in the right direction.

Ms. Rue said she prides herself on always seeking to do the right thing for the voters. “It is my honor to serve the public, and I am grateful the majority of my constituents have always been there to back me up” she said.

Among accomplishments on the Monticello Board of Trustees, Ms. Rue pointed to a long list of State and Federal grants awarded to the village in which she took an active part, helping to rebuild the village’s infrastructure while keeping local tax increases to a minimum. One major event, she noted, was the completion of the renovation of Broadway, from 2009 to 2011. “It’s not perfect,” she admitted. “I wish the median could have been deleted, but the state says it’s there for safety and it’s a state road. Broadway looks a whole lot better than it did before the renovations. Now, with some help, it’s my hope that more Broadway building owners will get on board to make their privately owned properties safe and attractive for businesses. The village is working hard toward that goal.”

Since 2010, Ms. Rue she has been an active member of the Village Events Committee and, more recently, of the Youth Committee, taking the lead in orchestrating literally dozens of events hosted by the village – including Easter egg hunts, Fourth of July parades and barbecues, picnics at DeHoyos and Dillon parks, Halloween parades, and festive holiday events and dinners for local young people and families. “Anyone who knows me knows that I have put my heart and soul into events at the Stroebele Center and on Broadway,” she said, noting that every successful municipal event has resulted from teamwork by volunteers and organizations willing to work together with the village.

Citing a lengthy resume of voluntary community service in addition to her eight years as a Trustee, Ms. Rue stated she has served when called upon at local disasters with the American Red Cross ever since 1991. She was an active member of the Village of Monticello Commission on Human Rights from 1994 to 2005, the last four years as its chairperson. Ms. Rue was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Sullivan County; an incorporator and founding board member of The River School; Treasurer of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; board member of the Community Action Commission to Help the Economy (CACHE) from 1988 to 1993; and has performed fund-raising for United Way of Sullivan County, The Salvation Army, Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless, and Alternatives to Family Violence of Sullivan County.

Ms. Rue works with her husband Tom Rue managing Choices Mental Health Counseling PLLC, on central Broadway, Monticello. They have three children, Janesa, Eddie, and Carolina; and wonderful grandchildren. For more information, call 845-791-1432.

Festive Events Return To Monticello Marking 2015 Holiday Season

The Village of Monticello Department will welcome the return of the lights of Hannukah on Sunday, December 6th, and later of Santa Express on Sunday, December 13th, 2015, promptly at 5:00 PM, followed by related festivities.

Statement By Monticello Village Trustee Carmen Rue On Site Selection Process For Sullivan County Homeless Shelter

I have reviewed the contract the Village of Monticello entered into with late County Treasurer Ira J. Cohen relative to the disposition of foreclosed properties and tax auctions.

It is my belief that by taking a property off the public auction list without consulting the Village of Monticello Board of Trustees, if in fact the contract was not violated by the County (which it may have been), that the County violated the spirit of our Agreement and broke trust by failing to consult with local elected officials, acting contrary to the best interest of the Village of Monticello.

Why Does Jefferson Street Need Fixing? Project's Objectives, Per NYS DOT.

Since 2013, the Village of Monticello Board of Trustees has worked with the NYS Department of Transportation to repair and improve the Jefferson Street corridor, the entry to the Village near the racino. The following paragraphs from documents recently forwarded to the Village by DOT officials described the project.

Board of Trustees Finalizing 2015-2016 Budget, Public Hearings Slated, Projected Increase Beneath 2% State Tax Cap

I would like my constituents to be aware that for the last two months, together with other members of the Board of Trustees, Treasurer Lilu Li, and help from the Village Manager, I have been working on the Village of Monticello tentative budget.

As of now, the projected tax increase stands at 1.66% for fiscal year 2015-2016. Slight increases are also expected in the water and sewer fees as a result of planned infrastructure upgrades.

Required public hearings will be held on June 2nd and June 16th at 7:00 PM, 2 Pleasant Street, Monticello, New York, preceding the regular meetings of the Board of Trustees. By law, the Final Budget must be adopted by July 1, 2015.

More information will be posted here once the Clerk has certified the Tentative Budget after it has been approved by the Board of Trustees.

UPDATE (5/20/2015): Download 2015-2016 Village of Monticello Tentative Budget, prepared by Village Treasurer Lilu Li

Improvements Coming To Jefferson Street "Gateway" To Monticello Starting 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Updates to this project have recently been announced. Any proposed changes or modifications considered by the Board of Trustees, with public input invited. (The following was originally posted here on 1/26/2014.)

New sidewalks, improved crossings, and wheelchair-accessible curb cuts will provide health and safety benefits for people who like to walk, those who don't have a car, and seniors and other nearby residents. The project will also fix a storm-water run-off problem that has existed for years at the corner of Jefferson Street and Sturgis Road.

Creating jobs and inviting economic development and tourism, there will be improvements to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the Jefferson Street gateway to Monticello by addition of green landscaped buffers, attractive pocket parks, and orderly pedestrian right-of-way delineation. The "new look" for Jefferson Street will complement recent enhancements on Broadway, Pleasant Street, and Forestburgh Road, seamlessly connecting to Exit 104 and 106 to State Route 17.

The NYS Department of Transportation will provide $477,995.00 to fund the project for bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use path transportation enhancement to encourage tourism and economic development opportunities. Construction bids will be awarded between October and December 2014, with construction and final project inspection between April and December 2015.

DOT studies concluded that many drivers entering Monticello prefer the route to the Government Center and business district via the Pleasant Street corridor, rather than Jefferson Street, in part due to the condition of the roads and the lack of sidewalks and other amenities. Also, during storm events, minor flooding occurs and the inadequate drainage has compromised the integrity of the road surface in several areas and caused water pollution, most notably the intersection of Jefferson Street and Sturgis Road, which provides direct access to the Sullivan County Government Center and Shortline Bus Terminal.

The award of this grant is personally gratifying to me, as I attended a training session for the TEP program held by the DOT in Poughkeepsie on June 12, 2013. DOT required at least one "official" representative such as a Trustee, to demonstrate municipal commitment to the grant application. Deputy Clerk Stacy Walker joined me for the day-long training event. I also want to send a huge thanks to community planner Helen Valenti Budrock of Sullivan Renaissance whose worked with us to save the Village of Monticello roughly $20,000.00 in the completion of the formal grant application at no cost to the taxpayers.

TEP provides 80% of the cost of the project, with 20% matching funds from the locality. A reimbursement program, the Village will be required to have funds available for the entire project and submit paperwork by specified deadlines in order to secure reimbursements.

Jefferson Street Gateway Project map

See this press release on Governor Cuomo's website. Click the above image to download a PDF of the project description with letters of support from the following public officials and community organizations:


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