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The Section 8 and Public Housing Authority offers programs and affordable housing to Village of Monticello residents, both at Evergreen Apartments and elsewhere. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the Monticello Housing Authority directly.

Monticello Board of Trustees to Observe Black History Month by Recognizing Local Public Servants, Activists, and Volunteers

The Village of Monticello
Village events committee members
Trustee Carmen Rue
Trustee Larissa Bennett


For Immediate Release
Written: February 11, 2015

Five Sullivan residents to be recognized at Monticello board meeting

In recognition of Black History Month, five local residents will be presented certificates of recognition on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo and proclamations from Senator John Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Congressman Chris Gibson and the Village of Monticello Board of Trustees at the Tuesday, February 17th meeting village board, beginning at 7:00 PM at Monticello Village Hall, 2 Pleasant Street, Monticello.

Presentations will be made by Village events committee members Trustee Carmen Rue and Trustee Larissa Bennett and members of the Monticello Village Board to the following Sullivan County residents:

Sgt. Jason Corley and Det. Michael Davis of the Village of Monticello Police Department, community activists Elaine Williams, Janette Williams, and Debbie Allen, each of whom has made numerous vital contributions to the Monticello community, and are each worthy of this recognition.

The public is invited to attend. For further information, please call:

Trustee Carmen Rue at 845-323-9611 or
Trustee Larissa Bennett at 845-665-2287

Village of Monticello Re-Opens Warming Station At Stroebele Center In Response To Frigid Cold

photo of Ted Stroebele Community Center taken in summerAs in past years, the Village of Monticello has once again opened the doors of the Ted Stroebele Community Center to serve anyone in need as a warming station to provide overnight respite from frigid temperatures.

The Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless is currently working with Manager David Sager at the direction of the Board of Trustees. The Monticello Fire Department is providing cots. Local businesses have also made donations, resulting in no cost to the taxpayers.

During extreme temperatures, like in other natural or accidental disasters, the Village Manager is responsible to coordinate for the health and safety of residents.

Last summer, we opened the center to serve as a cooling station after the air-conditioner of a local complex failed, and after a large fire in Kiamesha Lake a year or two ago. In 2012 it served as a local alternative warming station at a time when Sullivan County was busing homeless to Loch Sheldrake for warmth and food provided by the American Red Cross, and again in 2013 (open for four nights, as I recall). This type of service is something local government here in Monticello has historically done for the needy.

It has rarely been big news, nor have there been a lot of people housed except during major shelter operations like the 1992 ice-storm or the Shaker Heights fire (when volunteers from the American Red Cross hosted large numbers at the Neighborhood Facility and high school).

Monticello is the county seat. We work together with other local jurisdictions and organizations in taking the lead for the public's good.

Anyone in need of assistance may call Mr. Sager at 845-701-3493. Spanish/English translation assistance is available.

Related Information

Computer Issue At Village Hall Slows Financial Business, Taxpayers Assured Proper Credit, Emergency Board Meeting Slated

The failure of a mother-board on the the main computer server at Village Hall has disrupted routine financial business since the end of January.

Taxpayers may be assured that as long as payments made prior to February 28th will incur no extra penalties or late fees. Make sure you get a receipt hand-stamped by the person who collects your payment at the window to ensure you are credited properly.

An emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees has been called by Trustee Carmen Rue to be held on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8:00 AM, at 2 Pleasant Street, for the purpose of authorizing purchases in excess of $1,000.00, to comply with the Procurement Policy, and directing the Village Manger to immediately take necessary steps to repair the computer network. The meeting is expected to be brief, but is open to the public.

Press releases were forwarded to local media outlets on the afternoon of February 5.

Saturday, January 31st is Blue Day in Monticello - Event Planned, Public to Show Support for Local Police With Blue Lighting and Clothes

Monticello Police shoulder patchMONTICELLO - Saturday, January 31, 2015, the Village of Monticello Events Committee in concert with Boys & Girls Clubs will hold a “BLUE DAY” to honor our local law-enforcement community, and especially Monticello’s finest. Refreshments will be served, with speakers, activities, and music led by Lori Orestano-James.

The program will last from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 10 Jefferson Street, Monticello, New York.

If you recognize the excellence, professionalism, and dedication of our local police force, on January 31st, please dress in blue clothing. Businesses and residences are urged to display blue lights or ribbons as an additional show of appreciation for Monticello’s finest.

Bring your children to shake hands with uniformed men and women who protect and serve Monticello and allied agencies. Representatives of all local police departments, Sheriff’s office, and New York State Police, are invited to attend the ceremony

For more information contact members of the Village Events Committee:

  • Carmen Rue, Village Trustee – 845-323-9611
  • Larissa Bennett, Village Trustee – 845-665-2287
  • Barbi Neumann, Boys & Girls Clubs – 845-798-3257
  • David Sager Village Manager – 845-794-6130, ext. 307

Press Release [PDF]

Monticello police officers, 9/11/2013Monticello police car, 11/25/2006

Responsibilities of Commercial and Residential Landlords to Provide Habitable Heat Under New York State Law

January 8, 2015


As we deal with a bitter cold snap of weather throughout the region, the Village of Monticello is concerned for the health and safety of all village residents. We would like to remind both landlords and renters alike that New York State Property Maintenance Code Section 602 requires that, during the winter months, “Every owner and operator of any building who rents, leases or lets one or more dwelling unit, rooming unit, dormitory or guestroom on terms, either expressed or implied, to furnish heat to the occupants thereof shall supply heat from the period from September 15th through May 31st to maintain a temperature of not less than 68 degrees Fahrenheit in all habitable rooms, bathrooms, and toilet rooms.”

There are also minimum standards for commercial/business environments that require all, “Indoor occupiable work spaces shall be supplied with heat during the period of September 15th through May 31st to maintain a temperature of not less than 65 degrees Fahrenheit during the period the spaces are occupied.” (with only minimal exceptions)
If Village of Monticello residents know of anyone in the village living either without heat or insufficient heating as per the aforementioned codes, we want to know about it. You are welcome to call Village Hall at 794-6130. In addition, there are programs administered through the Sullivan County Division of Health and Family Services that can assist in providing heating resources to eligible individuals. Their contact number is 292-0100. In an immediate emergency situation, please do not hesitate to contact the Monticello Police Department for placement assistance.

David A. Sager
Village Manager

Mood's Upgrades Village of Monticello Bond Rating

Moody's Investor Service announced on December 19th that it was upgrading the bond rating for the Village of Monticello. The system is designed to provide investors with a simple system of gradation by which future relative creditworthiness of securities may be gauged.

There are nine symbols used to designate least credit risk to that denoting greatest credit risk: Aaa Aa A Baa Ba B Caa Ca C. Monticello is presently ranked at "Baa1", with indications on the horizon for continued local economic improvement.

The report explained recent improvements stating that the former Treasurer was unable to provide documents which would have allowed the Board of Trustees to properly oversee village operations. "These deficiencies led to cash flow strain and $147,000 of insufficient funds in village bank accounts in May 2013. The village subsequently hired a new treasurer and has completed its audits for fiscal years 2012 and 2013," Moody's financial analyst David Strungis wrote in a December 29th e-mail (emphasis in original).

The current Treasurer, Lilu Li, deserves to be commended for her excellent work in helping to improve Monticello's financial stability. Ms. Li informed the Board of Trustees that when she spoke with Mr. Strungis, he told her Moody's had not heard from a Monticello fiscal officer for several years. As a taxpayer as well as an elected official, I am happy she is with us.

Moody's letter, 12/19/2014. Click the image for multi-page PDF.

Village Manager's Statement on Behalf of the Mayor and Trustees of the Village of Monticello on Selection of Our Community as the Site for a Licensed Casino

December 18, 2014


On behalf of the Mayor and Trustees of the Village of Monticello, I would like to extend our most sincere appreciation to the NYS Gaming Commission for their prudent decision in siting a casino project right here in the Town of Thompson and Monticello. Despite significant competition from neighboring counties, the siting committee acknowledged not only the initial intent of the state referendum, but also the rich tourism history of our region and genuine need for economic stimulus in our beautiful part of the Catskills.

The approval of the Empire Resorts project is a game changer for an area that has seen more than its share of economic struggles over the past 40 years. While we have been seeing signs of renewed interest in our village prior to yesterday’s decision, we eagerly look forward to being a partner with Empire Resorts in any way we can so that Monticello and the surrounding areas can achieve the most benefit from the anticipated growth associated with such a monumental project. We also wish to extend our hand to say congratulations and welcome neighbor.

I would like to give special thanks to Governor Cuomo, Senator John J. Bonacic, and Assemblywoman Gunther for their untiring efforts in making sure our region’s long-held dreams of hosting a full-scale casino destination resort were finally achieved. As the county seat, we look forward to working with our state, county and town officials to reclaiming our status as the jewel of the Catskills and a significant economic generator for the State of New York.
In the coming days, we will be working tirelessly as a village to assure that we are fully prepared to handle the anticipated growth. Today is great day for the Sullivan County Catskills, a great day for the Town of Thompson and a great day for the Village of Monticello. We are eager to embrace the bright future that lies ahead.


David A. Sager
Village Manager

Governor Governor

BREAKING NEWS - Monticello Holiday Events, Including Party, The Santa Express, and Dinner ALL At Stroebele Community Center, December 14th

A last-minute change in the flight plan of The Santa Express will bring St. Nick and his family and friends directly to the site of an ongoing holiday party at the Stroebele Center, 10 Jefferson Street. Arrival of The Santa Express at the Stroebele Center at 5:00 PM will be the high point of a day-long children's party hosted by the Village of Monticello Events Committee in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs, other community organizations, and a host of volunteers. The party will begin at 2:30 PM and last until Santa Express arrives. After his departure from the Stroebele Center, a free dinner organized by A dose of los ent will follow and will last into the evening, all at the Stroebele Center. Santa's exciting new flight plan consolidates ALL the festivities at the Ted Stroebele Community Center.

The entire series of events at the Stroebele Center is free and open to the public.

Santa Express 2013, Monticello

Monticello Santa Express flyer

Monticello Santa Express flyer

Monticello Santa Express flyer

Community Thanksgiving dinner in Monticello, Saturday, 11/22, 12 to 4 PM

Those interested in participating can email or call Sullivan Renaissance, a longtime supporter of the Interfaith Council, at (845) 295-2405. All check donations can be made payable to the United Methodist Church of Monticello, memo: “Community Thanksgiving Dinner,” and mailed to the church at 445 Broadway, Monticello NY, 12701.

View e-mail from Sullivan Renaissance for more details on this event.


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