Warwick receives $50,000 state grant to purchase a new backhoeALBANY — The Town of Warwick has received a $50,000 grant for the purchase of a new backhoe for the town’s Department of Public Works.

State Sen. John J. Bonacic (R-C-I-Mt. Hope secured the grant through the State Municipal Facilities Program, funding for which was appropriated in the 2016-2017 state budget.

The Town of Warwick has a 1984 backhoe that is used extensively for road repairs, water and sewer repairs and public works construction projects throughout the town. The grant will help the town purchase a new, replacement backhoe.

“The new backhoe will not only improve operations at the Town DPW," Bonacic said in the press release detailing the grant, "it will save taxpayers money.”

Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton said: “Once again Senator Bonacic has helped the town replace a vital piece of equipment that we otherwise would not have been able to fund this year. This assistance to obtain a new backhoe will ensure that the Department of Public Works can complete critical repairs on our roads and water/sewer systems.”

Town Hall will close for Presidents' WeekendWARWICK — Warwick Town Hall will be closed on Friday, Feb. 17, and Monday, Feb. 20, in observation of Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays.

Town hall will re-open on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 8:30 a.m.

Library annual election set for April 4WARWICK — The Albert Wisner Public Library’s annual election will be held on Tuesday April 4 at the Library.

The library’s operating levy and election of one trustee is on the ballot.

The polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residents of the Warwick Valley School District who are registered to vote may participate.

Voter registration is held at the School District Office. Voting by Absentee Ballot can be requested at the library at least seven days before the election date if the ballot is to be mailed and one day before the election if the ballot is to be picked up by the voter.

A public hearing will be held Tuesday March 28, at 7 p.m. at the library.

The FY2017/18 proposed operating budget can be found on the library’s website at www.albertwisnerlibrary.org. beginning in March.

Incumbent Margaret Bogdanski will run for re-election. Library Trustees are elected to serve a five-year term of office.

Persons wishing to stand for election as Trustee must return to the library a petition with at least 25 signatures of residents of the Warwick Valley School District no later than 5 p.m. on March 3. Petitions are available at the Library’s website, www.albertwisnerlibrary.org.

For more information, contact Library Director Rosemary Cooper at 986-1047 ext. 6.

Free tax preparation availableWARWICK — AARP is once again offering free, reliable tax preparation for low and moderate income individuals, seniors and families, Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton announced.

Volunteers will be at the Warwick Reformed Church, 16 Maple Ave. (across the street from St. Anthony Community Hospital).

Call 2-1-1 or 1-(800)-899-1479 to make an appointment.