Renovation of Wohseepee Park Cabin

Municipality: Brightwaters
County: Suffolk County
Population: Less than 5,000
Type: Village

Village Hall: (631) 665-1280

The Village of Brightwaters has a population of just over 3,000. However, the Village displayed a strong sense of community to touch-up its beloved Wohseepee Park Cabin. The Cabin was created in Wohseepee Park in 1926 by volunteers as a meeting and recreational place for the village children. Serving as a testament for the Village’s sense of community, Mayor John J. Valdini launched another volunteer effort to renovate the Cabin. Consisting of volunteer contractors, electricians, and plumbers – supplemented by local donations – Brightwaters was able to renovate its treasured Cabin at no cost to the Village. The new Cabin is expected to be used considerably, with summer camps, community meetings, and veteran breakfast all scheduled as occupants. As remarked by Mayor Valdini on the success of generating a volunteer effort, it truly takes a village!

Whitney Point Reddit AMA

Municipality: Whitney Point
County: Broome County
Population: Less than 5,000
Type: Village

2017 Local Government Achievement Award

Village Hall: (607) 692-4907

This program engages residents on a new level to communicate initiatives and important information, facilitate feedback, respond to concerns of residents, and more. It has drastically expanded the use of social media, which has earned the recognition of many of the residents who enjoy the responsiveness that have been demonstrated.

Neighbors for Neighbors

Municipality: East Hills
County: Nassau County
Population: 5,000 to 10,000
Type: Village

2017 Local Government Achievement Award

Village Hall: (516) 621-5600

A new East Hills Village Committee was created and members appointed to respond to the urgent needs of residents, particularly those aged and handicapped. With the formation and the appointment of committee members in 2017, the program "Neighbors for Neighbors" was officially born.

Inspire Community Leadership Conference

Municipality: Geneva
County: Ontario County
Population: 10,001 to 50,000
Type: City

2017 Local Government Achievement Award

City Hall: (315) 789-2603

Geneva’s Office of Neighborhood Initiatives developed the Inspire Community Leadership Conference. The program was conducted over an afternoon in the fall of 2016 and drew approximately 100 attendees.

Holiday Decorating Program

Municipality: Granville
County: Washington County
Population: Less than 5,000
Type: Village

2017 Local Government Achievement Award WINNER (Second Place)

Village Hall: (518) 642-2640

The Village of Granville was approached by the local Chamber of Commerce approximately six years ago to form a partnership in decorating their community for the holidays. Over the years, the decorating efforts have grown exponentially, from 20,000 lights to more than 100,000 in the village. The village also co-sponsors the show in Veterans Park where 30,000 lights dance synchronized to holiday music. The lighting generally draws 2,500-3,000 patrons and nightly shows broadcast on FM station 89.3 to allow constituents to view the show from the comfort of their vehicles. Restaurants, bars and retailers report two-three times normal business on the night of the event.