Office of the Mayor Press Release

April 1, 2020

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, on Sunday March 22nd the Village had its first infection of COVID-19. Yesterday its reported cases increased by 50% to a total of 12. After reviewing the data from the County, the Village’s small urban population is second in Dutchess County in both infections per 1,000 and per square mile. (Second to Beacon and the City of Poughkeepsie respectively). It is apparent that this virus likes urbanized areas. Please listen to the recommendations of our County and State. This virus is very contagious and it especially preys on the weak. It is absolutely recommended that Village residents take heed and stay at home, limit trips to the grocery stores, wash your hands and take care to practice social distancing. Remember, here in the Village where there is a higher percentage of elderly, it is especially important to protect each other by following these recommendations.

Dutchess County released it’s COVID- 19 Dashboard

New Coronavirus Dashboard is now available at with data about the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on our community, including information on the number of confirmed cases and a map of the cases in each of the County’s 30 municipalities, as well as other important information.

Wappingers Central School District Food Service Update

Beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020, there will be the daily distribution of breakfast and lunch at Roy C. Ketcham, John Jay, Wappingers JHS and Sheafe Road. On Thursday, like last week, both Thursday and Friday breakfast & lunch meals will be provided together at any of the four locations listed below between the hours of 10 AM and noon. In addition, Roy C. Ketcham High School has expanded hours from 7 am until 8 am.*
Please note that any meal not eaten within an hour must be refrigerated.
Breakfast & Lunch Pick-Up Locations Between 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Roy C. Ketcham* (Also between 7:00-8:00 a.m.)
John Jay High School
Sheafe Road Elementary School
Wappingers Junior High School
To assist with the ease of pick-up for families please have the following information readily available to give to the foodservice staff when you arrive to get your meals.
  • Your Child’s Student ID
  • First and Last Name
  • School they attend

Meals are limited to one breakfast and one lunch per day, per WCSD student, under the age of 18 years old.

Village Playground Equipment Closed

As we learn more about Coronavirus transmission, we continue to assess our risks in the Village. We are concerned for the health of our children and how it might be compromised by the virus staying on the hard surfaces of play equipment. This decision isn’t meant to opine as to how long the virus lives on hard surfaces, but in this case we would rather err on the side of caution so you can insure your child remains virus free.
All playground equipment in any Village Parks is CLOSED.

However all Village Parks remain open for you to visit, relax and walk. But we ask you to practice social distancing.
Thank you for your cooperation and be well!

Temporary Suspension of the Open Meetings Law

Temporary Suspension of the Open Meetings Law by the Governor’s Executive Order 202.1:
Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the Village of Wappingers Falls will cancel the regular meeting that was noticed for March 25, 2020. It will however have an emergency meeting as explained below.

Executive Order 202.1 temporarily suspends the Open Meetings Law requirement for public bodies to provide the public with in-person access to public meetings. Through April 11, 2020 at the earliest, public bodies may hold a public meeting in the following four ways:
1. In person at a public location;
2. In-person at a public location, with some or all of the members attending via video-conferencing and in-person attendance allowed at all locations where video-conferencing is occurring as well as at the public location;
3. By conference call, with either an in-person location where some board members are present, or with all board members participating remotely, but allowing the public to listen to the conference call, which must be recorded and a transcript provided at a later date; or
4. By video-conferencing, with either an in-person location where some board members are present, or with all board members participating remotely, with the public able to view the video-conference online, which must be recorded and a transcript provided at a later date.
For the safety of its official, employees, residents, and the general public, the Village has decided to go with a combination of options 3 and 4. Until further notice, the Village of Wappingers Falls will be employing Zoom for Village Board meetings and WebEx for Planning Board meetings. No meetings of the Zoning Board of Appeals are currently scheduled. Each service allows participation by the public either by computer or smartphone over the internet, or by telephone.

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Village Board will conduct a short emergency Zoom meeting solely for the purpose of voting to have a Special Meeting on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 at 5:00 pm. This meeting will be held exclusively online, with no one attending in person at Village Hall. The Trustees and meeting attendees will participate via remote access through Zoom by computer. No public hearings are scheduled for this meeting. The public is invited to listen to and watch the meeting either via computer or telephone, but there will be no live public participation during this meeting. The Village is in the process of establishing email addresses that public comments may be sent to. We will post this information on the website as soon as it is available. We will also post the Zoom meeting information as soon as it is available.

March 25th meeting will be recorded and posted on the Village website.

Community Food Resources

Wappingers Central School District

Breakfast & Lunch Pick-Up Locations Between 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Roy C. Ketcham: For students who attend
  • Roy C. Ketcham High School
  • Orchard View High School
John Jay High School: For students who attend
  • John Jay High School
  • Brinckerhoff Elementary School
  • Fishkill Elementary School
Myers Corners Road Elementary School: For students who attend
  • Myers Corners Road Elementary School
  • Wappingers Junior High School
  • James Evans Elementary School
Gayhead Elementary School: For students who attend
  • Gayhead Elementary School
  • Fishkill Plains Elementary School
  • Van Wyck Junior High School
Sheafe Road Elementary School: For students who attend
  • Sheafe Road Elementary School
  • Oak Grove Elementary School
  • Vassar Road Elementary School
  • Kinry Road Elementary Schools

Food Pantry’s

  • First Presbyterian Church – 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month 9am to 11 am. Free Community Dinner – Saturday 3/21/20 (Take Out Only) Please call ahead with your order (845)-297-2800
  • Zion Church – Every Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2pm & 5:30pm to 7 pm (only serve people in 12590 zip code)
  • St. Mary’s – Every Thursday mornings (only serve people in 12590 zip code)


Local Businesses/Restaurants

  • Mamma Musetti’s – Free bagged lunches to kids – (Reserve bagged lunch ahead of time by calling 845-297-9365 or by email:
  • Pacini’s Pizza – Each child can get a slice of pizza and two garlic knott’s for free
  • Chubby’s Deli – Free slice of pizza or grilled cheese & French fries between the hours of 11am to 2pm for any Village of Wappingers Falls School Student.
  • Nonna Pizzeria – Free slice of pizza, two garlic knots and Juice to every kid who needs it.

Village Hall is closed to the Public

Village Hall is CLOSED to the pubic. If you have any questions or concerns please call 845-297-8773. If you need to pay any garbage/sewer/water bills please put it in the lock box and a receipt will be mailed to you.

Village Court is closed to the Public

The court is closed to the public until further notice due to public health concerns. Justice personnel will continue to receive telephone calls during business hours as permitted. (845) – 297 – 6777. If you are scheduled for a court appearance you will receive notification through the mail with a new date. If you have a payment or plea on a traffic ticket please mail to: village justice court (2582 south avenue, wappingers falls, ny, 12590)

Village Elections

Village Election are postponed to Tuesday June 16, 2020. Election location will be Village Hall (2582 South Avenue) from 10am to 9pm.