Office of the Mayor
Mayor Matt Alexander was elected to his first term in 2007 and has served the Village as Mayor ever since; winning 6 more consecutive terms as the Democratic and Republican Nominee.
Mayor Alexander previously served as 2nd Ward Trustee (2006) and served 4 years on the Village’s Planning Board (2002-2006). Prior to this service, he had gained extensive experience in capital financing in the private sector. In 1991 Mayor Alexander passed his CPA exam while working for a public accounting firm in New York City. Alexander owns and operates a business on East Main Street in the Village. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Mayor Alexander’s key issues have centered around improving critical infrastructure, promoting economic development, watershed protection, and securing essential services for Village residents. Mayor Alexander developed the “Top Five Priorities” approach to addressing Village’s most serious problems and systematically worked to develop real and timely solutions. These Priorities include: Infrastructure, Water, Lake, Bleachery Development, and Economic Development.
Mayor Alexander planned and completed total major projects for facilities, streets, water and sewer offset with over $30 million of grant funding and subsidies obtained by his administration. In 2016, under Mayor Alexander’s leadership, the Village was awarded $8 million in federal funds in order to rehabilitate critical infrastructure on 17 streets. This rehabilitation includes the water mains, sewer lines, curbing and sidewalks.
Since he took office in 2007, the Village has
- Constructed a new water treatment facility
- Constructed a 254KW Solar Array to provide affordable renewable energy
- Paved 40 streets (approx. 10 miles)
- Installed 3.5 miles of water mains
- Installed 5 miles of sewer lines
- Purchased a new Village Hall
- Purchased and re-furbished the old 1938 Post Office for a police station
- Constructed a new Highway Garage
- Constructed a community center boathouse
- Constructed an Ecosystem water quality project to treat 140 acres of drainage
- Constructed new play areas in the parks
- Constructed a new waterfront park with an amphitheater in the business district
The Mayor believes that without well maintained critical infrastructure it is impossible to adequately serve residents, businesses, and visitors to the Village of Wappingers Falls. This has been the number one priority of his administration and has engaged regional cooperation to plan the renovation of this community’s capital needs. This engagement has attracted regional talent through the use of regional institutions of higher education. Specifically, Mayor Alexander has had 18 Marist College interns in the past 11 years.
Economic Development & Planning
Mayor Alexander has worked with the Department of Environmental Conservation to kick start a 20 year old Village Superfund Site’s $5.8 million remediation and redevelopment. Work was completed in the autumn of 2014. On December 11, 2014, Empire State Development funding in the amount of $800,000 was secured for infrastructure improvements to this Superfund Site in order to expedite its redevelopment. The Mayor also developed a Parks Plan to address Village’s increasingly outdated parks and recreation facilities. These improvements to recreational assets will help foster a more viable and attractive economic climate within Wappingers Falls. The Village hopes to adopt a new Comprehensive Plan, Brownfield Opportunity Area Program Nomination Study, Capital Infrastructure Plan in 2020.
In addition to serving the community as Mayor of Wappingers Falls, Matt Alexander is Chairman of the Wappinger Watershed Intermunicipal Council of 13 Wappinger Creek Watershed municipalities since 2011. Has started and completed Lake Studies to address sedimentation and phosphorous in Wappinger Lake, a Critical Environmental Area. Mayor Alexander was successful in curbing the number one Village sedimentation outflow, by developing and being awarded $634,000 in the 2011 Green Innovative Grant Program to treat storm runoff which was polluting the Lake.
Mayor Alexander funded and completed a Local Waterfront Revitalization Strategy 2011 to increase environmentally conscious development along the Wappinger Creek and Lake. He also planned and financed a $5.7 million new Water Treatment Facility completed in 2011 which restored the Village’s capability to supply their own, clean, drinking water throughout Wappingers Falls. This Water Treatment Facility, the first of its kind, operates while using Ultraviolet disinfection to greatly reduce the amount of chemicals added to the water supply. The construction of this facility saved the Village $1.1 Million to date. By 2021, the Village will have completed its 9 Element Plan to revitalize its watershed which it shares with 12 other municipalities.
Partnering with County, State, and Federal Levels of Government
The Mayor believes that citizens of Wappingers Falls should not be subjected to failing infrastructure, hazardous pedestrian conditions, and believes strongly that they should have unimpeded access to the essential services which are the responsibility of a local government to provide. Mayor Alexander views the position of Mayor as that of an advocate for his constituents. In the past 13 years in office, the Mayor has secured over $30 million in funding to the Village for necessary infrastructure, essential service, and economic development projects.
Matt Alexander, Mayor
Village of Wappingers Falls Town Hall
2582 South Avenue
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Phone: (845) 297-8773