Today we were informally informed (not in writing) that the NYS DOT has agreed to take over the Connector Project between the Galleria Mall and Orange Plaza. The reason for this agreement stems from the shared interest of the Town of Wallkill and the New York State Department of Transportation to complete the project in a way that will alleviate traffic on route 211 in the Town of Wallkill. I would like to thank the New York State DOT for their efforts and commitment in getting this project done right. I would also like to thank the Elected Officials who were influential in supporting the town in this effort; Governor Andew Cuomo, Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, State Senator John Bonacic, Assemblywoman Annie Rabbit and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, and all of the Town of Wallkill Town Board members. This new agreement saves the Town of Wallkill taxpayers over $1 Million potential expense and ensures that the project will be built right. Once the project design is completed by the town it will be handed off to the State to construct. Upon completion it will be handed back to the town to maintain. “This is a home run for all sides, especially the taxpayers of the Town of Wallkill” stated Supervisor Dan Depew.