Rhinebeck Rotary Features Talk on Sally Mazzarella Park and Town Finances



On Monday, August 24th, during its regular meeting at The Beekman Arms, the Rhinebeck Rotary featured a presentation by Rhinebeck Town Councilman Bruce Washburn on the current status of the Sally Mazzarella Park and the financial picture of the town and village. Mr. Washburn has served on the town board for the past eight years and has lived in Rhinebeck for 36 years. He recently retired from IBM.


Mr. Washburn began with an update on the Sally Mazzarella Park project. Phase 1, costing one million dollars and involving infrastructure construction, is underway and includes a new entrance for the park and Starr Library, storm pipes, a water main, electricity, a septic system, and trails.  Phase 2, currently unfunded, will see the construction of soccer and baseball fields while Phase 3 will focus on the creation of a community center.

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Irving Solero PICTURED (left to right) Bruce Washburn and David Albahary

Mr. Washburn then addressed Rhinebeck Town and Village finances, stating that both entities have been relatively stable since the 2008 recession. The town’s debt has increased modestly, while its expenses have decreased, but the village’s financial picture reflects the opposite: less debt but greater expense. Tax increases for both entities have been low in relation to the rest of the county but Mr. Washburn emphasized the need for greater efficiency in accounting, shared services, and preventative maintenance.


The Rhinebeck Rotary Club meets on Mondays at 12:15 pm throughout the year at the Beekman Arms. Rotary is a humanitarian organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through local, national, and international service projects.  Weekly meetings feature speakers covering a variety of human-interest topics and guests are welcome to attend. Upcoming speakers include:


  • August 31st – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program participants Mikela Holt, Dean Kaknis, Elle Ping, Alex Selchert, Grace Steele, Serena Toback, and Mia Tsang will speak about their RYLA experiences;
  • September 14th – Rotarian Ed Tobin will speak about his trip to Cuba; and
  • September 28th – Mary Kay Vrba, Executive Director of Dutchess County Tourism, will speak about her work.

For more information on becoming a member, attending as a guest to hear a particular speaker, or to reserve a speaker’s spot at an upcoming meeting, please call Lou Trapani at 845-876-3088, ext. 14.