Hydrant Flushing April 21, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is it that makes the water turn orange when they flush the hydrant?
Minerals – Primarily Iron & Manganese
The Village of Brewster supply source is ground water drawn from five sand and gravel wells.
The semiannual hydrant flushing purges the system of the accumulated settlement of these minerals suspended in the ground water.
Opening the hydrants and increasing the water flow causes the disturbance of this settlement so that it may be flushed from the system.

Does running the tap water make it clear up faster?
No. To the contrary, running the water prolongs the turbulence in the system. The best thing to do is use as little water as possible for 12 to 24 hours so the system has a chance to settle out and clear.

Why does my toilet run after hydrant flushing?
Sometimes tiny particulate gets caught under the flush valve seal in the toilet holding tank preventing it from sealing tightly. The same can be true for washers and aerators (strainers) in faucets. Make sure your faucets and toilets are not leaking and are unobstructed after hydrant flushing. If you have strainers on washer supply hoses you should also check them but refraining from doing laundry for a 24 to 48-hour period from April 21st is recommended.

After this flushing, the next hydrant flushing is scheduled to be October 6, 2021.

Village of Brewster Court Update

The Village of Brewster Court will not be holding court until further notice. The Village Court Office located at 50 Main Street will remain open until further notice, in person 9 AM to 2 PM and through phone or email, 8:30 AM to 4 PM. Please check our website and Facebook for up to date information. 

Important Dates for the Village of Brewster

Please use the links below to find important dates for Board Meetings and Village Holidays when the office will be closed.


2020-2021 Village Planning Board Meetings

2020-2021 Village Board of Trustees Meetings

2021 Suburban Carting Calendar for Refuse Pick Up

Please click here to view the current 2020 Calendar.

2021 Suburban Carting Calendar

2021 Suburban Carting Calendar SPANISH

Urban Renewal Project Work Session Zoom Meeting 10/28/20

This is the presentation shown at the work session mentioned below: 10.28.2020 Urban Renewal Project Presentation



PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that the Board of Trustees, the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Brewster will hold a Work Session on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. at St. Lawrence O’Toole Gymnasium at 34 Prospect Street, as well as virtually through Zoom, the Meeting ID is 207 812 8623 and the phone number to call is 1-929-205-6099. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Village Boards requires that no one from the public attend the meeting, and urge those who wish to hear the discussion join the Zoom call. The work session is to discuss the ongoing Urban Renewal Project and no public comment will be accepted.

By order of the
Board of Trustees of the
Village of Brewster
Michelle Chiudina
Village Clerk

NEW Court Window Hours Take Effect November 2, 2020


Effective Monday November 2, 2020 the Court will have window hours. They will be 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. During these times you may pay a traffic ticket, hand in a traffic ticket or any other business you may have with the Court. Outside of these times the Count window will be CLOSED. If you need assistance during the CLOSED WINDOW HOUR times you can reach us VIA email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Village of Brewster Top Soil Available

Attention Village and Southeast Residents:

The Department of Public Works has top soil available to all residents to be picked up during normal business hours. If you would like to pick up top soil, please call to make an appointment at 845-279-3760. Appointments must be between 8 AM and 3 PM, Monday through Friday. Limited quantities are available.

Village of Brewster Voting for General Election

Attention All Village Residents:

Due to COVID-19, the Village of Brewster polling location will be at 25 MARVIN AVENUE. Please be sure to wear a mask and remain socially distant while voting this year. If you have any questions please call the Putnam County Board of Elections at 845-808-1300 or visit their website www.putnamboe.com

E-Waste at Town of Southeast Highway Department

The Town of Southeast will be holding E-Waste Drop Off on September 12, 2020 from 10 PM to 2 PM at the Highway Department on Palmer Road. Please see the following link for more information: http://southeast-ny.gov/359/Electronic-Waste

Community Grows in Brewster

By Judy Marano

During this very challenging time, the Cultural Arts Coalition is working hard to provide entertainment and programming online for our community. The Coalition urges all to periodically check the website at www.culturalarts.com for new and exciting offerings. Despite the pandemic, the Coalition's Garden Around the Corner project is in full swing, albeit with masks and social distancing! Headed by Master Gardener and Volunteer Coordinator, Anita Conway, the project is being executed by several dedicated people, call them "Garden Goddesses", who are watering, weeding, and transforming our beautiful parking lot garden. Board director, Olenna Truskett, comments, “The garden is like a moving artwork: Each day Mother Nature and the Goddesses mix up the palette.” Last year, this small canvas space yielded over 200 lbs. of produce that were delivered directly to the Putnam Community Action Partnership for distribution into the homes of community members in need. CAC is hopeful that this year will be even bigger, more fruitful, and more beautiful. Many people are struggling with the loss of jobs and concern about Covid-19, so grocery shopping, especially for produce, can be cost-prohibitive. We, at the Cultural Arts Coalition, recognize that helping our neighbors in an integral part of celebrating the community with transformative and inspiring arts!

For more information visit www.CulturalArtsCo.com, call (845) 363 - 8330, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or find us on Facebook at “Cultural Arts Coalition”.

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July Water Bill Correction

To Residents, Business Owners and Outside Water Users,

The Village of Brewster would like to inform all water users that the bills that were sent out on July 1,2020 are incorrect,but please know that this mistake will be remediated.

As many of you have noticed, we have a new bill layout as designed by our new program that we are using for billings. This new software is similar to our old software,but is still in the development stages as we continue to work to move all of our processes to a cloud-based server.

With that being said, there was an oversight in the water billing and all residents were charged the new rates for water from the previous reading date of March to April15, 2020, which should not have happened. The new rates were put into place on April15,2020 and the usage prior to that date should have been charged at the old rate.

After working with the programmers on this issue, we are able to give a credit to all water bills that are due August 3,2020, for the water used, that should have been charged at the old rate. If you have already paid your bill, you will receive a credit on your October water bill

for that amount. If you have not paid your bill,you may contact the Village Office for your new bill amount or you may choose to receive a credit on your next bill.

If you would like a breakdown of the calculations for the bills,please contact the Village Office at 845-279-3760 or email the Village Clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Village of Brewster Offices apologize for the error and the confusion it caused this community. We are all suffering in different ways and the most important notion to remember is that we are all in this together. I, as Village Clerk, apologize for this oversight and would like to assure the public that this will not happen again.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Sincerely,

Michelle Chiudina Village Clerk & Treasurer


Click here to view the July Water Bill Correction Letter

Contact Information

Village of Brewster
Village Office & Village Court
50 Main Street
Brewster, New York 10509

Village Office Phone: (845)279-3760 Fax: (845)278-7653

Village Court Phone: (845) 279 4020

Village Police: (845) 279-3618 (rings to State Police)


Officer on Duty Phone Number for Non-emergencies: 914-804-8442

Hours of Operation

For the Village Hall and Village Court

Village Hall - Window & Phone: Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- For assistance after business hours, email the Village Clerk mchiudina@brewstervillage-ny.gov

Village Court - Window Hours: Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
                                                                                     Closed 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. for lunch
                        - Phone Hours: Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Summer Hours: (Tuesday after Memorial Day until Friday before Labor Day)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.