Brewster, NY

This monument to Brewster Village Mayor John Cesar sits near the intersection of Peaceable Hill Road and Main Street in the village of Brewster.  It is towards the back of the dirt parking area, near the municipal building, on a grassy island in front of the building.  It sits next to a monument to Stephen R Blaney.

John Cesar was born in 1918 and died of pneumonia on April 9th, 2006.  He was the Mayor of Brewster from 1988 to 1989, and again from 1998 to 2005.

According to an April 11, 2006 article in Danbury’s New-Times titled, “Brewster’s Colorful Ex-Mayor Dies” he was born in Mount Kisco and during his life became a circus clown at the age of 16, was a self-described hobo during the Great Depression, worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps (New Deal Program), and started numerous busineses including a hauling company, moving company and a strip club called The Poorhouse.  He has two brushes with death – one was an electrocution and 30 foot fall, and the other was a 70 foot fall from an Interstate 84 bridge.  To fund his political campaigns, he collected cans.