Due to the rain forecast for our original date, WINTERFEST has been moved to 12/10.

2:00PM Keep your eyes peeled for Santa, who will be touring the village with help from the Tivoli Fire Department.

3:30PM @ the Firehouse, Kids crafts and cookie decorating.
Come for hot chili, hot dogs, and hot beverages.

4:45PM @ the Firehouse, Holiday Light-up.

5:00PM-7:00PM Horse drawn wagon rides on Broadway & Merchant and Artists open houses.


Village of Tivoli Public Advisory: Notice of Elevated Lead Levels in Soils at Former Water Tower Site

What is the advisory?

The Village of Tivoli has received soil sample data indicating levels of lead in the soil under the former water tower, in Memorial Park, that are elevated above New York State Soil Cleanup Objectives.

How did we learn about this?

When the old water tower was removed, before and after soil samples were taken as a routine precaution to ensure no lead was released during the take-down. While the before and after samples were found to be the same, both indicated elevated lead levels, meaning the presence of lead predated the removal of the old tower.

What is lead and how can I be exposed to it?

Lead is a heavy metal that is naturally occurring in soils at low levels. Human activity has increased lead levels in soil from sources such as paint and automobile emissions from leaded gasoline. Although the use of lead paint been discontinued since the late 1970s, historic use of leaded products may result in elevated lead levels in soils in the vicinity of buildings and structures historically coated with lead paint.

Exposure to lead in soils commonly occurs when people come in contact with bare soils and soil particles are inhaled or ingested. Having a dense grass or vegetation cover over lead contaminated soils reduces exposure potential.

Lead in surface soils at Memorial Park is very unlikely to affect the quality of the Village’s drinking water. The Village’s water supply is drawn from wells that draw water from the underground aquifer. The Tivoli Water System is in compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule for drinking water.

How is the Village addressing the issue?

The Village has notified the Dutchess County Department of Community and Behavior Health and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The Village and its environmental consultant are working with the agencies to develop a plan to determine the extent of lead in the soils near the former water tower and identify appropriate corrective action.

The Village will be restricting access to the area in the vicinity of the former water tower with snow fence. The Village’s environmental consultant will be collecting additional soil data to determine the extent of the soils with elevated lead levels. During this time, we ask that Memorial Park users avoid entering the restricted area.

The Village will provide additional updates through the Village website and email notification system as information becomes available. The assessment of soil lead levels in the vicinity of the former water tower is expected to take one month.

Meeting Date : October 13, 2021
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2021  –  7:00 PM






Present:            Mayor Griffith, Deputy Mayor Majer, Trustee Ezrati, Trustee Baldino, Trustee Mangieri


Public:             Russ Baker, Harry Colgan, Jeanette Canaday, Leslie Baker, Bob Zises, Eileen Digan, and Karen Cleaveland


The Village of Tivoli Board of Trustees held a public hearing on October 13, 2021 at the Historic Watts DePeyster Hall, Tivoli, NY.  On a motion made by Deputy Mayor Majer and seconded by Trustee Ezrati; all in favor; Mayor Griffith opened the Public Hearing at 7:11 PM.

Mayor Griffith read the Public Hearing Notice; and waited for comments from the public.


Harry Colgan began by mentioning that he had surveyed many folks regarding this proposed law, and all, including Harry, are opposed.  He spoke to an individual who gave a different opinion, however, there was only one who was opposed.  He went on further to say that this law is not an easy fit.


Leslie Baker agreed with what Harry had to say.


Karen Cleaveland believed it was not appropriate as Tivoli is a family place and family oriented.


Harry Colgan brought up what to do regarding those who will potentially be smoking in public.  Many added there is not much to do, as it is legal now.


Russ Baker provided information on how cannabis has negative impacts on the human brain up to the age of 28/29.  He has counseled many men and women on drugs and alcohol.  The availability of cannabis, along with the lax attitude of some parents could lead to trouble.  He added there were 93,000 overdoses last year in this country.  He spoke of his experiences in the field, and feels the logistics of a dispensary or café would be horrible.


Leslie Baker asked about the law being revisited.  Mayor Griffith confirmed that not opting in is a “No” now, and the Village could opt in at a later date.  But, a second law would have to be passed to annul the first law.


Leslie asked if residents could bring the law back up for another vote, or is it just the Village Board.  Mayor Griffith added voters can petition to bring the issue back up again.  Russ Baker asked if it was just registered voters who can request there be a new decision.  Trustee Ezrati added that a person must be a resident for 6 months out of the year in order to be a voter and register to vote.


Trustee Ezrati added information that renters do in some form pay taxes through their rent, and could be eligible to vote.  Mayor Griffith added that the same rules would apply for this referendum as does for residents to vote in the Village elections.  Questions were raised about how many students live in the Village, Deputy Mayor Majer believed there were approximately 125 students who reside here.


Russ Baker added that things in the Village have been changing.


Eileen Digan and Mayor Griffith discussed how the majority of input is that people want to opt out.


Harry Colgan asked if a sample of legislation was provided from the State, Mayor Griffith said a law had been provided from the Village’s attorney.


The issue of people smoking on the sidewalk in public was brought up as it is now legal.  Reducing this will be difficult as it will be legal for individuals 21 years old and up.  The types of buildings where public smoking will be illegal was brought to the table, and Russ Baker mentioned it is illegal to smoke within 200 feet from a church; it is not allowed in public buildings, as is the rule for cigarette smoking.


Mayor Griffith said it appeared there was not much diversity in the room, and that basically everyone felt the same way, and would like to opt out.


Trustee Ezrati added that there would be zoning laws that would have to be passed if there were to be changes to the law in the future.  She added that zoning laws would have to be appropriate for the potential lines and parking issues if the Village chose to opt in at a later date; and brought up the question of where could the Village facilitate a dispensary?


Mayor Griffith did confirm that a future Board of Trustees could change the law.


Russ Baker added that all were following democracy by allowing everyone to be heard.


Bob Zises asked about the opting in and opting out scenario, opting out now could change to opting in later, etc.


Mayor Griffith accepted the motion from Trustee Baldino to close the public hearing.  On the motion made by Trustee Baldino, seconded by Trustee Mangieri, all in favor; the public hearing was closed at 7:30 PM.


Respectfully submitted,




Robin L. Bruno

Village Clerk