Meeting Date : January 18, 2023
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January 18, 2023


A meeting of the Village Board of Trustees was held on January 18, 2023 at the Historic Watts DePeyster Hall, Tivoli, NY.  Mayor Griffith opened the regular meeting at 7:17 PM.


Present: Mayor Griffith, Trustee Baldino, Trustee Mangieri and Trustee Shilling


Public Present:  Jeanette Canaday and Kathy O’Connor


Others Present:  Christine Chale, Village Attorney


Media:  PANDA

The Mayor asked all present at the meeting to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.


Mayor Griffith announced the public hearing for the Tivoli Wastewater Treatment Plant Replacement SEQRA and Monroe Review. On a motion by Trustee Baldino, seconded by Trustee Mangieri, the public hearing was opened.


Kathy O’Connor asked for clarification between the open public hearing and the meeting on January 24, 2023. Mayor Griffith answered that the public hearing was regarding the SEQRA and Monroe review and the meeting on the 24th is an informational meeting. He confirmed that DCWWA will be present at the meeting on the 24th.


Mayor Griffith stated the public hearing for the Tivoli Wastewater Treatment Plant Replacement SEQRA and Monroe Review will be continued at 7pm on February 8, 2023.


Mayor Griffith announced the appointment of Trustee Shilling to the Board following Trustee Ezrati’s resignation at the end of December 2022.


The Clerk’s report included:

There was no Clerk’s Report.

On a motion by Trustee Mangieri, seconded by Trustee Baldino, the December 21, 2022 Regular Meeting Minutes were approved, all in favor.


On a motion by Trustee Baldino and seconded by Trustee Mangieri, the Treasurer’s Report for Abstract #8 totaling $44,143.19 was approved.   Trustee Mangieri moved that the bills be paid for the abstract as presented, Trustee Shilling seconded the motion, all in favor.


Zoning Report


Trustee Shilling read the zoning reports provided by Gary Beck of Z3 Consultants for December and January.


Regular Business:


Mayor Griffith discussed the trail agreement with Kaatsbaan. The matter was discussed in Workshop. The trail was initiated in the early 2000’s under Mayor Cordier, and Tivoli has been working with Kaatsbaan and their new director, Trisha Reed, to re-open the trail. The trail runs from behind Village Hall parallel to Montgomery Street for its length and will connect with the Empire State Trail.


Public Comment:


Kathy O’Connor commented that Kaatsbaan’s name has changed to be Kaatsbaan Cultural Park.


Attorney Chale commented that the name on the deed would be the name used on the agreement.


On a motion by Trustee Shilling and seconded by Trustee Mangieri, the Board approved the Resolution authorizing the execution of the agreement between the Village of Tivoli and the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Inc for the opening of the Kaatsbaan and Tivoli Trail (KATT).


A roll call vote was conducted.

Mayor Griffith                         Aye

Deputy Mayor Emily Majer   Absent

Trustee Baldino                       Aye

Trustee Mangieri                     Aye

Trustee Shilling                       Aye


Mayor Griffith announced that a Trail Committee will be established to work on signage, trail heads, etc.


Mayor Griffith announced the next Village Board Meeting on February 15, 2023 with a Workshop at 6pm and a continuance of the public hearing for the Tivoli Wastewater Treatment Plant Replacement SEQRA and Monroe Review on February 8, 2023 at 7pm.


Trustee Reports:


Trustee Baldino


Court Report:  Trustee Baldino read the contents of the report which was provided by Court Clerk McGarry; $2,888.00 was remitted to the Office of the State Comptroller.


Trustee Mangieri


Trustee Mangieri read the contents of the Police Report for December.


Deputy Mayor Majer


Mayor Griffith shared the sentiments of Deputy Mayer Majer in her absence. The Tivoli Library is doing great things. Go enjoy Clermont State Park. Attorney Chale announced music at the Elmendorph on Friday 7-10 pm. Make a reservation.


Mayor Griffith


Trustee Mangieri asked about the results from the food and clothing drive. Mayor Griffith shared that there was a food and clothing drive benefiting Red Hook Responds on Sunday, January 15th from 12:30 – 3:30pm. It was part of a MLK Day of Service and was coordinated with Bard College. First year Bard Students volunteered and two mini vans full of donations were collected.


Mayor Griffith announced that a speed study is underway in the Village following a change to a State law allowing a lower speed limit. Previously the lowest speed limit allowed village-wide was 30 m.p.h. and now it can be lowered to 25 m.p.h. A speed study is required to consider lowering the village-wide speed limit. The firm Creighton Manning has been hired to conduct the study and there will be a public hearing on the matter.


Phase 2 of the Village Drainage Study is underway now. Phase 1 occurred last summer and included identifying infrastructure and conducting a community survey. Phase 2 is the Hydrological and Hydraulic Study. There will be a Phase 3 for determining improvements.


Again there will be a public information forum for the Tivoli Wastewater Treatment Plant Replacement Project on Tuesday January 24, 2023 at 6:30 pm. Originally the plant was to be repaired but it has been determined that a full replacement is required. The engineering firm Wright-Pierce is designing the new system. The forum will present information such as technological improvements, replacement costs and future billing. There is a 30 month deadline to replace the plant issued by the DEC.


Public Comment


Kathy O’Connor announced that our Assembly district is under review by the NY Independent Redistricting Commission. The 2024 district is proposed to change to sever Red Hook and Rhinebeck from the district on the western side of the Hudson River including Kingston. She stated that there are no public hearings scheduled locally. There are two meetings that residents can comment at virtually if they register at One is on January 25, 2023 at 5:00 pm in Albany and another is on January 30, 2023 at 4:00pm in White Plains at Pace. She encourages everyone to comment. Mayor Griffith asked where residents can find the proposed redistricting maps. They can find them at


On a motion by Trustee Mangieri and seconded by Trustee Baldino, the meeting was adjourned at 7:46 PM, all in favor.

Submitted by,




Laura Gail Tyler

Village Deputy Clerk