Meeting Date : October 19, 2022




October 19, 2022


A meeting of the Village Board of Trustees was held on October 19, 2022 at the Historic Watts DePeyster Hall, Tivoli, NY. Mayor Griffith opened the regular meeting at 7:04 PM.

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


Public Present: Hayden Sartoris, Masha Zabara, Stacy Reilly, John Collins and Jeanette Canaday


Others Present: Christine Chale, Village Attorney; Jen Drake and Doris Diaz-Kelly from the Dutchess County Human Rights Commission


Media: PANDA

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


The Clerk’s report included:

  • 401 Trash tags sold
  • Two payrolls were processed by Village Treasurer, Bonnie Day
    • Deputy Clerk Tyler continues to assist in the Clerk’s Office, and supports the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals at their meetings
    • The Village Clerk’s Office will be closed on Friday, November 11, 2022 in observance of Veteran’s Day


On a motion by Deputy Mayor Majer, seconded by Trustee Baldino, the September 21 Regular Meeting Minutes and October 12 Workshop Minutes were approved, all in favor.


On a motion by Trustee Ezrati and seconded by Trustee Mangieri, the Treasurer’s Report for Abstract #5 totaling $70,554.80 was approved. Trustee Baldino moved that the bills be paid for the abstract as presented, Deputy Mayor Majer seconded the motion, all in favor.

Zoning Report


Trustee Ezrati read the Zoning Report provided by Gary Beck of Z3 Consultants.


Regular Business:


Jen Drake and Doris Diaz-Kelly from the Dutchess County Human Rights Commission made a presentation and provided information regarding the history of the Commission, their mission, their present work, along with their establishment as a resource to communities. Jen Drake expanded upon their presentation by adding information about their work with police reform, and a number of other topics. The listening sessions conducted by the commission were introduced.


Doris reiterated how the commission can be a resource to municipalities and individuals.


Approval of the renewal of MVP Health insurance; motion made by Trustee Ezrati, seconded by Trustee Mangieri; all in favor. Mayor Griffith thanked Trustee Ezrati for all of her work in regards to the renewal of the insurance.


RESOLUTION Authorizing Change Order for Village of Tivoli 2022 CHIPS Paving Project; motion made by Deputy Mayor Majer, seconded by Trustee Baldino; all in favor.


The Village of Tivoli Board of Trustees will hold a public forum on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 7:00 PM on the 3rd floor of Village Hall on Short-Term Rentals. Information will be provided to the public, and an overview of the specific terminology. Hosted versus not hosted rentals will be covered.


Trustee Reports:


Trustee Ezrati


No Report


Trustee Baldino


Court Report: Trustee Baldino read the contents of the report which was provided by Court Clerk McGarry; $634.00 was remitted to the Office of the State Comptroller.


Trustee Mangieri


Trustee Mangieri had no personal report, however, she did enjoy the Storyhorse Theater presentation, Kind Documentary; she went on further and mentioned how she should and would like to be interviewed next time.


Mayor Griffith congratulated Storyhorse Theater, Mary Stuart and Jeremy Greenberg for the wonderful show.


Deputy Mayor Majer


Deputy Mayor Majer suggested everyone check out Historic Red Hook’s website and take a look at the wonderful amazing Halloween events coming up, ie the Cemetery Crawl, and an event at Clermont Historic Site. She also mentioned looking into the Tivoli Free Library’s events; you can check events on their Facebook page and their website.


In Tivoli Bays, there are ticks and poison ivy. The colors are beautiful, but be careful, and wear orange.



Mayor Griffith


Mayor Griffith provided the report from the newly appointed Red Hook Police Department. He reviewed a number of categories and provided additional insight into the report. If you need to contact law enforcement, call the Red Hook Police at (845) 758-0060.


Mayor Griffith invited everyone to attend the Village of Red Hook’s Halloween Parade taking place on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 1:00 PM. He is happy to share the information for Mayor Smythe; the parade will also have human-powered floats!


The Mayor continued with a reminder about the Short Term Rental Community Forum to take place on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 7:00 PM.


October 24-28 will bring TJR Construction back, and there will be paving at intersections of North Road, Broadway and Pine Street.


Mayor Griffith and Deputy Mayor Majer announced the date for Winterfest. It will take place Saturday, December 3, 2022. More information will follow, keep an ear out for that.


Public Comment


Jeanette Canaday provided additional information regarding Deputy Mayor Majer’s suggestion to check out the Tivoli Free Library. Jeanette Canaday provided information regarding the Tivoli Library’s event taking place here in Tivoli at the American Legion at 7:00 PM on Saturday, October 29. This will be a Halloween party with music, costume contest, and treats.


Jeanette further asked about the lights in Memorial Park. She mentioned she fell off of the sidewalk as the area was not well lit. Mayor Griffith responded that he will contact a representative from Central Hudson, and he will look to have the light repaired.


Jeanette also asked about the recent events of vandalism of the bathroom doors in the park, and why there are no cameras. Mayor Griffith responded that the cameras were under maintenance.


Hayden Sartoris asked if the replacement lights in the street lamps not be LED; and if there could be a nicer type of light? There was a short discussion regarding the lights that Central Hudson typically replaces broken lights with, and Deputy Mayor Majer said she would like to ensure historical character, and they will look into that.


John Collins provided pictures and a synopsis to each individual of the Village Board regarding the issue he has been battling since 2017. Mr. Collins further provided additional details regarding the issue, and his thoughts on the response from the village engineer, and the village board. This issue has to do with lot coverage. He questioned, as well, the response from the Building Inspector/Zoning Enforcement Officer. Mr. Collins questioned the report provided by the engineer, and asked for help from the Village Board. Mayor Griffith spoke following Mr. Collins’ discussion, and provided the information that this does fall within the Building Department representatives, and measuring, etc will be the responsibility of the Building Department and the zoning enforcement officials.


Mayor Griffith spoke on the violation that was issued, and the exact figures on the overage are yet to be seen. The Mayor indicated he is fully involved in this issue, and reiterated the measurements must come from the Building Inspector, and Mayor Griffith apologized for Mr. Collins’ frustration. Mr. Collins added his thoughts on the college rentals/short term rentals, and asked questions specifically about rentals in Tivoli Acres.


On a motion by Trustee Mangieri and seconded by Trustee Baldino, the meeting was adjourned at 7:54 PM, all in favor.

Submitted by,




Robin L. Bruno

Village Clerk