Tivoli Mayor Bryan Cranna delivered the State of the Village address, before a full house in the Watts dePeyster Hall on April 12. The event has quickly become an annual tradition in Tivoli, giving the mayor an opportunity to recount the various successes and outline the upcoming challenges for the village.
Cranna laid out several successful environmental and conservation programs, including breaking ground in the community garden, finalizing plans for a handicap-accessible park renovation and obtaining grant money for and implementing a village composting program to discourage open burning.
He also focused on his administration’s efforts to remain transparent and accessible. He highlighted programs that have increased the opportunity for public comment at board meetings, moved village meetings to alternative locations and set aside specific times for residents to have a one-on-one conversation with him.
Cranna also commented on several hardships endured by the community. These included a difficult economic climate, which nevertheless saw the opening of five new businesses in Tivoli, and an unexpected hurricane that threatened great damage to the village.
The ceremony also featured remarks from Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, the former mayor, and County Legislator Ben Traudt. Town Attorney Christine Chale was awarded the Angelo Staffiero Award for Decency in recognition of her service to the town. The Tivoli Volunteer Fire Department was also awarded a commemorative inscribed axe for heroic service.