Village Notices


Please find the most up to date notices from the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson.


April 30, 2021


Dear Cornwall-on-Hudson residents, neighbors, and friends:


So many exciting things going on in the Village to tell you about. It truly makes coming to work every day -- less work -- and much more a blessing.


We are moving forward on Donahue Farm purchase. New York State Supreme Court approved the purchase -- required when involved party is a 501(c)(3). The Attorney for the Village is currently reviewing all relevant documents and beginning the process to close; hopefully within two weeks.

On Tuesday, May 4th, I will host a “Village Mayors’ Roundtable” attended by all living former mayors. In attendance will be the Village’s 25th mayor (C. Obremski, 1979-1981), 26th (E. Moulton, 1981-2007), 27th (J. Gross, 2007-2011), and its 28th (B. Coyne, 2011-2021). Entirely too much “living history,” subject-matter-expertise, and invaluable knowledge about our wonderful Village, its origins, and the best path forward for me to miss this opportunity. I promise a photograph to memorialize the roundtable and will share with all.

Please know that the Village Board is engaged in an examination of all the facts related to the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) set in place by the New York State legislature and enacted by the governor on March 31st. We are closely reviewing the summary of provisions and guidance provided by Orange County District Attorney’s Office and will deliberate over what Village may endeavor to opt out of, as permitted by law.

Don’t forget about the Donahue Memorial Park cleanup – the 10th annual Riverkeeper Riversweep event Saturday morning, May 1st, between 9:00am and 12:00pm. You may find more information, along with required pandemic precautions at [email protected].

We all remain in this together. Enjoy the weekend. Blessings to all.

James A. “Jimmy” Gagliano


April 23, 2021


Dear Cornwall-on-Hudson residents, neighbors, and friends:


So, the dust has finally settled following the election and the resultant April 5th swearings-in of Trustees Carnright and Braine, as well as your new mayor. Firstly, I think I can speak for Dave and Bill both, when I say that the three of us are humbled and honored and exceedingly excited to begin our terms and work on your behalf. We acknowledge our sacred responsibilities.


As your new mayor – the Village’s 29th – I would like to recognize the incredible legacy of service that Mayor Brendan Coyne has gifted our beloved community. His ten years as mayor, as well as years of service to the CCSD School Board, the Independence Day Committee, and Lions Club have left an indelibly positive mark on our Village. Thank you, sir.  

I’d be remiss in not acknowledging the incredible coalescing of Village employees that have served to guide and instruct me as I round out my 3rd week in office. Jeanne Mahoney, Dave Halvorsen, Mike Trainor, Steve Dixon, Bill Horton, and your staffs/crew – thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You have helped keep this Village running smoothly, in spite of me. 

Follow the Village website for upcoming Village Board meetings and public hearings. Stay tuned for exciting, upcoming news regarding the Donahue Farm property purchase and Memorial Day and Fourth of July event updates. We have a lot to be thankful for this year – no matter the pandemic hurdles.

You know how to reach me. Call me – and I WILL return the call. Stop at Village Hall when you see my Jeep in the parking lot or “gently accost” me around town when you see me out walking my dog or shopping/eating local.

We are all in this together. Enjoy the weekend. Blessings to all.

James A. “Jimmy” Gagliano


March 19, 2021


Dear Village Folks:


So, Cornwall-on-Hudson will have a new administration come April 5. Jim Gagliano will become mayor and Bill Braine will become a trustee. Dave Carnright will continue as trustee. Good luck to the Village Board!


The Village Board will hold its Business Meeting Monday, March 22. The board will set a public hearing for a proposed short-term rentals law for its April 19 Business Meeting. The draft law will be posted on the Village website soon.


Spring arrives Saturday with temperatures around 60. Have a great weekend!



Brendan Coyne



Friday, March 12, 2021


Dear Village Folks:


I’m happy to confirm that online payment of utility bills (water, sewer and garbage) will begin in April. More details will be available soon.


The board passed the Police Reform Plan at its March 8 Work Session. The board made a few minor changes. I sent the plan to Albany the next day. Again, thanks to the members of the committee. 


We also discussed the proposed short-term rental law at the work session and suggested some changes. We hope to post the proposed law next week. The Public Hearing on the proposed law will be postponed to our April 19 Business Meeting.


The Village Election is Tuesday, March 16, from noon to 9 p.m. at Village Hall.


Enjoy the spring-like weather and have a good weekend.


All the best,

Brendan Coyne



Friday, March 5, 2021


Dear Village Folks:


The next Village Work Session is Monday, February 8, via teleconference. The agenda includes the Police Reform Plan. The Police Reform Committee has worked over the course of three months and I believe the plan is appropriate for a small Village like ours that has a low crime rate. I am grateful to the 13 members of the committee. The Village must file its plan in Albany by April 1.


We will hope discuss the proposed short-term rental law. We plan to hold a Public Hearing on the proposed law at our March 22 Business Meeting.


The Village Election is Tuesday, March 16, from noon to 9 p.m. at Village Hall. Registration day is tomorrow, Saturday, March 6, from noon to 5 p.m. at Village Hall.


The weather has been back and forth, typical of March. But warmer days are coming and spring will soon be here so we can get out more often.


Have a good weekend!


All the best,

Brendan Coyne



Friday, February 26, 2021

Dear Village Folks:

So, the Village Board approved my signing the contract for the Donahue Farm property Monday night and I signed it the next day. The 47-acre property now belongs to the residents of the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson. We’ll form a planning committee in the near future and start working on how to best enjoy this beautiful place.

The purchase culminated a whirlwind of activity in January and February during which the Village annexed 39 acres in the Town of Cornwall to help the Village manage the Black Rock Water Treatment Plant on the property. The Village will save $60,000 annually in town and school taxes.

The Village has also sought and received permission from the Palisades Interstate Park Commission to create a hiking trail on its 45-acre parcel along Rt. 218 that runs down to the Hudson River. The Village’s Riverfront Committee has begun meeting with the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference for guidance in developing a trail.     

And all three parcels will benefit from the 2020 Comprehensive Plan, also passed in the last two months. The plan, the first one in 60 years, will provide a roadmap for the parcels and the rest of the Village.

These developments will greatly enhance the quality of life for all of us.  

Enjoy your weekend!

All the best,

Brendan Coyne