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November 2021
   Greetings from Village Hall! 

   To keep you better informed about all the activities           and updates from the Village, we are launching this         monthly emailed newsletter. Please encourage your         friends and neighbors to sign up!
   Since I was sworn in as Mayor on May 21, a lot has           happened. I signed the construction contracts for the       long-awaited Village Sewer Project. We expect to             break ground before Thanksgiving. Two-week                   schedules will be posted to the website, and we'll have     a groundbreaking ceremony as well. Stay tuned!   

The union contracts for the Highway and Police Departments, good through May 2024, were finalized, approved, and signed. 

We had a beautiful day for Hardscrabble Day which returned in person this September. A welcome activity after moving the event to virtual last year. A big thank you to the Hardscrabble Committee, especially given the significantly shorter planning time. And thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors who helped make it all possible. 

We had a wonderful season of Friday nights with free music at the Eat 'N Go! Thank you to Gregg Stolarik and Todd Baright for making this happen well into October. 

I'm excited to announce that our police department has received their body-worn cameras. See photo below. The Team is being trained on their use and now have them active when on patrol. 

We've had a summer and fall filled with important projects carried out by the highway department. Water valves have been located, leaky valves have been replaced, catch basins cleared out all while keeping the grass mowed and the garbage and brush picked up regularly. 

I want to say a special thank you to Highway Foreman, Dan Streib. Dan has announced his retirement at the end of November after 28 years with the Red Hook Highway Department. Dan knows this Village inside and out as well as above ground and below. Thank you, Dan, for all you've done for this Village. I've appreciated working with you, and I wish you the very best in your well-deserved retirement. 

We have an opening for Village Trustee. For personal reasons, Trustee Will Noonan resigned in the end of September. Will contributed a great deal to the Village Board in the time he was here. Thank you, Will! Should anyone who lives in the Village have an interest in being considered for Village Trustee, please contact me at the Village Hall. 

Veteran's Day is Thursday, November 11. Please join the VFW Post 7765 at Memorial Park at 6pm for a ceremony to honor our veterans.

In the spirit of encouraging engagement and participation in your village government, the Red Hook Library is hosting a Committee Sampler where you will learn about the committees’ missions, the time commitment necessary, and how to get involved

It is my honor to be your mayor. I am grateful to live in this wonderful community.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! 

Mayor Karen Smythe
Hardscrabble Day was held on Saturday, September 18th year, a welcome return after having to go virtual last year.

The theme this year was a celebration of Red Hook's Apple Harvest with apple-themed decorations and activities. The Parade honored 6 families who make orchards such an important part of our Red Hook history. Kids were treated to family friendly entertainment and designated Kidscrabble areas throughout the Village filled with crafts, activities and carnival games. There were food trucks and vendors as well.


The day ended with a free concert starting with the Rock Academy from Woodstock, ending with everyone dancing to Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra! And an added bonus was a Cider House where local cider and beer were sold. 

A big thank you to all of the volunteers and sponsors of the event. Trustee Kjarval led a committee of dedicated volunteers who put together a fun-filled day for everyone with only a few months to plan. And our generous sponsors made it all possible, especially our lead sponsors. Thank you also to the Old Dutch Garden Club for the decorations around the Village. 

Planning for next year will begin soon. Anyone interested in joining the Events Committee should contact Amy Smith at 


Job Openings: 

  • Highway Foreman
  • Part-Time Highway worker
  • Part-Time Village Clerk 
If you or anyone you know are interested in any of these positions, please contact the Village for an application at or (845)-758-1081

Leaf Pickup:
Please don't mix leaves with brush. It will not be picked up! 

Brush Pickup:
We are currently focused on leaf pickup. Once leaf pickup is finished, there will be a final brush pickup - likely toward the end of November or early December depending on the leaves and the weather. Please do not put brush or yard waste mixed with leaves. 

Garbage & Recycling:
Garbage Tags can be purchased at Village Hall, or call ahead so we can have them ready for you (845)-758-1081

 HERE for the Recycling Information and Calendar. Please don't put your recycled paper into plastic bags for pickup. 
   Welcome Judge Mansfield!

The Honorable Village Judge Jonah Treibwasser swore in newly appointed Associate Village Judge Thomas Mansfield on October 18th. Miriam Altshuler, Judge Mansfield's wife, held the bible. Judge Mansfield, as Associate Judge, will handle Village court cases when Judge Triebwasser is unavailable or in the case of a conflict of interest.
Police Body-Worn Cameras have arrived at the Red Hook Police Department!  Red Hook Police Officers all have assigned body-worn cameras to wear whenever on patrol as part of the Village of Red Hook's Police Reform & Re-invention Project - 2021. 

  • Starting Nov 1, NO PARKING permitted on any street from 11pm to 6am
  • Next Village Board meeting - November 8th, 7pm in the Village Hall. You should also be able to join remotely. Check the website for details.
  • PUBLIC HEARING on November 8th for the Local Law to Opt-out of On-Site Consumption Establishments in the Village.
  • The December Board meeting has been changed to December 6th at 7pm in Village Hall.
  • Click HERE for the Village Calendar 
Monday, November 8th at 7pm in the Village Hall there will be a public hearing for a proposed Local Law to Opt-Out of On-Site Cannabis (Marijuana) Consumption Establishments in the Village. Please come and share your thoughts with the Village Board. An option to join via Ring Central will be available. Check the Village website for details.
We are looking forward to celebrating our small businesses and our lovely downtown during the winter season. Come join us as we decorate the streets with lights ahead of Small Business Saturday, Nov 27. Please contact the event chair at if you'd like to volunteer to help. 
                     VILLAGE OF RED HOOK
Mayor - Karen Smythe     Deputy Mayor - Brent Kovalchik
Trustee Charles Laing      Trustee Melkorka Kjarval
7467 South Broadway
Red Hook, NY  12571
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