Mayor's Office

Karen Smith 2020

Mayor Karen Smythe 


Phone: (845) 758-4715

Term: ends April 5th, 2027

The office of Red Hook Village Mayor is held for a four-year term.  

Mayor’s Role & Responsibilities

As an elected official, the Mayor has a number of statutory powers by virtue of NYS Village Law §4-400 . The Mayor typically presides at the meetings of the board of trustees and in all instances the Mayor’s vote is counted as one vote and is equal to the vote of any trustee. In cases of a tie, the Mayor is mandated by law to vote. The Mayor of a village has no veto power over legislative action of the board.

The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the Village, as such she is responsible for all day to day operations. She is responsible for enforcing all laws, rules and regulations to cause all violations thereof to be prosecuted. 

The Mayor has the power to declare local emergencies and to engage the resources of the village when necessary to mitigate the loss of life or property during hazardous or emergency situations.