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New vision for Monticello

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He's got himself a new job in a village that has a new look. Our Christian Farrell sat more with the new manager of Monticello.

MONTICELLO, N.Y. -- John LiGreci is no stranger to Sullivan Count, having spent 14 years as Town of Lumberland Supervisor. But the Village of Monticello is new turf for him.

"Originally, I bought a home in Monticello about a year and a half ago," he said.

This week, though, LiGreci took over as the new village manager, a promotion from his previous post as deputy village manager approved by the village board.

"The manager needs to provide as much information as possible for the board, so the board can make the best decision possible for the people out there. And I'd like to think I'm going to give it my best shot to do that," LiGreci said.

According to Monticello Mayor Gordon Jenkins, LiGreci takes over at a time changes are being made throughout the village.

"We're trying to bring the village back to a quaint little community that it is. It's a beautiful community. John knows the issues of what we're at. It's going to great working with John," Jenkins said.

One of the first things on the new village manager's "to do" list is coordinating this Sunday's Craft and Farm Festival on Broadway.

The idea behind the event, LiGreci says, is to create a buzz on Broadway, seven days a week.

"If you were to look up and down Broadway during the week in the summer and Saturday, it's fairly busy. But Sundays are fairly quiet because most of your businesses are closed," LiGreci said.

A ribbon cutting ceremony and parade are also on the schedule Sunday to mark the official unveiling of the village's re-done main drag.

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