The man who has occupied the Mayor’s office in Endicott for the past dozen years steps aside with one last big check-off on his to-do list as he ends his term. 

(Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Democrat Mayor John Bertoni announced December 30 the Village has finally been awarded a New York State Main Street Grant it has sought through several funding rounds.  The $350,000 will be used to renovate the 10s block of Washington Avenue.

The Village has come close in several previous applications but still ended up short of getting the New York State Main Street Grant money.

The grants are available to not-for-profits and local governments to be used to help revitalize historic downtown districts and mixed-use neighborhoods.

After 12 years as Mayor, John Bertoni is officially retiring from public office and had not sought re-election to a fourth term.  He said, however, he plans to remain involved in his hometown and is staying in Endicott.

Bertoni’s political career has also included terms on the board of trustees, Town Union Supervisor and school board member.

Republican Linda Jackson was elected Mayor in November, becoming Endicott’s first GOP mayor in more than a decade.