Dovi hired as new DPW superintendent (Video included in the article)

City of Cortland Public Works deputy superintendent Nic Dovi was hired as the city’s new superintendent at Tuesday evening’s Common Council meeting.

Dovi, who has been part of city DPW for just under 20 years, was promoted following former superintendent’s Chris Bistocchi’s retirement last month.

Mayor Brian Tobin said Dovi’s promotion will be “effective immediately,” adding Dovi’s salary will be based at $95,000.

“I look forward to serving you guys as the superintendent of the public works department,” Dovi said. “My goal is to leave it better than I found it.”

Dovi mentioned he’s “very fortunate” to have mentors like Bistocchi and others in the DPW’s history in the city, including ones who had “vast knowledge I absorbed to help me throughout my career.”

“We are absolutely thrilled,” councilperson John Bennett (D-4th Ward) said to Dovi as he spoke on behalf of the council.


Dovi provides update on city infrastructure

Dovi provided an update on the $1.7 million paving project (through grants, initiatives and funding) currently underway in the city of Cortland.

The newly-appointed department of public works superintendent said the section of Groton Avenue from Otter Creek Place to the city line will be grounded and paved by the Suit-Kote Corporation starting in mid-June.

Work is ongoing along Clinton Avenue, Dovi said, and the project will extend to Greenbush and Washington Street is set to begin also next month.


The following roads in the city have been milled so far:

  • Pleasant Street
  • Floral Avenue
  • Delaware Avenue
  • Plaza Drive
  • Wadsworth Street
  • Franklin Street
  • Salisbury Street
  • Excelsior Street
  • Van Hoesen Street


Dovi said crews are working on cleaning up rebates and catch-spaces on the keyways of each road, along with covering manholes and other repairs.

“This will continue for at least another month before the roads are ready to pave,” he said.

DPW “hit a snafu” with issues on a faulty skid-steer, Dovi said, but he added another one will be rented out today.

The project will extend to Delaware Avenue and Owego Street in the near future, but Dovi said a timetable isn’t set as of yet for those specific areas in the city.

With roadwork put on pause last year due to the pandemic, Dovi is confident the project will be completed by November.

“It’s challenging, but I’m optimistic,” he said.


The discussion on Dovi’s appointment can be viewed in the YouTube video below starting at the time of 1:37:38 and ending at 1:40:52.