The Cornwall-on-Hudson Village Board meets twice a month on Monday nights. It holds a Work Session on the second Monday of the month and a Business Meeting on the third Monday. The mayor and trustees hold two-year terms.
James A. Gagliano
James serves as a law enforcement analyst and policing methodology subject matter expert for CNN, where he provides on-air analyses of complex law enforcement and counterterror matters. An adjunct assistant professor and doctoral candidate at St. John’s University, he is a sought-after speaker on criminal justice, homeland security and organizational leadership matters, and delivers keynote addresses for corporate clients and in academic settings.
Before joining CNN, James served 25 years with the FBI. During his career with FBI, he was appointed to a variety of investigative, tactical resolution, crisis management, undercover, mid-level and senior management positions, including assignment to the FBI’s elite counterterror unit, the Hostage Rescue Team, and as the Senior Team Leader of the FBI New York Field Division’s SWAT Team.
During the Global War on Terrorism, between 2002 and 2003, he deployed to Afghanistan three times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was awarded the FBI’s second highest award for valor, the Medal of Bravery, for his SWAT Team’s actions in June of 1993. In one of his final FBI assignments, he studied Spanish at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, then served as the deputy legal attaché and acting legal attaché at the U.S. Embassy in México City before retiring from government service in January 2016.
A 1987 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he was commissioned as a U.S. Army Infantry Officer, serving as a light infantry platoon leader and company executive officer in the 2nd Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division, while stationed at Fort Benning, GA, and Fort Drum, NY, between 1988 and 1991.
James was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 and dedicated to the defense of the noble law enforcement profession and its honorable practitioners. He is also a member of the FBI Agents Association, the Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Hostage Rescue Team Association. He is an author and opinion writer, most frequently with CNN Opinion and the Washington Examiner.
James and his wife, Tiffany, Dean of the School of Business at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, have five children between them and reside in Lower Village, where their youngest, Avery, attends C-O-H Elementary School and participates in local sports, music, and drama activities. You may run into them on the sidewalks of Hudson Street, where they frequently walk their sweet, rescued pit bull, Jaxon.
After his childhood on Long Island, college at SUNY Albany (B.A., ’91), and ten years in New York City, Bill Braine chose Cornwall-on-Hudson to raise a family. Bill is a Director at Mastercard, which he joined in 2007, where he works on enterprise business pitches and solutions to promote small businesses and local commerce. Before that, Bill spent 12 years in marketing at Sotheby’s auction house. He is the former Chair of the Town of Cornwall Economic Development Advisory Committee and one of the architects of the Main Street revitalization plan, Cornwall Rising. He is also a former co-host of the Cornwall New Year’s Eve ball drop and former Running columnist for the Times Herald-Record, author of the rural suspense novel Bone Hollow, and a volunteer with the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Habitat for Humanity Newburgh, Riverkeeper, the Cornwall July 4 Committee, and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Bill is also a founding member of the Cornwall Community Co-Op, which gave rise to the Farmer’s Market. Just prior to his election to the Village Board, Bill was a Trustee of the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum for two years.
Bill’s wife Claudia Depkin, born in Cornwall Hospital, is Director of the Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library and the current President of the New York Library Association. Together they moved to Cornwall in 2006. Their two children are a proud graduate and current student in Cornwall schools.
Trustee David Carnright has lived most of his life in the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson. Dave attended Cornwall schools and graduated from Cornwall Central High School in 1971.
Mayor Brendan Coyne appointed Dave to fill a vacancy on the village board in 2012. Dave ran for trustee in 2013 and has served on the board for eight years.
Dave started working for Fry Copy Systems after graduating high school and remained with the company till 1980. He next worked at Nepera Chemical Company in Harriman.
In 1985, Dave went on to work for Central Hudson Gas and Electric. After 31 years, Dave retired in 2016 as chief gas mechanic.
It is here in Cornwall where Carnright met his wife, Louise. They have been married for 40 years and have raised four children. All of their children have gone through the Cornwall School system.
Dave has been an active member of the community. He served nine years on the Cornwall school board. He is president of Cornwall Youth Football and served more than 20 years on the Cornwall Little League Board. He has also served on the Cornwall Independence Day Committee.
Trustee Richard Gaillard was elected in September of 2020 (postponed from March due to COVID-19).
He has lived in the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson since 1970. Rich attended Cornwall schools and thereafter graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a degree in Business Administration. His three children have all gone through the Cornwall school system as well. He has been married to his wife, Jackie, for 18 years. Jackie is an attorney; she formerly served as Cornwall Town Justice.
As a teenager, Rich began working with his father who owned Toyota of Newburgh. During his employment, he made many friendships and developed strong customer relationships with many people in the community. For the last 15 years, Rich has been the owner and Dealer Principal of Kingston Nissan.
Volunteering has always been a part of Rich’s life. He is active in the Cornwall Lions Club and has served as president for two terms. His work with the Lions includes his introducing and organizing the Fall Harvest Race, a walk/run event in the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson; it has been a tradition for more than a decade. He also served as treasurer of Cornwall Youth Lacrosse league for five years along with coaching the 2021-2022 boys’ team.
Rich looks forward to serving the needs of the Cornwall-on-Hudson community in his role as trustee.