October 23, 2021

Dovi takes reins at DPW

New superintendent OK’d by Cortland council this week

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Nic Dovi, Cortland’s new public works superintendent, is shown Thursday between two city trucks. Dovi was promoted Tuesday night to succeed Chris Bistocchi, who retired in April.

Nic Dovi, the new superintendent of Cortland’s department of public works, said Thursday the city faces a lot of upcoming projects.

There’s water main replacement work on Washington and North Greenbush streets, sanitary, sewer and stormwater pipe replacements on Owego Street and, biggest of all, the work of Clinton Avenue to completely replace old pipes and create a new entry way into the city.

Dovi, though, isn’t overwhelmed.

“I’m optimistic we can do a lot of and manage this work,” he said.

Dovi was hired as the superintendent during Tuesday’s Common Council meeting. He had served as the deputy superintendent since 2013, Dovi said.

Dovi takes over for Chris Bistocchi, who retired in April after holding the position since late 2002.

Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin praised the work Bistocchi accomplished as superintendent, including fixing flooding around the city.

In his new position, Dovi will manage projects, coordinate and direct the overall work of the department and supervise all public works contracts. He’ll also oversee the purchase of equipment.

Dovi was chosen after going through the state civil service process, Tobin said. The Department of Public Works commission recommended three candidates, of which Tobin chose Dovi. The council then voted Tuesday to appoint Dovi as superintendent, he said. His salary was approved up to $95,000.

“He’s well qualified and the city’s infrastructure is in good hands with him as superintendent,” Tobin said.

Dovi was hired around the same time as Bistocchi, making for an easier transition between the two, Tobin added.

In years past, the department had problems getting funding for work projects, Dovi said.

Now, with more funding coming from multiple state sources — such as PAVE NY and the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program — the challenge will be getting as much done with the staff, he said.

The challenge is just with limited numbers with staff is to tackle all of this work,” he said.

In total, 18 people work for the DPW, he said.

But with these projects, and others like the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, Tobin said Dovi is the right man for the job.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in Nic Dovi,” he said.