Ric DiDonato has been on the Village Board of Hoosick Falls since 2005. He has been Deputy Mayor since 2012. He has worked closely with the Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) in its plan to develop a greenway along the Hoosic River. The Village, in collaboration with HooRWA, purchased approximately 22 acres of riverfront property from the Boston and Maine Railroad in 2008 to establish the Hoosic River Greenway. Federal and State grant money has been secured, and hiking and biking trails have been developed along the Greenway. In 2014, additional parcels were purchased to enhance and grow the project. Prior to his position as on the Village Board, he was a member of the Village of Hoosick Falls Planning Board.
Ric is also a member of the board of CiviCure. CiviCure’s mission is the revitalization of the Hoosick economy through active stewardship of the region’s rich heritage, rural environs and the art inspired by them. Working with Lakes to Locks Passage, they hope to develop a heritage center as part of that plan. He is also actively involved with the Hoosick Rising initiative working to develop and execute an achievable plan for economic development and sympathetic revitalization of Hoosick Falls.
Mr. DiDonato is currently employed as a Sr. Educational Designer with the Professional Development Program of the Research Foundation of SUNY, where he designs and programs online learning projects for a variety of professions. Prior to his current position, he worked for 2 decades as an art director and creative director for advertising agencies in Albany and Manhattan.
Originally from Watervliet, NY, he also holds an Associates Degree in Fine Art from Dean College, and a Bachelors Degree in Advertising Design from Syracuse University.
Ric lives in Hoosick Falls with his wife and three sons where they are restoring the former estate of Dr. Clayton E. Shaw, the personal physician of Grandma Moses. Ric is also a vintage automobile enthusiast, woodworker and outdoor sportsman.