PAINTED POST -- Village officials dedicated the Riverside Village Center to former mayor Bill Cornell in a ceremony Tuesday afternoon.
Cornell died at Robert Packer Hospital in June at the age of 74 due to complications with cancer.
Officials unveiled the new name of village hall, the William Cornell Municipal Building, with a new sign displayed above the entrance.
“We’re here today to honor a man who spent 40 years caring for our village with the interests of the residents and businesses at heart,” said mayor Rich Wagar.
“William Cornell’s legacy is an inspiration to his family, his many friends, and we are grateful for the opportunity to have known Bill, who I consider a dear friend and mentor.”
Wagar said the board of trustees passed the resolution to rename village hall to “commemorate Bill’s many contributions to our community.”
He said the current board intends to continue with Cornell’s policies he instituted as mayor.
After the ceremony, Wagar discussed why it was important for the village to dedicate the village center to Cornell.
“We wanted to do something to honor Bill,” he said. “He was mayor for 25 years, and he was on the board before that.”
Wagar took over as mayor following Cornell’s death. He said he plans to run for reelection in March 2018.