Dr. Richard L. Thurston
Wappinger Town Supervisor

Dear friends,

Welcome to Wappinger!  We are a blessed waterfront community located in New York’s beautiful Hudson River Valley, just 70 miles north of New York City. Boasting a Hudson River shoreline coast Wappinger is home to 28.5 square miles of quiet neighborhoods, five star dining, premier shopping amenities, breathtaking natural sites, fascinating history, exceptional schools, over 17 miles of waterfront, and so much more!  We hope that you will immerse yourself in the pride and joy that makes up Wappinger. Whether you’re a resident, business owner, or one of our many visitors, the Town of Wappinger  hopes that the initiatives taking place in your town and by your government spark your interest in getting involved in our community.

Enhancing our quality of life here in Wappinger remains a top priority: continuing to bring quality water and sewer services to our residents and businesses; seeking inter-municipal cooperation and grant funding; initiating various Town Code and related reforms including ethics code, local laws for zoning, code enforcement; and improving highway and emergency services.  We have continued to improve communications with Town residents and visitors by increasing the use of social media, creating a brand new Town Website, and fully utilizing WappingerTV (Optimum Channel 22, Verizon Channel 35, streaming on YouTube). We are enhancing our programs for promoting social initiatives including opiate addiction, harassment, anti-bullying, resident safety, woman’s intercultural association, etc.;

We will continue to address aging infrastructure, including authorizing the re-paving annually of approximately 5-7 miles of Town roads; building and grounds improvements such as the Brexel-Schlathaus Park facility, Highway Department Garage, Wappinger Town Hall, Carnwath Farms Historic Site & Park; and continuing to add new gateway signs at the entrances to the Town. Ignored for too long is the promotion of smart sustainable economic development that will improve the quality of life throughout our town, and focus on inspiring a different attitude and new community pride. This will enable us better to brand our community in the eyes of outsiders and to be friendlier to those new opportunities in business, social and cultural events, as well as improving the morale of our Town personnel.

Whether it’s to live, work, or visit we are so excited that you have chosen Wappinger and we hope you enjoy your time in this Hudson River Valley Community.

Dr. Richard L Thurston, Esq. – Wappinger Town Supervisor

View Supervisor Thurston's State of the Town Address
View Supervisor Thurston's Statement on the 2 year anniversary on the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic

Current Years of Service
January 1, 2018 – Present

Responsibilities of the Office

The Supervisor serves as the Chief Executive and Operations Officer of town government. He presides at all meetings of the Wappinger Town Board, directing the legislative and administrative functions of that body. The Supervisor also oversees the day-to-day operations of a municipal government of nearly 20 departments, employing around 100 people, and providing services to nearly 30,000 residents. As the Chief Financial Officer of the town, the Supervisor is responsible for the implementation of the town’s budget.


Richard L. (“Dick”) Thurston has served his country and his employers with dignity, honor and high regard. He believes service to others is a guiding principle for public office. His family arrived on the Mayflower, fought in the American Revolutionary War, signed the Constitution, and established the Mechanical Engineering School at Cornell. Supervisor Thurston’s ancestor Joseph Thurston settled in the Town of Wappinger in 1740 and married into the Montross family, their family’s ancestral homestead still stands today on DeGarmo Hills Road.

Dr. Thurston is a 1980 graduate of Rutgers University School of Law—Camden. He also holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and is a cum laude graduate of Alma College. He is fluent in Mandarin.

Supervisor Thurston is an accomplished businessman trained in history and law; a former Senior Executive of a global business with a $210 billion market cap, managing annual budgets of around $50 million. He retired from the Company in 2014. Since retiring, he has consulted on trade and investment matters, including working with former Supervisor Joe Ruggiero and County Executive Marc Molinaro to attract businesses to Dutchess County.

Dick and his wife Yvonne, of 40+ years, have two children. His daughter, Nina, is a professional banker and an accomplished pastry chef. His son, Andrew, is a medical doctor, assisting patients in the area of Palliative Care.

Richard L. Thurston and his family moved to Wappinger in 2014, where they have resided full-time since then. Dick is a Trustee and active member of the Wappingers Historical Society, Friends of Carnwath Farms Historic Site & Park Inc., and a former member of the Board of Trustees of Locust Grove National Historic Landmark.

Contact Us

Wappinger Town Supervisor
Richard L. Thurston

Deputy Supervisor
William H. Beale
Secretary to the Supervisor
Maria Giannos

Wappinger Town Hall
20 Middlebush Road
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Fax: 845-297-4558


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