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Local VFW requests a resolution requiring all volunteer New Paltz town boards and committees to begin their meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance

Local VFW requests a resolution requiring all volunteer New Paltz town boards and committees to begin their meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance

When the New Paltz Town Board meeting was opened last Thursday, the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance was a bit louder and more passionate than usual. That’s because some 30 members of the local VFW post showed up to show their support for a resolution requiring all volunteer town boards and committees to begin...
Wendy Toman resigns as Gardiner’s recycling coordinator

Wendy Toman resigns as Gardiner’s recycling coordinator

Following a two-year tenure of implementing a broad array of reuse, recycling and cost-saving procedures at the Town of Gardiner Transfer Station, Wendy Toman has given the town notice that she will be leaving the post of recycling coordinator effective April 29. Town Supervisor Marybeth Majestic convened an emergency meeting of the Town Board on...
Lloyd Town Board to reconsider PRD zoning

Lloyd Town Board to reconsider PRD zoning

The PRD, or planned residential development, zoning in the Town of Lloyd will be getting another look by Town Board members. While there were no concerns raised by the public when the law was first passed, it became an issue that reached political proportions when the Trail View development on Toc Drive was approved. While...
New Paltz Village Board considers $20,000 pay raise for mayor; hearing set for April 13

New Paltz Village Board considers $20,000 pay raise for mayor; hearing set for April 13

New Paltz Village Board members have set a hearing on next year’s budget for Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m., at Village Hall. The budget includes a higher salary for the mayor — $45,000 — and Don Kerr would like the final version to hike the pay offered to the next village clerk, as well. The...
New signs in Highland tap into Walkway’s popularity

New signs in Highland tap into Walkway’s popularity

Officials from the Walkway Over the Hudson joined local dignitaries to unveil the first “discovery zone” sign in the hamlet of Highland on the morning of March 7. The signs are part of an effort called the Greater Walkway Experience, the goal of which is “to encourage Walkway State Park’s 500,000 annual visitors to venture...
New Paltz Town Board passes on Pledge proposal; Planning Board member resigns

New Paltz Town Board passes on Pledge proposal; Planning Board member resigns

The New Paltz Town Planning Board recently decided against beginning its meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance. And it was in the final moments of Thursday’s New Paltz Town Board meeting, which lasted three-and-a-half hours, that council member Jeff Logan was able to raise the subject of the Pledge. What Logan wanted was for the Pledge’s...
New Paltz Town Planning Board Pledge of Allegiance decision goes viral

New Paltz Town Planning Board Pledge of Allegiance decision goes viral

Last week’s decision by New Paltz Town Planning Board members not to start reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before meetings was not the last word spoken on the subject. After losing the 4-3 vote, board member Amy Cohen — who first raised the issue last autumn — took her case to the town board and,...
Foothills project in New Paltz to move forward without major study

Foothills project in New Paltz to move forward without major study

Opponents of the Mohonk Preserve Foothills Project were the minority of speakers at the latest extension of the town planning board’s public hearing this Monday night. They will get one more crack at trying to persuade board members to require a full environmental impact statement next month. There was very nearly a vote to make...
No pledge of allegiance at New Paltz Planning Board meetings

No pledge of allegiance at New Paltz Planning Board meetings

You’ll hear it in classrooms, ballgames and local government meetings, but one place you won’t hear the Pledge of Allegiance is at New Paltz town planning board meetings. At their Monday, March 14 meeting, planners voted 4-3 to pass on adding the pledge to the board’s meeting agendas. It was initially proposed by board member...
Zero Place application draws large crowd at public hearing

Zero Place application draws large crowd at public hearing

Fueled in part by a very active discussion on social media, the New Paltz Village Planning Board meeting on March 1 was before a room packed with people interested in learning more about Zero Place, the energy-efficient, four-story, mixed-use building proposed for the corner of North Chestnut and Mulberry Streets, where STS Tires once stood....
Road realignment for Gatehouse Road and Route 299 may become reality

Road realignment for Gatehouse Road and Route 299 may become reality

New Paltz Highway Superintendent Chris Marks has a plan for making the intersection of Gatehouse Road with Route 299 a little bit safer for all concerned. He explained his vision to members of the town’s Planning Board at their February 22 meeting. As it’s laid out now, a driver headed westbound on 299 can make...
Plains Road residents in New Paltz question the benefits of water district 5

Plains Road residents in New Paltz question the benefits of water district 5

Many Plains Road residents in New Paltz are still not convinced that the water district proposed for their neighborhood would actually benefit them, as the law seems to require. During last week’s continued public hearing on water district 5, they questioned the Town Board as to who would benefit most, invoked the specter of Flint,...