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Rosendale sets 2016 fee schedule for new Town Pool

Rosendale sets 2016 fee schedule for new Town Pool

As the completion of the new Town Pool at the Rosendale Recreation Center draws nearer to reality, municipal officials have been grappling with the burning question of what it will cost to spend a day — or a couple of months — enjoying it. At its last two meetings, the Town Board has weighed the...
Gardiner hires Transfer Station attendant, backburners Recycling/Reuse Program

Gardiner hires Transfer Station attendant, backburners Recycling/Reuse Program

In the wake of the furor over the 60-day moratorium placed on the Reuse and Recycling Center at the Gardiner Transfer Station, effective March 28, and the subsequent resignation of recycling coordinator Wendy Toman, the Town Board decided on May 10 to hire a new part-time transfer station attendant. Based on a discussion in executive...
Local New Paltz leaders collaborate on Downtown Revitalization

Local New Paltz leaders collaborate on Downtown Revitalization

Governor Andrew Cuomo has released the latest in his competition-based municipal aid packages, and it’s gotten some heads turning in New Paltz. The so-called Downtown Revitalization Initiative, or DRI, will award $10 million to one and only one applicant in each of the state’s ten regional economic development councils (REDC). That structure differs from the...
Temporary two-lane bridge construction is underway in New Paltz

Temporary two-lane bridge construction is underway in New Paltz

Preparation work for the new Carmine Liberta Bridge in New Paltz began on May 3 with the construction phase of a temporary bridge just north of the current bridge. To date, trees have been removed, electric poles and lines have been relocated, electric traffic signs are in place, and traffic delays have been kept to...
Gardiner mulls four-year terms for highway superintendent, town supervisor

Gardiner mulls four-year terms for highway superintendent, town supervisor

There’s a movement afoot in Gardiner to begin changing the terms of some elected town officials from two years to four, set in motion by a request from superintendent of highways Brian Stiscia. At present, only the town clerk serves a four-year term. Reelected without opposition in November 2015 to his second term, Stiscia had...
OSI announces expansion of River-to-Ridge Trail Project to include a designated parking area

OSI announces expansion of River-to-Ridge Trail Project to include a designated parking area

A gateway parking area is the latest component of the Open Space Institute’s (OSI) River-to-Ridge Trail project. Under a formal lease agreement between OSI and the Village of New Paltz, a 15-acre parcel of village-owned property on Springtown Road along the Wallkill River will be transformed into a parking area and trail corridor for OSI’s...
Residents and applicants share their views about the new NBR zoning in New Paltz

Residents and applicants share their views about the new NBR zoning in New Paltz

Public comment at New Paltz Village Planning Board meetings has been a relatively quiet affair since it was instituted in September; more often than not, no one chooses to speak at all. Not so at the May 3 meeting, when several people queued up to share their views on the Neighborhood Business Residential (NBR) zone...
Sign ordinance in the Town of New Paltz is outdated

Sign ordinance in the Town of New Paltz is outdated

Signage for businesses is changing as fast as technology, but the ordinance that regulates how they’re used in the Town of New Paltz hasn’t been updated to keep pace, building inspector Stacy Delarede told town Planning Board members during their April 25 workshop meeting. More of a problem than the law not even referencing such...
Push for the Pledge persists in New Paltz

Push for the Pledge persists in New Paltz

At last week’s New Paltz Town Board meeting, members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post spoke in favor of all town boards and committees having the Pledge of Allegiance on their agendas, but were politely told that a resolution to do so would carry no legal weight. While they took the news in...
Growing concern: Zoning relief sought in New Paltz agricultural district

Growing concern: Zoning relief sought in New Paltz agricultural district

Farmers may be celebrated in certain corners of New Paltz, but perhaps not so much in Town Hall. It’s not that town employees are pulling up the welcome mat, but the zoning code and related planning processes can make developing legitimate agricultural uses harder than it should be. That’s the upshot of a review of...
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...