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Town and village boards resolve to work together on water, sewer issues

Town and village boards resolve to work together on water, sewer issues

There was both good news and bad news coming out of the joint meeting of New Paltz’s town and village boards held on January 23, hastily (and unusually) scheduled for a Friday evening due to time pressure for a decision on how to provide water to village residents during impending shutdown periods for repairs to...
New Paltz Town Board member Jean Gallucci resigns

New Paltz Town Board member Jean Gallucci resigns

New Paltz Town Board member Jean Gallucci announced on Tuesday that she has stepped down from her position on the Town Board due to a work commitment. In her resignation letter Gallucci states, “My full-time place of employment has assumed new management. As chief fiscal officer, I am an integral part of the executive and...
New Paltz Town Board, plant site opponents trade barbs at contentious meeting

New Paltz Town Board, plant site opponents trade barbs at contentious meeting

Municipal officials in many places are sometimes moved to joke ruefully about town meetings being stormed by citizens waving torches and pitchforks, like the enraged peasantry in the movie Frankenstein. The tempestuous January 15 New Paltz Town Board meeting came closer to that imagery than any in recent memory, with purple prose, heated exchanges, claims...
Apple cooler and crop destroyed in Clintondale fire

Apple cooler and crop destroyed in Clintondale fire

An early morning fire, fanned by frigid winds, brought fire fighters from three counties out in an attempt to save the A. Zimmerman Orchards cooler last Saturday. Freezing temperatures and propane tanks in the facility ultimately made that task impossible, and both the building and millions-of-dollars worth of stored apples and equipment were considered a total...
New Paltz Town Board members defend their decision to not reappoint Tim Rogers to the Planning Board

New Paltz Town Board members defend their decision to not reappoint Tim Rogers to the Planning Board

He wasn’t in the room, and elected officials tried to avoid even using his name, but Tim Rogers drove a lot of the discussion at Monday’s reorganizational meeting of the New Paltz Town Board. Rogers, a member of the New Paltz Central School District Board of Education, was not reappointed to a full term on...
Carl Zatz weighs in on 2014 in Gardiner and looks toward 2015

Carl Zatz weighs in on 2014 in Gardiner and looks toward 2015

The year 2014 saw the Town of Gardiner resolve its tax disputes over a famous actor’s property and its former library building sold by the town in an online auction. Several of the newer events in town became annual events with their second outing, like the Gardiner Open Studio Tour over Columbus Day weekend marking...
Supervisor Jeanne Walsh looks to maximize Town of Rosendale’s water resources in 2015

Supervisor Jeanne Walsh looks to maximize Town of Rosendale’s water resources in 2015

Water is much on supervisor Jeanne Walsh’s mind, as the Town of Rosendale moves into 2015 with the Williams Lake Project ready for takeoff and grants rolling in for the restoration of the Town Pool, century-old water mains and a deteriorated storage tank. A Wayfinding study for a pedestrian-friendly trail system centering on the Rondout...
Town of Lloyd supervisor Paul Hansut is looking forward to new challenges in 2015

Town of Lloyd supervisor Paul Hansut is looking forward to new challenges in 2015

As he prepares to close the books on his third year as Town of Lloyd supervisor, Paul Hansut says that the focus for 2015 will be on upgrading town infrastructure and encouraging business to revitalize Lloyd and the hamlet of Highland. Lloyd’s Economic Development Committee (EDC), under chair Charles Glasner, is currently preparing a document...
Village of New Paltz mayor Jason West emphasizes planning for the future

Village of New Paltz mayor Jason West emphasizes planning for the future

While the Village of New Paltz struggles with the looming need for alternative sources of water when the aging Catskill Aqueduct shuts down for repairs in 2016/17, mayor Jason West sees opportunities to leverage villagewide infrastructure improvements into a more economically vibrant and sustainable hamlet beginning in 2015. Since the village cannot grow outward, planning...
Town of New Paltz supervisor Susan Zimet gears up for 2015’s challenges

Town of New Paltz supervisor Susan Zimet gears up for 2015’s challenges

Following years of trying to get their jobs done while suffering from one mysterious ailment after another on account of black mold contamination of the old Town Hall, supervisor Susan Zimet and her municipal staff are breathing literal sighs of relief as they embark upon a new year in a new — if temporary —...
Gardiner Transfer Station and Recycling Center covers all the angles

Gardiner Transfer Station and Recycling Center covers all the angles

At a time when increasing fees charged to Ulster County transfer stations are causing town officials to contemplate difficult options — raising permit fees, consolidation with other towns or even closing altogether — the Town of Gardiner’s transfer station is not only in the black, it’s thriving. That’s due in no small part to the...
New Paltz Town Hall employees move to their new offices at Clearwater Road (with photo gallery)

New Paltz Town Hall employees move to their new offices at Clearwater Road (with photo gallery)

  Photos by Lauren Thomas New Paltz’s new, temporary Town Hall isn’t going to win any architecture or interior design awards. Inside and out, it looks pretty much like what it is: six trailers riveted together to create a bare-bones, utilitarian space for offices. Its contours are boxy, its materials industrial, its aesthetics decidedly unappealing....