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Rosendalers eye political hopefuls at Meet-the-Candidates Night

Rosendalers eye political hopefuls at Meet-the-Candidates Night

At a Meet-the-Candidates Night event at the Rosendale Recreation Center last Thursday evening, sponsored by the Women’s Club of Rosendale, about 100 local residents turned out to hear a succession of three-minute “elevator speeches” about the candidacies of contenders for the posts of representatives for the 19th US Congressional District and New York State’s 103rd...
Gardiner officials invite public input on Riverside Trust property tax assessment challenge

Gardiner officials invite public input on Riverside Trust property tax assessment challenge

If a certain well-known local landowner gets his way in court regarding the assessed value of his property, New Paltz Central School District taxpayers in general and Gardiner residents in particular will be paying through the nose to pick up the slack in property taxes for all posterity: That’s the takeaway message that Gardiner Town...
New Paltz Village board considers major parking amendments

New Paltz Village board considers major parking amendments

New Paltz village trustees are considering a major amendment to the law governing parking in the village. At the October 8 Village Board meeting, trustees Ariana Basco and Sally Rhoads proposed an amendment which would, in Rhoads’s words, “ban non-resident parking in the R-1, R-2, R-3 and Historic districts Monday through Friday to 5 p.m....
Modular offices for mold-sickened New Paltz town employees headed for Clearwater Road

Modular offices for mold-sickened New Paltz town employees headed for Clearwater Road

Town of New Paltz municipal employees should be able to relocate their offices from the hopelessly mold-contaminated Town Hall to rented modular units before the snow flies, it was announced at a special Town Board meeting on Thursday, October 2. Supervisor Susan Zimet said that she had just signed a contract two days previously to...
Black mold sickens New Paltz Town Hall employees

Black mold sickens New Paltz Town Hall employees

The recent discovery of a sickness-inducing black mold at the New Paltz Town Hall has quickened supervisor Susan Zimet’s search for town government facilities. The still-unidentified mold — results of an air-quality test are still pending — has reportedly caused health problems for town employees for over a year. At a special Town Board meeting...
New Paltz town, village boards meet with Historic Huguenot Street

New Paltz town, village boards meet with Historic Huguenot Street

In a long, low room of the 1799 LeFevre House on Historic Huguenot Street (HHS), members of the New Paltz town and village boards held a joint meeting on Wednesday, August 27. Town councilmen Dan Torres and Kevin Barry, deputy supervisor Jeff Logan, mayor Jason West, deputy mayor Rebecca Rotzler and trustee Ariana Basco attended....
Zephyr Teachout speaks at SUNY New Paltz anti-fracking rally

Zephyr Teachout speaks at SUNY New Paltz anti-fracking rally

Gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout and her running mate for lieutenant governor Tim Wu made a stop on their “Whistleblower Tour” this past Friday to speak at a rally against fracking at SUNY New Paltz. Teachout, a professor of Constitutional Law at Fordham University, announced at the rally that she had just received the endorsement of...
Labor, community organizations and citizens protest Wilmore IDA tax breaks

Labor, community organizations and citizens protest Wilmore IDA tax breaks

Labor and community organizations held a rally on a closed-off North Front Street in New Paltz last Wednesday, August 20. The approximately 35 protesters held signs announcing “Strong Communities Work” and “Living Wage Jobs Not Tax Cuts for the Rich.” The Civil Service Employees’ Association (CSEA) and the New Paltz Town and Planning Boards organized...
New Paltz LOOP bus will add weekend service beginning August 30

New Paltz LOOP bus will add weekend service beginning August 30

Riders of the New Paltz LOOP bus will soon have weekend service added to the current Monday through Friday schedule, and regular passengers couldn’t be happier about it. “I feel like my life is transformed now, because I have another option on the weekend,” said village resident Rosalyn Cherry, who does without a car in...
The Gardiner Library keeps up with changing times by connecting with its community

The Gardiner Library keeps up with changing times by connecting with its community

The old perception of libraries as simply depositories of books to borrow is gone; today’s library offers its patrons an environment that expands upon not only what residents can expect to be offered within its walls but stretches those boundaries to encompass the greater community outside. The Gardiner Library is a comfortable space filled with...
Susan Zimet Assembly run donor has Wildberry Lodge tie

Susan Zimet Assembly run donor has Wildberry Lodge tie

Questionable petition signatures alone didn’t sideline New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet’s state Assembly dreams. According to campaign finance reports, Zimet raised $6,949 in her now-ended challenge against Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, and two large campaign contributions came from local landowners. Samuel Plesser — who owns the 57-acre lot where Wildberry Lodge is slated to be...
Some prime commercial properties in Gardiner languish on slow real estate market

Some prime commercial properties in Gardiner languish on slow real estate market

Photos by Lauren Thomas   What’s going on with real estate in Gardiner — specifically, regarding large buildings with potential use as stores and restaurants? In recent months and years, local observers have been noticing a pileup of vacant commercial properties, especially in the Gardiner hamlet. Once-thriving retail spaces and eateries have gone out of...