Government
Ulster County greenlights repair/replacement of New Paltz’s Carmine Liberta

Ulster County greenlights repair/replacement of New Paltz’s Carmine Liberta

All roads may lead to Rome, proverbially; but in the mid-Hudson, all trails — rail trails especially — seem to lead to New Paltz. And as Ulster County executive Michael Hein’s master tourism plan for a 100-mile “necklace” of bicycle and pedestrian pathways clicks into place piece by piece, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the...
Public and town officials weigh in on Susan Zimet’s second job

Public and town officials weigh in on Susan Zimet’s second job

To some, New Paltz town supervisor Susan Zimet represents a strong woman in local government — someone unafraid to stand up and speak for her beliefs. As an activist, she’s fought hydraulic fracturing in New York State and hounded Albany for tax reform. The town budgets her administration submits routinely come in at or below...
Tim Rogers enters Village of New Paltz mayoral contest

Tim Rogers enters Village of New Paltz mayoral contest

Election Day for the Village of New Paltz – which happens in May, not November — is fast approaching, and as of presstime, incumbent mayor Jason West had not yet tipped his hand as to whether he will seek reelection. But the race is heating up fast, as a third contender has now announced his...
Environmental Policy Commission’s post-bag ban wish list includes greener Village Hall, municipal garbage pickup, Wallkill River pollution watch

Environmental Policy Commission’s post-bag ban wish list includes greener Village Hall, municipal garbage pickup, Wallkill River pollution watch

Whither the Village of New Paltz’s Environmental Policy Commission (EPC), now that its battle to ban the distribution of non-biodegradable plastic bags by downtown businesses has been won? “We still have work to do to land the ship on the bag ban,” says Gian Starr, who joined the EPC when it was reformulated in April...
Mayor Jason West, New Paltz Village Board settle salary reduction lawsuit

Mayor Jason West, New Paltz Village Board settle salary reduction lawsuit

A settlement has been reached in mayor Jason West’s lawsuit against the New Paltz Village Board for reducing his salary in 2013 from $35,000 to $22,500, his attorney disclosed last week. Village trustee Thomas Rocco has been quoted as saying that the amount of the settlement is $12,000, although it remains unclear whether that is a...
Sally Rhoads, Amy Cohen launch mayoral campaigns in New Paltz

Sally Rhoads, Amy Cohen launch mayoral campaigns in New Paltz

The deadline for filing petitions to run in the Village of New Paltz elections on May 5 is coming up fast, at the end of March. The four-year terms of mayor Jason West and two incumbent Village Board members, Sally Rhoads and Ariana Basco, are coming to a close. West continues to play his cards...
Poll: Can a successful supervisor hold a second job?

Poll: Can a successful supervisor hold a second job?

Recently, New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet accepted a full-time job as the executive director of Hunger Action Network of New York State in Albany. She plans to continue on as supervisor, which is also considered a full-time job. If the letters to the editor our paper has received are any indication, Zimet’s decision is...
Susan Zimet accepts new full-time job in Albany, will remain full-time supervisor in New Paltz

Susan Zimet accepts new full-time job in Albany, will remain full-time supervisor in New Paltz

Last week Town of New Paltz supervisor Susan Zimet announced that she had been offered and accepted the post of executive director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State (HANNYS). With offices in Albany and Manhattan, the not-for-profit advocacy organization uses a combination of legislative action, logistical support to food assistance programs and...
Town board defers filling vacancy after Jean Gallucci’s rsignation

Town board defers filling vacancy after Jean Gallucci’s rsignation

The announcement on January 20 of Jean Gallucci’s resignation from New Paltz’s town board climaxed months of speculation over her protracted absence from board meetings. In response to direct questions from former board member Kitty Brown at a recent meeting, town supervisor Susan Zimet had acknowledged that Gallucci had been having health problems, but said...
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...