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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....
New Paltz Town Board and Board of Education at odds over proposed sewage treatment plant next to the high school

New Paltz Town Board and Board of Education at odds over proposed sewage treatment plant next to the high school

What sewage treatment plant? That was the response of the New Paltz Central School District Board of Education after learning of Town Board-approved plans apparently already in progress to build a sewage treatment plant directly adjacent to the athletic fields at the high school and on land owned by New Paltz Town Board member Kevin...
Ulster County Transportation Council introduces draft Finding Rosendale Circulation and Wayfinding Plan

Ulster County Transportation Council introduces draft Finding Rosendale Circulation and Wayfinding Plan

On Thursday evening, November 20, Rosendalers got their first chance to help shape a Circulation and Wayfinding Plan that is currently being developed under a $35,000 grant funded by the Federal Highway Administration and funneled to the town by the Ulster County Transportation Council (UCTC). Conducted by engineering consultant Ted Kolankowski of Barton & Loguidice,...
All’s well that ends well as Robert De Niro resolves longstanding tax dispute in Gardiner

All’s well that ends well as Robert De Niro resolves longstanding tax dispute in Gardiner

“I only like happy endings, and fortunately we have a happy ending here,” said trustee Warren Wiegand at last Wednesday’s hastily convened special meeting of the Gardiner Town Board. “I’d like to call it a great movie…complete with twists in the plot, a great supporting cast…a happy ending…and even sort of an Oscar at the...
Pilgrim Pipeline opponents say landowners denying access are baseline of defense

Pilgrim Pipeline opponents say landowners denying access are baseline of defense

“Deceitful and kind of bullying”: That’s how Rosendale Town Board member Jen Metzger characterized recent attempts by representatives of Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC to browbeat landowners into permitting the company to survey their properties nearby the proposed route of the bidirectional pipelines that it hopes to build along the New York State Thruway corridor. Speaking...
New Paltz village shop owners and residents react to a new law banning the use of plastic bags

New Paltz village shop owners and residents react to a new law banning the use of plastic bags

The Village of New Paltz has passed a ban on single-use plastic bags — the kind typically used in supermarkets and other retail shops — set to go into effect this coming April. The law’s passage has garnered the threat of a lawsuit from one shopkeeper and encouraged a Town Board member to champion the...
New Paltz Town Hall closes, offices relocating to new site this week

New Paltz Town Hall closes, offices relocating to new site this week

Got a beef with Town Hall? You’re going to have to hold it in for this week at least, if you live in New Paltz. After a long, dramatic buildup propelled by municipal employees’ persistent health woes traced to black mold infestation in the old Town Hall building, the town government finally began moving this...
New Paltz Village Planning Board members contemplate new standards for buildings

New Paltz Village Planning Board members contemplate new standards for buildings

With no applications on the agenda, the New Paltz Village Planning Board discussed the idea of creating design standards for buildings at its November 4 workshop meeting. It was a rare opportunity for the board to focus on planning for the future, rather than reacting to the proposals of a developer. The underlying concept —...
Special meeting is held to discuss the top four alternate water sources in New Paltz

Special meeting is held to discuss the top four alternate water sources in New Paltz

The New Paltz Village Board continued to drill down to an alternate water source to use when the New York City aqueduct will be offline at a special meeting held on November 5. The aqueduct is expected to be turned off for two ten-week periods, once in 2016 and again in 2017, and although the...
Town of Gardiner sells former Library to Bill Richards for $100K

Town of Gardiner sells former Library to Bill Richards for $100K

After six years of abandonment and controversy about how it might be reused, the old Gardiner Library building and former firehouse has finally been sold by the Town of Gardiner, using a novel online auction tool. The successful bidder, Skydive the Ranch owner Bill Richards, purchased the structure for $100,000, and the closing will take...
Election results in the Town of Rosendale

Election results in the Town of Rosendale

While Democrats nationally hunkered down for a rough slog on Election Night, Rosendale Democrats had reason to celebrate: For the first time in a long while, they managed to recapture a majority on the Town Board. Their candidate John Hughes defeated Republican/Conservative/Independence Party nominee Breanna Liggan by a 53-to-46-percent margin, garnering 1,126 votes to Liggan’s...