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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...
New Paltz’s chicken law could see amendment

New Paltz’s chicken law could see amendment

At last week’s meeting, New Paltz Village Board members voted 4-1 to hold a public hearing on amending the backyard chicken law. Currently, six chickens per 0.5 acres can be kept legally in the village for private — non-commercial — use to raise eggs or for meat. Trustee Ariana Basco, who proposed the original law,...
Wildberry Lodge resort draws large crowd for scoping session in New Paltz

Wildberry Lodge resort draws large crowd for scoping session in New Paltz

A project scoping session on Wildberry Lodge — the proposed $75 million indoor water park and resort hotel — drew a large crowd to New Paltz Town Hall Monday night. Most of them offered suggestions to developer Steve Turk. David Porter, an environmentalist who battled previous attempts to develop that same 57-acre lot, asked Turk...
Susan Zimet drops out of Assembly race

Susan Zimet drops out of Assembly race

New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet announced on Monday that she has given up her Democratic primary challenge to Assemblyman Kevin Cahill after the New York State Board of Elections (BOE) rejected about a quarter of the signatures she had submitted on nominating petitions. Zimet fell just 35 signatures short of the minimum of 500...
Lloyd Town Board approves Hudson Valley Wine Village FEIS

Lloyd Town Board approves Hudson Valley Wine Village FEIS

Developers for the Hudson Valley Wine Village project in the Town of Lloyd can check off one more box on their “to do” list toward getting construction started on the proposed $273 million multi-use development. At the recent Lloyd Town Board meeting on July 16, council members unanimously passed a resolution to approve the Final...
Rosendale Pool Fund within $100K of goal; demolition to begin shortly

Rosendale Pool Fund within $100K of goal; demolition to begin shortly

After two years of furious fundraising, the end is in sight for all those Rosendalers and folks from surrounding communities who really miss the Town Pool at the Rosendale Recreation Center on Route 32. “The present status is that we will be starting demolition for the pool this season,” reports Town of Rosendale recreation director...
Rosendale Farmers’ Market relocates to theatre parking lot

Rosendale Farmers’ Market relocates to theatre parking lot

Though its continued operation seemed dubious as of the end of the 2013 harvest season, the Rosendale Farmers’ Market has found a new home. Its organizers seem pleased with where they’ve landed. The Rosendale Theatre parking lot right behind the cinema at 408 Main Street (Route 213) is centrally located. “We’ve made a good transition...
New Paltz swears in new police lieutenant, officer

New Paltz swears in new police lieutenant, officer

It is official now: Former Detective Sgt. Robert Lucchesi is the New Paltz Police Department’s (NPPD) new second-in-command. Lt. Lucchesi was sworn in last week during a special ceremony at Town Hall. Supervisor Susan Zimet said they were “delighted to have him representing our town.” Town Hall and the NPPD had been in extended negotiations...