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$250K Bonacic grant, $6K realtor donation for Rosendale pool replacement

$250K Bonacic grant, $6K realtor donation for Rosendale pool replacement

Efforts in Rosendale to raise funds for the replacement of the town pool, which has been out of commission for the last couple of summers, are nearing their $1.2 million goal, thanks in large part to a $250,000 grant announced on April 2 by the office of state senator John J. Bonacic(R/I/C — Mt. Hope)....
Jeff Logan is named Town of New Paltz deputy supervisor

Jeff Logan is named Town of New Paltz deputy supervisor

New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet has appointed councilman Jeff Logan as deputy supervisor. “While Jeff and I had a bit of a rocky start, Jeff has been very helpful and available on many key projects the Town Board is working on,” said Zimet. “While Jeff juggles his work as a nurse and co-owner of...
Highland Landing Park; gondola project still in the works

Highland Landing Park; gondola project still in the works

The bundle of pilings that fell over recently on the side of the dock at Bob Shepard Highland Landing Park in Highland has yet to be brought upright, but that won’t affect the park’s opening in late spring or early summer, said Matt Smith, president of the Highland Landing Park Association that manages and develops...
Park Point gets IDA tax break

Park Point gets IDA tax break

The Ulster County Industrial Development Agency has unanimously approved a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) schedule for a developer to build student/faculty housing for SUNY New Paltz. Under terms of an offer proposed at the agency’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, Wilmorite Development of Rochester will pay $522,000 a year in town, county and school...
New Paltz renews old Tavern Owners Agreement

New Paltz renews old Tavern Owners Agreement

In the 1990s, New Paltz had a problem. Gang-related crime had become a presence, and a violent stabbing in 1997 stopped public officials in their tracks. New Paltz village and town leaders blamed local bars for what they saw as rampant radio ads for wet T-shirt contests and cheap drinks. They thought it attracted the...
Hampton Inn, CVS Pharmacy loom on the horizon in New Paltz

Hampton Inn, CVS Pharmacy loom on the horizon in New Paltz

So far, 2014 has been a busy year in terms of development for New Paltz. Not only is there a proposed $60 million college housing complex on the horizon, but now there is a proposal for a $75 million Wildberry Lodge resort. But there’s also more happening in the college town. A proposed Hampton Inn...
New Paltz officials wowed by Wildberry Lodge proposal

New Paltz officials wowed by Wildberry Lodge proposal

New Paltz Town Board members liked what they heard during a presentation about the proposed $75 million Wildberry Lodge indoor water park and resort. Preliminarily proposed for the 57-acre Plesser property east of the Thruway near Paradies Lane, Wildberry Lodge would have 250 hotel rooms, an indoor water park, a 600-seat conference center, two restaurants,...
Gardiner seeks lower speed limit on Route 299 near new campground entrance

Gardiner seeks lower speed limit on Route 299 near new campground entrance

With the Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground currently under construction and projected to open to the public this year, Gardiner lawmakers are taking steps to alleviate concerns about the potential danger of high-speed traffic to campground patrons crossing Route 299 or walking along the shoulder. At its meeting on Tuesday, March 11, the...
Letters reveal Wilmorite’s attempt to negotiate with New Paltz Town Board

Letters reveal Wilmorite’s attempt to negotiate with New Paltz Town Board

Letters exchanged between New Paltz town supervisor Susan Zimet and Wilmorite attorney Shawn Griffin shed light this week on the tactics of the Rochester-based real estate corporation seeking to build a 732-bed rental project on a 50-acre site adjacent to the SUNY New Paltz campus. In a letter dated March 4, Zimet wrote to Griffin...
New Paltz Town Board scoffs at Wilmorite’s new PILOT

New Paltz Town Board scoffs at Wilmorite’s new PILOT

Facing an unenthusiastic public and steely Town Board, Park Point New Paltz developer Wilmorite upped the ante last week on how much it proposes to pay in lieu of full taxes into 2039. Shawn Griffin, a lawyer representing Wilmorite, unveiled a new PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) proposal that’s worth more than $12 million...
Now in  living color

Now in living color

For New Paltz councilman Daniel Torres, updating the town seal has been a favorite project. Back in January, when he uncovered the original hand-drawn copy of the emblem, Torres knew he wanted to update it. “We had lost the original design of the town seal, and we found it at Canal Printing Press,” he explained....
Local towns cope with record snowfall and frigid temps

Local towns cope with record snowfall and frigid temps

  Winter weather continued to bury New Paltz and its neighboring communities last week when a record snowfall pummeled the Northeast on Feb. 13-14. As of Sunday, the National Weather Service reported a 21-inch snow depth at weather stations in Rosendale, Poughkeepsie and Kingston. Throughout it all, crews of our local highway departments have braved...