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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...
Proposition 1, legislative redistricting reform debated in New Paltz

Proposition 1, legislative redistricting reform debated in New Paltz

Representatives of independent, nonpartisan “good government groups” are usually pretty much in accord with each other when it comes to advocating political reforms. But that wasn’t the case on Wednesday, October 22, when a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Mid-Hudson Region was held at Deyo Hall in New Paltz between...
The New Paltz Village Zoning Board of Appeals will hear 2 Mohonk Avenue appeal

The New Paltz Village Zoning Board of Appeals will hear 2 Mohonk Avenue appeal

The New Paltz Village Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) voted to hold a hearing on what building inspectors can and cannot inspect regarding the construction at 2 Mohonk Avenue, over the objections of the village building inspector. Village residents Tim Rogers, Terry Dungan and Theresa Fall want the inspector to enforce local zoning code, but...
Town of New Paltz adds new director of finance position to essentially flat budget for 2015

Town of New Paltz adds new director of finance position to essentially flat budget for 2015

It’s that time of year again when town officials try to wrestle the next year’s spreadsheet into submission, honing a tentative budget into a final version that will not send voters and taxpayers into excessive sticker shock. Having struggled for three years with inadequate staffing to rectify fiscal messes left over from the previous administration,...
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....