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New Paltz town and village planning boards meet to discuss a more unified community

New Paltz town and village planning boards meet to discuss a more unified community

The two planning boards of New Paltz — town and village — met together Monday night, in what may be the first of several joint meetings. Much of the conversation focused on finding ways to plan together for a more unified community, rather than one where the sidewalk ends at the village line. There was...
Neighbors share their concerns about Trailview Place development in Highland

Neighbors share their concerns about Trailview Place development in Highland

The town of Lloyd has a plan for the hamlet of Highland: that’s where most of the people should live, so that’s where most of the commercial and residential development should be. Increasing density in that core area should result in a community that has a more robust economy, more opportunities for work and play...
Highland voters pass bond issue proposal for new library by 62.5 percent majority

Highland voters pass bond issue proposal for new library by 62.5 percent majority

Voters in the Highland Central School District approved the Highland Public Library’s $4.8 million bond issue proposal at the polls on Tuesday by a 62.5 percent majority. A total of 1,097 voters cast a ballot, with 687 votes for the project and 410 against. “We’re just so grateful that the community supported the new library,” said Highland...
New Paltz Village Board settles mayor’s salary lawsuit, tweaks parking proposals

New Paltz Village Board settles mayor’s salary lawsuit, tweaks parking proposals

The most significant occurrence at the New Paltz Village Board’s February 25 meeting came at the very end, when nearly all the attendees had gone home rather than wait through a long executive session. But when the board members emerged — sans mayor Jason West, who had recused himself — it was to announce that...
Jason West announces his bid for reelection as mayor for the Village of New Paltz

Jason West announces his bid for reelection as mayor for the Village of New Paltz

Election Day for offices in the Village of New Paltz is coming up on May 5, and there’s less than a month left for hopefuls for office to collect signatures and file their nominating petitions before the March 31 deadline. The current terms of trustees Ariana Basco and Sally Rhoads are coming to an end,...
New Paltz town, village agree to move forward on water/sewer infrastructure, Comprehensive Plan and microgrid proposal

New Paltz town, village agree to move forward on water/sewer infrastructure, Comprehensive Plan and microgrid proposal

“Something good came out of something horrible.” Thus did Town of New Paltz supervisor Susan Zimet characterize the new spirit of amity and cooperation that seems suddenly to have sprung up between her Town Board and the New Paltz Village Board, in the wake of bitter controversy in the community over how to resolve the...
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...