Gardiner Government
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...
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...
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...
Gardiner recycling coordinator Wendy Toman delivers glowing report on Transfer Station improvements

Gardiner recycling coordinator Wendy Toman delivers glowing report on Transfer Station improvements

Neat news about a messy subject was the order of the day at the Gardiner Town Board meeting on Tuesday, June 10. The town’s Solid Waste Transfer Station and Recycling Center has had a new manager with specialized training on duty since March 15, and by all appearances, town officials couldn’t be more pleased with...
Gardiner clears contractual logjam stalling Scenic Byway overlook improvements on Route 44/55

Gardiner clears contractual logjam stalling Scenic Byway overlook improvements on Route 44/55

Climbers and tourists visiting the Trapps can soon look forward to an enhanced experience at the scenic overlook nearest the Mohonk Preserve’s Overcliff/Undercliff trail. A million-dollar grant offered several years ago by the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to “modernize and beautify” several overlooks along Route 44/55 will finally come to fruition, thanks...
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...
John Savago looks back on 32 years as Town Justice for Gardiner

John Savago looks back on 32 years as Town Justice for Gardiner

“It’s been a great ride,” says recently retired justice John Savago, speaking of his 32-year term of service with the Gardiner Town Court that just ended effective Jan. 1, 2014. “If it weren’t for my health, I’d still be doing it.” Savago, who is undergoing treatment for Stage Four cancer, is currently enjoying the balmy...
Gardiner Town Board swears in two new members, sets sights high for 2014

Gardiner Town Board swears in two new members, sets sights high for 2014

Kicking off 2014 with its annual organizational meeting on Tuesday evening, Jan. 7, the Gardiner Town Board discussed its goals for the New Year and welcomed two new members: David Dukler, a Democrat, and John Hinson, who ran on the People for Gardiner party line. Just before the meeting, town justice Bruce Blatchly swore in...
Gardiner: Looking back and looking ahead

Gardiner: Looking back and looking ahead

In 2013, the quaint Town of Gardiner saw a major project come to fruition, increased attendance at its signature community events, the preservation of a 74-acre historical farm, a challenging fiscal year and a robust municipal campaign with a large voter turnout. After nearly eight years of revisions, delays and juggling start dates for an...
Zatz re-elected in Gardiner

Zatz re-elected in Gardiner

Gardiner residents turned out in droves for what will prove to be a tight election for the two Town Board seats, as well as the town justice position. Democratic incumbent Carl Zatz was declared the winner in the town supervisor’s race, securing 959 votes to Republican challenger Rich Koenig’s 771. “I don’t think anyone expected...
Election roundup for Gardiner

Election roundup for Gardiner

Gardiner voters will head to the polls on Nov. 5 to cast their ballots for the town supervisor, two Town Board seats, town justice and highway superintendent, as well as who should represent them on the Ulster County Legislature for District 16.   Town supervisor Democratic incumbent Carl Zatz is running for a second consecutive...
Town justice candidates in Gardiner

Town justice candidates in Gardiner

Two well-known Gardinerites, Bob Rich (Democrat) and Carmine Mele (Republican) are running for one seat as town justice.   Bob Rich (D) Why did you decide to run for the position of Gardiner town justice? My first job out of law school more than 25 years ago was as confidential law clerk to New York...