New Paltz Town Government
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,...
Black mold sickens New Paltz Town Hall employees

Black mold sickens New Paltz Town Hall employees

The recent discovery of a sickness-inducing black mold at the New Paltz Town Hall has quickened supervisor Susan Zimet’s search for town government facilities. The still-unidentified mold — results of an air-quality test are still pending — has reportedly caused health problems for town employees for over a year. At a special Town Board meeting...
New Paltz town, village boards meet with Historic Huguenot Street

New Paltz town, village boards meet with Historic Huguenot Street

In a long, low room of the 1799 LeFevre House on Historic Huguenot Street (HHS), members of the New Paltz town and village boards held a joint meeting on Wednesday, August 27. Town councilmen Dan Torres and Kevin Barry, deputy supervisor Jeff Logan, mayor Jason West, deputy mayor Rebecca Rotzler and trustee Ariana Basco attended....
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...
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...
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...
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...
New Paltz backup water search impacts Plains Road residents

New Paltz backup water search impacts Plains Road residents

Neighbors on Plains Road met with New Paltz village and town officials June 19 to discuss how drinking water exploration has impacted them. For some people, initial well tests imbued sulfur taste into their water. For others, the search for a backup water supply dropped the water table inside their well. One resident, Michael Burke,...
Wilmorite sues the Town of New Paltz

Wilmorite sues the Town of New Paltz

Park Point developer Wilmorite has filed an Article 78 lawsuit against the Town of New Paltz, town officials said. It also appears that the SUNY New Paltz Foundation — the college’s non-profit fundraising group — is also a party in the suit suing the town. “We are not surprised by the litigation,” Supervisor Susan Zimet...
New Paltz officials and bike/ped committee seek residents’ input on trail plan for Route 299 gateway

New Paltz officials and bike/ped committee seek residents’ input on trail plan for Route 299 gateway

On Tuesday, June 3, Town of New Paltz officials and the New Paltz Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee (BPC) hosted a public meeting at the New Paltz Community Center to discuss options for a path dedicated to use by bicycles and pedestrians, leading from the western end of the Carmine Liberta Bridge to the entrance of...
Mohonk Foothills meeting draws standing-room-only crowd in New Paltz

Mohonk Foothills meeting draws standing-room-only crowd in New Paltz

Mohonk Preserve’s Testimonial Gatehouse project drew a standing-room-only crowd to New Paltz Town Hall Monday night. Neighbors, advocates and detractors all showed up to deliver comments to the Planning Board about the project, which calls for the restoration of the iconic 1907 gatehouse, as well as work to create a boardwalk at Humpo Marsh. Traffic...