New Paltz Town Government
Local New Paltz leaders collaborate on Downtown Revitalization

Local New Paltz leaders collaborate on Downtown Revitalization

Governor Andrew Cuomo has released the latest in his competition-based municipal aid packages, and it’s gotten some heads turning in New Paltz. The so-called Downtown Revitalization Initiative, or DRI, will award $10 million to one and only one applicant in each of the state’s ten regional economic development councils (REDC). That structure differs from the...
Temporary two-lane bridge construction is underway in New Paltz

Temporary two-lane bridge construction is underway in New Paltz

Preparation work for the new Carmine Liberta Bridge in New Paltz began on May 3 with the construction phase of a temporary bridge just north of the current bridge. To date, trees have been removed, electric poles and lines have been relocated, electric traffic signs are in place, and traffic delays have been kept to...
Sign ordinance in the Town of New Paltz is outdated

Sign ordinance in the Town of New Paltz is outdated

Signage for businesses is changing as fast as technology, but the ordinance that regulates how they’re used in the Town of New Paltz hasn’t been updated to keep pace, building inspector Stacy Delarede told town Planning Board members during their April 25 workshop meeting. More of a problem than the law not even referencing such...
Push for the Pledge persists in New Paltz

Push for the Pledge persists in New Paltz

At last week’s New Paltz Town Board meeting, members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post spoke in favor of all town boards and committees having the Pledge of Allegiance on their agendas, but were politely told that a resolution to do so would carry no legal weight. While they took the news in...
Growing concern: Zoning relief sought in New Paltz agricultural district

Growing concern: Zoning relief sought in New Paltz agricultural district

Farmers may be celebrated in certain corners of New Paltz, but perhaps not so much in Town Hall. It’s not that town employees are pulling up the welcome mat, but the zoning code and related planning processes can make developing legitimate agricultural uses harder than it should be. That’s the upshot of a review of...
Local VFW requests a resolution requiring all volunteer New Paltz town boards and committees to begin their meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance

Local VFW requests a resolution requiring all volunteer New Paltz town boards and committees to begin their meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance

When the New Paltz Town Board meeting was opened last Thursday, the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance was a bit louder and more passionate than usual. That’s because some 30 members of the local VFW post showed up to show their support for a resolution requiring all volunteer town boards and committees to begin...
New Paltz Town Board passes on Pledge proposal; Planning Board member resigns

New Paltz Town Board passes on Pledge proposal; Planning Board member resigns

The New Paltz Town Planning Board recently decided against beginning its meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance. And it was in the final moments of Thursday’s New Paltz Town Board meeting, which lasted three-and-a-half hours, that council member Jeff Logan was able to raise the subject of the Pledge. What Logan wanted was for the Pledge’s...
New Paltz Town Planning Board Pledge of Allegiance decision goes viral

New Paltz Town Planning Board Pledge of Allegiance decision goes viral

Last week’s decision by New Paltz Town Planning Board members not to start reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before meetings was not the last word spoken on the subject. After losing the 4-3 vote, board member Amy Cohen — who first raised the issue last autumn — took her case to the town board and,...
Foothills project in New Paltz to move forward without major study

Foothills project in New Paltz to move forward without major study

Opponents of the Mohonk Preserve Foothills Project were the minority of speakers at the latest extension of the town planning board’s public hearing this Monday night. They will get one more crack at trying to persuade board members to require a full environmental impact statement next month. There was very nearly a vote to make...
No pledge of allegiance at New Paltz Planning Board meetings

No pledge of allegiance at New Paltz Planning Board meetings

You’ll hear it in classrooms, ballgames and local government meetings, but one place you won’t hear the Pledge of Allegiance is at New Paltz town planning board meetings. At their Monday, March 14 meeting, planners voted 4-3 to pass on adding the pledge to the board’s meeting agendas. It was initially proposed by board member...
Road realignment for Gatehouse Road and Route 299 may become reality

Road realignment for Gatehouse Road and Route 299 may become reality

New Paltz Highway Superintendent Chris Marks has a plan for making the intersection of Gatehouse Road with Route 299 a little bit safer for all concerned. He explained his vision to members of the town’s Planning Board at their February 22 meeting. As it’s laid out now, a driver headed westbound on 299 can make...
Plains Road residents in New Paltz question the benefits of water district 5

Plains Road residents in New Paltz question the benefits of water district 5

Many Plains Road residents in New Paltz are still not convinced that the water district proposed for their neighborhood would actually benefit them, as the law seems to require. During last week’s continued public hearing on water district 5, they questioned the Town Board as to who would benefit most, invoked the specter of Flint,...