New Paltz Town Government
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,...
New Paltz Police Commission could get reviewed

New Paltz Police Commission could get reviewed

Members of the New Paltz Town Board held its first meeting as the town’s Police Commission last Thursday. As Town Supervisor Neil Bettez and council member Julie Seyfert Lillis familiarized themselves with the process of acting in the secondary role as police commissioners, questions about the structure of the commission itself still linger. Former Town...
Should CVS/Five Guys project opponent, now on Planning Board, recuse himself?

Should CVS/Five Guys project opponent, now on Planning Board, recuse himself?

After Michael Zierler was appointed to the New Paltz Town Planning Board earlier this month, the attorney for a developer asked him to recuse himself from reviewing an application that he’s previously spoken out about during public hearings. That application is the one where Trans-Hudson Management would like to build a CVS and a Five...
New Paltz Town Board begins year with changes

New Paltz Town Board begins year with changes

The 194th Town Board of New Paltz was called to order Monday night by supervisor Neil Bettez for its reorganizational meeting, a sometimes tedious affair during which standard policies and business practices are tweaked or reaffirmed. It’s also a time for the new administration to switch things up in terms of appointed positions and liaison...
New Paltz’s next town supervisor Neil Bettez anticipates full plate

New Paltz’s next town supervisor Neil Bettez anticipates full plate

Neil Bettez will take the office of New Paltz town supervisor on January 1, and with it he will achieve the quirky distinction of being the first supervisor to also simultaneously serve on the village’s Shade Tree Commission. It’s another first — one that is still not guaranteed — which is likely to be more...
Outgoing New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet lists her accomplishments

Outgoing New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet lists her accomplishments

December 17 was the last time that the current New Paltz Town Board met, and outgoing supervisor Susan Zimet used it as an opportunity to reflect upon what the government has achieved during what she called a “very contentious four years.” Among them were some precedent-setting lawsuits and new parkland, the closure of the old...
Towns work to keep street name signs replaced and up-to-date

Towns work to keep street name signs replaced and up-to-date

Every once in awhile, a street name sign gets put up that isn’t quite right. It might be that there’s an abbreviation on it that could confuse out-of-town (or even local) drivers, or a bona fide spelling error managed to creep in. There are even a few cases in the area where not all instances...