New Paltz Town Government
New Paltz Town Hall employees move to their new offices at Clearwater Road (with photo gallery)

New Paltz Town Hall employees move to their new offices at Clearwater Road (with photo gallery)

  Photos by Lauren Thomas New Paltz’s new, temporary Town Hall isn’t going to win any architecture or interior design awards. Inside and out, it looks pretty much like what it is: six trailers riveted together to create a bare-bones, utilitarian space for offices. Its contours are boxy, its materials industrial, its aesthetics decidedly unappealing....
New Paltz Town Board and Board of Education at odds over proposed sewage treatment plant next to the high school

New Paltz Town Board and Board of Education at odds over proposed sewage treatment plant next to the high school

What sewage treatment plant? That was the response of the New Paltz Central School District Board of Education after learning of Town Board-approved plans apparently already in progress to build a sewage treatment plant directly adjacent to the athletic fields at the high school and on land owned by New Paltz Town Board member Kevin...
New Paltz Town Hall closes, offices relocating to new site this week

New Paltz Town Hall closes, offices relocating to new site this week

Got a beef with Town Hall? You’re going to have to hold it in for this week at least, if you live in New Paltz. After a long, dramatic buildup propelled by municipal employees’ persistent health woes traced to black mold infestation in the old Town Hall building, the town government finally began moving this...
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,...