New Paltz Village Government
New Paltz Transportation Implementation Committee searches for next generation of members

New Paltz Transportation Implementation Committee searches for next generation of members

Behind the scenes in New Paltz — without a lot of recognition or praise — a dedicated group of volunteers has planned for the future of how people will get around. Their work helped to create the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, got us the New Paltz Loop Bus, changed parking in the village and inspired...
New Paltz: the year that was and what’s to come

New Paltz: the year that was and what’s to come

Susan Zimet and the rest of the Town Board began 2013 by taking a hard look at benefits received by municipal employees, debating over the need for a deputy supervisor and jumping headfirst into consolidation of New Paltz’s two municipal governments. In January, local officials reported that $1.62 million could have been saved if a...
Stream daylight in progress near Peace Park in New Paltz

Stream daylight in progress near Peace Park in New Paltz

The stream that had been buried underground from Plattekill Avenue, next to the western tip of the Village of New Paltz Peace Park, is now seeing the light of day. For the past two weeks, contractors from Roehrs Construction, along with employees of the Village Department of Public Works (DPW), have been at work daylighting...
Waiting  for Jason

Waiting for Jason

This Monday, New Paltz village Trustee Sally Rhoads told the Daily Freeman correspondent that she thought Mayor Jason West would be back from his month-long leave of absence this week, “and that ends now.” She said she expected him at the Village Board meeting this Wednesday. Ain’t gonna happen, at least according to Deputy Mayor...
Price increase, time decrease prompts temporary bagging of New Paltz parking meters

Price increase, time decrease prompts temporary bagging of New Paltz parking meters

The red bags covering many of the parking meters in downtown New Paltz might have local residents and tourists alike thinking that the holiday season started early this year, or that the village government was feeling the love and promoting its shop-local initiative during the busy Labor Day weekend. In reality, the bagging of many...
Village of New Paltz moves forward with Peace Park stream daylighting project

Village of New Paltz moves forward with Peace Park stream daylighting project

The Village of New Paltz has gone out to bid for its stream daylighting project. This project proposes to unearth a buried stream, beginning at the top of the Peace Park at the intersection of Plattekill Avenue and Hasbrouck Street, and allow it to run over a rock riverbed between Hasbrouck Avenue and the existing...
New Paltz mayor sues, fires planner, takes month off

New Paltz mayor sues, fires planner, takes month off

After months of intense public argument, mayor Jason West has decided to officially sue the New Paltz Village Board regarding his salary decrease. He also announced that he will take a paid one-month leave of absence due to unspecified medical reasons. And earlier this month — due to his cut in pay — West said...
New Paltz town, village prepare for joint master plan

New Paltz town, village prepare for joint master plan

In what could be an olive branch to warring factions in New Paltz, the Town Board and Village Board agreed to develop a joint master plan of the entire community. Right now, the Village of New Paltz has a distinct set of zoning laws compared to its surrounding township. In certain areas, the laws don’t...
New Paltz prepares for 2016 aqueduct repairs

New Paltz prepares for 2016 aqueduct repairs

Talks continued last week about how New Paltz will find an alternate water supply in 2016 during a ten-week shutoff of the Catskill Aqueduct. Either way, New Paltz can expect some help from New York City, according to Todd West, with the city’s Bureau of Water Supply. “We have committed to provide funding to a...
Rebecca Rotzler named deputy mayor for the Village of New Paltz

Rebecca Rotzler named deputy mayor for the Village of New Paltz

At last Wednesday night’s New Paltz Village Board reorganizational meeting, mayor Jason West appointed newly elected trustee Rebecca Rotzler to be his deputy mayor. Although Rotzler is new to this board, she is certainly not new to being a trustee nor to serving as the deputy mayor, which she did for four years during her...
Jason West claims his reduction in pay was “illegal”

Jason West claims his reduction in pay was “illegal”

Mayor Jason West said that he’s typically an “off-the-cuff” speaker in public, but at last Wednesday’s Village Board meeting he read a prepared statement in which he quoted two New York State comptroller’s reports, as well as several New York State legal precedents that claimed that it was “illegal” to reduce a Town supervisor’s salary...
Residents asks New Paltz Village Board to take action and remove Jason West as mayor

Residents asks New Paltz Village Board to take action and remove Jason West as mayor

Village resident and former New Paltz village trustee Vici Danskin asked that the Village Board take “immediate action to relieve Jason West of the position of mayor,” after board members reviewed a file that she provided them alleging that the mayor committed voter fraud. Mayor West admitted to living outside of the village temporarily, while...