New Paltz Village Government
Tim Rogers enters Village of New Paltz mayoral contest

Tim Rogers enters Village of New Paltz mayoral contest

Election Day for the Village of New Paltz – which happens in May, not November — is fast approaching, and as of presstime, incumbent mayor Jason West had not yet tipped his hand as to whether he will seek reelection. But the race is heating up fast, as a third contender has now announced his...
Environmental Policy Commission’s post-bag ban wish list includes greener Village Hall, municipal garbage pickup, Wallkill River pollution watch

Environmental Policy Commission’s post-bag ban wish list includes greener Village Hall, municipal garbage pickup, Wallkill River pollution watch

Whither the Village of New Paltz’s Environmental Policy Commission (EPC), now that its battle to ban the distribution of non-biodegradable plastic bags by downtown businesses has been won? “We still have work to do to land the ship on the bag ban,” says Gian Starr, who joined the EPC when it was reformulated in April...
Mayor Jason West, New Paltz Village Board settle salary reduction lawsuit

Mayor Jason West, New Paltz Village Board settle salary reduction lawsuit

A settlement has been reached in mayor Jason West’s lawsuit against the New Paltz Village Board for reducing his salary in 2013 from $35,000 to $22,500, his attorney disclosed last week. Village trustee Thomas Rocco has been quoted as saying that the amount of the settlement is $12,000, although it remains unclear whether that is a...
Sally Rhoads, Amy Cohen launch mayoral campaigns in New Paltz

Sally Rhoads, Amy Cohen launch mayoral campaigns in New Paltz

The deadline for filing petitions to run in the Village of New Paltz elections on May 5 is coming up fast, at the end of March. The four-year terms of mayor Jason West and two incumbent Village Board members, Sally Rhoads and Ariana Basco, are coming to a close. West continues to play his cards...
Town and village boards resolve to work together on water, sewer issues

Town and village boards resolve to work together on water, sewer issues

There was both good news and bad news coming out of the joint meeting of New Paltz’s town and village boards held on January 23, hastily (and unusually) scheduled for a Friday evening due to time pressure for a decision on how to provide water to village residents during impending shutdown periods for repairs to...
Village of New Paltz mayor Jason West emphasizes planning for the future

Village of New Paltz mayor Jason West emphasizes planning for the future

While the Village of New Paltz struggles with the looming need for alternative sources of water when the aging Catskill Aqueduct shuts down for repairs in 2016/17, mayor Jason West sees opportunities to leverage villagewide infrastructure improvements into a more economically vibrant and sustainable hamlet beginning in 2015. Since the village cannot grow outward, planning...
New Paltz village shop owners and residents react to a new law banning the use of plastic bags

New Paltz village shop owners and residents react to a new law banning the use of plastic bags

The Village of New Paltz has passed a ban on single-use plastic bags — the kind typically used in supermarkets and other retail shops — set to go into effect this coming April. The law’s passage has garnered the threat of a lawsuit from one shopkeeper and encouraged a Town Board member to champion the...
New Paltz Village Planning Board members contemplate new standards for buildings

New Paltz Village Planning Board members contemplate new standards for buildings

With no applications on the agenda, the New Paltz Village Planning Board discussed the idea of creating design standards for buildings at its November 4 workshop meeting. It was a rare opportunity for the board to focus on planning for the future, rather than reacting to the proposals of a developer. The underlying concept —...
Special meeting is held to discuss the top four alternate water sources in New Paltz

Special meeting is held to discuss the top four alternate water sources in New Paltz

The New Paltz Village Board continued to drill down to an alternate water source to use when the New York City aqueduct will be offline at a special meeting held on November 5. The aqueduct is expected to be turned off for two ten-week periods, once in 2016 and again in 2017, and although the...
The New Paltz Village Zoning Board of Appeals will hear 2 Mohonk Avenue appeal

The New Paltz Village Zoning Board of Appeals will hear 2 Mohonk Avenue appeal

The New Paltz Village Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) voted to hold a hearing on what building inspectors can and cannot inspect regarding the construction at 2 Mohonk Avenue, over the objections of the village building inspector. Village residents Tim Rogers, Terry Dungan and Theresa Fall want the inspector to enforce local zoning code, but...
New Paltz Village board considers major parking amendments

New Paltz Village board considers major parking amendments

New Paltz village trustees are considering a major amendment to the law governing parking in the village. At the October 8 Village Board meeting, trustees Ariana Basco and Sally Rhoads proposed an amendment which would, in Rhoads’s words, “ban non-resident parking in the R-1, R-2, R-3 and Historic districts Monday through Friday to 5 p.m....
New Paltz’s chicken law could see amendment

New Paltz’s chicken law could see amendment

At last week’s meeting, New Paltz Village Board members voted 4-1 to hold a public hearing on amending the backyard chicken law. Currently, six chickens per 0.5 acres can be kept legally in the village for private — non-commercial — use to raise eggs or for meat. Trustee Ariana Basco, who proposed the original law,...