New Paltz Village Government
Meet the New Paltz village trustee candidates

Meet the New Paltz village trustee candidates

Village of New Paltz Election Day is coming up soon, on Tuesday, May 5. Last week, the New Paltz Times brought you profiles in their own words of the four candidates running for mayor (to read the interviews, visit www.newpaltzx.com). In this issue, again in question-and-answer format, we present profiles of the four candidates contending...
Four run for mayor of New Paltz

Four run for mayor of New Paltz

On Tuesday, May 5, residents of the Village of New Paltz will once again cast their votes to decide who will be their next mayor and fill the two seats on the Board of Trustees whose terms are coming to a close. This week the New Paltz Times brings you brief profiles of the four...
New Paltz Village Board settles mayor’s salary lawsuit, tweaks parking proposals

New Paltz Village Board settles mayor’s salary lawsuit, tweaks parking proposals

The most significant occurrence at the New Paltz Village Board’s February 25 meeting came at the very end, when nearly all the attendees had gone home rather than wait through a long executive session. But when the board members emerged — sans mayor Jason West, who had recused himself — it was to announce that...
Jason West announces his bid for reelection as mayor for the Village of New Paltz

Jason West announces his bid for reelection as mayor for the Village of New Paltz

Election Day for offices in the Village of New Paltz is coming up on May 5, and there’s less than a month left for hopefuls for office to collect signatures and file their nominating petitions before the March 31 deadline. The current terms of trustees Ariana Basco and Sally Rhoads are coming to an end,...
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 —...