New Paltz Village Government
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,...
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,...
Village Board revisits poison ivy, sandwich board bans

Village Board revisits poison ivy, sandwich board bans

Sandwich boards and poison ivy don’t have much in common — that is, unless you’re the Village of New Paltz. Last week trustees said that laws banning sandwich board signs and poison ivy are difficult to enforce and could possibly be repealed. Aside from mandating grass shorter than three inches, New Paltz’s lawn care and...
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...