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Letters (Dec. 25-Jan. 1)

Letters (Dec. 25-Jan. 1)

A holiday message from the DA Events have occurred in recent months that have brought a heightened focus on law enforcement in our county. I would like to offer some observations. I suggest that an intelligent, vigorous, interest in how we, as a society, police ourselves is an important and welcome exercise. When done properly...
Letters (December 18-25)

Letters (December 18-25)

Actual proof An observer of the Ferguson tragedy stated that the “hands up, don’t shoot” chant was “a gesture proven by the grand jury not to be appropriate or accurate.” Grand juries do not prove the truth or falsity of anything. We all know from our own experience or from TV that testimony at a...
Poll: New York Bans Fracking

Poll: New York Bans Fracking

New York State banned the natural gas retrieval procedure known as High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing during a televised cabinet meeting presided over by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday. The decision cited a variety of concerns raised by the state Department of Health and the fact that, “In New York State we’re protective of our natural...
Letters (December 11-18)

Letters (December 11-18)

Thoughts on historic oversight shakeup hearing I was surprised by the account of the meeting concerning the fate of the Historic Review Board in the village — not by the coverage, which I assume was accurate, but by the revisionist history that was suggested or inferred in some of the comments. The Flamingo was never...
Letters (December 4-11)

Letters (December 4-11)

Warrant checks a safety issue While I understand the concerns of Legislator Bartels and others regarding security checks at social services, I contend that the practice is legal and necessary. The sheriff has a duty to protect the good men and women who were once subjected to assaults and dangerous working conditions. What Sheriff VanBlarcum...
Christmas Fair benefits animal shelter

Christmas Fair benefits animal shelter

A Christmas Fair will be held at the Saugerties Transfer Station, 1765 Rt. 212, on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Organizers invite the public to have an “old fashioned Christmas” with “old fashioned ornaments.” For more info, call 246-6211 or 246-5411.
Letters (Nov. 27-Dec. 4)

Letters (Nov. 27-Dec. 4)

Speak out against village’s historic law change The zoning change issue highlights how much government responsibility is now relinquished by elected officials to the attorney’s authority. To avoid the demands of preservation they simply turned to this surrogate to rewrite the law. Now this dearly paid for pretense, ripe with intrigue, innuendo and untruths, has...
Central Hudson offers heating assistance

Central Hudson offers heating assistance

Customers experiencing a financial hardship this winter are encouraged to apply for a Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) grant through their local Department of Social Services. Those who qualify may also be eligible to receive additional benefits from Central Hudson. Customers who are eligible for HEAP and use electricity or natural gas as their primary...
County exec gets magazine award

County exec gets magazine award

GOVERNING magazine named Ulster County Executive Mike Hein one of the nation’s top state and local public officials of the year. The list of nine included a governor, mayor and state legislator. Hein was the lone county executive. The magazine cited Hein’s work on homeless veterans’ housing, bringing higher education opportunities to “inner city” youth...
Letters (November 20-27)

Letters (November 20-27)

Highway superintendent’s raise justified I would like to explain the increase in pay to the town of Saugerties superintendent of highways. When Mr. Myer took office in 2012 his salary was $53,258 which at that time was considered low for that position in comparison to others that held the same office in Ulster County. At...
Common Core information night in Saugerties

Common Core information night in Saugerties

The Saugerties School District will host a Common Core Parent Information Night for parents of students in grades K-8 on Monday, Nov. 17 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Saugerties High School auditorium. From 6:30–7:30 p.m. there will be four breakout sessions running concurrently, covering ELA K-5, ELA 6-8, math K-5, and math 6-8. The same...

Illegal hunting in Saugerties

Deer hunting requires permits and patience. According to police, Michael J. Deangelis, 44, of Emerick Rd., Saugerties, had neither. He was arrested Nov. 13 after a Lauren Tice Rd. resident reported a man trespassing on his property and shooting a deer. The resident blocked the road to prevent Emerick from leaving until police arrived. NYS...