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Jaywalking enforcement about "saving lives," says Saugerties police chief

Jaywalking enforcement about “saving lives,” says Saugerties police chief

Speaking at a public forum on pedestrian safety, Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra said the department still plans to write jaywalking tickets. “We’re not here to harass the public,” Sinagra said. “We’re here to educate, but sometimes it comes with a little sting.” The May 27 forum was held after some in the community spoke...
Saugerties collegiate baseball team gears up for first season

Saugerties collegiate baseball team gears up for first season

For baseball fans, there will be a new show in town this summer. The Saugerties Stallions will begin their inaugural season at Cantine Field June 2. The collegiate-level team is made up of players from Division 2 and 3 schools looking to play summer ball. The Stallions will be part of the Perfect Pitch League....
Drive-by egging in Saugerties

Drive-by egging in Saugerties

Saugerties police are looking for help tracking down the person or persons who egged 25 vehicles in the village this past weekend, May 16 and 17. Police chief Joseph Sinagra said a similar incident happened in Connolly the previous weekend. A Saugerties patrolman spent all-day Monday watching video from the police department’s two Main St....
Local police K-9 units train with elite Dutch police

Local police K-9 units train with elite Dutch police

  Police K-9 units from the northeast region of New York State and several units from neighboring states took part in a three-day training session May 4-6 at Tech City in the town of Ulster, coordinated by the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office and Rochester-based Upstate K-9. Officers from 23 departments and their K-9 partners were...
Following complaints, Saugerties eases up on jaywalking enforcement plan

Following complaints, Saugerties eases up on jaywalking enforcement plan

Faced with opposition from village merchants and residents, Police Chief Joseph Sinagra has walked back his pledge to strictly enforce jaywalking laws. Complaints followed an article detailing the $200-plus cost of a ticket, enforcement with undercover officers posted at village intersections, and the range of activities considered jaywalking, which include walking on the wrong side of the...
A summer of roadwork

A summer of roadwork

Work to upgrade the Main and Partition traffic signal, install pedestrian crossing signs, and redo several crosswalks will begin May 11 and, according to the state, be complete by late September. Alex Wade, who handles special projects for the village, said recent personnel changes at DOT have led to problems. For example, the traffic light...
More surveillance devices to be installed in Saugerties village

More surveillance devices to be installed in Saugerties village

A  camera and two license plate readers will be installed in the village in the coming weeks. The camera will be installed at the traffic light at the Main and Washington intersection. Police chief Joseph Sinagra said the location was chosen because it would provide coverage for Cahill Elementary School. It the third camera to...
Jaywalking laws to be enforced

Jaywalking laws to be enforced

Police Chief Joseph Sinagra said his officers will soon be enforcing all pedestrian laws — including jaywalking, walking on the wrong side of the road, crossing the street diagonally rather than perpendicularly, crossing against a do not walk sign and, for motorists, failure to yield the right-of-way in a crosswalk that doesn’t include pedestrian signage...
Zombie Crawl scheduled

Zombie Crawl scheduled

Organizers of this year’s Zombie Crawl are getting an early start. Ted Titus and Charles Potter were granted the blessing of village trustees at the April 20 meeting. The sixth annual Zombie Crawl is scheduled for Oct. 17. This year’s event — “We’re off to see the zombies” — will have a “Wizard of Oz”...
Water meter holdouts keep water, get fee

Water meter holdouts keep water, get fee

With about 90 water meters left to install in village homes and businesses, trustees at their April 20 meeting agreed to a $25 quarterly charge for those who have not set up appointments to have the new meters installed. Mayor William Murphy and Water Department Superintendent Mike Hopf previously said customers who didn’t get new...
Saugerties village DPW sup Bob Ciarlante to retire

Saugerties village DPW sup Bob Ciarlante to retire

After 17 years as the superintendent of the Village of Saugerties Department of Public Works, there isn’t a road, street, lane, circle, pothole or storm drain in all the village Robert Ciarlante doesn’t know. And now, after those 17 years, on June 1 he will be calling it a career. “At 69, I think it’s...
Village gears up for playground fundraising effort

Village gears up for playground fundraising effort

“It looks like we’re going to have to do more fundraising,” said George Terpening, village parks, buildings and grounds superintendent. The subject was the replacement of much of the equipment at village playgrounds, which has been deemed unsafe by the village’s insurance company. The town is facing the same issue with its Small World playground...