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Village mayor Bill Murphy will run for reelection

Village mayor Bill Murphy will run for reelection

When we spoke with the mayor late last year, he still wasn’t sure he’d seek another term. Based on our conversation with him this week, it’s clear he’s in. Murphy said he had to think long and hard about seeking re-election this year, saying he was “just a bit hesitant for the reasons: One, my...
Embattled Historic Review Board chair resigns

Embattled Historic Review Board chair resigns

Richard Frisbie, chair of the village’s Historic Preservation Board, resigned his position today. “To be treated as something to be discarded after friends of the mayor complained was just too much to put up with,” he said. Frisbie has butted heads over the last several months with Mayor William Murphy and trustees over the possible...
Indoor shooting range in limbo

Indoor shooting range in limbo

This time last year, many in Saugerties were looking forward to the opening of an indoor shooting range at the old candle factory on Kings Highway. But the plans appear to be in limbo, according to town officials. Calls and emails to building owner Art Green for this article were not returned. Town planners in...
Village to haulers: vex another town’s slumber!

Village to haulers: vex another town’s slumber!

Trash haulers that serve the village are willing to adjust their pick-up hours in order to not disturb the sleep of residents. Trustee Vincent Buono, who was charged at the last board meeting with making this request, reported at a Jan. 20 meeting that while haulers aren’t exactly thrilled to adjust their schedules, they are...
Village election day change, petitions available

Village election day change, petitions available

Village elections will be held Wednesday, March 18 this year because the normal village Election Day falls on St. Patrick’s Day. Trustees approved the switch at their Jan. 5 meeting. Up for election this year are seats held by Mayor William Murphy and trustees Jeannine Mayer, Brian Martin and Patrick Landewe. Petitions to run can...
Village trash pickup too early, say trustees

Village trash pickup too early, say trustees

A rumbling diesel truck pulls up to the curb, the air brakes squeal, the sound of trash bins being hoisted and their contents compacted. How early is too early for this weekly necessity? After some discussion that included references to numerous complaints about haulers collecting trash as early as 3 a.m., a village trustee will...
The kids are all right

The kids are all right

Calling it one of his “favorite things to do,” village Mayor William Murphy handed out certificates to four students recognized with Saugerties Community Youth Awards at the Dec. 15 Village Board meeting. The awards “reward the young citizens of the Saugerties area who are caught making good choices and doing good deeds,” according to Mary...
Saugerties Historic Review Board spared

Saugerties Historic Review Board spared

The Village Board decided last week to hold off on its plan to dissolve the Historic Review Board following public opposition at the Dec. 1 hearing. The mayor and trustees said a combined planning commission composed of members of the Planning and Historic Review boards would be more efficient, and several members of the Review...
Hazards of new fortunes

Hazards of new fortunes

If the perceived economic potential of a community can be determined by the amount of time it takes shuttered shops to be replaced by new ones bright with hope, then the village of Saugerties is indeed an encouraging location for would-be entrepreneurs. In many cases, shop owners that went out of business this year were...
Holiday in the Village

Holiday in the Village

Youngsters could be forgiven if they were a bit confused by the abundance of Santa Clauses at this year’s Holiday in the Village celebrations. There were Santas in the banks, at the coffee roasters, on the street, in the shops, at the Kiersted House and as part of the Festival of Lights parade. Would such...
Saugerties historic oversight shakeup debated

Saugerties historic oversight shakeup debated

Some fear the return to the bad old days, adult theaters and boarded up buildings Others portray Review Board as obstructionist, needlessly spoiling innocent business deals Homeowner says board’s intervention made selling his house impossible; tells village to buy it Review Board member charges merger won’t save time or money; mayor disagrees Village Board will...
Saugerties Holiday in the Village Dec. 7

Saugerties Holiday in the Village Dec. 7

No one does a village-wide holiday celebration quite like Saugerties. This year will be no different. Holiday in the Village will include a holiday market, music and toy giveaways, live mannequins, free horse carriage rides, kids’ crafts, Santa at the Kiersted House, a petting zoo, entertainment and surprises followed by the tree and menorah lighting...