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Saugerties youth awards

Saugerties youth awards

Three youths were feted at the village of Saugerties’ trustees’ June 15 meeting with Saugerties Community Youth Awards. The awards recognize young citizens of the Saugerties area who are caught making good choices and doing good deeds. The program is run through the Saugerties is About Growth Experiences (SAGE) program. Receiving awards were Cameron Costello,...
Village Clerk Mary Frank to retire

Village Clerk Mary Frank to retire

For the last 17 years, Mary Frank has been the conductor who’s kept the village of Saugerties government running on the tracks and, for the most part, on time. The small village government is like a family. She’ll be missed when she retires at the end of the month. “I often call Mary my mother,...
Village closes playground, citing insurance cost

Village closes playground, citing insurance cost

While other playgrounds in the town and village are set for improvements in the next few years, for one of them, officials say it’s just not worth it. The playground at Seamon Park, the least-used of the village’s three playgrounds, is being dismantled. “Nothing will be put there in its place, it will just become...
Sparklers will be sold in village

Sparklers will be sold in village

Village of Saugerties trustees have decided not to ban the sale of sparklers for the Fourth of July. County legislators recently approved a measure allowing the sale of sparklers in the county for July 4 and New Year’s Eve. That law went into effect on Monday, June 1. Still, towns and villages can opt to...
Girls Scouts plan beach beautification project

Girls Scouts plan beach beautification project

In the coming weeks, the Village Beach will take on a decidedly more colorful appearance. Saugerties Girl Scouts will do a host of clean-up, plantings and painting in the coming weeks as part of their Bronze Award project. Saugerties trustees gave the go-ahead at their June 1 meeting. Troop members Sophie Turner, Anna Myers, Spencer...
Village plans to publish names of delinquent taxpayers

Village plans to publish names of delinquent taxpayers

With the County Legislature once again declining to aid villages in collecting back taxes, Saugerties is moving ahead with a plan to try to obtain back taxes. Approximately 60 property owners owe about $178,000, according to the village. There are no plans to take anyone to court or hire a collection agency — the average...
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...