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Saugerties basketball repeats as MHAL champs

Saugerties basketball repeats as MHAL champs

In a game that was closer than it should have been, the Saugerties boys’ basketball team repeated as Mid-Hudson Athletic League champions after defeating Spackenkill 65-54 on Feb. 26 at SUNY Ulster. Several nights earlier the Sawyers defeated FDR to win their division and get into the MHAL playoffs and then cross-river rival Red Hook...
Second St. blaze appears to have been started by basement wood boiler

Second St. blaze appears to have been started by basement wood boiler

He’s a former postman, a Blue Kat, a vet, but now Art Russell is a man without a home. Russell’s home at 20 Second St., a home that saw four generations grow up, was devastated by fire, smoke and water, and left uninhabitable by a Feb. 19 blaze. Rachael Sweeny, who lives in an apartment...
Village gets tough on water meter holdouts

Village gets tough on water meter holdouts

The village Water Department sent around 200 letters to residents and business owners asking that they make appointments to have new water meters installed or risk having their water service shut off. Of 1,475 total, 1,225 have been installed by the contractor, Vanguard, since November. The village had hoped to have installations complete last week....
Village residents face fines for snowy sidewalks

Village residents face fines for snowy sidewalks

Village property owners with snow-covered sidewalks may be hit with fines this week. Eyal Saad, village code enforcement officer, has been writing down the addresses of homes, businesses and apartments who haven’t yet cleared off their sidewalks. He said he plans to knock on the door of each this week. “I’ll give them a copy...
Village buys two new trucks

Village buys two new trucks

Saugerties village trustees recently approved the purchase of two new vehicles, one each for the water and wastewater departments. Speaking at the trustees’ Jan. 20 meeting, Mike Hopf, superintendent of the water department, said his new vehicle will be outfitted with all the necessary computer equipment to remotely read the new water meters installed in...
Unopposed races, low turnout the norm for village elections

Unopposed races, low turnout the norm for village elections

What if they had an election and nobody came? As of Jan. 27, no one had filed a petition to challenge incumbent Mayor William Murphy in the March 18 election. If no one does, and the turnout is low, that would be business as usual for village elections. There have been only two contested mayoral...
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...
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