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Auto show at Saugerties High School celebrates 9th year

Auto show at Saugerties High School celebrates 9th year

Some were chopped and channeled, others were moon-wheeled. Some had candy-coated paint jobs, while others were their original colors. Some were restored by teens, husbands and wives, and some haven’t been touched since the day they rolled off the assembly line. Some were built for the track and others the road, and a few weren’t...
Surveillance tools increasing in number in Saugerties

Surveillance tools increasing in number in Saugerties

The long arm of the law will get a little longer this week when technicians install another surveillance camera in the village. With the addition of this camera, which will be installed on a utility pole on Route 212 (Ulster Avenue) at the railroad tracks, there will be five cameras spanning the village. Existing cameras...
No parking ticket quotas despite higher revenue projections, says police chief

No parking ticket quotas despite higher revenue projections, says police chief

Saugerties police chief Joseph Sinagra insists that his officers will not start cracking down on overtime parking and issuing more moving violations to drivers just to reach revenue projections for such violations in the village’s 2016-17 operating budget. What about his department being asked to generate more revenue for the budget? Sinagra said that nothing...
Illegal pigs upset neighbors in Saugerties village

Illegal pigs upset neighbors in Saugerties village

Two Burt Street residents concerned about an adjacent property beginning to look like a barnyard with pigs and rabbits asked village trustees at their April 18 meeting to have the wannabe farmer get rid of them. Over the course of the last few weeks, they said, the owner of a vacant lot next to their...
Baby wipes the bane of Saugerties sewer plant

Baby wipes the bane of Saugerties sewer plant

Newly developed baby wipes meant for tender bottoms are quickly becoming the bane of wasterwater treatment plant operators. “The main problem facing sewer plants is wipes are not made of a material that breaks down easily,” says Mike Marino, who operates the Village of Saugerties plant. “It’s a cloth-based material.” The product is so durable...
No new tax agreement for Saugerties senior housing development

No new tax agreement for Saugerties senior housing development

It doesn’t pay to threaten village board members, as Mike Puntillo, owner of The Mill, the 89-unit, income restricted senior housing building on East Bridge Street, found out Monday night. Village trustees voted unanimously to turn down his request to amend and extend an existing 30-year Payment In Lieu of Taxes (Pilot) agreement. Puntillo was...
Saugerties stabbing victim hospitalized

Saugerties stabbing victim hospitalized

A man is in Health Alliance Hospital in Kingston recovering from a stab wound to his stomach, which occurred at 28 McDonald St. residence early Friday morning. Saugerties police charged three individuals with first-degree gang assault I, a class B felony and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor.   They are (left to right in above photo):...
Saugerties schools to test water quality

Saugerties schools to test water quality

Mike Hopf, superintendent of the village water system that supplies water to all the Saugerties schools with the exception of Mount Marion, which receives is water from a private company, predicts the school district should find no problems when it conducts tests on the water at the schools. The Blue Mountain Reservoir has been supplying...
No tax agreement for senior housing development, says village

No tax agreement for senior housing development, says village

It doesn’t pay to threaten village board members, as Mike Puntillo, owner of The Mill, the 89-unit, income restricted senior housing building on East Bridge Street, found out Monday night. Village trustees voted unanimously to turn down his request to amend and extend an existing 30-year Payment In Lieu of Taxes (Pilot) agreement. Puntillo was...
Nothing historic lost in “oops moment” at marina project

Nothing historic lost in “oops moment” at marina project

The rotted docks are gone. So too are the non-historic windows at one of the buildings at Lynch’s Marina. Village of Saugerties Historic Review Board chair Jonathan Shapiro calls the unintended faux-pas an “oops moment.” A worker removed all the windows from the building, while building code officer Eyal Saad was on vacation. Marina owner...
Saugerties senior housing owner asks village to help refinance

Saugerties senior housing owner asks village to help refinance

Village of Saugerties trustees have been asked to agree to a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (Pilot) extension for the Mill, an 89-apartment unit complex on East Bridge Street. Saying he was “coming hat in hand,” Mill owner Mike Puntillo told trustees at their March 7 meeting he was looking to refinance the original construction...
Saugerties AP gov’t students discuss presidential election

Saugerties AP gov’t students discuss presidential election

Primary politics has always been a blood sport. In the past, candidates’ verbal barbs would draw the figurative blood, but this election cycle with the anger generated by the Trump campaign, the blood has been all too real — and that has high school students who will be voting for the first time, wondering, “What’s...