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Riverkeeper urges strict review of NYC reservoir releases

Riverkeeper urges strict review of NYC reservoir releases

The environmental group Riverkeeper is engaging Saugerties residents in a letter and email campaign to ask the state to require the strictest review possible for New York City’s discharges of muddy reservoir water into the Esopus Creek. Critics say higher flow from the releases has caused property erosion and environmental damage. “Everyone in this room...
Village: Dragon Inn attracting kids, vulture, maybe a bear

Village: Dragon Inn attracting kids, vulture, maybe a bear

While preservationists still hold out hope for a buyer who will restore the Dragon Inn to its Gilded Age glory, in the near term, the broken down structure has become an unsafe playground for neighborhood children. The village wants owner Ching Ya Wu to board the place up and put up a fence. Last winter...
Town to hold second affordable housing hearing

Town to hold second affordable housing hearing

The town is moving forward a plan to remove an affordable housing requirement disliked by developers of multi-home subdivisions. The 2009 zoning code required any development of ten or more homes to be composed of 20 percent affordable homes. The proposed revision would provide incentives to build affordable homes but would not require them. The...
Town wants to finish water meter installation in Glasco

Town wants to finish water meter installation in Glasco

In 2013 the Town Board authorized the purchase of new meters for the Glasco Water District. The intent is to bring the district in compliance with new USEPA standards regarding lead content in water systems. The existing meters have a lead content that exceeds the 2014 EPA standards. Therefore, the meters must be taken out...
Demonstrators rail against local oil trains

Demonstrators rail against local oil trains

About 70 Saugerties residents and supporters from nearby communities protested the transportation of crude oil on local railways at the Rt. 212 railways. The date, July 6, is the anniversary of an oil spill at Lac Megantic, Quebec, that set off a major fire which killed 47 people and wiped out the town’s center. The...
Should Saugerties invest in making roads safe for bicyclists and pedestrians?

Should Saugerties invest in making roads safe for bicyclists and pedestrians?

Recently, a developer who wanted to build a retail complex on Route 32N, far away from any existing sidewalks, was asked by the town Planning Board to leave room for a sidewalk. He didn’t have to build a sidewalk, and there are no plans to require him to do so in the future; planners just...
Community groups pitch in for park repairs

Community groups pitch in for park repairs

The village is using a combination of taxpayer money and donations from private groups for improvements at Seamon Park and the Lions Club Playground. At Seamon Park, the scenic, floral, sloping park on 9W on the north side of the village, the issue is a 200-foot-length of wrought iron fence facing the road. It carries...
Town to clear over $100k from music fest

Town to clear over $100k from music fest

Who said there’s no money in music these days? The town stands to receive $100,000 to $125,000 as a result of next month’s Hudson Project music festival, money Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel has said will go to pay down the town’s deficit. The deficit stood at approximately $300,000 following last fall’s budget process. The town will...
Village Beach in rough shape

Village Beach in rough shape

A walk around the beach area and nearby picnic and play area shows tables with built-in benches badly in need of paint, with some having broken boards on the surface. One has been lifted up from the ground, where it had been buried. Several grills have been ripped loose from the soil holding them, their...
The Saugerties Breakfast Club

The Saugerties Breakfast Club

On any given morning when you visit the McDonald’s in Barclay Heights or the bagel store or the diner, you will find the same people having their morning cup of coffee or tea and enjoying one of the lovely breakfast specials. I have lovingly nicknamed this gathering of mostly retired and older but very astute...
The untouchables

The untouchables

Are non-elected officials deciding our fate? At the local government level the answer is no, they serve at the pleasure of our elected officials who can remove them at any time and who must approve any actions decided by them. These non-elected officials are citizen volunteers who man (or woman) the many committees in our...
Sister of man killed by truck urges immediate action

Sister of man killed by truck urges immediate action

“It’s a toxic and deadly intersection,” Dinah Carlson Neals said of the Main and Partition intersection at the June 2 Village Board meeting. Neals witnessed her brother, Robert Carlson, get hit by a truck as he crossed at the Main and Partition intersection on Jan. 30. He died from his injuries five hours later at...