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Letter: Saugerties supervisor election far from over

Letter: Saugerties supervisor election far from over

It appears from the Aug. 13 piece by Klaus Gaebel that reports of my election defeat have been greatly exaggerated. I would like to clarify a few details for your readers upon which they may have been misled. First, the election has not taken place. Mr. Gaebel’s claim that my opponent, Greg Helsmoortel, has assured his...
Saugerties village seeks to update waterfront plan for climate change

Saugerties village seeks to update waterfront plan for climate change

The Village of Saugerties is applying for a $20,000 matching grant from the state to update its waterfront plan. Trustee Patrick Landewe, lighthouse keeper and member of the Waterfront Revitalization Committee, recently said it was the state that suggested the plan be updated and that the plan should concern issues such as how the village...
‘Team Saugerties’ rides again

‘Team Saugerties’ rides again

Town Democratic Party Chairman Lanny Walter called it a “perfect storm,” but if that phrase conjures images of destruction and strife, you’ve got the wrong idea. The town Democratic nominating caucus Tuesday night, July 28, at the Senior Center was a perfect storm of cooperation, mutual support and smiling satisfaction. There were no surprises. No...
Saugerties pastor honored by State Legislature’s pro-choice caucus

Saugerties pastor honored by State Legislature’s pro-choice caucus

A large part of freedom for women is their ability to decide if and when to be a mother,” says Rev. Finley Schaef. “Motherhood should not be an accident or something imposed upon women.” Schaef was honored on the floor of the State Assembly on Tuesday, June 2 by members of the New York State Bipartisan...
More trouble at Washington/Main intersection in Saugerties village

More trouble at Washington/Main intersection in Saugerties village

The Washington and Main intersection that was redone when the new traffic light was installed continues to cause headaches. First it was poor drainage and standing water. Then it was sensor issues leading to lighting fast green-light cycles. Now it’s the curb extensions called “bumpouts,” a safety feature that makes pedestrians more visible by extending...
Neighbors say Saugerties doesn’t need more self-storage

Neighbors say Saugerties doesn’t need more self-storage

Some village residents say a self-storage business on Livingston St. wouldn’t be a good fit for the neighborhood, but village officials say the zoning would allow it. Residents packed the July 8 Planning Board public hearing to object to a proposal to construct a 20-unit storage facility at 42 Livingston St., currently a parking lot....
Lawsuit possible after Saugerties board’s denial of affordable housing extension

Lawsuit possible after Saugerties board’s denial of affordable housing extension

The Village Planning Board voted against extending approval for a 42-unit affordable housing project on North St., a move the developer’s attorney said could land the village in court on a discrimination suit the village’s attorney believes it would lose. Planners announced last month that Premier Development needed to move forward on its Country Meadows...
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,...
Comptroller criticizes Saugerties Justice Court bookkeeping

Comptroller criticizes Saugerties Justice Court bookkeeping

The state Comptroller’s office has criticized the town’s justice court for what amounts to sloppy bookkeeping. The justices responded to the audit in a letter by saying examiners displayed “a total lack of historical perspective” in reviewing the justices’ procedures. The audit, which covered the period from Jan. 1, 2013 to Nov. 3, 2014, said...
Saugerties votes ‘no confidence’ on oil pipeline

Saugerties votes ‘no confidence’ on oil pipeline

In what looked like a final kiss-off to the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, the Town Board passed a “no confidence” resolution at last week’s monthly board meeting. The 178-mile project would run two underground lines between Linden, New Jersey and Albany. One line would carry Bakken shale oil south while the second line would carry processed...
Minew, Lopez (and maybe Aiello) seek to unseat Allen in legislature

Minew, Lopez (and maybe Aiello) seek to unseat Allen in legislature

Three definites and a wild card. The ​race for Democrat Chris Allen’s District 2 seat on the County Legislature has begun. District 2 includes the village, Barclay Heights and Malden. Allen said he will run for re-election. School Board member Angie Minew and marketing consultant Santos Lopez said this week they intend to seek the...
Saugerties Cons, GOP team up against “radical left-wing” agenda

Saugerties Cons, GOP team up against “radical left-wing” agenda

Two years ago, there were no more bitter enemies in Saugerties politics than Republican Chairman Joe Roberti Jr. and Conservative Chairman George Heidcamp. Each backed a different candidate for town supervisor and while the two camps attacked one another, Democrat-endorsed Independence Party member Greg Helsmoortel cruised to victory. The Conservative Caucus, held June 11, showed...