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Neglected properties in Saugerties village will get more attention

Neglected properties in Saugerties village will get more attention

A number of properties on Valley and Underwood streets in Saugerties are rapidly deteriorating. The owners are not keeping up with mowing the grass or chopping down the underbrush that’s growing on these parcels. Valley Street resident and former Saugerties village trustee Suzanne LeBlanc thinks it’s time to do something about it. “Most of these properties...
Saugerties sidewalk project delayed

Saugerties sidewalk project delayed

A project to replace much of the cracked and broken bluestone sections of sidewalk along a portion of Main and Partition streets has been shelved until 2017, according to Alex Wade, who’s in charge of special projects for the Village of Saugerties. The state Department of Transportation has agreed to allow the village to use some...
It’s a trap! Saugerties’ war against feral cats continues

It’s a trap! Saugerties’ war against feral cats continues

The Village of Saugerties’ efforts to reduce the population of feral cats will begin in earnest this week as cat trapper Kim Kelly will start catching the unvaccinated, unlicensed, unsprayed or neutered animals. Village trustee Don Hackett, who’s in charge of the program, is asking residents to not feed the feral cats and give Kelly...
Saugerties mayor gathers new Mum Committee after mass resignation

Saugerties mayor gathers new Mum Committee after mass resignation

Despite the mass resignation of all the members of the Saugerties Mum Festival committee two weeks ago, mayor William Murphy has vowed that the festival, which brings hundreds of tourists to the Village of Saugerties, will continue. Without getting into specifics, Murphy said the committee made the decision to quit and that he is in...
Saugerties village asks for money, volunteers for feral cat problem

Saugerties village asks for money, volunteers for feral cat problem

Saugerties village trustees are looking to bring back the catch-spay/neuter, release program in order to reduce the number of feral cats now roaming the area behind Partition Street, and in the area of Jane Street. Several years ago, trustees ended the program when they could no longer get volunteers to transport the cats to the...
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...
Clinton/Sanders race pits progressives against party stalwarts

Clinton/Sanders race pits progressives against party stalwarts

On the Democratic side, the presidential primary has set the region’s robust grassroots progressive base backing Bernie Sanders against establishment figures and Hillary Clinton partisans like County Executive Mike Hein and Ulster County Democratic Committee Chairman Frank Cardinale, making for an unusually bitter intra-party brawl. The grassroots vs. establishment split is evident in a Google...
One-percent loans available for Saugerties village businesses

One-percent loans available for Saugerties village businesses

Renovation and rehabilitation loans are available through the Community Development Revolving Loan Fund. The Revolving Loan Committee of the Village of Saugerties is anxious to assist village business owners and lease holders. Funds are available for renovation and rehabilitation of business properties. The minimum loan amount is $1,500 and the maximum amount is $75,000 with...
Saugerties sides with city of Kingston on sales tax issue

Saugerties sides with city of Kingston on sales tax issue

Saugerties Town Council members unanimously passed a Memorializing Resolution at their March 2 meeting to add their support to the growing roster of municipalities who stand with the City of Kingston in a call to County Executive Michael Hein to extend the 2011 Sales Tax Sharing Agreement between the County of Ulster and the City...
Saugerties reservoir and beach projects stalled

Saugerties reservoir and beach projects stalled

Village of Saugerties officials hope that $3 million from the state’s Community Rising storm mitigation program arrives before the spring construction and repair season begins. If it doesn’t, repairs to village facilities will probably have to wait until the fall. Two years ago, governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration made money available to communities that suffered damage...