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A second chance for Saugerties

A second chance for Saugerties

In a very short time, much “change” has happened in our country, our state and our town, and many are unsure of the direction we, as a community, are headed. It is time to get a handle on just what these policies mean to us, and decide, using common sense, what we as a community...
Spring cleanup in the village

Spring cleanup in the village

The annual village spring clean-up will be held Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25. Brush and yard waste only; nothing over six inches in diameter or six inches in length. Separate brush from leaves. Limit is seven cubic yards (one truckload) per residence. The schedule for pick-up is as follows: Monday – north of...
State to install pedestrian signage at Main & Partition

State to install pedestrian signage at Main & Partition

After numerous close calls and one death, New York State has decided the intersection at Partition and Main needs “walk” and “do not walk” signs to allow pedestrians to cross without dodging vehicles. The state will replace the traffic light and install the signage this summer concurrently with the previously-planned new light at Main St....
A summer of construction in village

A summer of construction in village

Village of Saugerties officials have decided to delay an $873,000 business district streetscape improvement project and a portion of a $1.2 million sewer line improvement project until the school year ends in June. The crosswalks in the streetscape project must be completed before the sewer project can begin, and those crosswalks are heavily used by...
Savings were promised and delivered, says mayor

Savings were promised and delivered, says mayor

Mayor William Murphy is confident that the $2.28 million proposed 2014-15 spending plan will not include a tax hike. A public hearing will be held at the April 17 meeting at 7 p.m. in the village firehouse at 43 Partition St. “This year is the culmination of a five-year plan I developed when I first...
Saugerties changes name to Fallonville

Saugerties changes name to Fallonville

What’s in a name? A lot of money, say Saugerties town officials, who unanimously approved a resolution at a special meeting last night at 5 p.m. at the Senior Center to rename Saugerties “Fallonville” in honor of Tonight Show host and former Saugertiesian Jimmy Fallon. “Tourism is a vital part of our economy,” said Town...
Village asks for help planting shade trees

Village asks for help planting shade trees

An inventory of all the street trees in the village of Saugerties was initiated last year by the Saugerties Village Tree Commission, paid for by a grant written by commission chair Rosemarie Brackett. The survey, now complete, maps out each tree in the village with its location, species and condition. Many of the trees are...
Friendly Saugerties: The next generation

Friendly Saugerties: The next generation

The Saugerties Community Youth Awards is a program that honors young people in the community who do the right thing. That can include the sort of thing that would make the papers, like saving a life, as well as small acts of heroism and charity that might otherwise go unnoticed. Four young citizens received awards...
New water meters, higher water bills cause complaints

New water meters, higher water bills cause complaints

Residents of the Glasco Water District who believe their water bills are too high should contact Andy McBride at the district office, 246-8671. McBride said there have been about 30 complaints so far this year. Most have come from residents who received new meters. The meters installed last summer and fall replaced many old meters...
Tkaczyk: Income-tax-supported education more equitable

Tkaczyk: Income-tax-supported education more equitable

The burden of paying for education has shifted increasingly from state to local property taxpayers, creating funding problems for the schools and an unfair distribution of the cost of education, according to state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, speaking at a budget forum she held at the senior center Sunday, March 23. Property taxes cover about 52...
Town mulls striking affordable housing mandate

Town mulls striking affordable housing mandate

The Town Board plans to hold hearings on a revision to the 2009 zoning law that would do away with the requirement that 20 percent of units be affordable in developments of 10 or more lots. Instead, the town would offer a percent density bonus to developers who include affordable housing. The bonus would be...
Village trustees want feedback on landlord law

Village trustees want feedback on landlord law

Village trustees tabled a law requiring out-of-area landlords to have a local representative available should there be problems with their rental units. The public hearing on the law will continue at the trustees’ April 7 meeting at 5 p.m. at Village Hall, 43 Partition St. The law is intended to prevent delays in issues relating...