Government
Remaking the power grid

Remaking the power grid

The last couple of years have seen some changes for electricity consumers in the Hudson Valley — changes not necessarily kind to their pocketbooks. First there was the takeover of Central Hudson by Fortis, a Canadian-based holding company, which took away local control of gas and electric for the first time in over a century....
Supervisor rebuts transparency criticism

Supervisor rebuts transparency criticism

Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel said the Town Board did nothing wrong when, at its Jan. 21 meeting, it took action on items not listed on the publicly released agenda, but said the board will make changes in the interest of transparency. At that meeting, the board considered several items not listed on the agenda distributed to...
Incumbents unopposed in village election

Incumbents unopposed in village election

Feb. 10 was the deadline for petitions for the March 18 election. Four candidates filed, all incumbent members of the New Vision Party. They are (clockwise from top-left): Mayor William Murphy; trustees: Patrick Landewe, Jeannine Mayer, Brian Martin. All seats carry two-year terms.
Village gets tough on water meter holdouts

Village gets tough on water meter holdouts

The village Water Department sent around 200 letters to residents and business owners asking that they make appointments to have new water meters installed or risk having their water service shut off. Of 1,475 total, 1,225 have been installed by the contractor, Vanguard, since November. The village had hoped to have installations complete last week....
Village residents face fines for snowy sidewalks

Village residents face fines for snowy sidewalks

Village property owners with snow-covered sidewalks may be hit with fines this week. Eyal Saad, village code enforcement officer, has been writing down the addresses of homes, businesses and apartments who haven’t yet cleared off their sidewalks. He said he plans to knock on the door of each this week. “I’ll give them a copy...
Editorial: Village must consider consolidation

Editorial: Village must consider consolidation

At the stroke of midnight, Jan. 1, 2011, a 155-year-old Saugerties institution ceased to be. Its dissolution was the subject of years of debate and numerous studies. It finally happened because the Great Recession made its continued existence untenable. There were many who feared its absence would lead to a decrease in service and a...
Helsmoortel: Nothing secret about Town Board agenda

Helsmoortel: Nothing secret about Town Board agenda

Last week there was a letter to the editor from Gaetana Ciarlante criticizing the town board and myself for agenda items. She accused us of violating article 103e of the New York State Open Meetings Law. We have checked with the New York State Association of Towns Legal Department and New York State Department of...
Village buys two new trucks

Village buys two new trucks

Saugerties village trustees recently approved the purchase of two new vehicles, one each for the water and wastewater departments. Speaking at the trustees’ Jan. 20 meeting, Mike Hopf, superintendent of the water department, said his new vehicle will be outfitted with all the necessary computer equipment to remotely read the new water meters installed in...
Police: Saugerties vehicles left on the road may be towed

Police: Saugerties vehicles left on the road may be towed

On-street overnight parking (3 a.m. to 7 a.m.) in Saugerties is banned from December 15 to March 15 each year, but the enforcement will be stricter tonight due to the large amount of snow that needs to be cleared. Saugerties police just sent out a message saying officers will be out this evening and overnight “to...
Unopposed races, low turnout the norm for village elections

Unopposed races, low turnout the norm for village elections

What if they had an election and nobody came? As of Jan. 27, no one had filed a petition to challenge incumbent Mayor William Murphy in the March 18 election. If no one does, and the turnout is low, that would be business as usual for village elections. There have been only two contested mayoral...
Village mayor Bill Murphy will run for reelection

Village mayor Bill Murphy will run for reelection

When we spoke with the mayor late last year, he still wasn’t sure he’d seek another term. Based on our conversation with him this week, it’s clear he’s in. Murphy said he had to think long and hard about seeking re-election this year, saying he was “just a bit hesitant for the reasons: One, my...
Volunteers assist with Cantine Field renovations

Volunteers assist with Cantine Field renovations

On Saturday, Jan. 17 a crew of volunteers assembled by Rich Koegel, Jerry Malgieri Sr. and Chris Fabiano, coaches of the American Legion Baseball Team, installed the trusses and roof at the expanded American Legion Press Box/Concession/Clubhouse Building on Cantine Field # 11. Volunteers included Jack Warns, Chris Lavine, Doc Silinovich, Chris Fabiano, Mike Koegel,...
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