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Saugerties Historic Review Board spared

Saugerties Historic Review Board spared

The Village Board decided last week to hold off on its plan to dissolve the Historic Review Board following public opposition at the Dec. 1 hearing. The mayor and trustees said a combined planning commission composed of members of the Planning and Historic Review boards would be more efficient, and several members of the Review...
Our new state senator

Our new state senator

Two years ago, state senate candidate George Amedore celebrated Thanksgiving with his family hoping that a narrow election-day margin over Cecilia Tkaczyk would hold up. It did not. Tkaczyk prevailed in absentee vote counting by a mere 18 votes. She took her seat on January 12. Amedore, a former Republican assemblyman from Rotterdam, stormed back...
Holiday in the Village

Holiday in the Village

Youngsters could be forgiven if they were a bit confused by the abundance of Santa Clauses at this year’s Holiday in the Village celebrations. There were Santas in the banks, at the coffee roasters, on the street, in the shops, at the Kiersted House and as part of the Festival of Lights parade. Would such...
Saugerties historic oversight shakeup debated

Saugerties historic oversight shakeup debated

Some fear the return to the bad old days, adult theaters and boarded up buildings Others portray Review Board as obstructionist, needlessly spoiling innocent business deals Homeowner says board’s intervention made selling his house impossible; tells village to buy it Review Board member charges merger won’t save time or money; mayor disagrees Village Board will...
Opinion: Reinstate DSS warrant checks

Opinion: Reinstate DSS warrant checks

When Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum would not end the controversial warrant check policy at Department of Social Services (DSS) buildings, Legislator Tracey Bartels (D-Gardiner) threatened to used the “power of the purse” to replace sheriff’s deputies assigned to security at the facility with private security guards. Her proposed resolution was not brought to a vote, but...
Saugerties Holiday in the Village Dec. 7

Saugerties Holiday in the Village Dec. 7

No one does a village-wide holiday celebration quite like Saugerties. This year will be no different. Holiday in the Village will include a holiday market, music and toy giveaways, live mannequins, free horse carriage rides, kids’ crafts, Santa at the Kiersted House, a petting zoo, entertainment and surprises followed by the tree and menorah lighting...
Village should bring in pros to survey historic district, says Review Board chair

Village should bring in pros to survey historic district, says Review Board chair

The village should hold off on passing a revision to its zoning law until a professional study of its historic district boundaries is done, said Review Board chair Richard Frisbie. “The village’s two historic districts are a decade overdue for updating the original survey,” Frisbie said. “The state (Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation)...
Sawyer Savings calls off house demolition, citing public opinion

Sawyer Savings calls off house demolition, citing public opinion

Sawyer Savings has shelved plans to purchase and demolish a Partition St. home to expand its parking lot and construct a drive-through ATM, citing negative publicity. The decision has Mayor William Murphy furious at village historic preservationists, sarcastically saying he’s “glad they think they know what’s best for everyone… This is two major improvements now...
Public hearing on historic oversight board shakeup, zoning changes

Public hearing on historic oversight board shakeup, zoning changes

A much-anticipated public hearing will be held Monday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. at Village Hall, 43 Partition St. The proposed law would: Merge the five-member village Historic Review and Village Planning boards to create a seven-member Planning Commission which would have the oversight powers of both, including ensuring development within the village’s two historic...
Saugerties transfer station fees go up

Saugerties transfer station fees go up

The Saugerties transfer station will raise its fees next month, citing increased charges from the county’s Resource Recovery Agency. Annual permit fees will increase from $25 to $30, and medium-sized (30- to 45-gallon) and contractor (55-gallon) bag fees will each go up by a dollar to $6 and $7, respectively. Other fees are unchanged. Station...
County exec gets magazine award

County exec gets magazine award

GOVERNING magazine named Ulster County Executive Mike Hein one of the nation’s top state and local public officials of the year. The list of nine included a governor, mayor and state legislator. Hein was the lone county executive. The magazine cited Hein’s work on homeless veterans’ housing, bringing higher education opportunities to “inner city” youth...
Inmates help decorate Saugerties village park

Inmates help decorate Saugerties village park

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the village of Saugerties. Members of the Kiwanis Club, along with George Terpening of the village Parks, Buildings and Grounds Department were joined by a number of inmates from Ulster County Jail to install a host of wooden characters throughout Seamon Park and decorate the bushes...