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Embattled Historic Review Board chair resigns

Embattled Historic Review Board chair resigns

Richard Frisbie, chair of the village’s Historic Preservation Board, resigned his position today. “To be treated as something to be discarded after friends of the mayor complained was just too much to put up with,” he said. Frisbie has butted heads over the last several months with Mayor William Murphy and trustees over the possible...
Assemblyman Pete Lopez says Sheldon Silver should "step down immediately"

Assemblyman Pete Lopez says Sheldon Silver should “step down immediately”

Calling the recent arrest of Sheldon Silver on federal corruption charges “deeply disturbing,” Republican Assemblyman Pete Lopez said the Democratic assembly speaker should “step down immediately.” He said the Silver case shouldn’t be allowed to distract the assembly from important issues like “creating jobs, lifting people out of poverty, ensuring a sound education for our...
Should Saugerties have a dog park?

Should Saugerties have a dog park?

As other communities establish dog parks, talk among Saugertiesians routinely turns to the question: Why not here? The issue last came up in a public way in 2012, when a host of dog owners called on the town to establish a park. Then-supervisor Kelly Myers said they needed to put together a proposal. Nothing came...
Alert: Central Hudson gears up for epic nor'easter

Alert: Central Hudson gears up for epic nor’easter

Customers should prepare for the potential for electric service interruptions Central Hudson is taking steps to prepare for a powerful nor’easter, forecasted by the National Weather Service to impact the Tri-State area, including the Mid-Hudson Valley, on Monday and Tuesday. Heavy snowfalls and strong winds are predicted on Monday afternoon through Tuesdaymorning. Wind gusts of...
Indoor shooting range in limbo

Indoor shooting range in limbo

This time last year, many in Saugerties were looking forward to the opening of an indoor shooting range at the old candle factory on Kings Highway. But the plans appear to be in limbo, according to town officials. Calls and emails to building owner Art Green for this article were not returned. Town planners in...
Village to haulers: vex another town’s slumber!

Village to haulers: vex another town’s slumber!

Trash haulers that serve the village are willing to adjust their pick-up hours in order to not disturb the sleep of residents. Trustee Vincent Buono, who was charged at the last board meeting with making this request, reported at a Jan. 20 meeting that while haulers aren’t exactly thrilled to adjust their schedules, they are...
Town announces 2015 appointments

Town announces 2015 appointments

The Town Board made appointments to various duties, boards and commissions at its annual organizational meeting. All are good for the 2015 calendar year except where noted. Fred Costello– deputy supervisor. Costello thanked the board and Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel for having confidence in him. John Greco– attorney for animal control, the building inspector, police department...
Village election day change, petitions available

Village election day change, petitions available

Village elections will be held Wednesday, March 18 this year because the normal village Election Day falls on St. Patrick’s Day. Trustees approved the switch at their Jan. 5 meeting. Up for election this year are seats held by Mayor William Murphy and trustees Jeannine Mayer, Brian Martin and Patrick Landewe. Petitions to run can...
Saugerties getting a good deal on police coverage, says chief

Saugerties getting a good deal on police coverage, says chief

Police Chief Joe Sinagra gave a public presentation on the department’s reorganization and finances intended to address concerns that the department, by creating the position of captain, may be spending too much money. Sinagra said that the department, at $2,356,485, has a lower budget than the combined town and village departments had in 2010, despite...
Saugerties police department brings in nearly $200k in revenue

Saugerties police department brings in nearly $200k in revenue

  Police departments were never intended to generate revenue, but times have changed, says Saugerties Chief Joseph Sinagra. Federal and state grants have dried up and local municipalities are too cash-strapped to make up the difference. He described in a Jan. 5 presentation how, when he took over as chief in April of 2012, he...
Pilgrim Pipeline opposition meeting in Saugerties

Pilgrim Pipeline opposition meeting in Saugerties

A public meeting organized to rally opposition to the oil pipeline proposed by Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC, to carry fracked crude oil through the town of Saugerties will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Senior Center on the corner of Robinson and Market streets. The proposed pipeline would carry crude oil...
Village trash pickup too early, say trustees

Village trash pickup too early, say trustees

A rumbling diesel truck pulls up to the curb, the air brakes squeal, the sound of trash bins being hoisted and their contents compacted. How early is too early for this weekly necessity? After some discussion that included references to numerous complaints about haulers collecting trash as early as 3 a.m., a village trustee will...