Government
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...
A cut and a shave

A cut and a shave

The recently opened Union Shave on Partition St. is an old-fashioned barber shop, said David Kolbinski, co-owner along with brother Jake and A.J. Lewis. All the partners have cut hair locally and are bringing their experience to the business. David Kolbinski, who is the brother with whom we spoke for this article, worked at the...
Town set to pass 2015 budget

Town set to pass 2015 budget

After hearing no comments at a public hearing, the Town Board is poised to pass a budget that would raise the tax levy less than 1 percent while providing payroll increases. The proposed general fund, highway fund and town outside village comes to $11,820,325, an increase of $346,154, or 3.01 percent over the current budget...
Gibson predicts progress from next Congress

Gibson predicts progress from next Congress

Fresh from his resounding win in New York’s 19th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook) talked this week about unfinished business from the 113th Congress, legislative priorities for the 114th and the new landscape in Washington, where Republicans now control both the House and the Senate. When Gibson returns to Washington later this month,...
Plan to merge historic, planning boards gets warm reception

Plan to merge historic, planning boards gets warm reception

The Village Board’s plan to combine the Planning and Historic Review boards to streamline the approval process for projects within the village’s two historic districts was praised at its most recent meeting. Review Board member Jonathan Shapiro said a combined board “will be more efficient.” Other speakers painted a picture of a board overzealous and...
Get a new water meter or else!

Get a new water meter or else!

Village of Saugerties trustees have received numerous complaints about the wording on postcards concerning the installation of new water meters, which state that customers must make an appointment or their water service would be interrupted. Mayor William Murphy said the threat is empty. “We say that if someone does not pay their water bill on...
Saugerties to issue tickets to jaywalkers, unyielding motorists

Saugerties to issue tickets to jaywalkers, unyielding motorists

The ticket books are out for motorists who fail to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and pedestrians who jaywalk. Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra said only warnings had been issued so far. “I said the educational component would last through October and in November the enforcement portion would begin, and that’s what we will start...
Town noise ordinance seeks to put a number on annoyance

Town noise ordinance seeks to put a number on annoyance

A Town Board workshop showing decibel levels of common sounds also served to demonstrate the limitations of the town’s proposed noise ordinance, the subjectivity of what constitutes an irritating noise level, and the value of neighborliness. “When something is considered to be annoying, the best thing that we can do is sit down and talk...
Civil liberties groups outraged by DSS warrant checks

Civil liberties groups outraged by DSS warrant checks

The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office’s new policy of running warrant checks on visitors to the county’s Department of Social Services office has drawn harsh criticism from a pair of civil liberties groups. While objections led County Executive Mike Hein to request a review of the policy by county lawmakers, legislative leaders said this week they...
The cost of garbage removal keep spiraling upward

The cost of garbage removal keep spiraling upward

Ulster County’s Resource Recovery Agency (UCRRA) has given final approval to a $14.3-million budget for 2015 which calls for sharp increases in collection fees but for the third year in a row requires no direct support from county property owners. Two years ago the county legislature approved flow control, requiring that all garbage picked up...
Op-ed: Our picks for ballot propositions

Op-ed: Our picks for ballot propositions

Here’s our guide to the three propositions found on the back of the ballot. Proposal No. 1 - It purports to find a bipartisan way to redistrict the legislative and congressional districts in the state, by carefully appointing a commission, two of your guys here, two of mine here until you get to eight, then they...