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Comptroller criticizes Saugerties Justice Court bookkeeping

Comptroller criticizes Saugerties Justice Court bookkeeping

The state Comptroller’s office has criticized the town’s justice court for what amounts to sloppy bookkeeping. The justices responded to the audit in a letter by saying examiners displayed “a total lack of historical perspective” in reviewing the justices’ procedures. The audit, which covered the period from Jan. 1, 2013 to Nov. 3, 2014, said...
Saugerties votes ‘no confidence’ on oil pipeline

Saugerties votes ‘no confidence’ on oil pipeline

In what looked like a final kiss-off to the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, the Town Board passed a “no confidence” resolution at last week’s monthly board meeting. The 178-mile project would run two underground lines between Linden, New Jersey and Albany. One line would carry Bakken shale oil south while the second line would carry processed...
Minew, Lopez (and maybe Aiello) seek to unseat Allen in legislature

Minew, Lopez (and maybe Aiello) seek to unseat Allen in legislature

Three definites and a wild card. The ​race for Democrat Chris Allen’s District 2 seat on the County Legislature has begun. District 2 includes the village, Barclay Heights and Malden. Allen said he will run for re-election. School Board member Angie Minew and marketing consultant Santos Lopez said this week they intend to seek the...
Saugerties Cons, GOP team up against “radical left-wing” agenda

Saugerties Cons, GOP team up against “radical left-wing” agenda

Two years ago, there were no more bitter enemies in Saugerties politics than Republican Chairman Joe Roberti Jr. and Conservative Chairman George Heidcamp. Each backed a different candidate for town supervisor and while the two camps attacked one another, Democrat-endorsed Independence Party member Greg Helsmoortel cruised to victory. The Conservative Caucus, held June 11, showed...
Village closes playground, citing insurance cost

Village closes playground, citing insurance cost

While other playgrounds in the town and village are set for improvements in the next few years, for one of them, officials say it’s just not worth it. The playground at Seamon Park, the least-used of the village’s three playgrounds, is being dismantled. “Nothing will be put there in its place, it will just become...
Saugerties pipeline meeting cancelled

Saugerties pipeline meeting cancelled

An informational meeting on the Pilgrim Pipeline scheduled for Thursday, June 18 has been cancelled. The town did not say if the meeting would be rescheduled. The meeting concerned a proposed oil pipeline from Albany to New Jersey which would pass through Saugerties. Many other towns have taken a position already. The Saugerties Town Board...
Sparklers will be sold in village

Sparklers will be sold in village

Village of Saugerties trustees have decided not to ban the sale of sparklers for the Fourth of July. County legislators recently approved a measure allowing the sale of sparklers in the county for July 4 and New Year’s Eve. That law went into effect on Monday, June 1. Still, towns and villages can opt to...
Village plans to publish names of delinquent taxpayers

Village plans to publish names of delinquent taxpayers

With the County Legislature once again declining to aid villages in collecting back taxes, Saugerties is moving ahead with a plan to try to obtain back taxes. Approximately 60 property owners owe about $178,000, according to the village. There are no plans to take anyone to court or hire a collection agency — the average...
Forum seeks input on pedestrian safety

Forum seeks input on pedestrian safety

The Saugerties Police Department will hold a pedestrian safety forum Wednesday May 27 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 207 Market St. The forum is intended to discuss pedestrian safety and gather community input on the best way to improve safety, whether by stricter enforcement of laws or other means. Police Chief Joseph Sinagra...
A summer of roadwork

A summer of roadwork

Work to upgrade the Main and Partition traffic signal, install pedestrian crossing signs, and redo several crosswalks will begin May 11 and, according to the state, be complete by late September. Alex Wade, who handles special projects for the village, said recent personnel changes at DOT have led to problems. For example, the traffic light...
New owner plans boutique hotel at Dragon Inn site

New owner plans boutique hotel at Dragon Inn site

A long-vacant 19th-century mansion at the southern edge of the Saugerties village has a new owner who plans to fix it up and build a new boutique hotel on the property. Developer Jason Moskowitz of Brooklyn, a summer resident for the past several years, purchased the property at a county foreclosure auction Thursday, April 23....
Water meter holdouts keep water, get fee

Water meter holdouts keep water, get fee

With about 90 water meters left to install in village homes and businesses, trustees at their April 20 meeting agreed to a $25 quarterly charge for those who have not set up appointments to have the new meters installed. Mayor William Murphy and Water Department Superintendent Mike Hopf previously said customers who didn’t get new...

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