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Saugerties Beach Party

Saugerties Beach Party

Photos by David Gordon   In what has become an end-of-summer tradition, artist Ze’ev Willy Neumann held his fourth annual beach party on Saturday, Aug. 23, with entertainers performing within the huge frame he constructed overlooking the Esopus beach. The stage, built into the frame for the occasion, was surrounded on the sides and back...
Neighbors join forces to slow down speeders

Neighbors join forces to slow down speeders

The residents of the Bishop’s Gate subdivision have addressed the problem of speeding cars on their neighborhood streets by taking to heart the phrase, “neighbors should solve neighborhood problems.” After first speaking at a Town Board meeting about the possibility of putting up stop signs, neighbors instead broke off and formed a neighborhood committee to...
Most residents at hearing oppose noise ordinance

Most residents at hearing oppose noise ordinance

Judging by the first public hearing, most Saugerties residents are not interested in the town setting hard and fast noise limits. About 50 attended the hearing at the Senior Center on Aug. 13. The proposed noise ordinance would cap acceptable noise levels at 72 dB from 7 a.m.–10 p.m. and 66 dB from 10 p.m.–7...
New water meters, energy-efficiency upgrades in village

New water meters, energy-efficiency upgrades in village

Work will begin this week on the village’s energy efficiency infrastructure project with the installation of more energy efficient lighting in village-owned buildings and its 50 historic street lights. It’s the beginning of a $1.5 million project which will see the replacement of all 1,388 village water meters (residential and commercial), as well as the...
Dunn appointed receiver of taxes, vote this November

Dunn appointed receiver of taxes, vote this November

Julie Dunn was appointed interim receiver of taxes for the town of Saugerties at the Aug. 13 Town Board meeting. Dunn has been the town bookkeeper since February of this year. Prior to that, she worked as a clerk in the receiver of taxes department for a year and a half, and as village treasurer...
Village seeks new fire truck

Village seeks new fire truck

The village is hoping to have a new $450,000 pumper truck for its fire department by this time next year. The truck would replace the 27-year-old pumper now in service. Village Mayor Bill Murphy said the village wants to replace the truck using little or no village taxpayer money, although so far the search for...
Gibson, Eldridge differ on fossil fuels, fracking

Gibson, Eldridge differ on fossil fuels, fracking

In a congressional district that encompasses cash-strapped, potentially gas-rich Sullivan County, New York City’s watershed, eco-sensitive communities like Woodstock and various rural areas on the east side of the Hudson River, incumbent U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson and challenger Sean Eldridge are on the campaign trail seeking to define their own, and their opponent’s, positions on...
Saugerties Beach all cleaned up

Saugerties Beach all cleaned up

Photos by David Gordon    Just a little more than a month ago, the park near the Village Beach on the Esopus was a mess. Vandals and the weather had damaged or nearly destroyed picnic tables, play equipment and fireplaces. Village Parks and Recreation Superintendent George Terpening promised at that time to have the site...
Sound and fury

Sound and fury

Dogs. Rock bands. Construction. All can cause annoyance to neighbors. All are within the rights of property owners to enjoy. What’s a town to do? Noise complaints have likely been an issue in Saugerties since the eponymous “little sawyer” got his first neighbor and woke him up one morning with some incessant sawing. Few issues...
Electricity rate relief for Hudson Valley?

Electricity rate relief for Hudson Valley?

An amendment introduced by U.S. Representatives Chris Gibson (NY-19) and Sean Maloney (NY-18) that would repeal utility rate increases caused by the new capacity zone (NCZ), which was implemented May 1 in the Hudson Valley, has passed the House of Representatives. Federal lawsuits by Central Hudson Gas & Electric and the New York Public Service...
Teachout challenges Cuomo from the left

Teachout challenges Cuomo from the left

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission troubles grow deeper, does Zephyr Teachout offer a plausible gubernatorial alternative to Democrats? It’d be very tough. Despite discontent with Cuomo from liberals, he’s a sitting governor, has a huge war chest and is up in the polls by double digits over any rival. None of this seems to...
Riverkeeper urges strict review of NYC reservoir releases

Riverkeeper urges strict review of NYC reservoir releases

The environmental group Riverkeeper is engaging Saugerties residents in a letter and email campaign to ask the state to require the strictest review possible for New York City’s discharges of muddy reservoir water into the Esopus Creek. Critics say higher flow from the releases has caused property erosion and environmental damage. “Everyone in this room...