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Noise ordinance demo tomorrow

Noise ordinance demo tomorrow

Two Barclay Heights residents with noise complaints demanded action again from the Town Board on a town-wide noise ordinance. “Last time you said you thought it was taken care of,” said Cherry Ln. resident Warren Ferine. Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel said he had hoped the situation would resolve itself without a law, but unfortunately it has...
Village may merge planning, historic boards

Village may merge planning, historic boards

The Saugerties Village Board is considering combining the village planning and historic review boards to speed up the application process for projects, but past and present Review Board members say the real motivation is to get the board out of the way. All new construction and renovations (including signage) within the village business district and...
New Year's Ball Drop set for Saugerties

New Year’s Ball Drop set for Saugerties

While the Saugerties Area Chamber of Commerce is still meeting to work out all the details of the event, the start of 2015 will be marked by a ball drop at Reis Parking Lot at midnight on New Year’s Eve. The village decided to set up the event after noticing Kingston had stolen its normal...
Only debate in governor race tonight

Only debate in governor race tonight

Four candidates for governor of New York will debate in Buffalo tonight at 8 p.m. They are: incumbent Andrew Cuomo (Democrat), Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (Republican), Syracuse activist Howie Hawkins (Green Party) and Michael McDermott (Libertarian) of Long Island. Cuomo is the favorite. According to a poll released today, he leads Astorino among likely voters...
Ulster deputies running warrant checks at social services

Ulster deputies running warrant checks at social services

Visitors to the county’s Department of Social Services offices will have to show identification and undergo a check for active arrest warrants under a new policy put in place by department officials and the Ulster County sheriff. The policy, which covers all DSS visitors, including clients, their family members and caseworkers from outside agencies, went...
Saugerties budget carries 1.3 percent tax hike

Saugerties budget carries 1.3 percent tax hike

With budget season upon us, Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel is confident town tax increases will come in well below the two percent property tax cap. A public hearing on the draft budget will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center on Market St. Proposed expenditures for 2015 come in at $11,777,941,...
Village to install new 'smart' water meters

Village to install new ‘smart’ water meters

New lead-free water meters which can be read remotely will be installed in more than 1,400 village residences and commercial buildings beginning in November. The installation follows the recommendations of a private company, Johnson Controls, which audited village infrastructure last year and suggested it replace water meters and make energy efficiency improvements to village buildings...
Family Court Candidate Forum tonight

Family Court Candidate Forum tonight

The public is encouraged to attend a candidate forum sponsored by the Saugerties League of Women Voters on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Frank Greco Center on Market Street. Speakers are candidates for Ulster County family court judge: Gilda Riccardi (Democratic and Working Families) and Keri Savona (Republican, Independence and Conservative parties)....
Saugerties noise problem not resolving itself

Saugerties noise problem not resolving itself

Town officials say they’re still working on drafting a noise ordinance, but admit they’d hoped the neighborhood dispute that brought the issue to the fore this summer would have resolved itself by now. At the Town Board’s Oct. 1 meeting, Cherry Ln. resident Warren Ferine complained his neighbor is making “amplified noise” (referring to a...
House candidates pull no punches in raucous second debate

House candidates pull no punches in raucous second debate

Onstage before a partisan-packed standing-room-only crowd, Republican Congressman Chris Gibson and challenger Sean Eldridge traded some of the fiercest barbs yet in a race that has already seen allegations of shameless carpet-bagging and selling out to corporations. The debate, the second of four forums scheduled this month, was held Monday evening at Miller Middle School...
County, Saugerties crews to remove thousands of infested ash trees

County, Saugerties crews to remove thousands of infested ash trees

In the coming months, county road crews will begin clearing 200 ash trees along county-owned roads in Saugerties. That’s the number of trees found to be infected with the emerald ash borer beetle, according to Amanda LaValle, director of the Ulster County Department of the Environment. Recently LaValle and Aaron Bennett, deputy coordinator for the...
Bridge over Esopus opens ahead of schedule

Bridge over Esopus opens ahead of schedule

The Glasco Turnpike bridge over the Esopus Creek opened today with an 11 a.m.  ribbon-cutting by the county. The date is well ahead of the estimate provided by county officials just a few weeks ago. The bridge was closed in mid-February after its deterioration became untenable. The bridge was on the county’s to-do list, but things...