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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...
Zombie Crawl resurrected; local officials terror-stricken

Zombie Crawl resurrected; local officials terror-stricken

Isn’t it just like a zombie not to stay dead? Barely a week after we reported that the organizers of the popular Village Invasion zombie crawl were calling off this year’s event, a local resident emerged with a plan to save it. But not everyone is thrilled. Over the course of the past four years,...
Dunn gets nod for receiver of taxes

Dunn gets nod for receiver of taxes

Julie Dunn has received the nomination of the Republican, Democratic and Conservative parties for receiver of taxes. Dunn, who is not enrolled in a party, was appointed to the office last month. Receiver of taxes will be the only town office on the ballot in November. So far there are no other candidates. Dunn has...
Glasco Tpke. bridge to open before thanksgiving

Glasco Tpke. bridge to open before thanksgiving

The Sauer Bridge connecting Glasco Tpke. to Rt. 9W, closed since early February, could reopen within four to six weeks. “The bridge should be open one or two weeks before Thanksgiving,” said County Legislator Dean Fabiano. “They’re pouring the concrete today,” said Bob Sudlow, the deputy county executive for operations, on Friday, Sept. 5. “There...