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Supervisor rebuts transparency criticism

Supervisor rebuts transparency criticism

Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel said the Town Board did nothing wrong when, at its Jan. 21 meeting, it took action on items not listed on the publicly released agenda, but said the board will make changes in the interest of transparency. At that meeting, the board considered several items not listed on the agenda distributed to...
Helsmoortel: Nothing secret about Town Board agenda

Helsmoortel: Nothing secret about Town Board agenda

Last week there was a letter to the editor from Gaetana Ciarlante criticizing the town board and myself for agenda items. She accused us of violating article 103e of the New York State Open Meetings Law. We have checked with the New York State Association of Towns Legal Department and New York State Department of...
Police: Saugerties vehicles left on the road may be towed

Police: Saugerties vehicles left on the road may be towed

On-street overnight parking (3 a.m. to 7 a.m.) in Saugerties is banned from December 15 to March 15 each year, but the enforcement will be stricter tonight due to the large amount of snow that needs to be cleared. Saugerties police just sent out a message saying officers will be out this evening and overnight “to...
Volunteers assist with Cantine Field renovations

Volunteers assist with Cantine Field renovations

On Saturday, Jan. 17 a crew of volunteers assembled by Rich Koegel, Jerry Malgieri Sr. and Chris Fabiano, coaches of the American Legion Baseball Team, installed the trusses and roof at the expanded American Legion Press Box/Concession/Clubhouse Building on Cantine Field # 11. Volunteers included Jack Warns, Chris Lavine, Doc Silinovich, Chris Fabiano, Mike Koegel,...
Saugerties holds off on anti-pipeline resolution

Saugerties holds off on anti-pipeline resolution

The Town Board got an earful from opponents of a proposed oil pipeline, but decided against passing a resolution to oppose the project until it receives more information. Sue Rosenberg of Citizens Against Pilgrim Pipeline delivered an anti-pipeline petition to the board signed by 100 Saugerties residents at the Jan. 21 meeting. Pilgrim proposes building...
Indoor shooting range in limbo

Indoor shooting range in limbo

This time last year, many in Saugerties were looking forward to the opening of an indoor shooting range at the old candle factory on Kings Highway. But the plans appear to be in limbo, according to town officials. Calls and emails to building owner Art Green for this article were not returned. Town planners in...
Town announces 2015 appointments

Town announces 2015 appointments

The Town Board made appointments to various duties, boards and commissions at its annual organizational meeting. All are good for the 2015 calendar year except where noted. Fred Costello– deputy supervisor. Costello thanked the board and Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel for having confidence in him. John Greco– attorney for animal control, the building inspector, police department...

Pilgrim Pipeline opposition meeting in Saugerties

A public meeting organized to rally opposition to the oil pipeline proposed by Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings, LLC, to carry fracked crude oil through the town of Saugerties will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Senior Center on the corner of Robinson and Market streets. The proposed pipeline would carry crude oil...
Police chief turns down $2k raise

Police chief turns down $2k raise

Police Chief Joseph Sinagra turned down a $2,000 raise, saying it wouldn’t be fair to his officers who won’t be getting an increase next year. Sinagra told the Town Board on December 17 he should stick to his contractual raises that parallel when the police officers receive raises. “I think it’s only fair as their...
No noise ordinance for Saugerties

No noise ordinance for Saugerties

The Town Board has abandoned its proposed noise ordinance, saying it would be too difficult to enforce and would likely be abused. That news disappointed Cherry Lane resident Warren Ferine, who has repeatedly called for town action to deal with what he calls unnecessarily amplified music coming from his neighbors, Angie and Raymond Minew. “We...
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...
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...
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