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‘Team Saugerties’ rides again

‘Team Saugerties’ rides again

Town Democratic Party Chairman Lanny Walter called it a “perfect storm,” but if that phrase conjures images of destruction and strife, you’ve got the wrong idea. The town Democratic nominating caucus Tuesday night, July 28, at the Senior Center was a perfect storm of cooperation, mutual support and smiling satisfaction. There were no surprises. No...
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...
Town says beloved playground must be replaced

Town says beloved playground must be replaced

The town must balance safety with community interests as it faces the prospect of tearing down the Small World playground next to Kiwanis Ice Arena for safety reasons. The issue was the subject of much discussion at the April 1 Town Board meeting “We wanted to build this playground based on what the children wanted,”...
No-bid wood chipper targets invasive beetle

No-bid wood chipper targets invasive beetle

The town’s highway superintendent hopes a bigger, better wood chipper will help eradicate the devastating force of the Emerald Ash Borer. The board unanimously approved the purchase of a 2014 Morbark 15R wood chipper from A. Montano Company Inc. of Saugerties at a cost of $47,068. The price includes a $4,000 trade-in allowance for a...
New park-and-ride coming to Rt. 32

New park-and-ride coming to Rt. 32

Town Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel announced the completion of planning and preparations for a new park-and-ride across from the New York State Thruway southbound exit on Route 32. “This has been a great project for involving several levels of government — the state DOT, Ulster County Planning and Rural Transportation, and the Town of Saugerties —...
Saugerties to hold public meeting on Pilgrim Pipeline

Saugerties to hold public meeting on Pilgrim Pipeline

Town leaders hope a public information session will answer lingering questions about a pipeline proposed to run through Saugerties along the Thruway right-of-way. “Pilgrim Pipeline is a topic on everyone’s mind the last nine months to a year,” Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel said. “There have been requests from many townspeople that we do a resolution against...
Town wows think tank with website improvement pledge

Town wows think tank with website improvement pledge

Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel said the town and village website will have more information soon to address an “F” grade issued by the Empire Center for Public Policy, the Albany-based think tank which took the town to task for not including information on budgets and FOIL requests, among other things. Helsmoortel described problems as “minor issues”...
Village trustee speaks out against town/village merger

Village trustee speaks out against town/village merger

If village of Saugerties trustee Don Hackett gets his way, there will be no merging of the village Department of Public Works and the town Highway Department. In response to concerns about merger talk expressed by village resident Bill Schirmer (uncle of the town councilman of that name), Hackett had this to say: “The only...
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,...