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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

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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
Horse shows wrap up season with $1 million competition, concert

Horse shows wrap up season with $1 million competition, concert

  The finale of the Horse Shows In The Sun (HITS) season provided gorgeous weather and some exciting competition, including a $1 million grand prix and a performance by the Charlie Daniels Band. The first-prize winner was Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, Florida., riding Quality Girl. Following the day’s races, HITS CEO Tom Struzzieri summed up...
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...