Village
Modest increase in village budget

Modest increase in village budget

The draft 2015-16 village budget calls for $21,000 in additional spending and would raise the tax rate by four cents per $1,000. The budget, introduced at the March 16 Village Board meeting, includes $2,286,029 in spending from the general fund. The tax rate would increase from $6.32 to $6.36 per $1,000 assessed value. A public...
Turnout 2 percent for uncontested Saugerties village election

Turnout 2 percent for uncontested Saugerties village election

When only 49 of a registered 2,188 voters come out to cast a ballot, the results are usually a foregone conclusion. This is especially true when no one challenges the incumbents. So it was with this year’s mayoral and trustees election in the village of Saugerties, held Wednesday, March 18. The only real suspense was whether...
Village energy efficiency project nearly done

Village energy efficiency project nearly done

The village’s $1.5 million energy efficiency project should be completed no later than the beginning of April, say village officials. Last month’s letters to 200 customers who hadn’t yet installed water meters, urging them to make an appointment or face loss of service, seem to have done the trick; there are only 70 left to...
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...
Incumbents unopposed in village election

Incumbents unopposed in village election

Feb. 10 was the deadline for petitions for the March 18 election. Four candidates filed, all incumbent members of the New Vision Party. They are (clockwise from top-left): Mayor William Murphy; trustees: Patrick Landewe, Jeannine Mayer, Brian Martin. All seats carry two-year terms.
Village gets tough on water meter holdouts

Village gets tough on water meter holdouts

The village Water Department sent around 200 letters to residents and business owners asking that they make appointments to have new water meters installed or risk having their water service shut off. Of 1,475 total, 1,225 have been installed by the contractor, Vanguard, since November. The village had hoped to have installations complete last week....
Village residents face fines for snowy sidewalks

Village residents face fines for snowy sidewalks

Village property owners with snow-covered sidewalks may be hit with fines this week. Eyal Saad, village code enforcement officer, has been writing down the addresses of homes, businesses and apartments who haven’t yet cleared off their sidewalks. He said he plans to knock on the door of each this week. “I’ll give them a copy...
Editorial: Village must consider consolidation

Editorial: Village must consider consolidation

At the stroke of midnight, Jan. 1, 2011, a 155-year-old Saugerties institution ceased to be. Its dissolution was the subject of years of debate and numerous studies. It finally happened because the Great Recession made its continued existence untenable. There were many who feared its absence would lead to a decrease in service and a...
Village buys two new trucks

Village buys two new trucks

Saugerties village trustees recently approved the purchase of two new vehicles, one each for the water and wastewater departments. Speaking at the trustees’ Jan. 20 meeting, Mike Hopf, superintendent of the water department, said his new vehicle will be outfitted with all the necessary computer equipment to remotely read the new water meters installed in...
Unopposed races, low turnout the norm for village elections

Unopposed races, low turnout the norm for village elections

What if they had an election and nobody came? As of Jan. 27, no one had filed a petition to challenge incumbent Mayor William Murphy in the March 18 election. If no one does, and the turnout is low, that would be business as usual for village elections. There have been only two contested mayoral...
Village mayor Bill Murphy will run for reelection

Village mayor Bill Murphy will run for reelection

When we spoke with the mayor late last year, he still wasn’t sure he’d seek another term. Based on our conversation with him this week, it’s clear he’s in. Murphy said he had to think long and hard about seeking re-election this year, saying he was “just a bit hesitant for the reasons: One, my...
Embattled Historic Review Board chair resigns

Embattled Historic Review Board chair resigns

Richard Frisbie, chair of the village’s Historic Preservation Board, resigned his position today. “To be treated as something to be discarded after friends of the mayor complained was just too much to put up with,” he said. Frisbie has butted heads over the last several months with Mayor William Murphy and trustees over the possible...
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