Village
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...
Village to haulers: vex another town’s slumber!

Village to haulers: vex another town’s slumber!

Trash haulers that serve the village are willing to adjust their pick-up hours in order to not disturb the sleep of residents. Trustee Vincent Buono, who was charged at the last board meeting with making this request, reported at a Jan. 20 meeting that while haulers aren’t exactly thrilled to adjust their schedules, they are...
Village election day change, petitions available

Village election day change, petitions available

Village elections will be held Wednesday, March 18 this year because the normal village Election Day falls on St. Patrick’s Day. Trustees approved the switch at their Jan. 5 meeting. Up for election this year are seats held by Mayor William Murphy and trustees Jeannine Mayer, Brian Martin and Patrick Landewe. Petitions to run can...
Village trash pickup too early, say trustees

Village trash pickup too early, say trustees

A rumbling diesel truck pulls up to the curb, the air brakes squeal, the sound of trash bins being hoisted and their contents compacted. How early is too early for this weekly necessity? After some discussion that included references to numerous complaints about haulers collecting trash as early as 3 a.m., a village trustee will...
Saugerties Historic Review Board spared

Saugerties Historic Review Board spared

The Village Board decided last week to hold off on its plan to dissolve the Historic Review Board following public opposition at the Dec. 1 hearing. The mayor and trustees said a combined planning commission composed of members of the Planning and Historic Review boards would be more efficient, and several members of the Review...
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