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More trouble at Washington/Main intersection in Saugerties village

More trouble at Washington/Main intersection in Saugerties village

The Washington and Main intersection that was redone when the new traffic light was installed continues to cause headaches. First it was poor drainage and standing water. Then it was sensor issues leading to lighting fast green-light cycles. Now it’s the curb extensions called “bumpouts,” a safety feature that makes pedestrians more visible by extending...
Neighbors say Saugerties doesn’t need more self-storage

Neighbors say Saugerties doesn’t need more self-storage

Some village residents say a self-storage business on Livingston St. wouldn’t be a good fit for the neighborhood, but village officials say the zoning would allow it. Residents packed the July 8 Planning Board public hearing to object to a proposal to construct a 20-unit storage facility at 42 Livingston St., currently a parking lot....
Lawsuit possible after Saugerties board’s denial of affordable housing extension

Lawsuit possible after Saugerties board’s denial of affordable housing extension

The Village Planning Board voted against extending approval for a 42-unit affordable housing project on North St., a move the developer’s attorney said could land the village in court on a discrimination suit the village’s attorney believes it would lose. Planners announced last month that Premier Development needed to move forward on its Country Meadows...
Village Clerk Mary Frank to retire

Village Clerk Mary Frank to retire

For the last 17 years, Mary Frank has been the conductor who’s kept the village of Saugerties government running on the tracks and, for the most part, on time. The small village government is like a family. She’ll be missed when she retires at the end of the month. “I often call Mary my mother,...
Village closes playground, citing insurance cost

Village closes playground, citing insurance cost

While other playgrounds in the town and village are set for improvements in the next few years, for one of them, officials say it’s just not worth it. The playground at Seamon Park, the least-used of the village’s three playgrounds, is being dismantled. “Nothing will be put there in its place, it will just become...
Sparklers will be sold in village

Sparklers will be sold in village

Village of Saugerties trustees have decided not to ban the sale of sparklers for the Fourth of July. County legislators recently approved a measure allowing the sale of sparklers in the county for July 4 and New Year’s Eve. That law went into effect on Monday, June 1. Still, towns and villages can opt to...
Village plans to publish names of delinquent taxpayers

Village plans to publish names of delinquent taxpayers

With the County Legislature once again declining to aid villages in collecting back taxes, Saugerties is moving ahead with a plan to try to obtain back taxes. Approximately 60 property owners owe about $178,000, according to the village. There are no plans to take anyone to court or hire a collection agency — the average...
Forum seeks input on pedestrian safety

Forum seeks input on pedestrian safety

The Saugerties Police Department will hold a pedestrian safety forum Wednesday May 27 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 207 Market St. The forum is intended to discuss pedestrian safety and gather community input on the best way to improve safety, whether by stricter enforcement of laws or other means. Police Chief Joseph Sinagra...
A summer of roadwork

A summer of roadwork

Work to upgrade the Main and Partition traffic signal, install pedestrian crossing signs, and redo several crosswalks will begin May 11 and, according to the state, be complete by late September. Alex Wade, who handles special projects for the village, said recent personnel changes at DOT have led to problems. For example, the traffic light...
New owner plans boutique hotel at Dragon Inn site

New owner plans boutique hotel at Dragon Inn site

A long-vacant 19th-century mansion at the southern edge of the Saugerties village has a new owner who plans to fix it up and build a new boutique hotel on the property. Developer Jason Moskowitz of Brooklyn, a summer resident for the past several years, purchased the property at a county foreclosure auction Thursday, April 23....
Water meter holdouts keep water, get fee

Water meter holdouts keep water, get fee

With about 90 water meters left to install in village homes and businesses, trustees at their April 20 meeting agreed to a $25 quarterly charge for those who have not set up appointments to have the new meters installed. Mayor William Murphy and Water Department Superintendent Mike Hopf previously said customers who didn’t get new...
Saugerties village DPW sup Bob Ciarlante to retire

Saugerties village DPW sup Bob Ciarlante to retire

After 17 years as the superintendent of the Village of Saugerties Department of Public Works, there isn’t a road, street, lane, circle, pothole or storm drain in all the village Robert Ciarlante doesn’t know. And now, after those 17 years, on June 1 he will be calling it a career. “At 69, I think it’s...