Village
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...
Village gears up for playground fundraising effort

Village gears up for playground fundraising effort

“It looks like we’re going to have to do more fundraising,” said George Terpening, village parks, buildings and grounds superintendent. The subject was the replacement of much of the equipment at village playgrounds, which has been deemed unsafe by the village’s insurance company. The town is facing the same issue with its Small World playground...
Saugerties mayor wants to go solar

Saugerties mayor wants to go solar

Mayor William Murphy and trustees Patrick Landewe and Jeannine Mayer were administered the oath of office at the village’s April 6 meeting. Trustee Brian Martin, who was also re-elected, was not at the meeting. In a short comment made after taking the oath of office, Murphy said his main goal for this year is to...
Saugerties village goes after back taxes

Saugerties village goes after back taxes

If a property owner fails to pay town taxes, the county compensates the town and goes after the back taxes. Not so with villages. For some time now, the village of Saugerties has lobbied for the county to extend this practice to the county’s three villages (Saugerties, Ellenville, New Paltz), but to no avail. County...
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...

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