Saugerties chief, PBA agree body cams are working

Saugerties chief, PBA agree body cams are working

Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra had his doubts, but even as the last of the department’s police officers received their body cameras in late January, Sinagra was extolling the controversial equipment. Already, he said, the body cams have begun to prove their usefulness. And even...
Saugerties police identify body found in Dragon Inn, call on village to shutter building

Saugerties police identify body found in Dragon Inn, call on village to shutter building

Saugerties police chief Joe Sinagra said that he’d asked village officials to take action to address a long-vacant building where a man was found dead this week. Brian Chapman Velie, 58, was found dead on Saturday, Feb. 6 in the basement of the former Dragon...
Win-Win for Saugerties boys hoops

Win-Win for Saugerties boys hoops

The Sawyers boys basketball team improved its record to 11-4 with a 75-59 win over Washingtonville on Jan. 29, and a 56-53 win over Our Lady of Lourdes in the Coaches vs. Cancer Game on Jan. 31. Stats for the Sunday game were not available....
Economic stress shutters Barclay Heights McDonald’s

Economic stress shutters Barclay Heights McDonald’s

For some, the closing last weekend of the McDonald’s on Route 9W in Barclay Heights is one less place to grab a quick meal. For others, it’s the end of an era. The family-friendly McDonald’s location with the indoor children’s Playland, reportedly the first area...
Saugerties Holiday Inn subdivision approved

Saugerties Holiday Inn subdivision approved

A proposed hotel behind the Sunoco station on Route 32 came one step closer to reality as the town planning board of Saugerties approved a subdivision of a ten-acre hotel property from the 561-acre Winston Farm following a public hearing. The approval does not include the...
Keeper's Log: Blame it on the tides

Keeper’s Log: Blame it on the tides

The start of another calendar year: time to print a fresh edition of the annual tide table. Inevitably its stapled pages will become tattered and dog-eared from daily use. The Saugerties Lighthouse keepers, like sailors and fishermen, live by the tides. As part of my...
Rotron leaving Saugerties

Rotron leaving Saugerties

Ametek Rotron, once one of Saugerties’ biggest blue-collar employers, will be shuttering its North Street plant in June. Its 19 remaining employees were informed of the corporate decision last week. The Rotron operation in Woodstock will not be affected by the shutdown, according to a...
Struzzieri seeks to restore Lynch's Marina to former glory

Struzzieri seeks to restore Lynch’s Marina to former glory

Calling it one of the great underutilized places in the Village of Saugerties, Tom Struzzieri said he’s looking forward to developing Lynch’s Marina into a commercial center that will give residents and visitors a chance to experience the Esopus Creek and Hudson River in a...
How Saugerties streets got their names, part III

How Saugerties streets got their names, part III

The Village Addition streets When the village incorporated in 1831, its borders were set to geographic landmarks where the Sawyerkill meets Malden Ave., the Tannery Brook meets the turnpike, and the road to the ford crossed the Esopus near the village line and Esopus Bend....
Saugerties year in review

Saugerties year in review

  Some of the major Saugerties stories of 2015 Library turns 100 Throughout 2015, the Saugerties Public Library marked its 1915 founding. It was built as one of more than 2,500 libraries funded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie, a self-made Scottish immigrant who appreciated the potential...
Saugerties police chief decides to adopt body cameras for 2016

Saugerties police chief decides to adopt body cameras for 2016

The police department’s boots-on-the-ground beta testing of body cameras is over. The department is set to become Ulster County’s second police agency to use the cameras early next year (Ellenville was the first). Police Chief Joe Sinagra announced his intention to begin using body cams...
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Four-year term for Saugerties road boss will go to referendum

Four-year term for Saugerties road boss will go to referendum

Saugerties’ town board moved to extend the term of highway superintendent Douglas Myer from two to four years after a public hearing January 20. The resolution will appear on November’s election ballot. Myer, who ran unopposed in the 2015 election, has served in this position since 2012. In the town board meeting that followed, the...
Saugerties village won't have to use voting machines

Saugerties village won’t have to use voting machines

Ulster County has given Saugerties village officials the go-ahead to use paper ballots in the upcoming village elections. The election is slated for March 15, from noon until 9 p.m. at the village hall, 43 Partition Street. Trustees were concerned about the possible cost now that the state has said lever voting machines can no...
Central Hudson to replace gas lines on north side of Saugerties village

Central Hudson to replace gas lines on north side of Saugerties village

Central Hudson will be replacing about 14,000 feet of natural gas pipeline in the northeast section of the Village of Saugerties, and at an open house to discuss the project Jan. 25 at the Senior Center, officials said the project will begin in April. Matt Guthrie, a foreman with Central Hudson, told the 15 residents...
Dragon Inn developer must seek approval from Historic Review Board

Dragon Inn developer must seek approval from Historic Review Board

Brooklyn broker Jason Moskowitz has finally filed his deed of ownership for the Dragon Inn with Ulster County, according to Eyal Saad, village code enforcement officer. And in making his ownership of the fire-gutted building official, Moskowitz has been awarded a reminder from Saad that if he wants to do any work on the building...
A day's work: Bank branch manager

A day’s work: Bank branch manager

The first thing you notice when you meet Thomas Scott is his friendly, open personality. This quality serves him well in his role as the branch manager at Rhinebeck Bank in Hyde Park. Scott has been with the bank for three years. He has lived in Saugerties most of his life. How did you get...
Letters (Jan. 21-28)

Letters (Jan. 21-28)

Oppose Pilgrim Pipeline Drivers on the Thruway deal with heavy traffic, reckless drivers, highway construction, lane changes, accidents that can delay for hours and, of course, weather. But a new safety problem looms. The Thruway Authority is considering allowing parallel pipelines to be built in the highway’s right-of-way, and has accepted an application from the...
Two BMWs crash in Saugerties

Two BMWs crash in Saugerties

Saugerties police are investigating a Jan. 23 accident on Pine Ln. According to police, a 2010 BMW driven by Cody J. Valenti, 21, and a 2002 BMW being by Steven M. Costello, 21, both of Saugerties, were involved in a separate motor vehicle accidents at the same location on Pine Ln. around 6:30 p.m. on...
Horses, baseball co-themes of Saugerties Art in the Village

Horses, baseball co-themes of Saugerties Art in the Village

While Art in the Village is not really supposed to be about any one event or business, this year the Saugerties Area Chamber of Commerce decided it was time to un-mothball horses. Rather than being in honor of HITS or the former carousel that was near the beach, this year the horses will symbolize a...
State aid for schools up 1.62 percent

State aid for schools up 1.62 percent

Like their colleagues across New York, Saugerties school officials listened intently to governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State last week, hoping to hear good news in the proposed 2016-17 budget and other educational initiatives. In Saugerties, there was a sense of tempered optimism. “It was far more positive than prior-year presentations, both in his...
Cemetery plotholders, upset about decorations being removed, demand seat at the table

Cemetery plotholders, upset about decorations being removed, demand seat at the table

Plotholders in the Blue Mountain Cemetery will be included in discussions about the cemetery’s rules and maintenance. The decision came after a meeting with the cemetery board of directors last Thursday, January 14. The meeting was a followup to protests from plotholders that cemetery association secretary-treasurer Teresa Bach-Tucker had removed decorations from gravesites with little...
Investigators: Saugerties fireman died from smoke inhalation

Investigators: Saugerties fireman died from smoke inhalation

Capt. Jack Rose, the 19-year-old fireman whose death in the line of duty led to an outpouring of grief from the community and firefighters across the nation, died from smoke inhalation, according to a joint statement by New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control and Saugerties Police. According the statement, Rose died as...
Best of the best: The Saugerties Honor Roll

Best of the best: The Saugerties Honor Roll

Grade 7 High Honor Roll Jefferson Aguirre, McKenna Alberts, Isabella Armstrong, Marie Arrandale, Simon Baker, Donovan Barros, Kimberlee Bartells, Brooke Bode, Mia Bourguignon, Paige Brady, Madeline Bucci, Laurel Burch, Sierra Carlew, Jessica Carter, Liang Chu, Dominic Clark, Eva Cohan, Christie Collins, Isabel Cordero, Carmen Costello, Molly Daggett, Alana DePasquale, Devon Dickson, Robert Drost, John Dumont,...