The newly reconstituted New Paltz Village Shade Tree Commission is taking to the streets, empowering youth, educating the public and monitoring the trees that once made the village a Tree City USA designation. During the tenure of the previous Village Board, the Shade Tree Commission, which is in charge of approving or denying applications to take down trees that are within 20 feet of a Village road curb line, lost its volunteers and eventually the long-held Shade Tree USA distinction on which New Paltz had prided itself for decades.
That said, after more than three dozen village volunteers showed . . .
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