Village of New Paltz hopes that friendly signage will quell downtown noise

This new sign is posted at the intersection of Church and North Front streets, as well as other locations around the Village of New Paltz. (Photo by Lauren Thomas)

Noise has always been a bone of contention in the Village of New Paltz, which blends a college, residential areas and a high concentration of bars in a small area. While the past administration’s proposed noise ordinance did not go through, the village did, at the suggestion of New Paltz Police Department chief Joe Snyder, order two dozen signs requesting that people be mindful of their neighbors and keep the noise down.

“During the noise ordinance discussions, I found a sign that other communities in a similar situation to New Paltz used and brought it to the attention of the Village Board,” said the chief. “I’m happy to report that more than 20 of them have been put up around the downtown area by the Department of Public Works (DPW), and I hope that this friendly reminder will encourage people to pause and think about their neighbors.”


“Those signs were ordered and purchased by the past administration, but for some reason were never put up, so Bleu [Terwilliger, head of the DPW] and his crew went around last week and posted them,” said mayor Jason West. “Like the chief, I’m hoping that this will just be a friendly way to remind people who may be out late at night and walking home that they have neighbors who are sleeping, kids who are sleeping, all who have to get up in the morning. We’ll see if it makes a difference. I hope it does.”


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  1. Brenda B.

    Good luck with that! As a kid who grew up right across from the police/fire station as well as the nightly pilgrimage home from the bars, I doubt any sign is going to make a difference to a drunk student. The upside to the noise is that the neighbors all learn to be fairly heavy sleepers (at least the children)!

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