The tradition of dropping a lighted ball at midnight in Saugerties on New Year’s Eve began five years ago. Village mayor William Murphy explained the origins of the celebration. He was coming home from Kingston’s celebration, and “our streets were so dark and quiet,” he said. “I thought why not have a party and keep people here?”
Murphy, working with councilwoman Jeannine Mayer, police chief Joe Sinagra and other volunteers, arranged for music and encouraged village restaurants to stay open. Some places offer specialties for the holiday. “It’s like a great block party,” Murphy said.
Starting at about 10:30 p.m., Main Street will be closed between Partition and Market streets. Music will be provided by DJ Riley Cornelison, and the Saugerties High School senior class will be selling hot chocolate. The street will reopen after the ball drops, Murphy said.
Main Street has generally been jammed on New Year’s Eve. Participants are advised to dress warmly, and a folding chair would be convenient.