In 2016, a five-year federal Drug-Free Communities grant enabling the creation of the position of Greater New Paltz Community Partnership coordinator ran out. “Once we lose her, we’ll never get her back,” said town supervisor Neil Bettez said of Phoenix Kawamoto, “Someone’s going to snap her up somewhere else.” Although the town government did figure out a way to keep Kawamoto on staff as community education coordinator, Bettez’s glowing endorsement proved prophetic . . .
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