Former New Paltz Deputy Town Supervisor Kitty Brown thinks that Planning Board members should have more say in who provides legal counsel to them in the coming months. There are two particularly complex projects being considered right now, the New Paltz Apartments proposal that would add land to the village south of the college campus in order to build housing for 650 students, and the application to build a hotel, spa, conference center and offices in the pit property next to Village Hall. Brown told Village Board members that in addition to their regular Planning Board attorney, trustees could authorize the hiring of special counsel for one or both of these projects to provide a different perspective.
Mayor Tim Rogers assured Brown that lawyers are frequently consulted on any number of issues, but Brown stressed that this request is not for more representation, but for autonomy in choosing who does that representing. This is in keeping with the current mayor’s approach to tackling many issues, by allowing more time to gather information and feedback.