The union sponsored a mobile billboard on campus, which referenced a 50% rise in reported rapes, as well as a higher number of drug-related arrests. It was timed to be visible during admissions tours.
A public hearing was scheduled for April 6.
Responding to the concerns of New Paltz residents, Town Supervisor Neil Bettez said that his comment about removing references to Independence Day from this year’s town fireworks display — scheduled for Friday, June 30 — because it won’t even be held in the same month were “tongue-in-cheek.”
The mixed-use development will now have a smaller footprint, and include a public bathroom and a park-like space dubbed “Mulberry Square.”
New Paltz Mayor Tim Rogers and developer David Shepler spoke about the future of New Paltz’s village, particularly the mixed-use zone on Rt. 32 where Zero Place would be built, at a recent luncheon.
The plan had been mired in the courts because many residents who would be directly affected didn’t want to give up their wells or allow the work in their neighborhood. Many placed “Don’t water district me!” signs on their property.
The arrangement was decided upon because neither wanted to assume the position of sole chair.
Residents continue to lobby for a stringent review of the proposed CVS/Five Guys development near the Thruway on Rt. 299.
Trustees are seeking permission from state legislators to try out instant-runoff voting, under which voters rank candidates in order of preference.
Rocking Horse Ranch owner Steve Turk initially proposed a water park, conference center, and 250-room resort on land adjacent to the Thruway in 2014, but the investment climate has cooled considerably, causing him to scale back and reconsider the project. The newest iteration is short one water park, lighter on hotel rooms and very bullish on butterflies.