Capping an effort that has brought together career law-enforcement officers, budget hawks and environmental volunteers, New Paltz’s police fleet now includes two hybrid SUVs among its vehicles. Carrying on an initiative put into motion by his predecessor, Chief Robert Lucchesi worked with climate-smart community’s task force to make law enforcement a greener endeavor, both living more lightly on the earth, and reducing not insignificantly the overall cost of vehicle ownership.
Members of New Paltz’s town council and village board of trustees have jointly denounced the chaos which beset the halls of congress on January 6, and called for a full investigation into those events, as well as the resignation or removal of elected officials who helped incite the violence, specifically including President Trump.
A hearing was scheduled on a proposal to make Huguenot Street in New Paltz one way from Broadhead to Mulberry, with vehicular traffic to be restricted to northbound only.
A proposed law to regulate short-term rentals in the Village of New Paltz has the support of renters in nearby Kingston.
Village of New Paltz trustees took the first step to divest themselves of the responsibility of running village elections at their January 13 meeting, by passing a resolution to move the date from May to November, starting in 2023.
Putting in a mixed-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians along Henry W. DuBois Drive will not result in a significant environmental impact, New Paltz’s town board determined at its January 7 meeting.
David Brownstein will not seek a second term on the New Paltz Town Board in November. During the campaign in 2017, Brownstein expressed the desire to bring “a different level of civility” to the twice-monthly town meetings, which had been characterized by tension and sharp language directed by elected officials to each other and to members of the public.
Plans remained in place to shift from fully remote to hybrid learning in the district effective January 19, although the superintendent is prepared to change that as conditions warrant.
Town of New Paltz voters approved the collection of a real-estate transfer tax in November with the money to be used to support a community preservation plan.
New Paltz Mayor Tim Rogers anticipates several large projects will move closer to completion in the coming year. Sitting bundled up against the cold outside a coffee shop with thick snow banks all around, he offered his insights.