Central Hudson would continue to be the provider for all, but the source of the electricity will come from a renewable source. Residents or businesses will be able to opt out of this provider, but if they don’t take any action, they will be included. The hope is that by negotiating for most customers as a bloc, the rate will be equal or lower than the current default rate.
New Paltz Town Board members have voted to purchase the property at 59 North Putt Corners Road to bring the police and justice court back under the same roof for the first time since police left their cramped quarters on Plattekill Avenue. The purchase price is $1.325 million, but it’s expected that converting it into a police station and courthouse will run as much as $8 million, all of which would be bonded over 25 years.
Andrew Maxon, the man guiding the Wine Village project on the banks of the Hudson River in Highland, is trumpeting progress made in securing approval to build the project and promising to break ground this year, or early in the next.
Paul Echols of Ellenville was found not guilty of misdemeanor resisting arrest and obstructing government administration, but guilty of the violations of harassment and disorderly conduct, in a rare trial in New Paltz town court that concluded yesterday. Echols received a $250 fine and 50 hours community service. The charges were the result of a September 9 incident outside of P&G’s in New Paltz at about 3:30 a.m. involving a fight and allegations by Echols of police brutality against the town.
Under the rules for Community Choice Aggregation, the default option — Central Hudson — would be replaced with a new provider, selected based on criteria such as carbon footprint and price per kilowatt hour.
Paul Echols is charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and other crimes stemming from a September 9 incident outside of P&G’s in New Paltz. Accounts differ, but by the end of that encounter Echols had a broken jaw and some police officers were reportedly covered in blood, which they say was spit on them by the defendant. Whether Echols’ jaw was broken prior to when the police responded — he was punched in the face, initiating the altercation which got officers’ attention — or while in custody is one of the facts in dispute.
When the public hearing for long-anticipated gateway zoning rules was opened on May 2, New Paltz Town Board members heard a lot about the Ferris Woods senior housing apartment complex planned for the end of Brouck Ferris Boulevard.
Alexandria Wojcik and Michele Zipp will be sitting at the New Paltz Village Board table starting this June. They bested incumbents Don Kerr and Dennis Young by several dozen votes to secure those seats. Mayor Tim Rogers was unopposed.
A $2.2 million grant will help pay for bicycle-related safety improvements along Henry W. Dubois Drive in New Paltz. The State funds are earmarked for creating buffered bicycle and pedestrian lanes along this popular cut-through.
Keeping the annual July 4 festivities going has proved to be a perennial challenge.