Interconnection of parking areas is a planning objective at the county level, as part of an effort to design developments for people rather than their vehicles. For this particular project, a specific objective is to reduce the number of drivers attempting to make a left onto Route 299 from McDonald’s, but presumably it would also incrementally benefit the broader goal of reducing the need to depend on motor vehicles. Neither McDonald’s or adjacent property owners are very interested in the idea.
Programs in New Paltz include the county, local police and the Tavern Association. They have many areas of focus, including spotting sexual assault, prevent violence and intoxication.
“I understand the sensitivity of the topic, but redefining history in your own image is not the answer,” said Roland Hasbrouck.
The storied Gilded Otter, for 22 years a popular spot for enjoying local brews and meals, will become part of Middletown-based Clemson Bros. Brewery in a deal announced February 18.
Tarkan Ceng, who took the reins of Lenape Elementary School in September 2017, is leaving that position. Board of education members accepted his resignation — effective the end of February — at their February 27 meeting, and appointed Alan Baker as interim principal, effective March 8, at a rate of $550 a day.
In a question-and-answer session on civil rights and engaging with police officers, attorney Michael Sussman painted a picture that was not exactly hopeful, but left the door open to a future with fewer dangerous police encounters if a wider dialog on police rights and responsibilities occurs.
It’s not a question of if New Paltz police officers are going to start wearing body cameras, it’s a question of how to manage the costs once they start, which could be as soon as the spring. New Paltz Police Chief Joseph Snyder told members of the Police Commission last week that right now there’s a test ongoing of a camera which integrates with the ones used in the patrol cars.
Five buildings named for the town’s Huguenot founders will have their names changed this year. The new names haven’t been decided yet. Suggested alternatives include: Maratanza, Pond, Awosting, Minnewaska, Mohonk, Hawk, Peregrine, Ashokan, Sunset, Tamarack and Shawangunk halls.
Open container laws have been the norm for alcohol. When recreational marijuana is legalized, as expected in New York State, local communities will need to decide how to treat public cannabis use.
An update on two pending immigration cases.