All posts by Terence P. Ward

New Paltz seeks community input on superintendent search

New Paltz seeks community input on superintendent search

New Paltz School Board members are already deep into the process to replace Maria Rice as superintendent, with an eye on having a new person at the helm this summer. A considerable amount of time at the January 8 board meeting was devoted to striking the best balance between efficiency and transparency during this closely-watched process. A dedicated page on the district web site is being used to compile publicly available information about the search, and applications to participate in one of the focus groups were due the same day as this meeting.

New Paltz hopes green-energy initiatives will lead to state grants

New Paltz hopes green-energy initiatives will lead to state grants

The town hopes to receive Climate Smart bronze or silver certification. Actions it has taken toward that end include preparing plans to reduce emissions from municipal sources, an assessment of the town’s vulnerability to climate change and enacting community choice aggregation legislation, which changed the default electricity supply option for residents to renewable sources.

New Paltz supervisor Neil Bettez looks forward

New Paltz supervisor Neil Bettez looks forward

New Paltz Town Supervisor Neil Bettez expects that 2020 will be year of clearing projects from the to-do list, or at least moving them forward to a certain conclusion. Relocating town police and courts, which in turn opens up options to finally close down the temporary trailers put in by Susan Zimet to replace the moldy old town hall, will be the centerpiece, but other major infrastructure projects are also moving closer to a conclusion.