All posts by Terence P. Ward

New Paltz wants Sojourner Truth statue

New Paltz wants Sojourner Truth statue

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last November that, as part of an effort to erect more statues of women throughout the state, one of Sojourner Truth will be sited along the Empire State Trail. Town leaders in New Paltz think that it should be here, as New Paltz is the place she called home for 18 years, and they’ve both passed a resolution and launched an online petition to bring Truth home.

Hudson Valley win-for-life lottery winner bought ticket on a whim

Hudson Valley win-for-life lottery winner bought ticket on a whim

Yvette Moscatello had a moment between errands, she recalls, and ran into the Stewart’s in Modena to grab a cup of coffee. On a whim, she also bought a $2,500 a week for life lottery ticket because the colors caught her eye. It was a good choice, as she ended up getting the top prize, making her Ulster County’s first and New York’s ninth million-dollar-plus lottery winner this year.

New Paltz closes public hearing on Zero Place

New Paltz closes public hearing on Zero Place

Opponents of the project, which would include 46 apartments over a floor of retail space and be located in the village on North Chestnut St., said the hearing should be kept open because important details are still up in the air. But planners concluded that would result in a feedback loop, with adjustments made in response to comments prompting further comments, ad infinitum.

New Paltz’s URGENT questions

New Paltz’s URGENT questions

Town officials questioned the sheriff and assistant district attorney on the URGENT task force’s use of minor informants and whether it inquired about immigration status. The town is weighing whether to continue to participate in the drug and gang task force, which includes officers from town and city police departments throughout the county.

New Paltz Board of Education is set to discuss creating a racial-equity committee

New Paltz Board of Education is set to discuss creating a racial-equity committee

A planned session on racial equity scheduled for the January 24 meeting of the New Paltz Central School District Board of Education didn’t go entirely as organizers may have intended, but community members organized around this issue appear to have gotten closer to achieving one of their goals, the establishment of a board committee that would oversee such issues in the district.