Some speakers said more time was needed to comply, while others who oppose some or all mandatory vaccinations spoke about their dangers and the feeling of being marginalized in the community.
Some bureaucratic twists and turns slowed the process down, but New Paltz Village Planning Board members on August 20 approved the application to build a new Stewart’s at the corner of North Chestnut Street and Henry W. Dubois Drive.
The current version of the project is its third for the gated, age-segregated project on 53 acres. It calls for 130 individual cottage-like residences, and two four-story multi-unit residential buildings, which would have a total of 82 units between them. An assisted living facility would have 135 beds with varying levels of skilled care available, allowing residents of this development to remain there for the remainder of their days.
There may be too much of a good thing. An audit of the past five years’ worth of Town of Lloyd books from state officials revealed that Town Supervisor Paul Hansut’s preference to save money in the budget when he can has been too successful: despite worries that the fund balance has been used too aggressively, staffers at the state comptroller’s office found that it’s actually grown by about $2 million in that time.
Town of New Paltz officials are in an interesting pickle: the person who’s heading up financial matters in town hall failed the civil service test intended to measure one’s ability to do the job. Rather than kick the town’s first comptroller to the curb, they are seeking to modify the official description of duties to reflect what comptroller Jean Gallucci is actually doing on a daily basis.
New Paltz Town Council members voted four to one last Thursday in favor of appointing Rhett Weires as town justice through the end of 2020. He will replace Jonathan Katz, who was forced to resign over a conflict of interest issue.
The new owner wants to add eight parking spots to the lot of the former Gilded Otter and also fence in the property to allow him to charge to leave a car there. Neighbors in the condominium complex just to the north are concerned that there’s not enough buffer between the lots to support that idea.
Replacing the old Moxie Cupcake building at 184 Main Street in New Paltz with a three-story restaurant and hotel with outdoor dining and roof deck is going to take some variances, including one that’s particularly difficult to obtain.
The new owner of the former Village Tearoom property wishes to convert the home on the New Paltz property to a “boutique lodging facility” dubbed The Vanderlyn.
According to the settlement papers, former Town Justice Jonathan Katz broke conflict-of-interest rules when in 2017 he signed an arrest warrant and order of protection against a man on behalf of his wife because Katz was at the time also representing the wife as her divorce attorney.