New Paltz Town Supervisor Neil Bettez believes that Moriello Pool could be operational as soon as June 17, if the work laid out proceeds smoothly. Board members held an emergency board meeting Monday night, May 15 to approve a prepayment of $5,250 to JD Masonry, representing a 50% down payment, for prep work needed before the new liner can be installed. Holding an emergency meeting for that sole purpose could be the difference between opening that weekend, or not until June 24.
Ulster County Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum, accompanied by deputies and corrections officers and the family of a department member who died in the line of duty last year were among thousands of law enforcement professionals who descended on Washington D.C. for Police Week.
The mayor disagreed with the statement that the village had done nothing, pointing to new signage. “You can’t fix stupid,” the he said about pedestrians not paying attention to traffic.
Gabriella O’Shea still can’t ride a bicycle on her own, but she’s healed enough that she’s ready to speak out about the dangers faced by anyone who pedals along the roads.
Moving forward on plans to construct a fire training center but responding to protests by neighbors in the Cottekill area where it was originally planned, the Ulster County Legislature has voted to appropriate $82,000 for a study of that county-owned site and several others. Other potential locations mentioned were near the old town hall in New Paltz, on vacant land in Marbletown, and in the Town of Ulster.
“A local law circumventing a federal law is now how it’s supposed to work. Has the pendulum swung that far that we have forgotten what ‘illegal’ means?”
Those looking for an alternative to local taxi service rejoiced this week when invites to a “launch party” by the popular ridesharing service Lyft showed up in their inboxes. But officials at the company say they need to gauge whether there’s enough interest in the service locally before they decide whether to launch in Kingston as part of a statewide rollout this summer.
New Paltz resident Joel Guerrero, who became a local symbol of what many residents feel is overreach on the part of the Trump administration when he was detained Feb. 28 for a charge nearly a decade old, was released the morning of Wednesday, May 10. His deportation case is still pending, but it appears that he will be present for the birth of his child, due later this month.
One of the loudest complaints in Saugerties from tourists, shoppers and merchants has been that there is not enough parking in the village.
Signs of the graphic variety were much in evidence, displaying slogans ranging from Washington Post headlines and quotes from Teddy Roosevelt and the Lorax to puns, pleas, rhymes and artwork. Many referenced the Hudson River, and a few pop culture, such as “Climate change is the new Death Star” and “Every disaster movie starts with an ignored scientist.” Perhaps most poignant of all was a very small girl bearing a sign that simply said, “Earth Inheritor.”