Politics & Government

Woodstock considers closing swimming holes

Woodstock considers closing swimming holes

Woodstock officials are considering closing town-owned swimming holes amid concerns over the spread of Covid 19 as temperatures rise and out-of-towners seek an escape. “Do we want to have those open?” councilman Reggie Earls asked of the popular swimming holes Big Deep and Little Deep. “We will have a lot of people. It’s natural to want to get out of there [the city] and come up here. I think it’s going to be hard to have them safely open.”

Woodstock town employees get unemployment benefits

Woodstock town employees get unemployment benefits

Woodstock town coffers and employees will benefit from a state and federal program to provide unemployment assistance to municipal workers with reduced work hours due to Covid 19. Through a new program administered by the state Department of Labor, affected employees will receive regular pay for hours worked, about half their pay from unemployment benefits for hours not worked, plus $600 in weekly federal unemployment payments.

New Paltz officials answer questions about reopening

New Paltz officials answer questions about reopening

Several elected and other municipal officials in New Paltz discussed and took questions about transitioning from pandemic shutdown to whatever the new normal turns out to be via YouTube last Friday. While the multi-county region has hit five of seven metrics for beginning the four-phase reopening sequence laid out by the governor, the data points for hospitalizations and deaths have not decreased enough to begin that process.

New Paltz police chief defers raise

New Paltz police chief defers raise

Joseph Snyder retired as New Paltz police chief on April 25. New police chief Robert Lucchesi isn’t even going to get an immediate raise from his lieutenant’s salary through the end of the year, by his own request.  What’s more, he’s asked that the 20% he must pay toward his health insurance premiums be increased to 25% in 2021.