Franco Carucci is a relative newcomer to municipal government, appointed last spring to fill out the remainder of the term of Mike Reynolds when Reynolds resigned after moving outside the township. Trained as an attorney, and with many years of experience obtaining grants for municipalities as a principal of Shingebiss Associates, Laura Walls has served on the board for nearly four years; before that she was town supervisor for a single term in 2000-2001.
Although the political climate continues to heat up throughout the region and the globe, in New Paltz, there are two candidates running unopposed on the ballot for two available seats on the New Paltz Town Board.
There is no lack of local candidates vying for a seat on the Lloyd Town Board. Democratic incumbents Mike Guerriero and Joe Mazzetti are being challenged by Republicans Bud Walker and John Fraino.
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan took questions on topics ranging from short-term rentals to environmental issues to the opioid crisis during an hour-long Q&A session in a packed meeting room at the Woodstock town offices at the Comeau property on October 15.
Incumbent Gardiner town supervisor Marybeth Majestic is running unopposed on the Democratic line for reelection. A hazardous bridge and an overwhelmed sewer district are among the major infrastructure concerns going forward to her third term, and rewriting the zoning code to cope with the challenges to neighborhoods presented by new forms of tourist accommodations such as AirBnBs is also on the supervisor’s immediate docket.
Even before New Paltz Town Supervisor Neil Bettez presented his preliminary 2020 budget, it was apparent that it was getting some resistance from town employees. Stacy Delarede, one of the town’s building inspectors, complained about cuts in her department while youth program staffers are slated to receive raises. The approach didn’t appear to sit well with the town supervisor.
New Paltz Town Board members opted to conduct a solely internal search for the next police chief, and after interviewing two candidates, they have decided unanimously and enthusiastically to give the job to Robert Lucchesi, the current lieutenant. Chief Joseph Snyder is set to retire in April.
Saugerties became the first township and the second municipality in Ulster County to become a New York State Certified Climate Smart Community this month, a status achieved after the amassing of a number of points earned by taking steps laid out by the program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reinforce climate resilience.
Two born-and-raised Lloyd boys, Jeff Paladino (R) and Fred Pizzuto (D), are hitting the campaign trail in a bid to win the position of town supervisor.
Representative Antonio Delgado was the featured guest at the Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz on October 10, and spent some time answering questions and some time interacting with environmental activists protesting his positions, an interaction that seemed to annoy most audience members and resulted in three trespassing arrests.