Politics & Government

New Paltz hires Dave Dugatkin as a part-time police officer; Brianne Quigley becomes department’s first woman sergeant

New Paltz hires Dave Dugatkin as a part-time police officer; Brianne Quigley becomes department’s first woman sergeant

At a meeting of the New Paltz Police Commission on February 20 that segued into a Town Board meeting, several significant changes were made to the personnel lineup of the police force. Among them was a historic milestone: Brianne Quigley was promoted from patrol officer to become the New Paltz Police Department’s first-ever female sergeant. She was presented with her new sergeant’s shield at the meeting by police chief Joseph Snyder.

Neighbors upset over excavation in Saugerties

Neighbors upset over excavation in Saugerties

After he was hit with a stop-work order last fall for disturbing more than the acre of land that his site plan permitted, Route 212 landowner Kim Kiniry of Kiniry Excavation LLC hired two engineers to draw up a new site plan and a corresponding stormwater protection plan. But this may not be enough for neighbors Mark Kanter and Heather Hutchinson, who argued at a Feb. 18 public hearing before the Saugerties town planning board that Kiniry’s activities on the site, which include land clearing and the excavation of rock and other materials, were disturbing both the environment and the neighborhood.

New Paltz board offers diversity of views on plan to map environmentally sensitive areas

New Paltz board offers diversity of views on plan to map environmentally sensitive areas

The information would be factored in for any future developments proposed for the areas. Six different areas are proposed for the designation, representing riparian, wetland and forested areas. They trace the Wallkill and Kleine Kill, the Swarte Kill and Plutarch wetlands and the large forest tracts of Plutarch, Clearwater and Stony Kill. The Shawangunk Ridge is also included.