Politics & Government

New Paltz Town Supervisor Neil Bettez on 2021

New Paltz Town Supervisor Neil Bettez on 2021

Neil Bettez, supervisor of New Paltz’s town government, has like everyone else spent a lot more time in masks this year, and like many others has spent a lot of time avoiding letting children and cats disrupt the governmental work that is almost entirely conducted via video conference of late. In years past, Bettez has been interviewed about the year ahead in person, but in pandemic mode these questions and answers were exchanged entirely via email.

Ulster superintendent sees further challenges ahead

Ulster superintendent sees further challenges ahead

“2020 was a lost year,” Supervisor James E. Quigley, III said. “And by that I mean when you start out going down the road in one direction and then constantly get pulled to go in a different direction …. And looking at the press headlines and everything, I don’t know if we come out of this next May or June. And this is me being realistic, not pessimistic. I’m not certain that 2021 may not be a lost year too.”

Town of Gardiner Supervisor Marybeth Majestic on 2021

Town of Gardiner Supervisor Marybeth Majestic on 2021

The onset of the coronavirus pandemic caught Gardiner in the midst of an ambitious multiyear initiative to bring the zoning code, comprehensive plan and other planning documents into better alignment, and to hone their language to be more reflective of development and land-use issues that confront rural municipalities. Despite the necessity of conducting meetings virtually, work on those fronts has not abated. And Town Supervisor Marybeth Majestic says that recent experience has reinforced her belief that volunteerism and hands-on citizenship are key to the success of the process as it continues post-Covid.

Kingston officials move to make affordable housing part of nearly all future developments

Kingston officials move to make affordable housing part of nearly all future developments

With just days to go before the state’s moratorium on evictions was set to expire, the legislature on Monday said it planned to extend it to May 1. Meanwhile, affordable housing continues to be a frequent topic of discussion in Kingston, where the mayor recently signed an executive order requiring 10 percent of the units in virtually all new housing developments to be affordable and the common council plans to take on the issue in the coming months.