Politics & Government

There’s support on the Kingston Common Council for ‘vacancy tax’ on empty commercial space

There’s support on the Kingston Common Council for ‘vacancy tax’ on empty commercial space

A new zoning ordinance would levy fines against commercial property owners who fail to lease out their storefronts in a timely manner. “Vacant storefronts are a blight on the community,” said Alderman Don Tallerman, a Democrat. “They bring down real estate values, they bring down the well being of the community, they are all around bad.”

Saugerties theatre group seeks grant

Saugerties theatre group seeks grant

The Arm of the Sea Theater would like to extend its existing bulkhead northward as part of its development of the Tidewater Center, an ambitious complex consisting of an indoor theater, outdoor educational facilities, and open-air performance space and fishing sites. Funding for the shoreline work would have to come through a grant to a municipality.

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.