Politics & Government

Village of New Paltz election is May 7

Village of New Paltz election is May 7

Village of New Paltz residents will get to choose among several candidates for trustee when they head over to the firehouse to vote on May 7, but the incumbent mayor faces no opposition this year. Tim Rogers is completing his first four-year term as mayor. Don Kerr and Dennis Young are also seeking second terms, as trustee, and voters will be measuring their accomplishment against the promises offered by Alexandra Wojcik and Michele Zipp.

Saugerties initiative combating addiction and suicide adds more events

Saugerties initiative combating addiction and suicide adds more events

While Saugerties organizers continue planning for the third annual Hope Rocks Festival this August, two new Hope Rocks events are planned for early next month: The Hope Rocks Hardball Invitational, a high school baseball tournament on May 4; and the Hope Rocks Grand Gala, a fundraising event on May 10 with a focus on the Hope Rocks mission: To “illuminate the darkness of addiction and suicide.”

Ryan vs. Hayes for Ulster County Executive on Tuesday

Ryan vs. Hayes for Ulster County Executive on Tuesday

Voters will go to the polls next Tuesday, April 30 to choose a county executive for the remainder of 2019. Democrat and former 19th District congressional hopeful Patrick Ryan will face Ulster County Conservative Party Chairman Jack Hayes, running on the Republican line. The winner of the special election will fill the vacancy left when Mike Hein resigned in February to take a post in the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo. Another election in November will choose a county executive for a full four-year term.

Minor Saugerties projects move forward

Minor Saugerties projects move forward

A solar farm on Warren Myers Road was approved. Progress was made on landscaping issues at the A. Montano machinery sales facility on Route 32, with a public hearing scheduled for May 21. A hearing on a two-lot subdivision on George Sickle Road sailed through. And a hearing on a 9000-square foot building expansion at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary on Old Stage Road was postponed indefinitely.

Saugerties police chief questioned over plan to lend officer to county Family Violence Unit

Saugerties police chief questioned over plan to lend officer to county Family Violence Unit

Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra accused local firebrands District 2 County Legislator Joe Maloney and Saugerties Conservative Party Chair George Heidcamp of “political grandstanding” at an April 17 town board meeting for questioning the fiscal responsibility a proposed agreement between the town Police Department and the Department of Social Services to lend a Saugerties officer to their Family Violence Unit, which will investigate domestic violence incidents and provide resources to victims.