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Town of New Paltz to purchase property on North Putt Corners Rd. for police station and courthouse

Town of New Paltz to purchase property on North Putt Corners Rd. for police station and courthouse

New Paltz Town Board members have voted to purchase the property at 59 North Putt Corners Road to bring the police and justice court back under the same roof for the first time since police left their cramped quarters on Plattekill Avenue. The purchase price is $1.325 million, but it’s expected that converting it into a police station and courthouse will run as much as $8 million, all of which would be bonded over 25 years.

Gardiner maps out new trail system on landfill property

Gardiner maps out new trail system on landfill property

“I don’t know what somebody was thinking when they said, ‘Let’s make that a landfill.’ It’s probably one of the most beautiful pieces of property in the Town of Gardiner.” That was supervisor Marybeth Majestic’s reaction to a guided tour that she and several other town officials were recently given of a new cycling and hiking trail being proposed on town-owned property surrounding the Gardiner Transfer Station, off Steve’s Lane.

Paul Echols, who accused New Paltz police of brutality, cleared of main charges in trial

Paul Echols, who accused New Paltz police of brutality, cleared of main charges in trial

Paul Echols of Ellenville was found not guilty of misdemeanor resisting arrest and obstructing government administration, but guilty of the violations of harassment and disorderly conduct, in a rare trial in New Paltz town court that concluded yesterday. Echols received a $250 fine and 50 hours community service. The charges were the result of a September 9 incident outside of P&G’s in New Paltz at about 3:30 a.m. involving a fight and allegations by Echols of police brutality against the town.

Trial of Ellenville man who accused police of brutality begins in New Paltz

Trial of Ellenville man who accused police of brutality begins in New Paltz

Paul Echols is charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and other crimes stemming from a September 9 incident outside of P&G’s in New Paltz. Accounts differ, but by the end of that encounter Echols had a broken jaw and some police officers were reportedly covered in blood, which they say was spit on them by the defendant. Whether Echols’ jaw was broken prior to when the police responded — he was punched in the face, initiating the altercation which got officers’ attention — or while in custody is one of the facts in dispute.