The Town of Kingston planning board crossed several thresholds at its long-anticipated July 15 continuation of a recessed public hearing on Thomas Auringer’s proposal to build a half-million square foot manufacturing facility off Route 28 on property surrounded by the Bluestone Wild Forest and associated conservation lands recently purchased by the Open Space Institute.
Woodstock Times | Politics & Government
U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19) voted today in favor of the Raise the Wage Act, would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 over six years.
At the July 8 Shandaken Short-Term Rental (STR) Committee meeting, town supervisor Rob Stanley said the town board will be in charge of putting together a new committee to devise STR regulations, taking into account responses to the recent survey of residents regarding rental of properties through Airbnb, HomeAway, and similar websites.
As officials sort out how to proceed with the consideration of permitting for renovations at the former Woodstock Lodge, some neighbors wanted assurances from the Woodstock Town Board that their concerns are being addressed.
In a historic legislative session last month, New York lawmakers passed a long-bottled flood of progressive bills covering everything from early voting to rent control. But legalized recreational marijuana failed to make the cut, despite support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and strenuous efforts by Democrats in the state’s two houses.
Selina Woodstock, formerly The Lodge, has started renovations prematurely according to a ruling from the Woodstock Zoning Board of Appeals, announced Thursday, June 27. More importantly, the ZBA decision written by member Gordon Wemp and okayed on a 4-1 vote of the board says that the town code enforcement officer, Ellen Casciaro, was in the wrong when she issued two new building permits for The Lodge/Selina in late March, when she said she had the right to revoke past stop work orders and orders to remedy at her own prerogative.
Shandaken Republicans filled the town hall almost to capacity on June 24, as they designated Supervisor Rob Stanley to run for reelection and two candidates, Kyle Steen and Ken Booth, for the two town council seats that will be open. In the November election, Stanley will compete with Democrat Brian Powers, while the council hopefuls will face two Democrats, incumbent Peter DiSclafani and Vivian Welton.
In the June 25 Democratic primary, 22nd district Ulster County Legislator Kathy Nolan won handily, polling 490 votes, or 82 percent, to John Parete’s 106 votes. The district covers Shandaken, Olive, Denning and Hardenburgh.
Early results show Woodstock Democrats opted to keep the status quo in the June 25 primary, placing Councilwoman Laura Ricci and Councilman Reggie Earls on their line for the November 5 general election.
Ulster County legislator Kathy Nolan, who won the seat from six-year incumbent John Parete in 2017, will again face Parete in a Democratic primary on Tuesday, June 25, from noon to 9 p.m. They are seeking to represent District 22, which includes the towns of Shandaken, Olive, Denning, and Hardenburgh.