On December 24, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced that eighteen small businesses in Ulster County have been awarded a combined $542,983 as part of the Ulster County CARES Small Business Assistance Program. Funding amounts ranged from $10,600 to a maximum of $35,000 and were awarded through the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance. A second round of funding announcements from this program are forthcoming in early 2022.
Woodstock area | Politics & Government
Woodstock officials are poised to adopt new rules governing cellular equipment placement, incorporating Fishkill’s comprehensive regulations. But Supervisor Bill McKenna warns 5G opponents it will not necessarily stop the new wireless technology from coming to Woodstock.
Use of drones and state-provided aerial photography and stiffer fines for violations are just some ideas for protecting viewscapes in Woodstock’s Scenic Overlay District, as discussed at a Planning Board workshop on December 16.
State Senator Michelle Hinchey joined Ulster County Human Rights Commissioner Tyrone Wilson in Kingston December 14 to announce legislation seeking to reign in large fluctuations in utility bills, often caused by estimations of use.
Transparency, availability of elected officials, affordable housing and the environment are key issues for Maria-Elena Conte and Bennet Ratcliff, the two newest Woodstock Town Board members who begin work in January.
We’re about to find out in 2022. Ulster County residents will be watching closely to see whether a record financial surplus develops, and if so how it will be injected into an economy that could certainly do with a boost.
The Woodstock Town Board authorized a contract with Law Enforcement Consulting of New York State to help the Police Department become an accredited agency, a longtime goal and a major recommendation of the state-required Police Reform and Reinvention Committee.
The Woodstock Planning Board declined to approve a Special Use Permit to build a house and other structures in Lake Hill in the protected Scenic Overlay District amid criticism over what many believe was unlawful clearcutting. Some elected officials continued to urge the Planning Board to require more mitigation.
The Woodstock Planning Board is treading carefully as it considers an application from AT&T for what the communications company calls a “5G retrofit” on the town-owned cellular tower on California Quarry Road. But the town may have the final say.
The Woodstock Town Board unanimously adopted the 2022 budget as proposed with no changes, resulting in a 4.78 percent tax levy increase after no tax hike last year, bringing back youth and senior recreation programs that were zeroed out due to COVID-19 and increasing funding for attorneys due to a jump in building enforcement cases.