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State DEC will run review for new Woodstock Library building

State DEC will run review for new Woodstock Library building

During a meeting last week fraught with confusion over paperwork and videoconferencing issues, Woodstock’s planning board decided the state DEC commissioner should assign lead-agency status for environmental review of the proposed new 12,000-square-foot library building. The library trustees had declared the library as lead agency on the Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) required as part of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) after it was led to believe neither the town board nor planning board was interested.

Tech City COVID-19 testing site to close next week

Tech City COVID-19 testing site to close next week

Since the site opened on March 23, it has conducted over 7,500 tests. In total, Ulster County has tested over 33,000 residents. Nuvance has added testing at multiple Health Quest Medical Practice locations in Ulster County for existing patients including: 9W in Ulster; Kingston Plaza, Route 299 in Lloyd, Route 32 in Modena; Zena Road in Woodstock, and Route 28 in Boiceville. Non-HQMP patients can seek testing at Vassar Diagnostic Lab at the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston.

Pandemic exacerbates challenges of homelessness

Pandemic exacerbates challenges of homelessness

“They’re an incredible organization that provides food, shelter, job training, housing assistance, day care, parenting classes, medical assistance — but they need help,” said Colleen Geraghty of New Paltz, who has done outreach for both the Family Inn homeless shelter and Family’s domestic violence shelter for the past 31 years. “There are so many people living below the poverty line and almost no affordable housing in Kingston. Look how much it costs to rent an apartment in New Paltz. You have four or five people splitting the cost for one apartment! People cannot afford rent on minimum-wage jobs. And then if you lose a job? Or a partner?”