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A native son remembered

October 22nd, 2014 No comments

On Sunday, family, relatives and friends of the late Michael Canosa (1920-2013) gathered at the Cluett Schantz Park in Milton to unveil a stone monument and plaque and to dedicate the park pavilion in his honor. Read more…

Castellani on the way out?

October 22nd, 2014 No comments

Marlboro School Superintendent Ray Castellani may be in the fight of his life to keep his job. This past week the school board informed him that they will soon initiate a candidate search for a superintendent, a position he has held for the past six years. Read more…

Plattekill plans for a new library

October 14th, 2014 No comments

Like many aging libraries in the area, Plattekill has reached the point where they have outgrown their 12.000-square-foot location on Route 32 in Modena. The library board recently made an offer to buy a 2-acre parcel across the street and just south of their present location for a reported $185,000. Read more…

IDA approves Danskammer PILOT

October 14th, 2014 No comments

The Orange County Industrial Development Agency Thursday unanimously approved a five-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes plan for Danskammer Energy LLC — but only after the original 10-year PILOT was cut in half. Read more…

Danskammer PILOT agreement reached

October 8th, 2014 Comments off

After weeks of uncertainty and numerous negotiation sessions, Marlboro School Superintendent Ray Castellani said a PILOT agreement [payment in lieu of taxes] deal between the Orange County Industrial Development Agency [IDA] and the owners of the Danskammer power plant appears to be in a final form. Read more…

Pathway to censorship?

October 8th, 2014 Comments off

The inclusion of the novel ‘The Kite Runner” in the Marlboro 12th-grade curriculum was in the spotlight at last week’s school board meeting. Read more…

30 years on the bench

October 1st, 2014 Comments off

Last week the Marlborough Town Board named their new courtroom in honor of Judge Eleanor Gallagher, who has served the town as judge for 30 years. Read more…

Legislator warns of assessment inequalities

October 1st, 2014 Comments off

Ulster County Legislator Richard Gerentine [R-Marlborough] told the Town Board that he is seeing a rising number of foreclosures in the area. He said he is not criticizing any town board or town official for this trend and urged everyone to work together to find equitable solutions to stem this tide. He emphasized that “we’re all in this together.” Read more…

Waiting game begins again in Bloomingburg

September 30th, 2014 Comments off

It will be two weeks to a month, at least, before it’s known whether the village of Bloomingburg will be dissolved. What is known is that approximately 200 votes were cast in Village Hall last night in the referendum on dissolution. Read more…

Excavation questioned in Lloyd

September 24th, 2014 Comments off

At several Lloyd Town Board meetings Councilman Mike Guerriero questioned why developer Dave Weinberg, of the Mountainside Woods residential project, was digging deep holes and removing a significant amount of dirt from town property and using it to construct a large storm water retention pond that will service his project. Read more…

Marlboro wants answers on investigation

September 24th, 2014 Comments off

The Marlboro school board addressed the outstanding issue of an investigation of School Superintendent Ray Castellani and Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Technology Michael Bakatsias by the Office of the NYS Attorney General. The investigation stems from their admitted financial ties to a vendor who provided services to the district and their possible conflicts of interest with district policies. Read more…

Economic opportunity

September 17th, 2014 Comments off

The stated mission of the Hamlet of Marlboro Economic Development Committee is to “identify opportunities to improve the economic base [of the hamlet] by determining viability for a range of potential land use and transportation improvements, traffic operations, economic vitality and improved infrastructure while maximizing its natural resources and preserving the historic character of the community.” Read more…

Highland Library unveils new floor plan

September 17th, 2014 Comments off

After numerous public input sessions, the Highland Library board brought forth a conceptual floor plan for a new library that is slated to be built on a 2-acre parcel on Elting Place, opposite the St. Augustine School. The library and St. Augustine have agreed to a sale price of $125,000 for the land. Read more…

Danskammer PILOT catches flak

September 10th, 2014 Comments off

Whether a resurrected Danskammer power plant is a good deal or a bad deal is debatable. Just ask the 40 to 50 persons attending an Orange County IDA hearing Wednesday at Newburgh Town Hall. Read more…

Plattekill approves new software purchase

September 10th, 2014 Comments off

Last week the Plattekill Town Board approved the purchase of a new software program and two tablets from WAGsys Technology Group at a cost of up to $7,000, with $4,860 for the software and $1,300 for annual maintenance. Funds to pay for the program will come from the general capital reserve. Read more…