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VC board adopts 4.61% increase

April 22nd, 2015 No comments

The Valley Central Board of Education has adopted its proposed budget for the 2015 to 2016 academic year, with numbers totaling $96.6 million, a 4.61 percent increase from this year’s $92.4 million budget. Read more…

Seeing red over brown water

April 22nd, 2015 No comments

On Monday night, a resident of Water’s Edge in the Village of Montgomery placed a plastic bottle of dullish, gray-looking water on a table where the Board of Trustees and Mayor Steve Brescia sat. Another placed two white T-shirts next to each other, making a note of the stark whiteness of one and the drabness of the other. Read more…

Medical marijuana

April 15th, 2015 No comments

The Wallkill Town Board is expected to throw its support behind a proposed medical marijuana agricultural facility at their work session tonight, following a positive reaction from residents last week. Read more…

Montgomery village budget includes raise for mayor

April 15th, 2015 No comments

“We’re not talking about all those other villages,” said Maria Beltrametti. “I think there should be a reason.” Read more…

Area schools to see increase in state aid

April 7th, 2015 Comments off

In a 92-page document published by the New York State Legislature on March 31, the long-awaited state aid figures were released to the state’s school districts, who have flirted with a potential two-year freeze on their 2014 to 2015 state aid figures for months. With the budget proposals due no later than April 14, and a statewide budget vote scheduled for May 19, districts are now scrambling in the wake of the release to build their budgets. Read more…

Appeals court upholds Bloomingburg annexation

April 7th, 2015 Comments off

The New York Appellate Court has upheld the annexation of property that spearheaded the controversial townhome development in Bloomingburg. The decision is being lauded by supporters of the development, but the Town of Mamakating has not conceded defeat and plans to appeal it. Read more…

Pine Bush board addresses Pledge controversy

April 1st, 2015 2 comments

They wanted to know why the Pine Bush Central School District allowed the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited in Arabic. “Why?” asked Raymond Turse. “Why couldn’t you have done something else?” Read more…

Maybrook anticipates 6.8% increase

April 1st, 2015 Comments off

Maybrook Mayor Dennis Leahy introduced the village’s tentative budget at Monday’s board meeting, offering residents both a monetary and percentile breakdown of the figures for the upcoming year. Read more…

Passion over the Pledge

March 25th, 2015 1 comment

A firestorm of controversy ignited after the Pledge of Allegiance was recited in Arabic at Pine Bush High School last week. The reading took place during morning announcements Wednesday, in honor of National Foreign Language Week. Read more…

Wallkill Center takes a step forward

March 25th, 2015 Comments off

After seven years on the drawing board, a proposal to redevelop the hamlet of Wallkill is taking a step forward. Read more…

March 18, 2015 Local Election Results

March 19th, 2015 Comments off

Village of Montgomery

Mayor (1)
L. Stephen Brescia: 354
Maria Beltrametti: 140

Trustee (2)
JoAnn Scheels: 396
Darlene Andolsek: 396

Village of Walden

Mayor (1)
Susan Rumbold: 221
Larry Kraus (Write-in Ballot): 185

Trustee (3)
Brian Sebring: 265
Ed Leonard: 259
Willie Carley: 253

Gerald Mishk: 216

Village of Blooomingburg

Trustee (1)
Aaron Rabiner: 75*
Katherine Roemer: 73*

*According to unofficial results from the March 18, 2015 election in Bloomingburg, Aaron Rabiner, who was challenging incumbent trustee Katherine Roemer for her seat on the Bloomingburg Village Board, earned 75 votes to Roemer’s 73. There were about a dozen ballots cast via affidavit that were not counted in that total, an election inspector said before the polls closed at 9 p.m. Rabiner ran on the Unity Party line, while Roemer ran on the Rural Heritage Party line.

Walden officials oppose PILOT

March 18th, 2015 Comments off

Walden officials have asked the Town of Montgomery Industrial Development agency to reject a proposed Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Agreement for the management company of two village apartment complexes. Read more…

Brescia, Beltrametti spar for voters

March 18th, 2015 Comments off

With one week left before the election, Village of Montgomery mayoral candidates incumbent L. Stephen Brescia and his opponent, Maria Beltrametti squared off last Tuesday in a debate sponsored by the Town of Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. The two elaborated on their platforms and answered questions presented by moderator John Fallon, president of the Walden Rotary Club. Read more…

VC dilemma: state aid still withheld

March 10th, 2015 1 comment

With state aid figures still a mystery to New York’s school districts, Valley Central’s Board of Education (BOE) is beginning to prepare for the worst. With phrases like “if the governor doesn’t release his figures soon” peppered throughout presentations and beginning more and more budget talks, the district is seeming to prepare itself for a possible two-year freeze on their state aid figures. Read more…

Montgomery mayoral race approaches finish line

March 10th, 2015 Comments off

The Village of Montgomery’s mayoral race has come down between two vastly different candidates, a veteran mayor who has held his position since 1990, and a local business owner with ideas as big as her desire for the mayoral title. Read more…