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Town looks for tax cap wiggle room

October 29th, 2014 No comments

The Town of Montgomery has adopted their preliminary budget plan for 2015, a budget that won’t, according to Town Supervisor Mike Hayes, present increased tax rates to residents. Some of the rates, he explained, may end up actually being slightly lower than those residents paid in 2014. Read more…

Maybrook looks to a green future

October 29th, 2014 No comments

The Village of Maybrook may have found an innovative way to cut costs for residents, while saving itself a projected $30,000 a year. Mayor Dennis Leahy said that he will meet with representatives from Spear Point Energy for a work session on Wednesday, Oct. 29, to discuss the installation of solar energy apparatuses throughout the village. Read more…

Walden fire house bid rejected again

October 22nd, 2014 No comments

Following the defeat of the first public voting referendum to approve renovations and additional truck bays to the Walden Fire House, residents returned to the polls on Tuesday for a second vote. Yet again, the vote was turned down, with residents taking a firm stance against the referendum with a 187 to 42 vote against the renovations, according to Denise Miller, district secretary. Read more…

Crawford begins Community Visioning Sessions

October 22nd, 2014 No comments

Rarely does it happen that residents of a town have the opportunity to sit with their local officials and candidly list the changes they would like to see in their area. Even rarer, is knowing that their suggestions are being heard and being taken very seriously. Read more…

Water shortage in Montgomery

October 14th, 2014 Comments off

While not yet triggering a state of emergency, village officials say that Montgomery is dealing with a water shortage and summer wells will be pressed into service to meet the demand. Read more…

Montgomery raises questions about casino proposal

October 8th, 2014 Comments off

The Town of Montgomery Planning Board has begun its environmental review of Resorts World Hudson Valley, holding a public scoping session on Monday to identify areas of concern that should be addressed in the draft Environmental Impact Statement. Read more…

Shawangunk receives $75,000 grant

October 8th, 2014 Comments off

The Town of Shawangunk’s Highway Complex has been in a state of disrepair, needing “a total overhaul” as Highway Superintendent Mike Eggleton put it. Luckily for them, Senator John Bonacic (D-42) has granted Shawangunk a $75,000 grant to use toward the repairs of their highway complex, particularly replacement of the building’s siding and roof systems. Read more…

Second firehouse vote on horizon

October 1st, 2014 1 comment

After their first attempt to renovate and build additions onto their firehouse was voted down in a 198 to 32 public vote, the Walden Fire District has decided to pursue renovations again, opening the referendum to the public for a second round of voting on Oct. 21. Read more…

Valley Central school board assesses audit

October 1st, 2014 Comments off

The Valley Central school board met for their second meeting of the academic year, where they discussed the New York State Comptroller Audit results that assessed the district’s fiscal trends from the beginning of the 2010-2011 academic year, to the conclusion of the 2012-2013 academic year. Read more…

Crawford seeks new ideas

September 24th, 2014 Comments off

Shopping local and supporting small businesses is an idea that has become encouraged in the Hudson Valley, almost to the point of pushing trendy. While stocking the fridge with farm stand veggies and gifting local crafts on Christmas may be the ideal, it’s simply not always the case and small businesses are feeling the effects. Read more…

Is Walden too ‘apartment heavy?’

September 24th, 2014 1 comment

The Village of Walden Board of Trustees held a Tri-Board meeting with the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals last Thursday, with accessory apartments dominating the conversation. Read more…

Friends in need

September 17th, 2014 Comments off

True to the small-town values that surround it, the Walden Savings Bank is lending a helping hand to a local family who lost all of their belongings in a fire that also destroyed their home. Read more…

Casino plans pitched in Albany

September 17th, 2014 Comments off

With a green light from the Town Board of Montgomery, Local Law No. 1 has been passed, lead agency has been assigned and now, the fate of the potential casino rests in the hands of the New York State Gaming Commission, which now has the task of appointing gaming licenses to vying gaming companies. Read more…

Town approves gaming law

September 10th, 2014 Comments off

Meeting for a third and final time, the Montgomery Town Board was able to reach a decision on Local Law No. 1 of 2014, allowing the town to create a gaming facility overlay zoning district for casino and resort planning purposes. Members of the board unanimously voted to adopt the law, which now means that planning may begin. Read more…

Zero approvals

September 10th, 2014 1 comment

A decade has passed since the Rolling Hills subdivision gained its approvals from the Shawangunk Planning Board. Only about half of the project has actually been constructed, to lackluster reviews. Now a potential new owner wants to complete the original vision, but faces a major obstacle — the approvals have all expired. Read more…