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Walk with purpose New Paltz students will participate in nationwide walkout March 14 to protest gun violence by Terence P Ward


HE SHOOTING ATTACK at a Parkland, Florida high school has again raised the ire of many Americans about how easy it is to obtain guns in this country, but this time there’s a new group speaking out: students themselves will be walking out of their classrooms on March 14 at 10 a.m. In New Paltz High School, the protest has been organized by senior Caleb Sheedy. “I was afraid nobody else would do it,” Sheedy said when he sat down for an interview last week. “Kids are afraid to speak up against authority.” While trustees on the board of education offered their support when asked, authority is a very real factor when children choose to get up and leave a school building en masse. The first administrator Sheedy broached the subject with was “hesitant,” he recalled, and was quick to remind him that actions have consequences. Members of the New


New Paltz High School student Caleb Sheedy.

York State School Boards Association were explicitly advised not to condone any such protests. Sheedy, however, has found his voice. He’s been a class officer several times for his grade, and when Maya Gold took her

life in 2015, he organized a procession and candlelight vigil to honor her memory. Sheedy is also cast in the role of Leading Player in this year’s high school musical, Pippin. In short, he’s willing to be in the spotlight and decided he was

also willing to be in the cross-hairs. Despite that willingness, Sheedy is quite pleased that there won’t be “consequences” resulting from staging this protest. He admitted that ahead of his Continued on page 7

Crossing the rainbow Rainbow-colored crosswalk coming to New Paltz by Terence P Ward

N The New Paltz Pride Parade in 2010.

EW PALTZ VILLAGE Trustee Don Kerr and Deputy Town Supervisor Dan Torres have been studying ways to create a rainbow crosswalk to honor the then-illegal same-sex weddings performed by Jason West in the Village of New Paltz in 2004 and to support the annual pride march and festival held in New Paltz. Kerr said that the crosswalk now being considered would be on a village road, serving to connect Peace and Hasbrouck parks and thereby avoiding a face-off with intractable state transportation officials. On the other hand, Kerr lamented that the preferred medium, thermoplastic, is “quite expensive.” To that end, Torres launched a crowdfunding campaign on to raise $5,000; as of this writing $390 had been collected. Kerr was previously asked if thermoplastic might have similar deleterious environmental impacts as that which has been associated with single-use plastic bags, which are now banned in the village; he has not advised that his research into that question is complete. ++


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Rescheduled climate smart community potluck in Gardiner


The Gardiner Library will host a potluck to kick o the Climate Smart Community Taskforce on Friday March 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. Gardiner residents will gather for a vegetarian potluck and to work on local solutions to climate change. The newly formed Climate Smart Taskforce will work with residents to take action. Proposed ideas for sub-committees include: promoting a Solarize Campaign, switching streetlights to LEDs, creating a Climate SmartYouth Taskforce, building a website, continuing the Gardiner Repair CafÊ, constructing an electric vehicle charging station, expanding composting at the transfer station, planning community events and other projects. There will be kid-friendly, climate smart activities. Gardiner recently became a Climate Smart Community after a resolution was approved by the Town Board. This NYS program helps communities reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate while saving money, building a green economy and promoting a clean environment. All Climate Smart Communities take a pledge to take steps to plan for and mitigate the eects of climate change in order to become a Climate Smart Community. NYS agencies provide grants and technical expertise to achieve these goals. The potluck will take place in the library community room. For further information, call 255-1255 or visit

The annual St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner, sponsored by the Gardiner Day Committee, will be held this Saturday, March 10

New Paltz/Gardiner Seniors to meet on March 14 The New Paltz/Gardiner Senior Club will meet on March 14, 1:30 p.m., at the VFW Hall on Route 208 in New Paltz. Singer guitarist Vince Fisher will perform St. Patrick's Day songs. His performance will be followed by a March birthday cake. There is no cost. The club’s ďŹ rst trip of the season will be to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse for dinner and to see Steel Magnolias on April 26. Call Kathy Rivera for programs at (845) 256-9490 or Fran Matthews at (845) 419-5224 for membership.

HHS to host women’s history performance “In Her Words� Following the 2017 run of Historic Huguenot Street (HHS)’s monthly “In Her Words� women’s history tours, HHS will host a lecture and performance this Saturday, March 10 at 4 p.m. focusing on the lives of several women who helped shape local history. This Women’s History Month presentation will feature actors portraying a number of women, performing creative monologues at Deyo Hall, located at 6 Broadhead Avenue in New Paltz. The monologues have been revised since last year, and the lecture will feature an additional monologue from the point of view of an Esopus Munsee woman who signed the 1677 New Paltz land deed. This monologue was developed in collaboration with the Stockbridge-Munsee Historical Committee. In place of a monologue, the portrayal of “Aunt Judy� Jackson

Corned beef and cabbage dinner on March 10 in Gardiner


HE ANNUAL ST. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner, sponsored by the Gardiner Day Committee, will be held this Saturday, March 10 at the Gardiner Firehouse, located at Route 44/55 in Gardiner. Serving will be at 5 and 7 pm. The cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children (10 and under). BYOB Take-out dinners will be available. For reservations, call Jewel at (845) 255-9675, extension 107, Cindy at (845) 332-0734 or Jaynie at (845) 389-1845.

will feature the performance of an African-American spiritual. Additional information has been gathered, and the lecture component will feature photographs of some of the women and their homes. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is available at for $20 (or $18 for seniors, members of HHS and members of the armed service).

New Paltz police hold their annual awards dinner The New Paltz Police Department held an awards dinner on February 21 at Novella’s in New Paltz to recognize current and former members for their service to the department and the community. This was the ďŹ rst awards dinner for the department in memory, so members received awards for acts dating back to 2000. “This was long overdue, and I am glad we’re able to publicly thank and acknowledge our members for their service to the community. The awards dinner will be an annual event for the department moving forward,â€? said police chief Joseph Snyder. Recipients received certiďŹ cates and citation bars for investigations, lifesaving, heroism and service to the community. Receiving awards were: Meritorious police investigation -- OďŹƒcers Calvin Halstead, Robert Sisco, Ronald Stroh, and Brianne Quigley, Sergeant Matthew Sutton, Detective Sergeant Scott Butler, Detective Joseph Judge, Lieutenant Robert Lucchesi and former Detective Sergeant David Dugatkin. Police duty ribbon honorable service citation

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-- OďŹƒcers Gerald Marlatt, Heather Fries, Philipp Kraus, Robert Knoth, Daniel Carpinelli, Tyler Pece, Sergeants Carmine Fuoco and Keith Lewis, Detective Joseph Judge and former OďŹƒcer Scott Scharick. Life saving -- OďŹƒcers Gerald Marlatt, Heather Fries, Duke Bunce, Philipp Kraus, Robert Knoth, Robert Sisco, Brianne Quigley, Eric Bernhardsen, Ronald Stroh, Aaron Fitzgerald, Cheryl Benjamin, Evan Redmond and Sergeants Carmine Fuoco, Matthew Sutton and Patrick Koch. Meritorious service citation -- OďŹƒcers Ronald Stroh, Heather Fries, Channon James, Gerald Marlatt and Ryan Bulson. Exceptional duty citation -- OďŹƒcers Channon James, Heather Fries, Calvin Halstead, Robert Sisco, Evan Redmond, Eric Bernhardsen, Philipp Kraus(2), Syndi Acampora, Brianne Quigley, Robert Knoth, Duke Bunce, Ryan Bulson and former Lieutenant Steven Osarczuk. Medal of honor: OďŹƒcers Robert Knoth, Duke Bunce, Detective Sergeant Scott Butler, Sergeant Patrick Koch and former OďŹƒcers Phil Missere, Michael Rizzo, Kathleen Burns and former Sergeant Karl Baker. Combat cross -- OďŹƒcer Robert Knoth, Sergeant Patrick Koch, Detective Sergeant Scott Butler and former OďŹƒcers Phil Missere, Michael Rizzo, Kathleen Burns and former Sergeant Karl Baker. Chiefs citation: OďŹƒcers Duke Bunce and Robert Knoth.

Work by Emelie Patten on display at Ulster Savings Bank in Gardiner An artwork collection created by Emelie Patten is currently on display at Ulster Savings Bank in Gardiner through April 12. Patten, a Highland resident, primarily utilizes graphite powder in her work and credits her love of that medium to her ďŹ ne arts studies at SUNY Ulster. After she and her family endured a house ďŹ re in 2013 which destroyed much of her favorite, most accomplished pieces, she has spent years creating

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new art to compensate for those losses. Her creative instincts, along with her natural desire to help others, has been further enhanced through her other passion, hairdressing at The Hair Chalet in Gardiner. For more information concerning the exhibit, call (845) 255-4262, extension 4401.


Murder Café at Unison Arts Center on March 10 Murder Café will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an original musical-mystery this Saturday, March 10, 7 p.m., at Unison Arts Center in New Paltz Murder Café was launched in 1998 by Hudson Valley residents Frank and Kristen Marquette with a “noir” mystery set in the 1940s. After producing and performing over 1,000 shows for private, public and fundraising events, Murder Café has returned to the noir genre with an original play Murder Me Always. The evening will include a buffet dinner, wine and desserts. The cost is $35 for the general public, $30 for Unison members and $25 for students and seniors. Reservations are a must and can be made by calling (845)255-1559.

Gun violence prevention talk in New Paltz on March 11 Move Forward NY Task Force for Gun Control, in partnership with U-Act, will hold a meeting this Sunday, March 11, 5 p.m., at Woodland Pond in New Paltz. Professor Sarah Kozloff, a team leader for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, will be speaking about gun violence prevention and sharing individual and legislative actions to prevent gun violence. Discussions will include the March 14 high school walkout and the local March 24 Walkway Over the Hudson event as part of the National March for Our Lives demonstration. Contact Debra Clinton at for more information.

Gardiner Library presents Ukrainian Easter The Gardiner Library will present a Ukrainian Easter celebration this Saturday, March 10 from noon to 2 p.m. Members of the local branch of the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America (UNWLA) will come to the library to teach about Ukrainian Easter celebrations -- the foods, rituals, embroidery and the decorated Pysanky Easter eggs. Embroidered bookmarks will be provided for children to try their hand at doing cross stitches with knobby yarns. A short video about how the Pysanky Easter eggs are made will be shown, followed by a demonstration on how the wax is applied and how a finished egg is cleaned up to show its workmanship. The program will take place in the library community room, located at 133 Farmer’s Turnpike For further information, call 255-1255 or visit

Benjamin Center launches new speaker series The Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz will host a talk on “Voting Behavior and Punitive Policies” by Ariel White, assistant professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on Thursday, March 15, 5 p.m., in Lecture Center 102. White will discuss her research into two headlinegenerating trends that may at first glance seem unrelated: U.S. incarceration rates that are among the highest of any developed nation and disaffection from government leading to low voter participation (including in New York State, which has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the country). The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit The Benjamin Center online or contact

Gardiner Library story time about maple sugaring The Gardiner Library will present a special story time about maple sugaring on Thursday, March 8 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Special guest Nick Martin, environmental educator at Minnewaska State Park Preserve, and children’s librarian Amy Laber, will lead the event. Children will hear stories about maple

New Paltz High School teacher Marianne Wilson (second from left) and teacher’s aide Nancy Waddell (second from right) celebrate being honored by the Q92 Teacher of the Month contest. Also attending the February 6 ceremony were morning show hosts Michelle Taylor (far left) and Joe Daily (far right) and student Judy Adams who nominated the two New Paltz educators for the award.

New Paltz educators honored by Q92 Teacher of the Month Contest


HEN NEW PALTZ High School student Judy Adams heard about a “Teacher of the Month” contest while listening to the radio, she immediately thought of her longtime teacher, Marianne Wilson. And then she thought of her beloved teacher’s aide, Nancy Waddell. Based on Adam’s enthusiastic recommendations, the contest sponsors, Q92 radio station and TEG Federal Credit Union, selected Wilson as February’s Teacher of the Month, giving a “special mention” to Waddell. “They are both so nice,” says Adams about the two New Paltz educators. “They motivate me to be a beautiful human.” In addition to helping her tackle various academic subjects, she says the women have helped her “learn about making change, having good conversations with people and how to think ahead in High School.” Joe Daily and Michelle Taylor, hosts of the Q92 morning show, visited New Paltz High School on February 6 to present Wilson and Waddell with plaques and gifts to celebrate all they do for students. In addition to the individual gifts, Daily and Taylor presented a gift card of $100 from TEG to be used for the entire class.

sugaring, they’ll also be able to touch and see oldstyle maple sugaring tools, including a bucket, tap and hand drill. Then, with some help from their parents, each child will make their own maple tree craft that they can take home. The library is located at 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. For further information, call (845) 255-1255 or visit

Catastrophic Reform: Saving our Public Schools from the Dangers of GERM A forum on public education, “Catastrophic Reform: Saving our Public Schools from the Dangers of GERM”, will be held on Thursday, March 15, 6:30 p.m., in the Lecture Center Room 108 on the SUNY New Paltz campus. The program is free and open to the public. The Global Education Reform Movement (GERM) is an international effort to corporatize education though prescribed curriculum, high-stakes testbased accountability and ed tech. Disguised as harmless innovations, GERM’s approaches seeks to control students and teachers though corporate management models and products that fly in the face of what teachers and parents know is best for student learning. Speakers will address the economic and political agendas of GERM’s policies and practices as well as the ways they reinforces race and class divisions in schools. They will also share alternative approaches and activist strategies that educators and parents are implementing to maintain student-centered, socially-just schools in a democratic society. Speakers Include: Lois Weiner -- professor of education, New Jersey City University “Prospects and Possibilities: What Should We Expect From the US Teachers Unions in Resisting GERM?”; Aixa Rodriguez -- teacher and founder, Bronx Educators United for Justice “From the Bronx to Puerto Rico: GERM in the Classroom”; Arielle Chiger -- teacher and president, New Paltz United Teachers “What is GERM? A Primer for Parents and Teachers”; Bianca Tanis -teacher and member, New York State Allies for Pub-

lic Education (NYSAPE) “GERM’s Attack on the Early Years: What Every Parent Needs to Know.” This forum is sponsored by: The Humanistic/Multicultural Education Program, Departments of Educational Studies & Leadership, Teaching & Learning, Sociology, and Campus Auxiliary Services Inc. at SUNY New Paltz; Rethinking Testing Mid-Hudson; and New York State Allies for Public Education. For further information, contact Nancy Schniedewind, 257-2827,

New exhibition at Roost Studios “Possibilities,” a solo photo exhibition by Laszlo Andacs, is on display at Roost Studios, located at 69 Main Street in New Paltz, until March 25. The community is invited to the opening celebration and artist talk this Saturday, March 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is free of charge and all are welcome. This exhibit is a collection of out-of-the-ordinary photographs. Andacs shows what it’s like to take photos while skydiving and spending a minute in free fall with camera gear. On the ground he demonstrates that it is possible to print photos on multiple media and integrate odd materials (glass, metal, fabric, sand, wood, etc.) to create a more interesting display of an image.

Luncheon at the Jewish Center A community luncheon, sponsored by the Jewish Congregation of New Paltz, will be held on Tuesday, March 13, noon, at the Jewish Center, located at 30 North Chestnut Street in New Paltz. Chef Gayle Shankman will serve roasted butternut squash and apple soup with caramelized onion, spring salmon burgers with roasted pepper and tarragon mayonnaise, Japanese cucumber salad with fresh ginger and sesame seeds and homemade lemon pound cake with vanilla bean ice cream. The cost is $14 for non-members of the Congregation and $9 for members, payable at the door. For reservations or more information, please contact Myra Sorin at 255-5016 or

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Higher water mark New Paltz Mayor Tim Rogers proposes eliminating free Sunday parking by Terence P Ward


EEING THE WRITING on the wall, New Paltz Village Mayor Tim Rogers wants to consider hiking some fees to offset budget problems in the future. He’s looking at increases for parking meters as well as water and sewer rates, but he wants to impact the fewest people possible. Changing the mechanical parking meters to accept a different amount is a costly process, and Rogers has no interest in it. Instead, he’s proposing simply eliminating Sunday as a day of rest from the cost. Parking meters serve two functions that the mayor touched upon during different parts of the discussion last week: they generate revenue, but they also turn over spaces. Rogers noted that keeping people returning to their cars on Sundays could lead to more business locally. Another parking change Rogers would like to see is an increase to the fine for overtime parking. Right now, that’s $10 if paid within five days; the mayor suggests doubling it which would result in a “significant amount of new revenue for our village;” he estimates it could be $70,000. Adding Sunday to the metered days would result in another $30,000, after the parking officer was paid. More money in the general fund makes it easier to cover expenses like replacement trucks in the DPW garage; the sewer truck just obtained cost $240,000, for example. Neither water nor sewer rates have had any increase since 2012, yet costs associated with those systems continue to rise. Water obtained from the New York City Department of Environmental Conservation — charged with managing the trillions of gallons of local rain water collected in city-controlled reservoirs throughout this and other watersheds — has risen 180% in the last ten years. Sewer equipment upgrades can easily run into millions of dollars. That last round of increases established a tier system, under which higher-volume users pay much higher rates than most village residents. Rogers believes that increasing the rates of the two or three highest of the six tiers would relieve some of the financial pressure without impacting most voters, which is a very real issue: trustee Bill Murray noted that the cost of living in the village is a common topic of conversation when knocking on doors. ++

NBR draft imminent Interested Village of New Paltz residents may have a draft of the new NBR code to review as early as the next village board meeting on March 14. Mayor Tim Rogers reported on February 28 and Deputy Mayor KT Tobin believed the proposed changes to zoning for the neighborhood-business-residential district

Ryan Judge.

Highland High School welcomes new assistant principal


HIS WINTER, HIGHLAND High School (HHS) students and staff welcomed a new face around the halls -- Assistant Principal Ryan Judge. Born and raised in New Paltz, Judge first considered the possibility of working in Highland when he discovered that William Zimmer, his former high school English teacher and the previous assistant principal of HHS, had become the building’s principal. “I thought that if he had been promoted, there was a chance that [the district] would be looking to fill a vacancy,” he said. “Sure enough, they were. I wasn’t actively looking for a job at the time, but I had always followed Mr. Zimmer professionally, and I thought it would be wonderful to have the opportunity to work with him.” Judge previously served as Dean of Students for the Enlarged City School District of Middletown, where he oversaw educational and disciplinary decisions for nearly 600 high school students through the established “house system.” He also supervised approximately 20 instructional and 15 non-instructional staff members. Prior to that job, he was a family and consumer sciences teacher, then an administrative intern for the Millbrook Central School District. After starting his new job in January, Judge made it a point to meet with key stakeholders to learn what they loved most about the high school, and what they thought could be improved. “What really stood out to me during those meetings were the kinds of close-knit, supportive relationships that existed on the building level,” he said. An experienced education author and speaker, Judge says he is eager to share his values and areas of expertise with staff members in Highland. And with a fairly new leadership team in place, he is excited for what the future holds for the high school. “I’m looking forward to learning and growing with the school and helping move the district forward,” he said. “I truly believe it has what it takes to advance to the next level.”

would be available by then. Neighbors of the district, who were unaware of the existing rules before the Zero Place project review began in 2015, pushed for a moratorium on development while these revisions were created; the moratorium has since expired. -- Terence P Ward

landlords may withhold security deposits without justification was held open again, as Village of New Paltz officials seek input from representatives of the student government at the college. -- Terence P Ward

Repurposing grant money Student input sought on security deposit law The public hearing on a law specifying how long

There’s money left over in a grant awarded to the Village of New Paltz to investigate the state of sewer mains using cameras, and it’s going to be used as a step toward taming the river on Center Street. Officials at the Environmental Facilities Corp. approved using the remaining funds to study solutions such as rain gardens to tame a particularly tough piece of topography as runoff is concerned. Backed-up catch basins, poorly designed developments and a relentless downhill slope work together to create a sizable stream of water that pours down Center Street during a rain event and ends up in some yards along Plattekill Avenue. Code enforcement officer Bryant Arms previously identified the shopping plaza where Convenient Deli is located as the source of the intermittent “river,” and the owner agreed to relocate downspouts. However, according to trustee Don Kerr, a gap in the curb in front of the former Moxie Cup allows much of that redirected water to flow back onto private properties again; he has placed some sand bags to see if that might presage a solution.

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strata use the same parks. He feels the same way about tying discounts to green building techniques, which do not relate to recreation needs. Planning Board members are presently wrestling with a discount for Zero Place, as that developer is offering some level of recreation which falls short of the full facilities provided for in the law; that might fit Rogers’ vision more closely. There are actually two recreation fees in the code: one for site plans, the other for subdivisions. These are intended to be exclusive, Rogers explained, simply ensuring that one or the other is paid. To that end, he now feels it’s important to set them at the same rate. Right now, one fee is $5,000 per unit, while the other is $1,000 per lot. In the short term, Rogers wants them both to be set at $5,000. A new law might clarify many questions about these fees; the mayor wants to write such a law in concert with town officials so as to make it simpler for developers in the community by eliminating differences. -- Terence P Ward



Old New Paltz Stone House Day, 2007.

Stone House Day to return to Historic Huguenot Street


ISTORIC HUGUENOT STREET (HHS) has announced the revival of Stone House Day, a formerly annual tradition, which will be hosted in partnership with the Town of New Paltz on Saturday, September 8. The event will celebrate the 340th anniversary of the settling of New Paltz by twelve French Huguenot refugees in 1678. Beginning in 1950, when all of the historic houses on Huguenot Street were still privately owned residential homes, the Reformed Church of New Paltz, located on Huguenot Street, organized a fundraiser called Stone House Day in which the residents of the historic houses would dress up in colonial costume and allow visitors to tour their homes. The event also included pageants, reenactments, performances, crafts, games and more. Eventually, HHS acquired the historic houses and continued hosting the event, which became a popular draw for both the local community and visiting tourists. The event continued to be an annual affair in New Paltz until 2009. Nearly ten years have passed since the last Old New Paltz Stone House Day was held on Huguenot Street. This year, HHS is bringing back Old New Paltz Stone House Day, with a stronger focus on the diversity of Hudson Valley history. It will be a celebration of all the cultures that impacted New Paltz and Ulster County including African, Dutch, English, Esopus Munsee and French. The Reformed Church of New Paltz will once again be a partner in this event as well. Seven historic stone houses will be open for public tours or viewing, two of which have been closed for many years. Performances, skits and vendor demonstrations will take place throughout the day while artisans and craftspeople sell handmade goods. Members of the 5th NY Regiment will bring reenactors from multiple time periods, engaging in musket firing, candle making, sewing, blacksmithing and other activities. New Paltz Brewing Company will be on site selling their handcrafted beer and hot-baked pretzels out of the DuBois Fort Visitor Center. To become a vendor or volunteer, visit

Such a study would help determine if rain gardens placed strategically could curtail the flow, but implementing such an idea “won’t be cheap,” according to Mayor Tim Rogers. -- Terence P Ward

Simplifying shared service A priority under Governor Andrew Cuomo is shared services, finding ways to save money by getting municipal workers and leaders working together. New Paltz Mayor Tim Rogers sees the value in that, but the New Paltz mayor also sees the expense every time a new agreement between his village and any other municipality is inked. He’d like local officials to work out a master shared-services agreement that establishes all the ground rules, thereby leaving attorneys out in the cold and preserving the most possible savings for the taxpayers themselves. -- Terence P Ward

Transportation alternatives Members of the Ulster County Transportation Advisory Committee have put together a list of projects they think are worth finding ways to study, and New Paltz could benefit from two of them. In light of the Empire State Trail coming through town, the first would look at improvements along the Wallkill

Valley Rail Trail; these might include lighting, crosswalks and storm water management improvements, but keeping in mind the desire to keep the trail rural in its character. The second is a study of Thruway exit 18 to determine if it would be possible to add a direct connection to South Putt Corners Road after the toll booth. The county-level thumb’s-up could be one box checked on a long list to fund either study. -- Terence P Ward

Recreation revolution Village of New Paltz trustees are considering a novel approach to recreation fees: consistently collecting them, as the law requires. As laid out in state law, recreation fees may be assessed on certain building projects when the developer is unable to simply create new recreational facilities; this money can be used on capital projects to expand or improve such facilities in the community. In the village, those fees have not been consistently collected, leading to situations like the current scramble to find money to replace the playground at Hasbrouck Park while it’s still safe to use. Mayor Tim Rogers doesn’t mind there being discounts available, but only when they are directly tied to recreation. For example, the affordable housing law provides for a reduction in recreation fees which Rogers finds unfair because people of all economic

OSI, WVLT to begin improvements to 12-mile section of Wallkill Valley Rail Trail The Open Space Institute (OSI) and the Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) are announcing the kickoff of improvement work along a 12-mile section of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, the celebrated multi-use recreational trail and linear park connecting Wallkill to Kingston. The initial work will include clearing of overgrown hazard trees and shrubs along the rail trail corridor. The overall improvements will set the stage for including it in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s transformative Empire State Trail, to open in 2019. Commencing by the end of February, the clearing work will be donated by volunteers, organizations, local businesses and the Town of Rosendale Highway Department along the rail trail in the towns of Rosendale and Ulster, excluding a small quartermile section by Williams Lake. Later improvements will be funded by a 2013 NYS Recreational Trails Program grant and a 2017 NYS Environmental Protection Fund grant, both secured by OSI in partnership with WVLT. Private fundraising efforts will provide additional support toward the $750,000 project. “OSI is excited to be moving ahead with Improvements to the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, and, ultimately, setting the stage for the transformative Empire State Trail,” said Kim Elliman, president and CEO of OSI. “OSI’s commitment to this trail builds on our ongoing efforts to construct the River-to-Ridge Trail in nearby New Paltz and our earlier restoration of the Rosendale Trestle. This world-class recreational destination will be used and enjoyed by residents of Ulster County and beyond for generations to come.” The clearing will establish an 8’- 10’ wide passage for the entire approximately 12-mile rail trail length, and will prepare the path for major improvements that WVLT and OSI will be undertaking in 2018 to serve the ever-increasing trail visitation and prepare for opening of the Empire State Trail by 2019. Future work is to include: • Repairing three small bridges and installing railings; • Repairing and fencing culverts and drainage infrastructure as needed; • Addressing drainage issues, including adding new infrastructure; • Improving road crossings; • Constructing a disability access path from the Binnewater Parking Lot to the Rosendale Trestle, and; • Regrading the entire 12-mile section of the rail trail. “This clearing work and the subsequent repairs and improvements to the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail will make the trail safer and more enjoyable for everyone that walks, hikes, runs, bikes, skis, or otherwise uses the rail trail,” said Hensley Evans, President of WVLT. “Getting people outside and connected to the land is at the core of our mission as an organization and the rail trail helps us to do achieve this for the thousands of visitors and residents alike who visit it throughout the year.” The rail trail will continue to be open to the public, though there may be brief spot closures for safety reasons.

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The neighbors in the Cherry Hill community are concerned about the leveling of trees by the college that has suddenly taken place between Route 32 and Howard Street in order to build a college parking lot.

Tree-mendous change SUNY New Paltz removes buffer of mature trees to expand parking on the perimeter of campus by Terence P Ward


O IDEA IS without consequence, and sometimes the only way to resolve differences over those impacts is through neighborly communication. Residents of the Cherry Hill area of New Paltz were quite surprised when heavy equipment was brought in on campus last month and workers began removing a considerable buffer of trees between their neighborhood and

college property east of Route 32. John Shupe, assistant vice president for facilities management at SUNY New Paltz, confirmed that the work is part of the longer-term vision of putting parking on the perimeter of campus to maximize the pedestrian-friendliness of the interior. Part of that entails expanding the parking east of Route 32, and the clearing done to that end has removed mature trees right up to the property line. Projects of this scale are typically reviewed by

members of a local planning board, but as this is state land, there is no public notification necessary and campus officials perform the required environmental reviews. At his request, Shupe was provided questions in writing Thursday about how that process unfolds, but he did not provide responses by press time. Paul Walley, who served as ecumenical campus pastor from 1971 to 2007, lives about a block from the destruction and has emerged as a leader among concerned Cherry Hill neighbors. He and his fellows were scheduled to meet with Shupe Friday morning to discuss the project and seek ways to develop a "closer working relationship" with university officials. Their specific requests included establishing a 50-foot wooded buffer between the new parking and existing homes. Assurances that no additional trees would be removed is also on their list. Despite there being no legal requirement, Shupe does make it a habit of knocking on the doors of neighbors likely to be impacted. In this case, he appears to have underestimated just how many neighbors would feel impacted, which is why they are looking for ways to bolster communication. Rita Donahue, whose property backs right onto the work zone, confirmed Friday that she had been "shown a map" of the plans. "I don't like it," Donahue said, "but at least I can see Mohonk again after 50 years." Mary Fall, who has lived next to Donahue for 49 years, hadn't gotten that advance notice, but she recalled when the last parking lot was built on that part of campus. Noise increased, she said, particularly due to "drag racing" in the lot, but on the other hand, her children discovered a new place to skateboard during the summer. Fall lives in one of a number of houses in the Cherry Hill neighborhood which were built on campus and then relocated to accommodate the expansion of the university which has slowly swallowed portions of the village over the past 190 years. In her recollection, residents at the time "were up in arms" over the plan, but Paul Donahue — Rita's late husband — felt that "they can't change progress." That's reflected in her attitude about the current project. Other neighbors, Walley included, feel that the communication by university officials could have been handled better. In addition, they wonder why, if there's a willingness to plant a 50-foot buffer of trees, why they didn't just leave the trees that were there in the first place. Shupe and Walley alike preferred to meet out of presence of a reporter, and calls to Walley to learn what transpired were not returned by press time. ++

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speaking at the February 21 School Board meeting, he was “nervous that they would shoot me down,” and then “super surprised” that the opposite occurred. He only mentioned it in passing, but Sheedy also has a connection to the Florida shooting which may be part of his motivation: his cousin was close friends with victim Alyssa Alhadeff, and he himself once danced with the 14-year-old basketball player. That tie likely only amplifies the generalized anxiety motivating students nationwide to speak out. When they do so at the high school here, students will walk out the front doors and gather in the parking lot. Sheedy has been promised a microphone and a soapbox from which he and others will address their classmates about gun rights and control. The national walkout plan calls for a 17-minute protest — representative of the number of people fatally shot in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — but Sheedy isn’t convinced that’s long enough. “I want to take the day,” he admitted, and stay outside with signs expressing a desire for gun-free schools. There will be a clear opportunity for students to rejoin those classmates who opted not to participate and resume the school day, but Sheedy wants to make sure everyone can be part of the protest. By remaining outside, he hopes to entice teachers to join him during their prep periods, and allow students who attend vocational classes at BOCES in the morning to also hear his message. There’s also a protest tentatively planned on the SUNY campus at 4 p.m.; Sheedy intends to be there. There are some 800-900 students in New Paltz High School, and Sheedy anticipates that at least half of them will join him out front the morning of March 14. Those in the senior class in particular, he said, are “very politically active” and likely to want to be part of this protest.

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Stepping up to organize this event has given the senior a level of notoriety around the school: students he barely knows now approach him in the halls seeking information, and he’s even been cited as an example during participation in government classes. Gun rights is contentious even within the student body, but he doesn’t report any negative experiences. “It’s a huge conversation, which is good,” he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a counter-protest,” he said, “but [gun rights advocates among the students] have the right.” Any such counter-protest would likely involve students with conservative political views; they are a minority in New Paltz, but they do exist. While a conservative mindset may be a rarity among students, Sheedy finds that it’s the norm when it comes to administering the district. The many complex rules and laws governing schools result in what he sees as administrators who are unwilling to even question those rules. Sheedy is grateful to have guidance from local ac-

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T ALL STARTED with 600 books, borrowed from the state Department of Education. Initiated as a community service project by a high school girls’ service club, Rosendale’s first lending library opened to the public in June of 1940, housed in the office of the club’s advisor, town clerk Anna Mae Auchmoedy. The library grew in the years that followed as additional books were donated by the community, with 1,500 reading selections available to borrow by the time Auchmoedy retired in 1954. With the town clerk’s office about to be turned over to a new occupant, the Woman's Club of Rosendale stepped in, consulting with the state Library Commission to prepare a plan to fund and house a public library. The Rosendale Library Association was established in 1958, with a charter for the Rosendale Library granted that same year. Anna Mae Auchmoedy was its first librarian. Now 60 years later, the Rosendale Library is celebrating its anniversary with a number of special events held throughout the year. Local historian Linda Tantillo will be at the Rosendale Community Center on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m., to give an illustrated talk about the history of the library and the people who founded it. Admission is free to the lecture, which will conclude with 60th anniversary birthday cake for all. Historical archivist Tantillo has been a staff member of the Rosendale Library for 15 years, focusing on building and preserving the local history collections there and sharing the material. She previously worked with the historic collections at Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz and the Historic Huguenot Street library collection. In April, a storytelling event with songs and crafts for children ages two to six (and their parents) will


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dren to become readers and writers. Looking down the road to October, the Rosendale Theatre will screen the 1957 comedic film, “The Desk Set,” on October 23 at 7 p.m. In the movie, Katharine Hepburn portrays one of a team of research librarians wary of replacement by Spencer Tracy’s new computer. The evening will include anniversary cake for the audience. Additional special events and programs throughout the year may be found on the library’s website. Current Rosendale Library Director Wendy Alexander has held the position since 1977. In looking back at pivotal moments in the library’s history, Alexander says she thinks the most important one, perhaps, occurred in 1987, when residents voted to convert the Rosendale Library from an “association” library to a “special district” public library. “We were one of the first – if not the first – special district libraries in the mid-Hudson,” she says. “That meant we went from having to go to the town of Rosendale [for the operating budget] to having people directly vote on the budget. That, to me, is the best thing that’s happened in all of this time. It’s a big deal; if you’re doing a good job, the community will support the library, and that’s what we’ve seen.” A special district library also gives its patrons a greater voice in how the library is run and the opportunity to select library trustees. Another important milestone in the Rosendale Library’s history cited by Alexander is one that occurred in 1959, when the library joined the MidHudson Library System (MHLS). Made up of nearly 70 libraries today in Ulster, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam and Columbia counties, the affiliated system allows libraries access to a greater number of shared



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resources. This cooperation is especially important for smaller libraries with a “footprint” that limits the size of library holdings, Alexander explains. “With Monday to Friday truck deliveries between system libraries on both sides of the Hudson River, MLHS gives library card-holders access to vast quantities of knowledge in many different formats.” The Rosendale Library is housed in the historic All Saints Chapel, placed on both the state and national Registers of Historic Places in 1986. The 1875-76 building was awarded the designation for its architectural significance and use of unusual materials. The structure combines local limestone — originally a blue-gray color, now oxidized to a soft russet — with local rubble stone and Rosendale cement. Locally-made bricks form the window arches and the slate roof patterned with scallops and flowers is in early English Gothic Revival style. With the help of a matching state Education Department grant and community fundraising campaign, the Rosendale Library celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008 by replacing the 132-year-old slate roof. The original design was recreated authentically using the same materials and design. New technology came to the Rosendale Library in 1992 with public computers for word processing and graphics, with support from both the Mid-Hudson


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cal technicians must also undergo a rigorous training and certification proHISTORICAL cess. After the first few MARKER ON years of “winging it,” Mohonk Road in Weber went on to train High Falls notes many EMTs throughout an illustrious local name Ulster County. She also associated with the old successfully lobbied at brick schoolhouse located the state level for legisa short distance away, at 30 lation mandating high, School Hill Road: naturalist consistent standards for John Burroughs, who briefthe people to whom we ly taught there as a young entrust our lives when man in the mid-19th centumedical disaster strikes, ry. Visitors to that building no matter where we live. quickly discover, however, Harriet Weber, who that another, somewhatdied in 2001, is now reless-famous Ulster County garded as the mother resident is more revered of modern emergency by those who utilize it. Her medical services in New name was Harriet C. WeYork State. There’s a ber, founder of the Marbleplaque honoring her at town First Aid Unit (MFAU); the Empire State Plaza the historic building serves in Albany, and the state as its headquarters. Department of Health The story goes that WeLAUREN THOMAS confers an annual EMS ber made it her mission to The Marbletown First Aid Unit in the old schoolhouse at 30 School Hill Road in High Falls needs drivers and EMT’s. Leadership Award in her establish a rescue squad to Pictured are crew members (l-r): Steve Fekishazy, Beth Anderson, Captain Karen Pardini, Oliver Mack Potter and Paul name. There’s a monuserve the hamlet and its ruMedici. ment commemorating ral environs in 1958, when, her contributions in front of MFAU headquarters as first recruit, Emily Stokes. to her horror, a hearse was the only vehicle available well. “Harriet helped move volunteer squads into Much has changed in the world of first respondlocally to transport her mother to a hospital during a being,” says Karen Pardini of High Falls, who has ers since that time, and many of the improvements sudden health emergency. So she began organizing been working with the squad since 2003 and now can be credited to the tireless advocacy of Weber volunteers, officially forming the MFAU in 1961. The serves as the group’s director. A retired midwife and herself. Not only must ambulance drivers be of legal squad’s first ambulance was a station wagon, its first herself a medical pioneer in the field of home births, age to hold a driver’s license, but emergency medidriver the 14-year-old son of Weber’s best friend and she became acquainted with Weber in the 1970s, when Pardini first attained EMT certification. “She was very supportive, very energetic to get people into the field.” But now, with its founder deceased, the group has

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Sinagra: Arm the teachers Speaking to a crowd of over 200 assembled in the Saugerties High School cafeteria for a February 21 public forum on school safety, Saugerties police chief Joseph Sinagra said he would like to see local schoolteachers trained to carry firearms in case of an active shooter on school grounds. Sinagra’s comments came in response to a question about metal detectors. Sinagra said he believed metal detectors weren’t a good use of district funds. “Now, I’m going to dig myself a hole with the school board tonight when I say this,” said Sinagra. “If we’re really going to have an honest dialogue about how we protect our children, let’s talk about teaching teachers to carry firearms.” Sinagra’s comments were met with loud applause. The meeting, which included district administrators and the principals of the four elementary schools and the junior-senior high school, had been moved to the cafeteria from the media center. “I need to share an opposing view to chief Sinagra as far as my teachers being armed,” said principal of the high school Thomas Averill, who like Sinagra received a generous round of applause. “My teachers have an awesome responsibility. And if you don’t know, it’s an awesome responsibility to be in that classroom and teach those children. I’m all in for security, armed guards, the SRO [School Resource Officer]. But our teachers have to be in the classroom.” -- Crispin Kott

The former Woolworth’s building on Wall Street in Uptown Kingston, bought for $475,000 less than three years ago, has just sold for $2.25 million. The February 6 sale by 311 partners LLC to a consortium led by Manhattan real-estate magnate Neil Bender adds to his project to make the Kingston school district’s headquarters on Crown Street a boutique hotel. The future of a proposed food hall and naturalfoods market at the Woolworth’s is unclear. According to county property records, 311 Partners LLC signed over the deed to 311 Wall Street LLC for the sum of $2,225,000. 311 Partners LLC is a Katonah-based real-estate development group fronted by Zach Lewis. 311 Wall Street LLC, meanwhile, appears to be a subsidiary of William Gottlieb Real Estate, a New York City-based development firm with extensive holdings in lower Manhattan that Bender heads. Lewis and 311 Partners purchased the long-vacant former Woolworth’s building in the heart of the Stockade district for $475,000 in July 2015. Since then, according to a recent application for a payment in-lieu-of-taxes agreement, the company has invested a million dollars in repairs and upgrades. Lewis declined to comment on the sale. Ben Giardullo, the principal of BBG Ventures, which leased the space from 311 Partners, could not be reached for comment. New owner Bender began his expansion out of the Manhattan market with investments in northern Dutchess County. Bender’s firm already owns 317 Wall Street, a long-vacant office building once occupied by Yallum’s store adjacent to the former Woolworth’s. Last July, a Bender affiliated company

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Farewell to Fauxhenge A circle of stone pillars in the Town of Ulster believed by some to have been built in prehistoric times was more likely to have been erected in the mid-20th century. But last week, town officials revealed “Fauxhenge” had been even newer than they thought. Town supervisor James E. Quigley III described it as resembling Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, believed to have been constructed between 3000 and 2000 B.C. A request for the extension of site plan approval for a retail plaza in the Town of Ulster during a meeting held February 15 brought the issue to the fore. Kingwood Park Plaza, a 14,400-square-foot retail building at 1204 Ulster Avenue, is directly behind Five Guys Burgers & Fries, and on that property is the circle of stone pillars roughly 75 feet in circumference. In mid-February, Quigley said he’d been told by “two attorneys and a former town supervisor” that the structure was built approximately 60 years ago by former town attorney Lou DiDonna “as a park to take his girlfriend to.” Last week, Quigley said further research indicated the structure was more likely built in the 1990s. “I have aerial photographs of the property from 1979 from the town engineer: There were no rocks there,” he said. “And then after I got that map, I said, wait a second, there’s a map outside the town clerk’s office on the wall, an aerial photograph from approximately 1982. There were no rocks. In talking around town I’m getting feedback that says he did it in the early Nineties. So at the end of the day, it’s not 50 or 60 years old. It’s 25 years old.” Quigley said some local residents believed the structure was prehistoric and should therefore be protected. “Citizens are asking me to protect the rocks,” he said. “Unfortunately, it’s a matter of private property rights. It is not a culturally significant artifact. So the owner has removed it.”

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by Cameryn Lesko-Jelley HE SOUND OF the shot clock, the smell of sweaty basketball sneakers and the swish of the net are some things that are ever so present in New Paltz High School senior Brian Ackert’s life. Ackert loves basketball more than most things in his life and spends most of his free time playing basketball. “I get to the gym early to play basketball before practice and stay later to play more basketball after practice,” he says” Ackert’s passion for basketball began at a very young age -- when he was in fourth grade and started playing for a Highland CYO team. He later joined a New Paltz CYO team, played for the modified basketball team and eventually made his way up to playing at the JV and varsity level. This passion for basketball has only intensified for Ackert throughout his high school years, as he now plays basketball year-round, spending his summers at a basketball camp and being a member of an AAU basketball team during the off-seasons. Ackert’s dedication to basketball is revealed through his work ethic -“working hard, and having a good work ethic is something I’m very proud of.” Some of Ackert’s greatest role modBrian Ackert. els are basketball player Kobe Bryant, rapper J Cole and his friend Max Lunati, because of their “exceptional work ethic and dedication to their passions.” Ackert has had to overcome multiple challenges related to basketball, but his ability to get down to business and work extraordinarily hard has helped him overcome these obstacles. “When I was a little bit younger, I used to feel very conscious about being judged all the time when I was playing basketball. I feared failure and this really set me back in basketball.” However, because of all his hard work and the hours he has spent in the gym and on the court, Ackert says, “I feel much more confident about my skills when I’m playing basketball now.” Ackert’s basketball confidence really peaked when his coach started him for the first time on varsity. Ackert recalls the memory of the first game he started in as his “best memory from high school, because all his hard work paid off in that one moment.” Ackert has also put a lot of hard work into getting good grades in high school and feels extremely passionate about the sciences. One of Ackert’s favorite classes has been science research, where he has been researching the impacts of climate change on the Wallkill River and studying the flood trends over




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time. Ackert has also begun to take a liking to math this year, as he has found intro to calculus with Kathryn Stewart to be “an awesome class that is very active and engaging.” Kathryn Stewart, Kurt Ulrich, James Gill and Justin Seweryn have been some of Ackert’s favorite teachers as Ackert believes “they are all very kind people with a really good senses of humor, who I appreciate a lot because of how much they help me academically.” Although Ackert is undecided where he will attend college next year, he hopes to pursue his passion for science and possibly basketball in this next stage of his life. “I’ve not decided on college yet, but SUNY Binghamton and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry are my top choices. I plan on studying something in science and either trying out for the basketball team as a walk on, being a practice player or joining a club or intramural basketball team,” Ackert says. With his high school experience gradually coming to a close, Ackert feels ready for college to begin

New Paltz’s Leo Kuyl had himself quite a State Meet at the Nassau Aquatic Center this past weekend...only it didn’t start that way. Kuyl, racing in the 50 and 100 freestyle finished 21st and 11th respectively on the basis of his preliminary times on Friday. But on Saturday, racing in the consolation round of each, Kuyl’s blistering 21.22 in the 50 gave him the fourth best time overall, and his 46.37 in the 100 matched that. Quite a feat...but he still garnered just 21st and 11th. In other individual races for New Paltz: Chad Catania finished 48th in the 100 backstroke in 55.72 and Tadju Trzewik-Quinn finished 52nd in the 100 backstroke with a 56.92 and 55th in the 100 butterfly in 54.15. In the relays: The 200 Freestyle team of Catania, Trzewik-Quinn, Sean Geisler and Kuyl finished 19th in 1:29.27; and the same four-some finished 33rd in the 200 Medley in 1:40.13.

State Nordic skiing championships In the girls 6.6-kilometer skate race this past Monday, New Paltz’s Jordan Nagel finished 14th in 22:50.9 and Amelia St. John 19th in 23:23.5 to lead the New Paltz Nordic ski contingent. Abbie Gravatt finished 33rd (25:30.8), Lake Willett 39th (26:48.6) and Karla Navarro 47th (31:04.8). For the boys at 10-kilometers it was Wells Willett 35th in 34:30.5 and Elijah Tamarchenko 46th in 43:17.7. In the 3 x 2.5-kilometer Classic Relay on Tuesday, the Section 9 intersectional team of Rondout’s Isabelle Serrano, Gravatt and Nagel finished sixth in 27:03.6, with the New Paltz team of St. John, Willett and Navarro 13th in 30:31.3. Serrano and St. John had the 9th and 10th fastest Classic splits of the day out of the 48 racers. For the boys, the team of Willett, Tamarchenko and Wallkill’s Aidan Banks it was 16th in 28:40.8. Navarro and Wallkill’s Banks were the State Nordic Section 9 sportsmanship winners.

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Candace McCutcheon (3) controls the loose ball, with Bri Rozzi (2), Spackenkill's Madelaine McCall (22) and Sam Garcia (1) in contention.

Section 9 basketball: New Paltz boys and Highland girls win Section 9 by Rich Corozine


OW! IT TOOK three overtimes to do it, but the New Paltz boys won their first Section 9 title in a decade with Monday night’s uber-thrilling 78-77 win over Saugerties. And they have burly senior forward Mike Holohan’s heroics to thank for it. The Big Fella hit a three-pointer with just :01.2 left in regulation to tie it at 62-62; then hit a layup with just :02.1 left in the first overtime to force a second overtime at 72-all; and then hit another layup with just :04.6 left in the second to force the deciding third overtime at 77-77. Patrick Murphy’s free throw 15 seconds into the third overtime was the only point scored in the third OT. All of this off-set another brilliant performance from Saugerties’ eighth-grade phenom, Dior Johnson, who scored 38 points, but fouled out in the second OT. Casey Burke led New Paltz with 24 points, with Holohan finishing with 20. New Paltz plays Ardsley (Section 1) in the Regional Final (a State Quarterfinal) this Friday, March 9 at SUNY New Paltz at 7 p.m. The Highland girls defended their Section 9 crown with a 52-31 win over Marlboro in Sunday evening’s Class B tournament final. The Huskies built a 2512 halftime lead and were led by Bri Rozzi with 21 points, six rebounds and six assists, with Candace McCutcheon hitting for eleven points and on the defensive end, holding Marlboro’s Talaya Lewis scoreless. Sam Garcia had ten rebounds and five blocked shots. Erin Lofaro led the Dukes with 15 points. Highland (21-1), the seventh-ranked team in the State (Class B), takes on perennial number one Irvington (Section 1) in a State regional game at Beacon High School on Tuesday, March 6 at 5 p.m. (too late for this edition of the New Paltz Times).

Here's how each got there Highland ran all over number 8 seed Rhinebeck in last Tuesday's quarterfinal 57-11, holding the Hawks without a basket until early in the fourth quarter, as Bri Rozzi scored 15 points, with eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals; Sam Garcia 12 points, six rebounds, four assists, six blocks; Candace McCutcheon eight points, four steals; Mia Beck six points; and Emily Peterson five points. On Thursday, homestanding Highland took on number 4 seed Spackenkill, who had defeated Onteora in the quarterfinals, as the Spartans' Izzy Herrera hit for a career-high 36 points. The Huskies ran out to an early 8-4 lead on a big three by Jayda Jackson, a couple free throws from Rozzi and another three from Peterson. After Herrera hit a three for Spack, McCutcheon hit on a breakaway off a Rozzi feed and Rozzi nailed a long three. It was 13-9 Highland at quarter's end. Jackson, who has been in a season-long shooting funk, nailed another three to open the second quarter, and Rozzi hit a jumper along the baseline -- it was 18-9. The rest of the quarter was trading baskets and

ended at 29-20 Highland. Defensively, Garcia had five blocks at halftime and McCutcheon was smothering Herrera, who had just six points on a couple long three-pointers. Rozzi opened the second-half with a long three, a couple free throws and another three, as the Huskies opened a 13-point lead at 38-25. Herrera hit a jumper from the baseline, but Garcia moved outside to nail a three, then Jackson and Garcia ran back-to-back screens for a couple easy layups (plus a free throw) and it was 46-27. Spack shot six-of-eight free throws to end the quarter, sandwiching a Rozzi runner across the lane, and it was 48-33 at the end of three. Spack hit for nine points (including a Herrera three) around a Garcia free throw and a Rozzi jumper from the baseline, to cut the lead under 10 at 51-42. So Highland went to its ace, as Rozzi hit a big three and followed that with a couple free throws after a steal, and it was back to a 14-point lead. McCutcheon hit a big three and Rozzi (two-for-four) and Garcia (a pair) free throws to hold the lead, as the Huskies finished off the Spartans 63-50 and move on to play Marlboro (who defeated number two seed Fallsburg in the other semifinal), who they've defeated twice already this season. Rozzi scored 26 points, with six rebounds, eight assists and four steals; Garcia added 12 points, with seven rebounds, four steals and seven blocked shots; McCutcheon added 11 points, 10 rebounds and two steals; Peterson added eight points; with Jackson the two big three's for six points, plus five rebounds and three steals. Spackenkill's Herrera had 17 points. New Paltz got a quarterfinal bye before meeting number four seed Red Hook this past Saturday, defeating the Raiders 70-56, as Axel Rodriguez led the Huguenots with 26 points, with Casey Burke adding 11. Number two seed Saugerties got another remarkable game from eighth-grade phenom Dior Johnson, who scored 38 points (20 in the crucial fourth quarter) in the Sawyers 58-53 Saturday win over Cornwall. Last week Johnson became the youngest player in New York State history to score 1,000 career points. He's averaging over 30-points-a-game this season.

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In other Section 9 tournament games Red Hook defeated the New Paltz girls 53-47 in a Class A quarterfinal, as the Huguenots rallied from a 26-12 halftime deficit. Hailey Osborne led New Paltz with 25 points, with Anna McDuffie adding nine. The Huguenots finished the season at 9-11; while the Highland boys fell to Ellenville 57-38 in a Class B quaterfinal. Andre Twyman led the Huskies with 12 points. Highland finished the season at 7-13. ++

Gunks cross country ski report The snow last week brought back skiing, but the trails are in mixed shape. Here are the current conditions as of March 5: Minnewaska State Park Preserve is open for skiing, with conditions thin around Minnewaska but better toward Awosting. The Mohonk Preserve and Mohonk Mountain House trail systems have some trails open, but coverage is thin. If you are new to skiing and don’t have equipment, rentals are available nearby from outdoor

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When it comes to development, the Village of “No Paltz” has become more like “Go Paltz” in recent years. As a member of the governing Village Board, it seems to me that we have a shared responsibility to think hard about, and carefully plan, our growth. To so many of us, New Paltz is a jewel to be polished and treasured. That takes some collaborative community thinking. Before being seated on the board, I looked to former mayors Nyquist and West as mentors. In response to the query about the big issues facing our village which may not be obvious: each of the former mayors cited the capacity of our wastewater plant as a critical issue facing New Paltz in future years. Kudos to my colleagues on the current Village Board. When the topic of the capacity of our wastewater plant was recently raised, there was quick agreement to the suggestion of having a Village Board workshop meeting fully dedicated to planning, including visioning for our Planning Board, a build out analysis of changes resulting from modifications to NBR and Gateway zones, and a capacity analysis of our wastewater plant. There is little room at the site of our current wastewater plant for expansion, and it generally takes eight years to build a new wastewater plant. We may have a long-term project to consider as a community. We can best move forward once we understand where it is we, as a community, are going. This Village Board workshop meeting fully dedicated to planning will occur in April or May at Village Hall. (Under discussion and/or approved) Hampton Inn, Apartments on South Manheim, Zero Place, NAPA building site project, future NBR and Gateway zone projects, Turk water park, former Yanni’s site, adding houses east of Thruway to wastewater plant (Sewer 6 & 7), CVS/Five Guys, Lalo hotel at ‘The Pit’, etc.) It seems timely for the leadership of our village to thoughtfully discuss and plan for the current and future growth in our community. Thank you to my colleagues for setting exactly that agenda in a dedicated workshop meeting of our Village Board. Donald Kerr, Trustee Village of New Paltz

Our nation is broke, but not poor. Our income and our out-go are in sync, but we are at risk of the income not meeting expectations, and the out-go will exceed our wildest fears if interest rates rise. Our nation’s debt is tilted to the short-end of the yield curve, and that is rising, so when we refinance existing, maturing treasuries, the new debt is at a higher rate. Most of us are old enough to get through this, but please believe that our grandchildren and young kids are our debt victims. Vile Trump wants more military spending? Gosh, what to do when we have so many of our flight groups with half their fighters, choppers and bombers missing essential parts? The B-52 qualifies for Medicare! No, really. And just how many times are we going to ask our soldiers to go back to the front, leaving their wives and kids back home? We need a much bigger force. Peacenik Obama kept his word to Medvedev, he was “more flexible after he won the election.” Do you know that we pledged in a treaty to protect the Ukraine, for which they gave up the nukes they had? That was inconvenient when Russia took Crimea, a part of the Ukraine. NATO is a group of people who had to fight Germany a couple of times and it is now the backbone of NATO and is very worried about Russia. Russia would not have to threaten the U.S. with nukes. They would simply drive to Paris in tanks. Old line about Paris. Why do the French line all their streets with trees? Germans like to parade in the shade. NATO ran out of ammo on Day 2 of their invasion of Libya, and Libya was not fighting back. The U.S. is broke, and NATO is still behind in their agreed military spending. Suggestion: the NATO countries are all grown up. Cut their allowance and save our grandkid’s financial future from having to pay our debts. Paul Nathe New Paltz

Planning studies for New Paltz

Governor Cuomo: Stand by your promise to SUNY

On February 28, Ulster County’s Transportation Council (UCTC)’s policy committee adopted its 20182019 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). UCTC operations are funded via the Federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). NYS’s anticipated allocation of Federal transportation planning funds for 2018-2019 is approximately $31.9 million. The UCTC has programmed a total of $879,673 in federal funds -- including funds rolled over from previous years -- for 2018-2019’s UPWP. Two projects for New Paltz were included under “Long Range Transportation Planning” in the UPWP: 1) Wallkill Valley Rail Trail: This project’s aim is to explore ways to improve drainage, intersections and trail surface while maintaining the trail’s rural character. It will involve assessment of our “linear park’s” ideal number of connections from private properties, integration with the NYS Empire State Trail, and use as a multimodal active transportation corridor. Estimated study cost: $84,000. 2) New Paltz Connector: This project will study design options for the Thruway toll plaza connection to South Putt Corners Road, including possible linkage of NYS Route 32 with South Putt. Estimated study cost: $104,000. Next steps for these projects will include the County’s Planning Department issuing requests for proposals (RFPs) to hire third-party planning firms to perform the studies. Each firm’s report will incorporate community input after public outreach sessions. Please bear in mind these are planning studies and would not involve construction. Funding for construction would have to be sourced separately after projects are assessed for feasibility. Neil Bettez , Supervisor Tim Rogers, Mayor New Paltz

I’ve been teaching at the State University of New York at New Paltz since 2000. I’ve seen a lot. I think the world of my students and colleagues, and, based on all kinds of success stories that I can tell, I believe 100% in SUNY. As I’ve written about before, I’ve seen multiple instances of students of mine who started at community colleges, transferred to New Paltz, thrived, and went on to get graduate degrees at ivy league institutions. This is the American Dream. And I am thrilled to be part of it. This said, I want people to know that SUNY is under attack -- and it’s up to all of us as a community to help set things straight. Let me explain: ten years ago, New York State provided approximately 60% of the funding for SUNY while tuition dollars accounted for approximately 40%. Remember, SUNY starts with “State,” so this is, to my mind how things ought to be. States should, by definition, support public higher education. Well times have changed. Each year since 2007, this ratio has gradually shifted. In 2015/2016, funding for SUNY was like this: 64% from tuition and 36% from the state. And employees at SUNY, who are famously paid less than their counterparts in most adjacent states, have had no pay increases in years. In fact, thousands of SUNY employees have been out of a contract for about two years now. And our prior contract included little in the way of increases. During a time in history where the prices of pretty much everything are on the up. Hey, I’m not one to complain under most conditions. But I’m a huge believer in higher education as a key to developing the future leaders of this world. I care deeply about our nation’s future. And I care deeply about the next generation. From that backdrop, I say this: If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention. When it comes to higher educa-

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New Paltz Times

Paul Brown

Accent on New Paltz

Traffic and safety improvements coming to roads and trails near you One local harbinger of spring soon to be observed in New Paltz will be the appearance of orange cones and Ulster County Department of Public Works vehicles and employees on South Putt Corners Road. Before we all collectively groan in anticipation of the inevitable single lane traffic ritual, please read on. Six-foot shoulders will be constructed along the entire length of South Putt, the roadway will be repaved and a solid white line will be added to clearly identify the car lanes and the shoulder. Considering the fact that the annual average daily traffic volume on this road is 6,822 vehicles and that close to 800 students attend New Paltz High School, this is an important and positive development for our community. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein expressed his enthusiasm for the $3.7 million project. “I don’t know that I’ve been this excited about a county project in New Paltz since the replacement of the Carmine Liberta Bridge. This will make South Putt Corners safer for our children. I remember once seeing an accident near the spot where the police station is now. This isn’t just going to make it a little better; it’s re-engineering the whole road to make it dramatically better.” Another piece of good news comes from Dennis Doyle, Ulster County Planning Director, who noted that the cost of the project will be covered by a combination of federal and Ulster County funds, with the federal portion making up approximately 80% of the total. With regard to other town roads, Supervisor Neil Bettez expressed that he is pleased with the work recently carried out by the Town Highway Department employees along Henry W. Dubois Drive. He praised the efforts of the Highway Superintendent under whose supervision white lines were added to delineate the car lanes from the shoulder, but indicated that he would like to see even more done to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety. “For me, the gold standard is protected bike lanes, where a physical barrier, not just a painted line, exists between the section of the road set aside for cyclists and pedestrians and the section for automobile traffic.” Bettez has been advocating for this improvement as part of the planning currently underway for a portion of the Empire State Trail, which will run through this area. In the village, Mayor Tim Rogers is particularly proud of what he refers to as “low tech, low cost improvements to safety.” He cited as examples the clos-

tion, New York State has enormous room for improvement. We are lagging when we should be leading. And that is not okay. In 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo committed publicly to “Provide a consistent level of state general fund support” for SUNY. Here we are in 2018, and we haven’t yet seen this promise make it to fruition. My call to Governor Cuomo, and to all our elected officials in New York, then, is this: Invest in SUNY. Invest in the next generation of leaders. Glenn Geher New Paltz

Cuomo at SUNY Last week at the SUNY New Paltz Harmful Algae Blooms conference, Governor Cuomo underscored his concerns about its effect on swimming, fishing and drinking water.(Many of us still remember the Wallkill algae bloom two summers ago.) His greatest applause was for the banning of hydro-fracking in New York, but little else was mentioned about the connection of the blooms to climate change. Although a complex problem, several things are clear: (1) fracked gas was banned because of its inherent danger to people and the planet, and therefore hypocritical to use for generating our electricity; (2) fracked gas is not a “bridge fuel” to a renewable fu-

ing of a portion of Huguenot Street to vehicular traffic and the reconstruction and simplification of what many locals knew to be a confusing intersection at the junction of Route 208 and Mohonk Avenue. Drivers attempting to head north on Route 208 from Mohonk Avenue were known, on occasion, to mistakenly veer too far left as they approached Route 208, thence finding themselves heading in the wrong direction on the one-way portion of Mohonk Avenue. “Working with Bleu Terwilliger, the Superintendent of Public Works, we completely re-imagined the traffic flow, and that area has been turned into a simple and much safer traditional perpendicular intersection.” The Mayor reported that the entire project cost less than $35,000, while a federally or state funded change of that nature would have cost much more due to bureaucratic record-keeping and reporting requirements. Mike Hein told me that, in addition to the county road improvement projects affecting New Paltz, he was also excited about the future impact that the $110 million Empire State Trail initiative will have on the roads and sidewalks that pass through the town and village. Referring to the various state and county projects involved in connecting the Hudson Valley Rail Trail (which begins in Hopewell Junction and includes the Walkway Over the Hudson) to the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, he pointed to the sidewalk and road improvements that will have a positive impact on the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. “This will benefit New Paltz residents, SUNY New Paltz students and the visitors to our region.”

Planning, communication, cooperation and coordination required Traffic and safety improvements require planning, communication, cooperation and coordination. The Superintendent of Schools and her Deputy Superintendent described the meetings they held with the Town of New Paltz Chief of Police and Ulster County Highway Department staff to properly and safely tie in the high school’s driveways with the improvements to South Putt Corners Road. Dennis Doyle described the many months it took to obtain dozens of rights-of-way from local land-

ture; and 3) the damage we will incur from climate change is directly proportional to the amount of fossil fuel we continue to use. Why then do we have four new fracked gas power plants in varying stages of construction in our region alone?! Please tell Governor Cuomo that for the sake of our kids and our planet, we demand a moratorium or ban on any new fossil fuel infrastructure. Dan and Ann Guenther New Paltz

This November is a time to vote Congressman Faso out of office The Russians are not coming; they are already here. Our various intelligence agencies testified that the Russians are working right now to accentuate the many divisions in our country. They will affect the 2018 congressional races. Even as we have been warned of election espionage, Republicans are opening the door wider for the Russians. Mathew Masterson, chairman of the US Election Assistance Commission, will be replaced. He is a Republican, appointed by John Boehner, former Speaker of the House. He is not tainted by any scandal. He received unanimous approval in his Senate hearings and is reputed to be the best we have. Officials have said that replacing him at this time would be insane. His

owners along the length of the roadway and the years of coordination with Central Hudson and other service providers to accomplish the relocation of the utility poles.

Citizen involvement is key One person who understands more about these issues than perhaps anyone else in our community is volunteer Gail Gallerie, who has taken a leadership role in the planning and implementation of traffic and pedestrian safety for the past 15 years. In 2003, Gail was invited to serve as the chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee, which provided oversight for a $500,000 study of traffic and connectivity issues in the town and village. She told me that the consultant on the project had prepared the committee members for what lay ahead, telling them that “we can expect that it will take 20 years for a single new road for a town in New York, conceived today, to reach the construction stage.” The Transportation Land Use Project Study, which resulted from the work of that committee, is posted on the Town of New Paltz website ( ). The study included the recommendations for South Putt Corners Road that are only now being implemented. If you are concerned about traffic or safety on a road near you, it’s likely you will find justification for your concerns in this study. If you’d like to be a part of the solution to your concern, you might consider getting actively involved. Gallerie and Bettez both stressed the importance of citizen involvement on the Transportation Implementation Committee and the Bike/Pedestrian Committee. Millions of dollars of federal, state and county funds will be expended in the coming years. Villages and towns which have pro-active citizens serving on committees and attending meetings at the county and state level are likely to have more of those dollars invested in their home towns. With an annual average of over 21,000 cars traveling daily between the Thruway exit and the Wallkill River, those of us who live here understand why that section of Route 299 is one of the most congested roadways in the county. Currently, $940,000 has been set aside for a Capacity and Safety Needs study, with an additional $8.7 million reserved for traffic and safety improvements. Interested and involved citizens would help ensure that this money is spent wisely.

major limitation may be that he would do the best job at limiting Russian involvement. Paul Ryan, current Speaker of the House, and President Trump are behind his removal. Russian interference would favor Republican candidates. Admiral Michael Rogers is resigning as head of the National Security Agency. He has been a Trump loyalist as well as a patriot. In his resignation statement he indicated that things should be done to obstruct the Russians, but Trump has provided no authority to do so. We are simply allowing the Russians to do their dirty work. No one believes that this is being done through stupidity or carelessness. Could the Republicans be willing to work with Vladimir Putin in hopes of winning more seats? Are they colluding with Russian espionage to continue holding on to power? It is very difficult to show how passive compliance is actually collusion, but the lack of forceful protection is compelling evidence. Our Congressman Faso could help us understand if his party is betraying us, but he will not. He is a company man who puts party over people and votes to help his constituents only when the matter is not harmful to his party. This November is a time to vote him out of office. Hal Chorny Gardiner

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New Paltz Times

County Beat

Hugh Reynolds

Marc his words It seems state Republicans are beating the drums (again) for Dutchess County executive Marc Molinaro. They want him to run for governor against Andrew Cuomo. No knock on Molinaro, but I sense desperation among Republicans. Assembly minority leader Brian Kolb dropped out citing “family considerations” (as if he didn’t run this by loved ones in the first place). Then former Erie County executive Joel Giambra withdrew. Last man standing was state senator John DeFrancisco, 71, of DeWitt, who excited little enthusiasm. A capable 13-term senator, said to be one of the best legal minds in the State Senate, DeFrancisco, like Molinaro, found the waters beyond his safe district deep and cold. His prospects of success against the juggernaut Cuomo appeared slim. The only announced challenger knows they play hardball on the Second Floor. Witness, for instance, a Cuomo administration response to DeFrancisco’s criticism in late January of Cuomo tax policy: “That statement is about as real as his hairline,” sneered a Cuomo spokesman of the senator’s dime-store toupee. Ouch. “This has been Cuomo’s M.O.,” DeFrancisco fired back, according to published reports. “When they can’t respond logically to a logical argument, they make derogatory personal remarks.” Molinaro, at 42 fit and photogenic, has won on every local level, from Tivoli village mayor to Dutchess County legislator to state assemblyman to two-term county executive. But he’s no Tom Dewey, and he sure as heck isn’t an FDR (the pair being the last Dutchess residents to be elected governor). The state Democratic Committee, controlled by the governor, seems to be taking a Molinaro candidacy seriously. Why else link him to Trump, the antiChrist of the left-of- center? Molinaro is being ardently courted. Is he ready for prime time? He’d better make up his mind soon, again. An ode to Billy Let’s break up the politics for a moment for an endearing tale. There I was last Sunday lounging in my pew at St. Peter’s Church in Rosendale in anticipation of one of pastor Edmund Burke’s insightful sermons. After reading the Gospel, Father Burke paused, gazed at the congregation and began with the passing of Billy Graham, who had died at 99 the week previous. I looked around to check if I was in the right church. A priest eulogizing a Protestant evangelist from the pulpit? This was not my grandmother’s church. Billy Graham, Father Burke told us, was a humble man with a wry sense of humor. Graham, he said, liked to tell the story about holding a rally early in his career in a small Southern town. After writing a letter to his wife, he left his hotel in search of a post office. Encountering a young man on the sidewalk, he asked for directions. “It’s two blocks down on the left side of the street,” the man said. Graham thanked him and invited him to his rally that night.

Stand strong against guns A tiny step, a political step, an inconsequential step. This describes proposed legislation to raise the age of gun purchases from 18 to 21. This is a step that allows elected officials to placate voters clambering for gun control by doing “something “and not losing voters who are NRA supporters. Background checks for mental health? How long before that information is available for insurance companies and employers, effectively denying millions of uninvolved people with a brain disease of medical care and/or jobs?

“Why would I go to something like that?” the man asked the minister. “Because,” said Graham in that sonorous voice millions had come to know and love over decades, “I can show you the way to Jesus.” “I don’t think so,” the stranger said over his shoulder. “You can’t even find your way to the post office.”

He shocked the sheriff Three-term Democratic sheriff Paul Van Blarcum would not have been surprised if a Republican had challenged him for reelection this fall. He may not have expected a primary from his own party. Only a few weeks ago VanBlarcum was talking about not having to raise money for an unopposed election. Enter retired state trooper Juan Figueroa of Plattekill, committed, he says, to challenging Van Blarcum in the September 13 Democratic primary. Who woulda thought? Heading the list of “early support for Juan” attached to Figueroa’s February 28 formal announcement were legislature minority leader Hector Rodriguez of New Paltz and Kingston mayor Steve Noble, in addition to luminaries from Rosendale, Saugerties and, of all places, Shawangunk, where enrolled Democrats represent a quarter of registered voters. Republicans have 40 percent, according to the board of elections. It would appear it’s the sheriff ’s controversial public statements on social issues that have the active and vocal progressive wing of the Democratic Party ready to dump their incumbent. “Sanctuary cities, they’re furious about,” said the sheriff. “I met with the president. I talked about checking IDs at social services. Guns. Nobody seems to have any complaints about day-to-day operations. They just complain about me.” In some places, they call that democracy. As Harry Truman used to say, if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Van Blarcum isn’t complaining. He’s been through this routine for three elections and he’s sticking to his guns. Ah, guns. It was Van Blarcum’s so-called “call to arms” in late 2015 after another school shooting that gave his political enemies ammunition. The sheriff told a small gathering of Town of Ulster Democrats last week that “the media” had misrepresented his urging licensed pistol owners to carry their weapons full-time. “I wasn’t telling everybody to run out and buy a gun,” he said. “That would be adding more guns.” He believes armed civilians, “properly trained,” can make a difference in situations so tragically common these days. “Take the mall shooting,” Van Blarcum said, referring to the February 2005 shooting at Hudson Valley

What to do to help protect all of us women, men and children from gun violence? Outlaw assault weapons, magazines holding ammunition that allows rapid, repeat firing and devices that allow conventional weapons to be converted to assault weapons. Stand strong against the NRA and politicians who take contributions from them. The Trump campaign received $21 million from the NRA in the 2016 campaign for president. Congressperson John Faso, our representative in the New Paltz area, received $5,950 from the NRA in his last campaign. Remember your

Juan Figueroa.

Mall where two people were wounded by a 24-yearold gunman from Saugerties with a semi-automatic rifle. “There were five off-duty cops in the mall that day. None of them were armed,” the sheriff said. If Van Blarcum is advocating that police officers carry their guns at all times, count me in. Less so in recruiting Joe and Mary Pistol Permit to the armed forces. These are, after all, civilians who take out a gun permit to protect their homes or businesses, and who might fire their weapons a few of times a year at tin cans in the woods. People like that shouldn’t be facing down crazy guys with high-powered rifles in crowded, unimaginable conditions. Unlike some on the right, VanBlarcum does not support arming teachers. Armed police officers at highly secured schools make better sense, he says. Figueroa worked out of the Kingston barracks while a young trooper, but spent most of his 25-year career as an investigator assigned to special duty in New York City. The two old cops know each other from various beats, and there appears to be mutual respect. But the retired trooper says the sheriff ought to talk less. At least he’s not tweeting every other day. Meanwhile, we point to county unofficial nominating conventions in late May. Candidates are not held to convention results. Losers have gone forth to nomination and victory in the past, but margins can be telling. Close calls in either or both contests could signal a race to the finish on primary day. I suspect that lots of people currently occupying fences will jump one way or the other long before then. Republicans can only relish the thought.

Connecting the dots There’s always politics, motivation and history to consider, especially when two unknowns suddenly emerge to challenge veteran officeholders in primaries. A few days after Figueroa formally announced for sheriff, Abe Uchitelle, a young businessman in Kingston’s uptown Stockade area — thus “Stockabe” — announced for the Democratic nomination against eleven-term assemblyman Kevin Cahill. Cahill, who keeps his ear to the ground, was not surprised. “Bring it on,” he said, hinting at a connection to arch-enemy Mike Hein. “He interned with Hein right out of [SUNY-New Paltz] college,” Cahill, 62, said of his 29-year-old challenger. Was Hein playing Oz again? I can lure politicians to the phone, but they don’t always bite. “We’re not choosing sides,” Hein said when asked if he was supporting either candidate. “They’re both very smart and talented,” he said, referring to the challengers but not his own party incumbents. Nudged a bit, Hein recalled Uchitelle briefly serving as an intern with his administration “early on,” meaning around 2009. Hein also recalled that Figueroa and his late brother Werner, a state police zone sergeant who died at 45 the year Hein was elected executive, were close. I smelled smoke, but that’s all I got.

children and your grandchildren when you make a decision in the voting booth. Stand strong against guns! Jackie Swartzberg New Paltz

No one can serve two masters To paraphrase what has been written, no one can serve two masters. Senator Mitch McConnell (202)224-2541 has taken $820,375.00 in NRA funding. Representative Paul

March June 14, 8, 2012 2018 •• 19

New Paltz Times

Susan Slotnick

Know thyself When my daughter Sarah was born, her facial expression was ethereal. I often was told she was an “old soul” and she retained knowledge of “the other side.” All she was capable of doing was eating, digesting and randomly moving. If she knew special secret spiritual truth, her limited faculties prevented her from sharing it. Nevertheless, infants have an inner condition adults who aspire to become “enlightened” work to attain all their lives. Newborns are always present. They have no self-defining labels, opinions or habits. When an infant first discovers its hands, it’s all pure observation with no editorializing or interpreting. In the crib, a baby has no idea if it is rich or poor, American or Haitian, white or black, male or female, gay or straight. Babies are always their authentic selves. Soon we grow layers of self-definition and opinions imposed on us through culture and education. When we look at the world, all we see is our point of view reflected back at us. If we are for guns, all we see in each situation is the need for more guns. The psychologists call this “projection.” Adults are rarely present. Reality only exists in the present. It is only in the moment something new can be seen and grace is possible. I define grace as a sudden awesome understanding, coming from who knows where. It frees an individual from the blanket of opinions, habits and self-defining notions -- if only for a moment. Given layers of beliefs, piling up with each year, obscuring our vision, do we evolve or devolve as we get older? I am set in my ways. I have accrued so many habitual ways of thinking and behaving. It is difficult to do the dredging job needed to go back to the “old soul” in the crib. But what good would “enlightenment” be for me if all I could do was eat,

digest and move my limbs? Those attributes of youth must be put into action for the good of humanity or what good are they? The spectacle of youth being more evolved than their age has been played out publicly since the Stoneman Douglas massacre. During a CNN Town Hall, the articulate words and the passionate clarity exhibited by the Stoneman Douglas students was shocking. It’s been a long time since our television screens broadcast people of any age with a moral force way beyond politicians and pundits. Mark Rubio (A+ score from the NRA) showed up to answer the questions of parents and students victimized by the massacre. He was complimented for at least having the courage to attend. It didn’t appear to be courage -- just a distorted self-picture believing he could do what he has done dozens of times before: confuse the issues with lots of talk, making gun control way more complicated and impossible to accomplish. There is nothing that sounds more insincere than someone trying to sound sincere. He mentioned his own children. He endeavored to be sympathetic, but was filled with considerations and opinions. He did not respond directly to questions coming from the brilliant young people whose moral truth came at him with the power of a laser beam.

Ryan (202)225-3031 has taken $61,401.00 in NRA funding. Representative John Faso (202)225-5614 has taken $44,939.00 in NRA funding. Judas Iscariot, deceased, took 30 pieces of silver. Paul J. Bishop New Paltz


Living in a political world Recently (the talented actress) Jennifer Lawrence announced plans to take a year off from acting and devote the time to political activism. Apparently, Ms. Lawrence hopes to stop POTUS Trump’s efforts to Make America Great Again and help the Nation return to the Obama years when America was aspiring to be like France or Greece. Hearing of Jennifer’s purposeful hiatus, Madonna offered Ms Lawrence her support and wrote a revised version of her smash hit “Material Girl” to inspire others to join Jennifer in her activist plan to stop Trump’s MAGA campaign. The following is “Madge’s” revised song titled “Political World” calling ALMPOC (All Like Minded Persons of Concern) to responsible political resistance based upon her appraisal (as indicated in her new lyrics) of today’s political realities. (The song begins with Lady M’s observations of the present day political scene: To be sung to the tune of the smash hit “Material Girl” while wearing a pink knit hat with cat ears.) The Left hates Trump his base just loves him and I think that’s OK the Press wants Trump to play their game but he won’t play their way they think their jeers will make him sad and make him go! But he just responds to their fake news by tweeting it away

Cause we are living in a political world and the Press is Trump’s political toy Yes we are living in a political world and tweeting is his political ploy Trump’s staff goes and Trump’s staff stays and that’s all right with me His cabinet is still the best; as anyone can see the press complains and outrage feigns to them Trump’s just a fright...that’s right the fact that he’s their President; keeps them up at night

Chorus Cause we are living in a political world and Trump is a political boy You know that we are living in a political world trolling The Press is his political joy (Madge now assumes the persona of Trump) Late night shows are having fun by making fun of me But I’ll laugh best cause I’ll laugh last; just you wait and see their ratings are high; yes that’s no lie that doesn’t bother see I’m just glad to have their fun; they have to mention me

Chorus Cause we are living in a political world I’ve become a real political fan You know that we are living in a political world I’ve grown into a real political man Melania comes and Melania goes and that’s all right with me Cause she’s the best FLOTUS we’ve ever had

When asked if he supported a bill banning assault weapons, a question coming straight from a teenager who had just seen his friends being killed by those weapons, he mentioned loopholes and many other categories of weapons capable of the same damage. It would be insignificant, he told them, to ban only the AR-15 assault rifle commonly used in most mass killings. Student Cameron Kasey asked Rubio if he would continue to take money from the NRA. He said, “Yes,” in a circuitous long-winded reply. He would accept funds from any organization which supports his agenda. He was booed. He was jeered. Some of his confidence eroded or maybe, hopefully, the students got though the thickness of his layers and got to his heart, touched his authentic self underneath it all. I believe he had a moment of grace when he capitulated on his long-held stance against all gun reform. He told the young people he would support laws raising the minimum age for buying a rifle. He would also support banning bump stocks. He said he was “open” to discussing limiting large capacity magazines and he would support gun-violence restraining orders which prohibit someone from having a gun and/or ammunition. This is a remarkable shift in position. The students of Stoneman Douglas will wait to see if he follows through on any of his promises; given the ephemeral nature of moments of grace, only time will tell. Waiting for a moment of grace to free oneself of the layers surrounding our most authentic self is wishful folly. There must be a way to work our way back to a purer self. I don’t know yet. I work with that question everyday. Carl Jung said, “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” I believe the privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly were with the ability to do what a baby cannot: make the world a better place. Postscript: It has been reported that Rubio tweeted a few days after the town hall claiming some of the students on TV after Parkland are actors with no sense of decency. But the response from the business community refusing to sell guns and distancing from the NRA is hopeful.

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Chorus And everybody’s living in a political world but I’m more than a political man yes we are living in a political world I hope you’re more than a political fan (Madonna now speaks as the political voice of reason and is, surprisingly, coherent and reasonable) The Parties are playing “dueling memos” with memos they’ve released. Both Parties hoped to prove their points but political confusion has just increased

Chorus Cause we are living in a political world and some use truth as a political knife what val--ue has our political world if our politics just cause political strife

(added Chorus) Yes, we are living in a political world where we all fight for our political views but all this fighting can’t help human lives maybe we should stop and try something that’s new Leaders come and leaders will go but we all have to stay some leaders rain good and some rain bad don’t let them spoil...your sunny day

Chorus Cause we are living in a political world where truth is viewed through political eyes while you are living in a political world be sure your truths are not political lies

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New Paltz Times

It’s the economy

Airline says 2018 won’t be 2017 we do?” he asked. “We had already started to sell a lot of tickets. We couldn’t say to the passengers, ‘Sorry, we can’t fly you.’ The best thing about 2017 is that it’s now 2018.” Questions persist as to the long-term demand for the Norwegian routes to and from Stewart. A comparison of Norwegian’s month-to-month passenger figures for Stewart with those at the Port Authority airports as a whole show a similar seasonal pattern — strongest in the summer and considerably weaker in the winter. If anything, autumn and winter demand to the northern climes Norwegian serves lagged a bit behind the average seasonal international demand. It’s hard to know how the end of winter will affect Norwegian’s financial perspective at Stewart. The main building at Stewart.

Could it be my imagination? Could the great pond that separates North America and Europe be shrinking for reasons other than climate change? Is it even remotely possible that flocks of Dubliners could soon be crossing the pond, arriving at Stewart Airport in mid-morning, be driven by bus to shop at Woodbury Common Outlet Center’s 240 high-end stores, and then, exhausted but bags filled, return late that afternoon in time to fly happily back to The Emerald Isle that very evening, alighting back in the auld sod during the pre-dawn hour. Surely ’twould be an exhausting day-into-night if they were to do so. An option might be to pay $100 or so for a nearby hotel/motel room in order to squeeze in a second immersive day of shop-untilyou-drop at Woodbury Common. After almost nine months of operations at Stewart and in the wake of winter service cutbacks there, Norwegian Air seems now preparing to up the ante for 2018, doubling its flight frequency to Dublin beginning on April 26 to two a day in each direction. Americans traveling to Irish airports could hop from the Irish airport to low-cost flights elsewhere if they wished. The Coach USA bus company and Woodbury Common management seem game to play their part, offering bus trips designed to accommodate Norwegian Air travelers and travel packages that include

coupon books. Bus rides are already being offered from Port Authority’s bus terminal in Manhattan to stop at Woodbury Common before connecting to Norwegian flights from Stewart.

What you don’t find in Norwegian’s ebullient marketing is the cost squeeze of the airline’s expansionary strategy, of which what’s happening at Stewart Airport is but a part. As of the beginning of this year, Norwegian’s capital expenditures for 2018 were about $1.9 billion. Norwegian passenger capacity grew by 25 percent in 2017 and will grow an expected 32 percent this year. Will the increase in capacity be accompanied by cost benefits that result in higher profitability? Norwegian has bought more than 200 fuel-efficient new jets, which it has mostly put into service. It expects to sell its older aircraft. “Norwegian’s fate rests on the still unproven strategy of adapting the success of low-cost short-haul travel to long-haul routes,” recently wrote Irish Times,“ as well as making a parallel bet on leasing out jets to rival carriers.” “We are not at all satisfied with the 2017 results,” Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos told analysts in February, according to Irish Times. “2017 was not a very good year.” The costs of expansion significantly reduced the airline’s cash reserves. Kjos took a defensive rhetorical tack. “What could

needed and needed now. Mr. Faso’s disingenuous March 3 opinion piece in the Daily Freeman does not reflect the fact that he voted for concealed weapons to be carried across state lines and his arguing for due process for gun purchases by those with mental illness in the wake of the Parkland shooting is as tone deaf as can be imagined. Jason Eckardt Kerhonkson

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Stop HR 4879/HR 3599 from passing

George Civile Gardiner

Tone deaf Representative John Faso and some others in Congress seem to think that mild expansions of background checks and perhaps raising the age to purchase firearms to 21 are adequate responses to the plague of gun violence that has afflicted our nation. While I would welcome any more stringent Federal regulation of firearms, these proposals do not go nearly far enough. Banning of semi-automatic weapons, high-capacity magazines, “bump-stock” modifications and a comprehensive Federal background check system that bars anyone with a history of crime or mental illness from owning a gun are

There are so many animal lovers in our area that I wanted to bring this potentially devastating legislation to the community’s attention. I was deeply saddened to learn about two recently introduced bills -- HR 4879/HR 3599 -- known also as the “Protect Interstate Commerce Act.” This legislation was introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA), and it has the potential to reverse hundreds of animal cruelty laws across the entire country including those protecting dogs in puppy mills and animals on factory farms. If this horrible legislation passes, even the sale of horse and dog meat could become legal in states that have specifically prohibited these practices! I am an animal lover and regularly volunteer with my local animal shelters. I’m appalled that this law is even being considered due to its potential to threaten not only animals, but our food safety and the environment. Something has to be done to stop HR 4879/HR

Don’t draw premature conclusions about Norwegian Air’s cheap-tickets adventure at Stewart Airport. Though the discount carrier’s strategy is not without serious risks, the business model carries the potential for enormous rewards. The airline’s brash pricing stance has already irreversibly pushed a very profitable industry toward new pricing strategies and structures. Cheap fares seem on more consumer minds. Deals are everywhere, more options than ever are available. Even everyday fares seem to have sunk to new lows. The new frame of mind seems to have changed the calculation of the convenience-versus-price ratio for the air consumer. “With prices this cheap,” Money magazine recently advised, “you can handle the extra costs and hassles of using B-list airports, and still have money left over to hopscotch around Europe by booking a few low-fare flights within the continent.” Precisely. As it increases the frequency of its transatlantic flights this spring, Norwegian Air will face new competition. Last Thursday, American Airlines announced it would introduce a new discount fare in April to compete with discount transatlantic carriers such as Norwegian. British Airways, Air France and Deutsche Lufthansa are also preparing lower-cost offerings. Delta already offers basic economy fares on such routes. Can these new offerings reverse the trend? Or is the low-cost jinni out of the box forever? -- Geddy Sveikauskas

3599 from passing! One thing we can all do right now is contact our congressional representatives and ask them to strongly oppose this bill. Please join me in doing so today! Caren Fleit Lake Hill

Setting the record straight Regarding Diane Neal’s congressional run and the meeting at Starbucks. I went to that meeting to hear what Neal had to say. Most of the others that were there were local Democratic committee insiders. First, they tried to get her to drop out of the race completely, then they accused her of being paid off by the Republicans to run, then they requested that she run in their primary and failing that, they offered her a guaranteed slot and their full support if she ran for the State Senate instead of Congress. I don’t know if these insiders had the authority to offer her an uncontested slot, but someone made a call to somebody who showed up and gave that impression. If she did what they wanted her to do, they’d be singing her praises, but she didn’t, so they’re saying she’s terrible. Thomas Kadgen Shokan

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Legals LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION FOR BIDS Sealed bids for Contract No. VNP-182, Hydrant & Valve Replacement Project, for the Village of New Paltz, Ulster County, New York, are sought and requested as set forth in drawings and specifications prepared by Brinnier and Larios, P.C., 67 Maiden Lane, Kingston, New York 12401. The project consists of the replacement of hydrants, valve assemblies, gate valves, specials, trench pavement restoration and concrete restoration and all appurtenances. Separate sealed proposals completed on forms provided with the Contract documents shall be received by the Village of New Paltz, Ulster County, New York at the Village Hall until 2:30 PM o’clock on Tuesday , April 10 , 2018 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. All of the contract documents, including Instructions to Bidders, Proposal Forms, General Conditions governing the contract, drawings and detailed specifications, may be examined at the office of Brinnier and Larios, P.C., 67 Maiden Lane, Kingston, New York 12401, or at the office of the Village Clerk, Village Hall, 25 Plattekill Avenue, Village of New Paltz, New York. Copies of these documents may be obtained upon payment of $60.00 per set. All payments shall be made payable to Brinnier and Larios, P.C. Payment for documents represents reproduction costs and therefore is non-refundable. Contract documents will be sent via first class mail upon receipt of a request for an additional fee of $10.00. Digital copies of all contract documents may also be obtained by visiting All online contract

documents are free of charge and bidders must complete the necessary registration form to receive the links for digital download. Brinnier and Larios, P.C. is not responsible for the accuracy of any digital contract documents that are downloaded outside of the direct download from our website. Each bidder must deposit with his bid, security in the amount of not less than five percentum (5%) of the base bid in the form of a certified check or bid bond subject to the conditions of this contract. The successful bidder shall furnish a Performance Bond and a Labor and Material Payment Bond in the amount of 100% of the accepted bid as set forth in the Bid Form. These Bonds shall be in compliance with the Specifications. The Village of New Paltz hereby notifies all Bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in regard to any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, or national origin in consideration for an award. Attention is directed to the fact that the Contractor will be governed by the labor Standards Provisions, which are made part of this specifications and contract. The bidder, by signing his proposal, certifies that he is fully aware of the State Laws regarding the non-collusion bidding certification. No separate forms will be required, but the actual signing of the proposal includes such a statement and is included in the proposal. The Village Board expressly reserves the right to waive any informalities in or to accept any bid, or to reject any and all bids, or to award on any or all items, as

the interest of the Village of New Paltz may appear to require. The Village of New Paltz is an exempt organization under the Tax Laws and is exempt from payment of Sales and Compensating Use Taxes of the State of New York and Cities and Counties of the State of all materials which are to be incorporated into the project, pursuant to the provisions of the Contract. These taxes are not to be included in the Bid. No bidder may withdraw his bid within 45 (forty-five) days after the actual date of the opening thereof. By order of the Village Board, Village of New Paltz, Ulster County, New York, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Date: March 8, 2018 Tim Rogers, Mayor LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION FOR BIDS Sealed bids for Contract No. VNP-181, Sanitary Sewer Remediation and Replacement, for the Village of New Paltz, Ulster County, New York, are sought and requested as set forth in drawings and specifications prepared by Brinnier and Larios, P.C., 67 Maiden Lane, Kingston, New York 12401. Construction of intersection modifications on state highway and Village street including installation of cast in place concrete sidewalk, curb, sidewalk ramps, pavement painting and asphaltic concrete pavement. Separate sealed proposals completed on forms provided with the Contract documents shall be received by the Village of New Paltz, Ulster County, New York at the Village Hall until 2:00 PM o’clock on Tuesday , April 10 , 2018 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. All of the contract documents, including Instructions to Bidders, Proposal Forms, General Conditions governing the contract, drawings

and detailed specifications, may be examined at the office of Brinnier and Larios, P.C., 67 Maiden Lane, Kingston, New York 12401, or at the office of the Village Clerk, Village Hall, 25 Plattekill Avenue, Village of New Paltz, New York. Copies of these documents may be obtained upon payment of $60.00 per set. All payments shall be made payable to Brinnier and Larios, P.C. Payment for documents represents reproduction costs and therefore is non-refundable. Contract documents will be sent via first class mail upon receipt of a request for an additional fee of $10.00. Digital copies of all contract documents may also be obtained by visiting All online contract documents are free of charge and bidders must complete the necessary registration form to receive the links for digital download. Brinnier and Larios, P.C. is not responsible for the accuracy of any digital contract documents that are downloaded outside of the direct download from our website. Each bidder must deposit with his bid, security in the amount of not less than five percentum (5%) of the base bid in the form of a certified check or bid bond subject to the conditions of this contract. The successful bidder shall furnish a Performance Bond and a Labor and Material Payment Bond in the amount of 100% of the accepted bid as set forth in the Bid Form. These Bonds shall be in compliance with the Specifications. The Village of New Paltz hereby notifies all Bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in regard to any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, col-

or, or national origin in consideration for an award. Attention is directed to the fact that the Contractor will be governed by the labor Standards Provisions, which are made part of this specifications and contract. The bidder, by signing his proposal, certifies that he is fully aware of the State Laws regarding the non-collusion bidding certification. No separate forms will be required, but the actual signing of the proposal includes such a statement and is included in the proposal. The Village of New Paltz hereby notifies all Bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in regard to any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, or national origin in consideration for an award. MBE/ WMBE and Section 3 firms are strongly encouraged to submit bids. The Village Board expressly reserves the right to waive any informalities in or to accept any bid, or to reject any and all bids, or to award on any or all items, as the interest of the Village of New Paltz may appear to require. The Village of New Paltz is an exempt organization under the Tax Laws and is exempt from payment of Sales and Compensating Use Taxes of the State of New York and Cities and Counties of the State of all materials which are to be incorporated into the project, pursuant to the provisions of the Contract. These taxes are not to be included in the Bid. No bidder may withdraw his bid within 45 (forty-five) days after the actual date of the opening thereof. By order of the Village Board, Village of New Paltz, Ulster County, New York, an equal

opportunity/affirmative action employer. Date: March 8, 2018 Tim Rogers, Mayor LEGAL NOTICE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION OF THE VILLAGE OF NEW PALTZ NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Historic Preservation Commission of the Village of New Paltz, Ulster County, State of New York, on the application of Renzo Cinti to undertake restoration work on the Abraham Hasbrouck House, a property owned by Huguenot Historical Society and located at 94 Huguenot Street in the Village of New Paltz. The project will restore 18-century fenestration on the north and south ends of the house to return the structure to its 1750 appearance. The work will involve infilling an attic window on the north side and two groundfloor openings on the south side and installing period-appropriate reproduction shuttered windows in the attic on the north and south sides. In addition, the project will encompass restoring or repairing the exterior of the stone wall on the north and south sides of the house. The public hearing will take place at the regular monthly meeting of the Village Historic Preservation Commission on Monday, March 19, 2018, at 7:15 p.m. at Village Hall, 25 Plattekill Avenue, New Paltz, New York. The Village of New Paltz will make every effort to ensure that the public hearing is accessible to persons with disabilities. Anyone requiring special assistance and/or reasonable accommodations should contact the Commission secretary at at least five days prior to the hearing date. The application is available for review at the Village of New Paltz Building Department, 25 Plattekill Avenue, New Paltz, New York, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Legals LEGAL NOTICE Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company (LLC): NAME: Himalka Holistic Healing, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/22/2017. Office location: Ulster County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: Himalka Holistic Healing, LLC, 1 Apple Lane, New Paltz, NY 12561. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. LEGAL NOTICE BREWSTER, LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 1/25/2018. Off. Loc.: Ulster Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The Limited Liability Company, 3927 Main Street, Stone Ridge, NY 12484. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. LEGAL NOTICE Notice of Formation of Prime Placement Agency LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on January 24, 2018. Office location: Ulster County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Prime Placement Agency LLC, P.O. Box 2514, Kingston, NY 12401. Purpose: any lawful activity. LEGAL NOTICE Notice of Formation of 1422 Rt 28 LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/18/2017. Office Location 85 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY 12561 (Ulster County). SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 85 South Chestnut Street New Paltz, NY 12561. Purpose: any lawful activity. LEGAL NOTICE Notice of formation of HOLY MAMA LLC. Art. Of Org. filed with the Sect’y of

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State of NY (SSNY) on 01/30/18. Office in Ulster County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 47 Butterville Road New Paltz, NY, 12561. Purpose: Any lawful purpose LEGAL NOTICE Notice of Qualification of Nevele Resort LLC. App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/26/18. Office location: Ulster County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 1/19/18. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Cogency Global Inc., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016. DE address of LLC: 850 New Burton Road, Ste. 201, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. LEGAL NOTICE Notice of Qualification of Nevele Resort Holding LLC. App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/26/18. Office location: Ulster County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 1/19/18. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Cogency Global Inc., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016. DE address of LLC: 850 New Burton Road, Ste. 201, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. LEGAL NOTICE Notice of formation of DENT ROAD PARTNERS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/19/2018. Office location, County of Ulster. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, PO Box 351, Boiceville, NY 12412. Purpose: any lawful act

LEGAL NOTICE Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company (LLC): NAME: J&R Real Property Holdings, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of the State of New York (SSNY) on 10/18/2017. Office location: Ulster County. LegalZoom has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. LegalZoom shall mail a copy of process to: J&R Real Property Holdings, LLC, 25 Phillies Bridge Road, New Paltz, NY 12561. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. LEGAL NOTICE Notice of Formation of DT Baker Properties LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/26/2018 Office location: Ulster County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: DT Properties LLC, 249 Pancake Hollow Rd, Highland, NY 12528 Purpose: any lawful activity. LEGAL NOTICE ER II LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/7/17. Office in Ulster Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 117 Main St., New Paltz, NY 12561, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. LEGAL NOTICE Notice of Formation of Reimagine Horsemanship, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on January 17, 2018. Office location: Ulster County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Heather Meyer, 47 Harris Rd, Kerhonkson, NY 12446. Purpose: any lawful activity. LEGAL NOTICE Notice of Formation of Joann The Life Coach, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY on 01/17/18 Office location: Ulster County. SSNY designated as agent

of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Joann Filomena, 114 Wilson Ave, Kingston, NY 12401 Purpose: any lawful activity. LEGAL NOTICE 220 GREGORY LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/31/2018. Office: Ulster County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 1 Deer Crossing, Highland, NY 12528. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. LEGAL NOTICE 26 GROVE WEST LLC Art. of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 1/9/2018. Off. Loc.: Ulster Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to c/o David Schwartz, 20 Starrowbush Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. LEGAL NOTICE CAROL J GIANGRASSO, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 02/09/2018. Office loc: Ulster County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 7 Mare’s Lane, Gardiner, NY 12525. Reg Agent: Carol Giangrasso, 7 Mare’s Lane, Gardiner, NY 12525. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. LEGAL NOTICE Notice of formation of BRUYN GUEST HOUSE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/7/2018. Office location, County of Ulster. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 1017 Bruyn Tpke., Pine Bush, NY 12566. Purpose: any lawful act. LEGAL NOTICE TROJAK REALTY LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 2/12/2018. Office in Ulster Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy

of process to 142 McKinstry Rd, Gardiner, NY 12525. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. LEGAL NOTICE Notice of Formation of Prince Distillery, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/14/18. Office location: Ulster County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Philip Herzog, 1519 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY 12542. Purpose: any lawful activity. LEGAL NOTICE TRACK ON 86 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 2/22/18. Office: Ulster County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 500 South Ohioville Road, New Paltz, NY 12561. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. LEGAL NOTICE Notice of formation of THE WECHSLER GROUP LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/28/2017. Office location, County of Ulster. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 185 West End Ave., Suite 22B/C, NY NY 10023. Purpose: any lawful act LEGAL NOTICE BANNEN LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE, LLC Art. of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 1/23/2018. Off. Loc.: Ulster Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 39 Mary Ann Avenue, Saugerties, NY 12477. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. LEGAL NOTICE Blueprint Creative Studio LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with the SSNY on 2/9/18. Office: Ulster County. United States Corporation Agents, Inc designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to United States Cor-

poration Agents, Inc at 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. LEGAL NOTICE Notice of Formation: Atlantic Ocean Aquaculture LLC. Art. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY on 2/26/2018. Location: Ulster County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Roger Bason, AOA LLC, 25 Henry W Dubois Dr. #36, New Paltz, NY 12561. Purpose: Any lawful activity. LEGAL NOTICE TOWN OF NEW PALTZ NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF LOCAL LAW TO ENACT A 120-DAY MORATORIUM ON ALL APPLICATIONS AND PERMITS IN THE TOWN’S EXIT 18 GATEWAY AREA NOTICE is given that the Town Board of the Town of New Paltz, NY, following a public hearing opened on February 1, 2018 and closed on March 1, 2018, adopted Local Law 2 of 2018, entitled “A LOCAL LAW TO ENACT A 120-DAY MORATORIUM ON ALL APPLICATIONS AND PERMITS IN THE TOWN’S EXIT 18 GATEWAY AREA” which prohibits the Planning Board from approving applications within the Exit 18 Gateway Area, which includes portions of the B-2 Highway Business Zoning District and the I-1 Light Industrial District, the boundary of which is specifically defined in the Local Law, for a period of 120 days. The Local Law also prohibits the issuance of building permits during the time of the moratorium. The Local Law contains several exemptions from the moratorium, including exemptions for new non-residential structures and additions totaling 2,500 square feet floor area or less and site plan applications which are eligible for a waiver pursuant to Section 140-51.3A of the Zoning Law. The local law is effective on the date it filed with the Secretary of State. Dated: March 5, 2018

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BY ORDER OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF TOWN OF NEW PALTZ Rosanna Mazzaccari, Town Clerk LEGAL NOTICE New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Notice of Complete Application Date:


Applicant: VILLAGE OF NEW PALTZ, 25 PLATTEKILL AVE, NEW PALTZ, NY 12561 Facility: NEW PALTZ V RESERVOIRS #1, #2, #3 BTW LENAPE LN & MT REST RD NEW PALTZ, NY 12561 Application ID: 3-5138-00222/00004 Permits(s) Applied for: 1 - Article 15 Title 15 Water Withdrawal Public, 1 - Article 15 Title 5 Dam, 1 - Section 401 - Clean Water Act Water Quality Certification, 1 - Article 15 Title 5 Stream Disturbance Project is located: in NEW PALTZ in ULSTER COUNTY Project Description: The Village of New Paltz is proposing to increase the existing storage capacity at Village Reservoir No. 1 and Village Reservoir No.4, both located off of Mountain Rest Road in the Town of New Paltz. Capacity will be increased by dredging accumulated sediment at both reservoirs and the addition of flashboards at Reservoir No. 4 to increase the dam height. Dredged material will be disposed of at the Town of New Paltz Fairgrounds Sports Park. Availability of Application Documents: Filed application documents, and Depart-

ment draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business .hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person. State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination Project is a Type I action and will not have a significant effect on the environment. A coordinated review with other involved agencies was performed and a Negative Declaration is on file.

whichever is later.

03115/2018 or 15 days after the publication date of this notice,


JOHANNA E. SAYRE Johanna E. Sayre of Rosendale and previously New Paltz, passed away Thursday, February 22nd in the hospital in Albany after a brief illness. She was 89. Born May 4, 1928 in Teschen, Poland to the late Robert and Bertha Türk, Johanna lived in Austria and England after World War 2, before coming to Defiance, Ohio in 1962 for university work. Johanna married Victor Sayre in 1963; their son Johannes was born the next year. Johanna pursued her graduate work and PhD in German literature at Syracuse University, living in Syracuse until 1969 when she joined the faculty at SUNY New Paltz. There, she first taught German language and literature, and then English as a Second Language. She retired in 1990. Johanna had wide-ranging interests, and joyful enthusiasm for all of them. Her most intent pursuit in retirement was piano, which she studied with local teachers and as a devoted follower of the Piano Summer program at New Paltz. Her cultural background informed both this interest, and also her love of nature, which manifested in her loving tending of her home and properties, and in her sustained participation in environmental causes and organizations. In the realm of politics, she was an informed and engaged citizen with long life experience and high standards, and had trenchant, sometimes uncomplimentary, insights about current events, actors and trends. Johanna is survived by her brother Herbert and his three children and their families, and by her son Johannes and his partner Alison and their family. She will be missed by them and by her caring circle of friends. A private celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Friends may consider donating in her memory to the Natural Resources Defense Council, or The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, two causes she cared deeply about.

PHILIP A. KOENIG Philip A. Koenig, age 75, of Gardiner, NY, died Friday, December 29, 2017 at his residence. He was born May 3, 1942 in Queens, NY, the son of the late Vincent and Johanna (Zachman) Koenig. On May 3, 1964, he married Pamela M. Sokota at St. John’s Nepomurene’s Church in Manhattan. Pamela predeceased him on December 17, 2006.

SEQR Lead Agency New Paltz Town Board State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination A cultural resources survey has been completed and cultural resources were identified. Based on information provided in the survey report, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has determined that the proposed activity will have no adverse impact on registered or eligible archaeological sites or historic structures. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required. DEC Commissioner Policy 29, Environmental Justice and Permitting (CP-29) It has been determined that the proposed action is not subject to CP-29. Availability for Public Comment Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than

Katherine “Kitty” Watson (1940-2018)

Katherine Ann “Kitty” (Zimmerman) Watson, 78, died Friday, February 16, 2018 in Ogden, Utah. She was born February 12, 1940, in Danville, Virginia to Emma Watson Zimmerman and Jay Zimmerman and raised in New Paltz, New York. In Monterrey, California Kitty married Larry Crow from San Antonio (later divorced). She had a long teaching career throughout which she enriched the lives of countless children. After her retirement she moved to Ogden to be near her only grandchild, who was the light of her life. Kitty is survived by her brother Jay Zimmerman, Jr. (Isabel), her daughter Katherine, her son Paul (Sarah) and her granddaughter, Willa June. Full obituary at In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to:


Paltz, NY 12561 (845) 256-3041


Philip graduated from the Brooklyn High School of Automotive Trades on June 28, 1960. He was a member of the National Guard and was employed as a Trooper with the New York State Police in Middletown, NY from June, 1966 to September, 1988. He became a Sergeant in 1974 and a BCI Investigator until his retirement. He was a lifetime member of the NRA/USCCA, his local Rod and Gun Club and the Tri-State Chapter of the NYS Troopers Retirement Association. He is survived by two daughters, Kimberly Koenig Collen and her husband, John, of Grafton, NY and Nancy Koenig Erlanger of Rhinebeck, NY; two sisters: Joan Koenig Shuart and Louise Koenig Sokota and three brothers, Philip E. Koenig, John Koenig and Richard N. Koenig and four grandchildren, James And Emily Erlanger and Jake and Kyle Collen. He was predeceased by a brother, Vincent Koenig. In lieu of expressions of sympathy, Philip’s daughters request donations be made to Hospice. It was Hospice that allowed Phil’s wishes to be and die at home possible. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 11 am - 12 pm at Copeland Funeral Home, 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY, followed by a Memorial Service from 12 - 1 pm.


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Running for Assembly Abe Uchitelle throws his hat in the Democratic ring


T STRUCK ME like a dagger when Donald Trump became president,” said Abe Uchitelle of Kingston. “I thought I was partially to blame. I said to myself, I need to get involved.” A year and four months after that initial realization, Uchitelle decided to run in the Democratic primary (if there is one) on Thursday, September 13 for the state Assembly seat representing most of

northern and central Ulster County and the Dutchess County towns of Rhinebeck and Red Hook. The legislative seat now constituting the 103rd Assembly District has been occupied for the last 20 years by Kevin Cahill, also of Kingston. Cahill hasn’t announced his plans yet, but is widely expected to seek re-election. Both Uchitelle and Cahill graduated from SUNY New Paltz majoring in political science. Cahill, who will turn 63 the day before the November 6 general election, graduated that school in 1977. Uchitelle, now 29, graduated in 2010. He has been president of the 25-employee boutique digital marketing agency DragonSearch, recently rebranded Dragon 360, since February 2016 and has worked for the Kingston-based firm for over five years. “A community’s choice in a representative should come down to selecting a leader who listens to their constituents, walks among them, and advocates for them,” Uchitelle said in a press release. “I believe that it is time for a change, and that I can offer a new voice Abe Uchitelle.

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reflective of the evolving nature of this district.” The area needs a strong voice in Albany and allies at every political level, the Dragon360 executive said. When officeholders get involved in political vendettas, “the losers are the people,” he said. He wasn’t specific about how existing examples of partisan politics and longstanding personal feuds could be dealt with, other than to say he wanted to avoid them. He favored “a completely different approach.” A new generation, he said, could “change the rules” and “rewrite the rulebook.” Uchitelle suggested a focus on three broad areas of issues: job creation, education and training, and responsible housing policies, “while upholding the progressive values of our community.” As a college student, Uchitelle collaborated with various entities and levels of government to organize a New Paltz bus loop in New Paltz. Concentrating on other things, he said after the last election he felt he was getting complacent. He had skills he wasn’t using. He told himself he could be helping people with real problems. That line of thinking led to his wanting to get involved in politics, he explained. Uchitelle serves on the boards of the Kingston Land Trust and Family of Wodstock. He has been on the picket line outside congressman John Faso’s Kingston office. He has done volunteer work in Kingston and he’s helped out at People’s Place. Uchitelle held a campaign kickoff at the Senate House Garage, which also houses his workplace, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. His website is “Bring it on!”, said Cahill. ++



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