The Comeau Perspective

The Comeau Perspective

Thank you and more… To say that the Comeau property inspires ferocious loyalty is in no way an exaggeration.  It is now 37 years since Val Cadden, who was then Woodstock’s Town Supervisor, urged the purchase of the property, thereby...
The state of the planned Rt. 28 rail & trail corridor

The state of the planned Rt. 28 rail & trail corridor

Hopes and challenges abound amidst Ulster County’s ambitious plans to transform the county-owned Ulster & Delaware railroad tracks into a system of interconnected rail trails and tourist train operations. After years of controversy and negotiation over the valuable property that...
Taking in the Albany rallies of Trump and Sanders

Taking in the Albany rallies of Trump and Sanders

After eleven interview requests at Monday night’s Trump rally in Albany, I finally hit pay dirt with Brandon LeQue, quick to talk about his years growing up in the state capital and then heading off to SUNY Oneonta. He said...
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Point of view: Macrame in the White House

Point of view: Macrame in the White House

Inauguration day was really exciting for Bernie, Jane and the gaggle of children and grandchildren. The day was brisk, chilly but not unbearably so. Jane made a batch of pot brownies, just to take the edge off. She and Bernie partook in the staging area, washing the confections down with chamomile tea. Jane had an especially hard...
Woodstock, local police confront drugs with mercy

Woodstock, local police confront drugs with mercy

Those confronting their drug addiction will have an angel on their side under a new program featuring cooperation between the Woodstock Police Department and Rt. 212 Coalition. Under the new Woodstock Outreach Initiative Program, anyone entering the police station between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. to seek help with an opiate addiction will be screened...
Onteora settles teacher contract

Onteora settles teacher contract

The Onteora District Board of Education unanimously approved a new five-year teachers contract at its April 20 Board of Education meeting at Phoenicia Primary School. The contract is retroactive to July 1, 2015 beginning with a one-percent salary increase and over the next five-years, until July 1, 2019, teacher salaries will increase yearly to a...
Shandaken ZBA gives railroaders more time

Shandaken ZBA gives railroaders more time

In the opinion of the Town of Shandaken’s legal counsel, Larry Wolinsky, the Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) has not met the four legal criteria required to be granted a use variance to build a rail yard and 2000-square-foot maintenance shed on its property along Station Road in Phoenicia. On April 20, however, the Shandaken Zoning...
Sales tax deal reached

Sales tax deal reached

The city-county sales-tax agreement negotiated by Kingston mayor Steve Noble and Ulster County executive Mike Hein is, compared to its counterparts over the past 40 years, a complex document with numerous moving parts. But the haggling may not be over. “I’m very confused,” said Rochester town supervisor Carl Chipman, head of the town supervisors/mayors association....