TOWN OF CLINTON SEEKS CANDIDATES
The Town Board of the Town of Clinton is looking for Clinton residents to fill vacancies on various Boards and Committees, including the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), the Board of Assessment Review (BAR), The Conservation Advisory Committee (CAC), and the Recreation Committee.
If interested, please send a letter of interest by November 19, 2008 to Supervisor Jeff Burns, Town of Clinton, PO Box 208, Clinton Corners, NY 12514 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interviews will follow and appointments will be made at the 2009 Organizational Meeting in January. If you have questions or need more information, contact Carol Mackin, Monday to Friday, 9 AM to Noon at 266-5721 ext. 130.
YOU HAVE THE TIME TO ATTEND TOWN MEETINGS??
people in Clinton do not have the time to participate in or attend
the various town meetings that are going on every week: the Town
Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Comprehensive Plan
Review Committee, and so on. But many town residents are interested
and would like to know what is happening, what is being discussed
and what is being resolved. They would like to read the minutes
from the meetings which are posted on the Town of Clinton website.
But have you tried to do this lately?! Look for the Town Board minutes
and the last to be posted was April 10th. Look for the ZBA minutes
and you can read only those for the January 18th meeting. And the
Planning Board minutes? There are none at all available for 2007!
This is a very frustrating situation and must be rectified. You
don't have time for a meeting? Write a letter and let your concerns
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE PLANS FOR THE HOLLOW ROAD BRIDGE
The County DPW left copies of the three design proposals for the Hollow
Road bridge at Town Hall. CLINTON UNITED encourages you to stop by
to review them for yourself. There is still time for more research
and clear thinking on this.
DPW's Project Director for the bridge work is Robert Balkind. He encouraged
all Clinton residents with
concerns, ideas, and feedback on DPW's plans for the bridge to call
him over the next few weeks at 845-486-2925, or e-mail him at email@example.com.
You may also send written comments on the project to:
Gregory V. Bentley
Director of Engineering, Dutchess County DPW
626 Dutchess Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, New York 12603
Mr. Bentley may also be e-mailed at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written comments on the project should include reference to Project
Identification Number (PIN) 8755.91.
more information please read the following article:
THE STONE BRIDGE ON HOLLOW ROAD CONTROVERSY
Town residents and the County Department of Public Works see a new
bridge a little differently
NOTES FROM THE CLINTON UNITED STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING 2-17-07
Clinton United Steering Committee, at its monthly meeting, discussed
some of the new developments in town that have recently come to
our attention. They are at different stages in appearing before
the Planning Board and they rouse different levels of concern. One,
for example, is making its first presentation at the upcoming Planning
Board meeting on March 6th. It is on 60+ acres between Schultz Hill
Road and Brown's Pond Road and proposes to subdivide some very rugged
and steep land into 4 lots. Additional details will be learned at
the meeting. Another smaller 2 lot subdivision, on 30+ acres on
East Meadowbrook Lane, is also on very steep slopes and has had
many of its trees already cut down, causing tremendous erosion problems
for the adjacent neighbors. When this application has its public
hearing before the Planning Board later this month, there will be
many concerned people present.
Another item of importance: Clinton United is searching for a volunteer
who would be able to attend monthly Town Board meetings (the second
Tuesday of each month) and write up a brief summary of pertinent
discussions and actions. Please respond if interested or if you
need more information to email@example.com.
The next meeting of the Steering Committee is scheduled for Saturday,
March 17th, at 10:30 AM. A primary agenda item will be discussion
and planning for the Environmental/Energy Fair this spring. All
community residents are invited to join us. For more information,
write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHANGES AHEAD FOR THE HYDE PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT?
The Hyde Park Board of Education adopted the Hyde Park
Central School District Master Facilities Plan on January 11, 2007.
Phase 1 of the Plan was actually begun in the summer of 2005, continued
last summer, and will be completed in the summer of 2007. The focus
of Phase 1 was on necessary repairs and upgrades to school facilities.
Phase 2 will involve a large renovation and expansion plan for the
district's schools. The total price tag, in today's dollars, is
$185 million. The State will fund 62% and the local share will be
approximately $69 million, which inevitably will have a huge impact
on local school taxes for a large proportion of Clinton residents.
Although the Master Facilities plan has been formally adopted, decisions
have not yet been made about when or how the plan will be implemented.
District Superintendent Carole Pickering, the Board of Education,
and the Facilities Steering Forum will be holding meetings and hearings
over the next several months to receive public input. The Facilities
Steering Forum meets monthly and the public is welcome to attend
their meetings. They are held the first Wednesday of each month
at 5 PM in the District board room, 11 Boice Road, off Route 9 in
Hyde Park. For more information call 845-229-4005.
We recommend reading: TO BUILD OR NOT TO BUILD? here
Gov. Spitzer includes funding for 'smart growth'
in his budget proposal
The following proposals were
included in Governor Spitzer's recently announced budget requests.
CLINTON UNITED supports each one of these!
million increase in the Environmental Protection Fund.
* $500,000 more for the Hudson River Estuary Program.
* Additional 109 staffers to the Department of Environmental Conservation,
plus 52 at the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
* $2 million for smart growth projects.
* $5 million increase in funds to protect farmland
Two major developments are receiving a lot of attention in
Clinton's neighboring towns. Closest to Clinton is a proposed major
retail site in the center of the village of Rhinebeck, bordered
by Route 9 on the east and W. Market Street on the north. Situated
behind the Beekman Arms, the Rhinebeck post office, and the Red
Barn Antique Center, the development will entail a 6 story hotel
and spa, two restaurants, numerous retail stores, and 200 parking
spaces -- all on 4.1 acres. Local residents are greatly concerned
about the project's impact on traffic, the environment, the local
economy, and the character of Rhinebeck Village. They have joined
together in an effort to convince the developers to seek an alternate
location outside the center of the village. For more information
go to the group's website: www.StoptheSpa.org.
to the north, on Route 9 on the southern edge of Hudson, is a proposed
major commercial retail center. On 130 acres, the 565,000 square
foot mall has not yet identified potential tenants, but proposes
to employ 400 full time and 400 part time workers. There has been
little public input to date and the Greenport Town Planning Board
appears to be allowing this development to slip through the review
process. They have reportedly scheduled an open Public Hearing on
the development for December 26th, the day after Christmas,
after which they will decide whether to require a more in-depth
SEQRA review or close off any further opportunities for public questions
For more information on this project, and its potential impact on
taxes, the local economy, the environment, and traffic, go to www.littletownviews.com
and click on WIDEWATERS: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.
by Blanche Rubin
FROM CLINTON UNITED'S STEERING COMMITTEE
Committee for Clinton United, which meets monthly, has recently passed
a number of resolutions and reached some decisions about activities
for the winter/spring calendar. The following four people have been
approved as members of the Steering Committee's Executive Group: Bronwyn
Bevan, Blanche Rubin, Paul Thomas, and Anthony Vacchione. Their responsibilities
include setting the agenda and leading the Steering Committee meetings,
developing sub-committees as needed, handling financial and legal
matters, managing the Clinton United website, and providing leadership
in determining Clinton United's direction.
other activities, Clinton United is planning a social event for
the early Spring. All ideas and suggestions for what is organized
arewelcomed. Other decisions include: proposing an Architectural
Review Committee to consult with the Town's Planning Board; designating
Clinton United members to attend every Town Board, Planning Board,
and Zoning Board meeting; developing a more effective public relations
effort to reach out to the community; and seeking interaction and
cooperation with other local town organizations.
an invitation is extended to all members of Clinton United to participate
in Steering Committee meetings and to join the effort to plan and
build the community we all desire. For more information contact
us at email@example.com
Protecting historic community character
in a time of change
new Visitor Center at the FDR Library and Museum was the setting
for an all-day conference on Saturday, October 28th sponsored by
the Preservation League of New York State. The keynote speaker for
the day was Ed McMahon from the Urban Land Institute in Washington,
DC. He is an inspiring, humorous, and thought provoking speaker
whose primary ideas about development were directly pertinent to
Clinton United's concerns.
will the Hudson River Valley look like 20 years from now?"
he asked. With many images to support his thesis, again and again
he hammered at the idea that wherever you go in America everything
looks the same. He stressed that visual blight and the loss of a
sense of community can result in a population that has lost its
sense of care for their environment. Retaining a "sense of
place" tells you where you come from and that awareness equals
the soul of a community...
Conference review by Blanche Rubin here
Land Trust to preserve Clinton's Schoolhouse Ridge
The Winnakee Land Trust is pleased to announce the donation of a
new conservation easement on a 42-acre woodland ridge (formerly
called Woodland Hollow) on Schoolhouse Road in the Town of Clinton.
The land was recently purchased and saved from development by Town
of Clinton residents Bruce Joel Rubin and his wife Blanche Rubin,
John B. Heist III, Michael Neumann, and Vasant Dhar. The owners
donated a conservation easement to the Winnakee Land Trust on Oct.
of the press release
SMALL DEVELOPMENTS CAN POSE PROBLEMS
is a proposed small development on Willow Lane about which there
are serious concerns. It's a 60 acre parcel with steep slopes, wetlands,
and limited access. The developers want to create three flag lots
toward the back of the parcel and have argued they should not be
required to cluster as encouraged by Clinton's Master Plan and zoning
code. read more
Sunday, October 1st, a local neighbor on Maple Lane had an
unexpected visitor. Seen strolling across his front lawn, a bobcat
was on a leisurely Sunday outing. Words of caution: watch
out for your own small cats and other little critters See
Possible DEC rules worry local grower
Journal (Sept 19)
ON THAT BLINKING LIGHT here
forums scheduled on property tax reform
Group's goal is unity on issue
Local lawmakers with tax reform legislation
will discuss their bills at meetings of the Tax Reform Efforts on
Aug. 28 with Assemblyman Joel Miller at Clinton Corners town hall.
Clinton zoning law aims to protect
Daily Freeman (June
worries Hyde Park, Clinton residents --
Lots To Be Built on 234-Acre Parcel" by John Davis
Poughkeepsie Journal (June 23)
Hills scoping session set for Wednesday
Journal (June 16)
Pressing ahead: Cider mill
rebounds from fire Freeman
story (May 28)
See the report and pictures of our May spring luncheon here
Personal Response to the Clinton United Spring Luncheon read
"Fear Not Hyde Park" About Town (Spring 06)
Hill orchard rises again
'03 fire ruined 100-foot barn that held mill Poughkeepsie
Journal (April 28)Report
on the Planning Board meeting April 18 Take
a looClinton Corners
woman is $23 million Lotto winner PoughkeepsieJournal
we found regarding previous action on the Farmview Subdivision,
up for review at the April 4th Planning Board meeting....take
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expired from free access on the web and are available on a pay per
article basis. We make the titles available for your reference.
Salt Point home to mansion, mill
At the intersection of Route 82 and County Route 13 sits a stately mansion that in the early 19th century was the center of a thriving industrial site. Bloom House, named for its first owner, Isaac Bloom, was one of 11 structures at the site that included a mill, workers' homes, and a complex of four buildings. The site also included a farm. The buildings and property were designated the Bloomvale Historic District and placed on New York's National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
Poughkeepsie Journal June 17
Hyde Park wetlands law draws fire
A town law designed to provide greater protection for wetlands and other water bodies has ignited worries about loss of property rights and values. Most of the 19 speakers at Monday night's public hearing in Hyde Park town hall on a proposed water resource protection law spoke against it. What drew much criticism during the 2 1⁄2 hour public hearing is the town's intention to regulate wetlands as small as 1⁄10 of an acre and establish a 100-foot buffer around them.
Poughkeepsie Journal June 15
Home sales in Dutchess spike
Average prices show increase
More homes sold in May in Dutchess County than a year earlier, a 13.8 percent gain that offered a rare positive sign in the long-declining housing market. It was the second month in a row sales of single-family free-standing homes exceeded the level of a year earlier. And, for three months in a row, both average and median prices kept getting higher, even though they remained well below the levels of a year ago.
Poughkeepsie Journal June 9
Local home prices up over March --
Trend from April '08 is down; loans scarcer
With the downward trend of home sales in Dutchess County running about a year and a half, spring has brought a few signs that hint at change. While experts are hopeful, they aren't calling it a turnaround. Prices gained compared with March, but March was unusually low. Brokers said there are good deals out there now, especially for first-time homebuyers.
Poughkeepsie Journal May 8
Hyde Park district plans budget talk
A public hearing on the 2009-10 school district budget will take place at 7 PM, Monday, May 11th at Haviland Middle School, 23 Haviland Road in Hyde Park. Information on the budget is on the district website at www.hydeparkschools.org. Click the link for One Budget Vote.
Poughkeepsie Journal May 7
Rhinebeck school board adopts 'minimum' budget
The Rhinebeck School District's proposal for next year's school budget, at $27,191,095, represents a 3.43 percent increase over this year's $26,289,585 budget and a 5.34 percent tax levy increase. That figure represents the district's lowest budget increase in 17 years.
Poughkeepsie Journal April 29
Hyde Park District to hike tax levy by 1.16% --
Hyde Park OKs $79.23 million budget
School district residents will vote May 19 on a 2009-10 budget that increases the tax levy by 1.16 percent. The Hyde Park school board recently adopted a $79.23 million budget that increases spending 2.05 percent.
"This is the smallest increase on record," district Superintendent Carole Pickering said at the meeting at the district office in town. The taxpayer share of the 2009-10 budget would increase by 1.16 percent to $49.68 million.
Poughkeepsie Journal April 29
Plan recommends bigger lot sizes --
Pleasant Valley seeks rurality
A town committee is proposing requiring larger lot sizes for new homes throughout town to better preserve the rural and small-town character of Pleasant Valley. The creation of more zoning districts is also intended to limit highway sprawl on Route 44 and protect the quality of the town's well water. The proposed plan envisions creating a number of zoning areas - from 0.2-acre lots in the hamlets to a 10-acre conservation district in a nature preserve east of the Taconic State Parkway and below Washington Hollow. Other areas throughout town will require 1-acre, 2-acre, 3.5-acre and 5-acre minimum lot sizes.
Poughkeepsie Journal April 24
Tough economy delays big Hyde Park development --
Retirement community, supermarket proposals still on tap
Despite the sluggish and uncertain economy, some new development is on the horizon in the town of Hyde Park. A New Stop & Shop supermarket is planned for the Hyde Park Mall, as is The Club, a retirement community on the north side of St. Andrews Road. But the lingering recession has put the town's biggest development project, St. Andrews at Historic Hyde Park, on hold.
Poughkeepsie Journal April 20
Hyde Park set to hire new engineer
The town board is poised to hire a new town engineer Monday -- Berger Engineering and Surveying of Poughkeepsie. The firm will replace Morris Associates of Hyde Park, which has been the town's consulting engineer for 13 years. The board has also established controls that do not permit the town engineering firm to make additional money designing major town road and park projects.
Poughkeepsie Journal March 20
Center builds green facility
Wetland device will treat water
The Center for Sustainable Living, at the Omega Institute in the town of Clinton, is an ambitious project that will mesh together some of the most innovative approaches in wastewater recycling, clean energy, and green architecture. The centerpiece of this project is the building's Eco Machine - a fabricated wetland device that will use plants, insects, fungi, and bacteria to treat wastewater at the Omega Institute.
Poughkeepsie Journal March 11
Home sales, prices slide
Numbers for February show sharp declines
February home sales and prices dropped sharply in Dutchess and Ulster counties as the national recession kept biting into the housing market. Dutchess' volume plunged 39.3 percent to 71 single-family freestanding homes, while their median price fell 10.2 percent from a year earlier to $283,000. But February is always a slow month compared with the rest. The sales resulting in February reflect deals made mostly in the November-December period and closing after a typical two or three-month period.... The holiday period is a slower one for making deals.
Poughkeepsie Journal March 7
Residents voice concerns over Stanford master plan
Over 100 people attended a public hearing at Stanford Town Hall Saturday morning to voice their concerns on the proposed revisions to the master plan. The goals of the master plan are to preserve the rural character of Stanford, elevate ecological issues and require new development to capitalize on natural assets. The biggest concerns centered on issues concerning the town's eight hamlets.
Poughkeepsie Journal February 28, 2009
Hyde Park debate over town engineer hire persists
The town board remains divided on rehiring its longtime town engineer through 2009. Supervisor Pompey Delafield and Councilman Robert Linville support paying Morris Associates $47,730 to provide engineering consulting services to year's end. But a majority of the board disagrees. Morris Associates has provided the town engineering consulting services for more than 13 years, with Peter Setaro as the designated engineer. Councilwoman Hannah Black said it is "a conflict of interest" having the same firm oversee and inspect projects it has designed.
[note: this is the same company and town engineer used by the town of Clinton]
Poughkeepsie Journal February 27
Dutchess farm Website gets notice of state leader
Agriculture is in tough times, Northern Dutchess Alliance told
The soon-to-launch Dutchess County Bounty program earned the accolades of the state Agriculture commissioner Patrick Hooker Wednesday when he spoke at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Library. To promote local food connections, the Website for Dutchess County Bounty -- scheduled to go live Friday at www.dutchesscountybounty.com -- allows farmers, chefs, and consumers to search through more than 160 listings to find each other.
Poughkeepsie Journal February 26
Taconic group newspapers shutting down
7 weeklies in Dutchess County along with magazines affected
The Taconic Newspapers group of weekly papers will print their last editions this week. The Journal Register Co., which owns the seven local weeklies, is ceasing operations for the papers, each of which serves part of Dutchess County, plus the Putnam County Courier and three magazines. The papers are the Millbrook Round Table; the Harlem Valley Times, Amenia; the Voice Ledger, Pleasant Valley; the Pawling News Chronicle; the Hyde Park Townsman; Gazette Advertiser of Rhinebeck; and the Register Herald of Pine Plains. The magazines are Weekend, Dutchess magazine, and the Hudson Valley Guide.
Poughkeepsie Journal February 11
Weekly newspapers in Dutchess County shutting down
The eight weekly newspapers that make up the Taconic Press group are publishing their last editions this week. “It is with regret that we are no longer going to be able to serve our many loyal readers and advertisers,” said Publisher Tom Cincotta, who cited the bad economy that has hurt the newspaper industry, the region and the nation as the primary reason for closing the Taconic Press group.
Daily Freeman February 11
Housing prices hold steady
Lower mortgage costs attract first-time homebuyers to market
Dutchess County's home sales market was slow in January, but it was far from dead. New statistics out Thursday from Mid-Hudson Multiple Listing Service offer some glimmers of hope the down market of the past 15 months may be looking at a bottom. Compared with a year ago, sales were flat, average prices were flat, inventory was down, and purchase offers were up.
Poughkeepsie Journal February 6
LOOP bus route changes will become effective Saturday
Dutchess County LOOP bus route changes will become effective Saturday, including some modifications made from the Jan. 8 public hearing, a county Planning and Development Department release said. The LOOP 7 route, which runs through the Town of Clinton, has been canceled.
Poughkeepsie Journal January 15
Dateline: Groups use trails to maintain historic connections
To the casual motorist who drives through the business district of Hyde Park on routes 9 and 9G, the hamlet appears to be a cluster of shops, restaurants and small shopping malls. But there are hidden treasures tucked between the commercial establishments that line the two highways: The Hyde Park Trail System, a network of walking paths, stretches from the FDR National Historic Site to the south, the Vanderbilt National Historic Site to the north and Eleanor Roosevelt's former home, Val-Kill, to the east.
Poughkeepsie Journal January 14
Plunging home prices: How low can they go?
With the average home price in Dutchess County hitting a low not seen in more than five years and having lost more than $100,000 compared with a year ago, people are wondering whether this is the bottom - or simply another step down the stairs.
Poughkeepsie Journal January 9
Home sales in freefall
A long slide in home sales and their prices continued in December in Dutchess County as the average price dropped to a level not seen since March 2003. The Mid-Hudson Multiple Listing Service report Wednesday said the average price of $294,005 was more than $100,000 below that of December 2007, down 26.9 percent.
Poughkeepsie Journal January 8, 2009
Eleanor Roosevelt site seeks volunteers
The Friends of Eleanor Roosevelt at Val-Kill in Hyde Park are looking for new members to join in promoting her legacy. Volunteers can be involved, for example, with gardening, greeting visitors to Val-Kill, or assisting at various ceremonies. For more information and to obtain an application go to http://ervk.org/html/friends.html or call Brenda Goldstein at 845-454-0811.
Carvel Submits a New Plan with 648 units
In recent Pine Plains Planning Board meetings, held since the hearings this spring on the Carvel DEIS development, the Durst team has submitted a major revision of the proposal. This revision is a result of the overwhelmingly negative reaction to the original plan by the public and many experts representing Pine Plains United, Scenic Hudson, the Dutchess Land Conservancy, the county planning office, and even the State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Pine Plains United November 26
Home sales crawl while prices drop
local inventory is stabilizing, executive says
Dutchess County home sales activity remained slow in November while prices continued to run below those of year-ago levels, a report Friday shows.
Poughkeepsie Journal December 6
Time slows down in Clinton crossroads hamlet
This small hamlet in the Town of Clinton has not changed much in the last 100 years, which is what makes it so attractive to residents and visitors.
Poughkeepsie Journal November 19
Dutchess property tax levy to go down 3 percent in 2009
Hoping to cut taxes for Dutchess County residents, Executive William Steinhaus announced today the 2009 budget will bring the property tax levy down to $85.3 million — about 3.2 percent less than the 2008 levy of $88.1 million.
Poughkeepsie Journal October 30
Local housing market extends its losing streak
Home prices that have been on a downward spiral for more than a year in Dutchess County slipped even lower in September. The median price for homes sold in Dutchess was $297,500, Mid-Hudson Multiple Listing Service reported Monday. That's down 12.5 percent from a year earlier. The average price of $340,758 was down 20.4 percent from a year ago.
Poughkeepsie Journal (Oct. 7)
Pine Plains development proposal is scaled back
Though the Durst Organization reduced its development proposal for the 2,200 acre Carvel site by almost half its original plan, town officials foresee the number of houses being reduced even further before it's approved. The Durst Organization's modified plan calls for 648 new homes to be built on the Carvel site in Pine Plains along with an 18-hole championship golf course.
Poughkeepsie Journal (July 25)
Pleasant Valley plan: Growth should focus on 4 hamlets
A draft plan to preserve the town's rural character by concentrating future growth in four hamlets is drawing mixed reviews. The product of almost two years of meetings by the town's Comprehensive Planning Committee, the plan provides the basis for future changes to zoning and subdivision regulations. . . . The plans calls for preventing overdevelopment of the rural areas of town by increasing minimum new home lot sizes now at one and two acres to up to five acres. To encourage future residential and commercial growth in the hamlets of Pleasant Valley, Washington Hollow and Salt Point, the committee is recommending permitting homes on quarter-acre lots. A fourth "emerging hamlet" is proposed for the south side of Route 44 between Rossway Road and Mill Lane.
Poughkeepsie Journal (July 14)
Carvel developers 'starting from the beginning'
The would-be developers of the Carvel property are working to put "something else on the table" for the town Planning Board to consider.
Kingston Freeman (June 14)
THE DURST/CARVEL PROJECT
For all of the published articles pertaining to this proposed development in Pine Plains and Milan please look here.
House market continues skid
Prices, sales dip in local counties
Sales and prices of homes continued to slide in Dutchess and Ulster counties in April, new reports show. In Dutchess, the average selling price for 129 single-family free-standing homes sold in April was $345,223, down 13.3 percent from a year earlier, Mid-Hudson Multiple Listing Service reported. It was the lowest monthly average since December 2004.
Poughkeepsie Journal (May 8)
Horse farms are big business
Study: Population, values grow in Dutchess, Ulster
Horses are a major part of life for . . . many people living in the mid-Hudson Valley. Only Saratoga County, with 11,000 head, outpaced Dutchess County in terms of horse population in New York state, according to the most recent New York Equine Survey. Dutchess ranked third in the state, behind Saratoga and Nassau, in horse value. From 2000-05, Dutchess' horse population grew by 35 percent to 9,500. The value of Dutchess' horses also increased by $6.4 million over that period to $132.4 million.
Poughkeepsie Journal (May 4)
Goodbye, St. Andrews. Hello, Edgewood
During a recent Hyde Park town board workshop meeting, Supervisor Pompey Delafield took time to update those in attendance in regard to the proposed large development that is scheduled to be built on a 340-acre plot across from the Culinary Institute of America. Delafield assured those in attendance that the project, formerly dubbed St. Andrews at Historic Hyde Park, is continuing to move forward, albeit at a radically slower pace than before. read more
Hyde Park Townsman (April 24)
ON-BOARD VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
FOR CLEARWATER & MYSTIC WHALER
Volunteer crew members are being sought to join on the sloop Clearwater or the schooner Mystic Whaler to live on board a boat for a week and help give kids (and adults) a sense of wonder about the Hudson and the environment. Volunteers are urgently needed for May and June. Communities from NYC, Long Island Sound, and the Hudson River north to Albany are served.
Becoming a volunteer is a great way to learn about sailing and the Hudson while you share your experience with others. You'll be part of an award-winning program and an organization that makes a difference. For more information and an application, call Maija or Brian at 845-454-7673 x115 or x105, or visit this site.
Today's tech, tomorrow's trash
New technology seemingly arrives every day.... But what happens to the TV, monitor, or printer that isn't needed any longer? They shouldn't be thrown out in the trash can, said William Calogero, executive director of the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency.... how to recycle those gadgets is being brought to the attention of the public. read more
Poughkeepsie Journal (April 22)
Recycling barrels debut in New Paltz
New Paltz GreenWorks placed 31 of the village's and town's new recycling barrels at the outdoor Water Street Market Saturday for public viewing. The barrels each have a different design. Visitors are asked to vote by tossing a poker chip into their favorite.... In May or June, the barrels will be placed at locations throughout town next to garbage cans.
Poughkeepsie Journal (April 21)
State aid cuts Hyde Park schools tax hike programs, jobs can be restored
Hyde Park School District residents will vote May 20 on a budget that is likely to increase spending 5.7 percent and the tax levy 3.7 percent. Hyde Park school district administrators were able to reduce the projected 2008-09 tax levy hike from 6.8 percent after hearing last week that state education aid would increase by 9.5 percent.
In the event of a budget defeat May 20, the board has opted not to hold a second vote. Instead it would adopt a contingency budget -- requiring the board to cut $748,565 in programs and positions and resulting in a 2.2 percent tax levy increase. The board plans to adopt the 2008-09 budget at 7 p.m. April 24 at the district office at 11 Boice Road. The meeting is open to the public.
Poughkeepsie Journal (April 15)
Opposition mounts to Red Hook housing plan
Neighbors are lining up in opposition to a proposed 119-unit condominium project off Norton Road as the town Zoning Board of Appeals works to determine whether it should be considered a multifamily or single-family housing development.
Daily Freeman (March 30)
Perspective critical to conservation
To balance economic, ecological concerns, humans must recognize role in nature
The upcoming quadricentennial anniversary of Henry Hudson's historic voyage offers an excellent opportunity to reflect on how the region has changed since Hudson's time.... The Hudson Valley has been a magnet for growth. While this growth has brought economic benefits, these changes have come at a cost.
Poughkeepsie Journal (March 23)
Hyde Park voters to decide schools spending
Board proposal includes 7.18% increase in tax rate
The Hyde Park School District holds its budget vote from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 20 at Haviland Middle School.
Poughkeepsie Journal (March 23)
Towns take steps to push conservation of open land
Local towns are taking measures to protect the environment, whether by preserving farmland and wetlands or tapping into solar and wind power for electricity.
Poughkeepsie Journal (March 2)
Home sales drop while prices rise
High-end sales mostly sluggish.
The housing market was slow in January, but prices apparently didn't care.
Poughkeepsie Journal (Feb. 9)
Steinhaus looks back and ahead in State of the County report for Dutchess
Among his plans for the upcoming year, Steinhaus said, is asking the county Legislature to approve a $2.5 million bond to complete the purchase of development rights of several properties throughout the county. If approved, he said, the county will have protected almost 3,000 acres of prime agricultural and open lands. The article reports several other "green" initiatives that Steinhaus is proposing.
Daily Freeman (Jan. 26)
Home sales lag in county
Prices climb in Ulster, drop in Dutchess
Fewer people bought homes in Dutchess County in 2007 than during any year in the previous 10 years. Prices softened. The average sale price was $402,844 for single-family free-standing homes, down 1.6 percent from 2006.
Poughkeepsie Journal (Jan. 15)
S. Dutchess leaders tell green plans
Chamber hears '08 agendas
Southern Dutchess County municipal leaders presented their environmental accomplishments and plans to the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, January 9th. On the panel were the Town Supervisors of Fishkill, East Fishkill, Wappinger, and the Mayor of Beacon.
Poughkeepsie Journal (Jan. 10)
Cash to help pinpoint wildlife habitat
$23,815 in grant money to assist Hyde Park effort
Hyde Park has landed $23,815 in grant money to identify wildlife habitats that future development could threaten. The town will receive $22,815 from the Hudson River Estuary Grant Program and another $1,000 to participate in Hudsonia's Biodiversity Assessment Training Program. The estuary grant will enable the town to hire biologists from Hudsonia Ltd., a Red Hook-based environmental research institute, to identify wildlife habitats in a 4,000-acre rural area of northern Hyde Park.
Poughkeepsie Journal (Dec. 28)
Scenic Hudson has purchased the former Dominican
Camp on Rt. 9 in Hyde Park, a 72-acre riverfront property that twice
was considered and rejected as a public park and recently was under
consideration for a 44-lot residential subdivision.
Freeman Dec. 23
Hyde Park OKs bonding to repair buildings
Second proposal also passes
School district voters Thursday approved spending $14.9
million to make major improvements to the district buildings - by
a 750-704 vote. And they OK'd spending $1.94 million to purchase
the district administration building at Boice Road by a 735-721
(There are many comments on the Poughkeepsie Journal website, in
response to this article.)
Journal (Dec. 14)
Hyde Park voters approve school propositions
Phases 2a and 2b of the Hyde Park Central School District's Master
Facilities Plan received voter approval by narrow margins on Thursday
during a snowstorm that made driving to the polls treacherous. More
than 1,450 people turned out for the vote.
Freeman (Dec. 13)
Dutchess helps preserve another family farm
The county Legislature earlier this month approved a resolution
authorizing County Executive William Steinhaus to execute an agreement
purchasing the development rights to the 260-acre Pleasant View
Farm, which straddles the Pine Plains-Northeast town line.
Freeman (Nov. 25)
Home prices trend is flat
Report: October shows strong sales in Dutchess, Ulster
Home prices in Dutchess and Ulster counties are either rising or
flat, depending on which eye you look through.
Journal (Nov. 7)
Saving land benefits communities
Trusts aim to preserve undeveloped areas
"Buy land. They ain't making any more of the stuff," Will
Rogers once famously quipped. These days, the same reasoning could
be applied to a different action: conserving land.
Journal (Nov. 4)
Tyner, Oberly debate in Dutchess Legislature contest
On many of the issues facing Dutchess County residents, incumbent
Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner and his opponent, Republican
Raymon Oberly, agree. But their opinions differ on how to best address
concerns ranging from groundwater protection to property tax relief
and the needs of senior citizens
Freeman (Oct 30).
Hyde Park school fixes up for vote
District voters will decide December 13th whether to borrow $14.9
million to upgrade seven school buildings and to approve purchasing
the district's central administration building for $1.94 million.
Clinton United recommends reading the comments on this article.
Journal (Oct. 31)
Exhibit earns honors for society, photographer
The Clinton Historical Society and photographer Michael Asbill have
been recognized by the Lower Hudson Conference of Historical Agencies
and Museums for the excellent exhibit presented at the Creek Meeting
House, in Clinton Corners, throughout the summer.
Journal (Oct. 17)
Antique designs for a new development
A 25 home development on the 200 acre Bentley Farm, on Bulls Head
Road in the Town of Stanford, is planned by a group of Dutch investors.
The development, named Brook in Waterland, will include a working
farm run by the homeowner's association. About 140 acres of the
200 acre subdivision will be placed in a conservation easement with
the Winnakee Land Trust.
Journal (Oct. 16)
Local government due for a streamlining
This article introduces ideas for governmental change. On October
5th, Pattern For Progress, the State University of New York at New
Paltz, and Pace University will host a conference on questions of
local government collaboration, consolidation, and reform. All local
elected officials in our region and interested citizens are invited
Poughkeepsie Journal (Sept 26)
Luxury no more
"Our burgeoning population on the dynamic East Coast, once
packed vertically into cities, now expands horizontally across the
landscape, spreading and filling developable open spaces like ball
bearings dumped from a coffee can onto a hardwood floor. Thus, preserving
open space is an imperative." Read this excellent Opinion piece
from the Daily Freeman.
Freeman (Sept 22)
District unveils next phase of building plan
More information on the Hyde Park School District's plan to put
a bond referendum before district voters on December 19th to fund
the district's construction and expansion.
Mortgage tax increase is proposed
The County mortgage tax will increase one-quarter of 1 percent to
1.25 percent and the sales tax rate of 3.75 percent will extend
through November 2009.
Poughkeepsie Journal (Sept. 10)
Hyde Park is studying school fixes
Upgrades could cost $13.1 million
With more spending possible in the near future, school taxes will
most likely be affected.
Poughkeepsie Journal (August 30)
Hyde Park school board approves dip in school taxes
There are portions of 5 towns that pay Hyde Park school taxes. All
will see a tax decrease this year except residents in the Town of
Poughkeepsie Journal (August 24)
Building project near Culinary steps forward
Enrollment bump concerns Hyde Park school district
The St. Andrews project on Route 9 across from the Culinary Institute,
with retail stores, a hotel, and 558 housing units, will have a
major impact on Hyde Park roads, schools, economy, and scenic view.
Many are concerned about this development.
Poughkeepsie Journal (August 23)
Milan adopts wetlands law
"It's something that the comprehensive plan recommends,"
town Supervisor Van Talmage said. "This is something that is
important because there was nothing in place that brought the protection
of wetlands into a comprehensive code."
Freeman (Aug 17)
New law lets Fishkill tax property sales
Cash to aid open space; voter OK needed
Poughkeepsie Journal (Aug 17)
Wappinger plan holds promise
"It has taken years to get this far, but the Town of Wappinger
is wrapping up work on its comprehensive plan - the blueprint for
growth in one of the county's most populated areas."
Poughkeepsie Journal (August 11)
Preservation act could be model for state
The means by which Westchester and Putnam communities will be able
to tax property sales to buy and preserve open space is seen as
the first step in spreading such a program across the state.
Poughkeepsie Journal (August 5)
Dutchess home sales earn less, take longer
Poughkeepsie Journal (August 4)
Saving farms faces many obstacles
Poughkeepsie Journal (July 28)
Hyde Park will discuss hotel, spa proposal
This proposed development will be discussed at the Hyde Park Planning
Board meeting on Wednesday, August 1st at 7:00 PM.
Poughkeepsie Journal (July 26)
Voters say no to cops in Hyde Park
It was a very close vote, but cost and increased taxes were most
often cited as reasons for voting against the new facility.
Freeman (July 25)
Hospital wades into senior housing pool
Northern Dutchess Hospital will explore the possibility of building
a retirement community in Rhinebeck on West Market Street.
Freeman (July 25)
Vision may be reality for golf homes
Development in final plan stages
In 2003, the Durst Organization, a New York-based real estate developer,
and Landmark National, a golf resort and residential development
company based in Maryland, bought 2,200 acres near the northern
edge of Dutchess County for $12 million. About 1,650 acres are in
Pine Plains; 550, in Milan.... The developer wants to build a golfing
community, with 951 homes of varying size and an 18-hole championship
golf course. The size of the project has some local residents concerned
because it could nearly double housing in the area.
Poughkeepsie Journal (July 24)
Green lawn, filthy future
Sentiment against perfect lawns has been building in Canada since
the 1990s, but last year it reached new heights. Read why we should
pay attention to this trend.
York Times (July 15)
Fishkill considers open space tax
Community would be second in Dutchess to add fees
The Town of Fishkill could become the second town in Dutchess County
to fund open space through real estate sales.... An increasing number
of towns in the southern areas of the state are using transfer taxes
to pay for open space preservation. In Dutchess, Red Hook was the
first and remains the only town with such a tax.
Poughkeepsie Journal (July 16)
Fishkill gets well-testing law, as well
For the second time this week, a town in southern Dutchess County
has adopted a mandatory well-testing law. The law, similar to one
adopted by the Wappinger town board Friday, is aimed at identifying
health hazards that have been found in some groundwater supplies
in the southern part of the county.
Poughkeepsie Journal (July 15)
Well tests OK'd
The first well-testing law in Dutchess County may be in effect in
less than three months. The Wappinger town board approved the law
5-0 Friday. The law will require most private wells in the town
to be tested during the sale of a home.
Poughkeepsie Journal (July 14)
County panel: Hold line on taxes
'No drastic measures' needed in light of revenues, report says.
No new taxes are needed.
Poughkeepsie Journal (July 6)
Easement will protect historic Clinton farm
Winnakee Land Trust has announced the donation of a conservation
easement by Elizabeth (Betty) Davis on her 192-acre historic horse
Poughkeepsie Journal (July 1)
Home price tags climb in Dutchess
But fewer homes were sold in June
Poughkeepsie Journal (July 7)
Continuing slide, pending home sales drop 3.5% in May
The local County figure is also down, although not quite as much.
Poughkeepsie Journal (July 4 )
Clinton’s past and present
Check out a photo gallery of historical and 2007 images of the Town
of Clinton. The photos will be part of a new exhibition of lenticular
prints by Michael Asbill at the Clinton Historical Society. (See
our listing in Happening in
Journal (June 28)
Census: Dutchess areas mostly gain in population
East Fishkill, Fishkill and Pleasant Valley grew by hundreds of
residents in the 12 months ending last July 1, while Poughkeepsie
and Hyde Park shrank a bit, according to municipal population estimates
to be released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Clinton grew by
Journal (June 28)
Black bears make forays into suburbia: Wild animals increasingly
seen in yards
By Rasheed Oluwa
They're furry, inquisitive and darn right adorable at times. But
black bears are also wild animals. . . and should be treated with
caution if they are sighted in the area. One was sighted in Clinton,
in Schultzville, on May 28th.
Journal (June 27)
Lure of larger homes discourages proponents of green construction
By Sarah Bradshaw
The supersize trend in the housing market doesn't seem to be going
away, especially in the mid-Hudson Valley, despite environmental
Journal (June 26)
Housing inflation outpaces local income growth, study shows
"What's happened is, this area has been thrown off kilter in
that the increase in housing values is not tied currently to population
growth and not currently tied to income growth."
Freeman (June 22)
Back bill and take control of local preservation efforts
If you value your drinking water, ball fields for your kids and
farms that grow healthy food, you should contact your state legislators
Journal (June 20)
MILLIONS OF BIRDS VANISHING IN PLAIN SIGHT
Last week the Audubon Society released a new report describing the
sharp and startling population decline of some of the most familiar
and common birds in America.
York Times (June 19)
Town-by-town home sales confirm location matters
Check of median prices supports northern migration
The median price of homes in Clinton rose moderately in 2006 compared
to 2005. The increase in the 2006 median price was high in the towns
of Pleasant Valley, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, and Stanford.
Journal (June 13)
'Great people' are Staatsburg's big draw
Many public facilities within walking distance of this old-fashioned
Journal (June 10)
$508,000 would protect orchard land in Red Hook
Freeman (June 8)
Black bear visits Clinton backyard
Animal hasn't been seen since Monday
Journal (May 30)
Red Hook to examine zoning plan
Aim is to preserve 'village' lifestyle
Journal (May 29)
Where does your town rank?
An analysis and ranking of 28 towns in Columbia and
northern Dutchess counties on the quality of their fiscal management
and the likelihood they will need large property tax increases in
the near future. For the first time, the Town of Clinton has been
included in this annual study. The report can be accessed at www.LittleTownViews.com
Park land buy brings development closer to reality
Besides the commercial space, plans call
for the construction of 558 residential dwellings, 330 of which
would be located in the "village core" and would include
rental flats, townhouses and village-style housing.
Preservation tax squeaks by
Red Hook voters passed the first law in Dutchess County (by only
31 votes) to raise money for a Community Preservation Fund, by taxing
homes that sell at a price higher than the median price in the county.
Journal (May 2)
Widewaters Shopping plaza wins approval
a long fight by the local opponents, the Greenport Planning Board
issued a negative declaration of environmental impact for the Widewaters
Shopping Plaza, leading the way to its approval. See earlier related
stories on this page.
IndeNews (Mar 31)
pulls out of village
of a planned luxury inn and spa, bowing to public pressure, have
scrapped their proposal for the village and have decided to look
elsewhere in the area.
Suburbia’s Northward Crawl
realistic portrayal of why Dutchess County, and particularly now
Hyde Park, is becoming so attractive to homebuyers.
York Times (Mar 11)
secures another easement
Winnakee Land Trust has established a conservation easement on a
126-acre parcel on Norton Road in the Town of Red Hook, adjacent
to the historic Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome.
How to balance economic growth while maintaining the beauty
of our communities was the topic of a forum sponsored by the Hyde
Park Visual Environment Committee on February 1st at the FDR Wallace
Gazette Advertiser (Feb 8)
Green: This Ecofriendly House
Newsweek (Feb 5 edition)
Also check out this
site for more news and tips from "Project Green."
ho! Buyers are attracted to protected open
Migliorelli, owner of Migliorelli Farms in Red Hook, recently expanded
his operation - an unusual move in an era when the very existence
of small farms is threatened by the double-whammy of small profit
margins and the lure of big money that developers are willing to
pay for open land.
Freeman (Feb 4)
Mega-mall hearing draws fans, foes
Independent (Dec 2
spa builder given to-do list
impact issues to be addressed
Journal (Dec 7)
their land, but others do the farming
farms, add to profits
Journal (Dec 9)
Keep pressing local issues
Editorial (Nov 9)
Grant to Purchase land rights
Journal (November 1)
stretch will remain untouched
Easement sought in Clinton Hollow
Journal (Oct 30)
Opposition grows to planned housing on farm where Borden milk was
Freeman (Oct 29)
Don't be fooled
by growth pace...there
are enough large development proposals already in the works to keep
town leaders and planners busy in the immediate future.
Road to Progress, or
End of a Rural Lifestyle?
York Times (Oct.1)
County wants you for tax panel
Poughkeepsie Journal (Sept 21)
Red Hook board OKs preservation fund
Poughkeepsie Journal (Sept 21)
School-tax reform battle being waged on local fronts
Poughkeepsie Journal (Sept 19)
Hyde Park wants cash for schools
Phase 2 of plan will cost $182 million
Poughkeepsie Journal (Sept 16)
By the numbers: Milan Forum details potential build-out
Register Herald (Sept 15)
Hyde Park Considers a Makeover
New York Times (Sept 13)
Build momentum for land funds
Poughkeepsie Journal (August 28)
Milan promotes hamlets
Plan concentrates growth around Rock City, Lafayetteville
Poughkeepsie Journal (August 15)
Out in a wilderness of laws
Lack of federal, state oversight leaves towns no option but to make own rules
Poughkeepsie Journal (August 6)
Gardiner strives to protect open space
Daily Freeman (Aug 6)
Developing farmland affects health, let's preserve nature
Poughkeepsie Journal (August 4)
Reform unites residents
Groups are formed to press for change in taxation system
Poughkeepsie Journal (July 30)
Bill would allow Red Hook to fund land for Parks
Poughkeepsie Journal (June 24)
"Vigorous debate is expected --
60 set to talk on Rhinebeck development"
Poughkeepsie Journal (June 23)
Don't dawdle on adopting open space strategies
Poughkeepsie Journal (June 16)
State rewards smart towns Poughkeepsie Journal (June 7 )
Growth hikes tax, study says
The bigger the town gets, the larger the tax effects will be
Poughkeepsie Journal (June 12)
State rewards smart towns Poughkeepsie Journal (June 7 )
Development creates new pressures on Planning Board...
Stanford sued for $10 million by landowners
Poughkeepsie Journal (June 6 )
Red Hook board enacts halt on agricultural land deals Poughkeepsie Journal
LaGrange approaches first phase of Open Space planning The Voice Ledger (May 19)
"Groups push for tax to help preserve open space" Poughkeepsie Journal (May 18)
has most 'no' votes" Poughkeepsie
Journal (May 18)
Updates of zoning laws demand building bans Poughkeepsie
Journal (May 14)
As population explodes, land preservation fight ensues
Development can threaten acreage Poughkeepsie
Journal (May 14)
School spending plans among state's highest Poughkeepsie
Dutchess again flunks air quality test Freeman story ( April 26)
State report: Property taxes skyrocketing
Property taxes have risen 43 percent in Dutchess Poughkeepsie Journal ( April 26)
Sewers harming valley watershed Poughkeepsie Journal (April 9)
Attempt to track school taxes finds a tangled web Poughkeepsie Journal (April 7)
Fishkill sets planning tone Poughkeepsie
Journal (March 31)
Updating the Village of Pawling Comprehensive Plan and the Village Zoning Code was the subject of an open public workshop Pawling News Chronical (March 31)
Red Hook board revists open space protection law Daily Freeman (March 30)
Pine Plains United Sees Moratorium as a Time to Learn Register Herald story (March 3)