November 2008

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

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.

September 2007

Most 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 be heard.

April 2007

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 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:
Written comments on the project should include reference to Project Identification Number (PIN) 8755.91.

  For more information please read the following article:

Town residents and the County Department of Public Works see a new bridge a little differently read more

February 2007

The 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
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

January 2007


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?

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!

* $25 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

December 2006

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:

Further 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 and input.
For more information on this project, and its potential impact on taxes, the local economy, the environment, and traffic, go to and click on WIDEWATERS: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.

written by Blanche Rubin

The Steering 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.

Among 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.

Again, 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

November 2006

Protecting historic community character in a time of change

The 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.

"What 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

October 2006


Winnakee 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. 22, 2006.
More of the press release

There 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 photos here

September 2006

Currant battle brews
Possible DEC rules worry local grower
Poughkeepsie Journal (Sept 19)


August 2006

3 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.
Poughkeepsie Journal (August 16)

June 2006

Proposed Clinton zoning law aims to protect town waterways
Daily Freeman
(June 27)

"Plan worries Hyde Park, Clinton residents --
77 Lots To Be Built on 234-Acre Parcel" by John Davis
Poughkeepsie Journal
(June 23)

Serenity Hills scoping session set for Wednesday
Poughkeepsie Journal (June 16)

May 2006

Pressing ahead: Cider mill rebounds from fire Freeman story (May 28)

See the report and pictures of our May spring luncheon here

A Personal Response to the Clinton United Spring Luncheon read (May11)

"Fear Not Hyde Park" About Town (Spring 06)

April 2006
Breezy 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 loo
Clinton Corners woman is $23 million Lotto winner PoughkeepsieJournal (April 6)

Details we found regarding previous action on the Farmview Subdivision, up for review at the April 4th Planning Board meeting....take a look


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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 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 -- 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 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

December 2008

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

November 2008

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

October 2008

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)

July 2008

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)

June 2008

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)


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)

April 2008

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)


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)

March 2008

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)

February 2008

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)

January 2008

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)

December 2007

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.
Daily 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 vote.
(There are many comments on the Poughkeepsie Journal website, in response to this article.)
Poughkeepsie 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.
Daily Freeman (Dec. 13)

November 2007

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.
Daily 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.
Poughkeepsie 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.
Poughkeepsie Journal (Nov. 4)

October 2007

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
Daily 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.
Poughkeepsie 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.
Poughkeepsie 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.
Poughkeepsie Journal (Oct. 16)

September 2007

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 to attend.
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.
Daily 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.
HydeParkTownsman (Sept. 17)

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)

August 2007

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 Clinton.
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."
Daily 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)

July 2007

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.
Daily 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.
Daily 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.
New 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 farm.
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 )

June 2007
Picture 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 Clinton.)
Poughkeepsie 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 28 residents.
Poughkeepsie 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.
Poughkeepsie Journal (June 27)

Lure of larger homes discourages proponents of green construction values
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 consequences.
Poughkeepsie 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."
Daily 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 right now.
Poughkeepsie Journal (June 20)

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.
New 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.
Poughkeepsie Journal (June 13)

'Great people' are Staatsburg's big draw
Many public facilities within walking distance of this old-fashioned neighborhood
Poughkeepsie Journal (June 10)

$508,000 would protect orchard land in Red Hook
Daily Freeman (June 8)

May 2007

Black bear visits Clinton backyard
Animal hasn't been seen since Monday
Poughkeepsie Journal (May 30)

Red Hook to examine zoning plan

Aim is to preserve 'village' lifestyle
Poughkeepsie Journal (May 29)

Budget scorecard update:
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 (May 25)

Hyde 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.
Daily Freeman (May20)

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.
Poughkeepsie Journal (May 2)

March 2007

Widewaters Shopping plaza wins approval
Despite 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)

Mirbeau pulls out of village
Developers 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.
Daily Freeman (Mar20

Suburbia’s Northward Crawl
A realistic portrayal of why Dutchess County, and particularly now Hyde Park, is becoming so attractive to homebuyers.
New York Times (Mar 11)

Winnakee secures another easement
The 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.
Gazette Advertiser (Mar2)

February 2007

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 Center.
Gazette Advertiser (Feb 8)

Project Green: This Ecofriendly House
Newsweek (Feb 5 edition)
Also check out this site for more news and tips from "Project Green."

Farmland, ho! Buyers are attracted to protected open spaces
Kenneth 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.
Daily Freeman (Feb 4)

January 2007

Greenport Mega-mall hearing draws fans, foes
The Independent (Dec 2

December 2006

Rhinebeck spa builder given to-do list
Environmental impact issues to be addressed
Poughkeepsie Journal (Dec 7)

It's their land, but others do the farming
Consultants manage farms, add to profits
Poughkeepsie Journal (Dec 9)

November 2006

Keep pressing local issues

Poughkeepsie Journal
Editorial (Nov 9)

Grant to Purchase land rights
Poughkeepsie Journal (November 1)

October 2006

Woodland stretch will remain untouched
Easement sought in Clinton Hollow
Poughkeepsie Journal (Oct 30)

Got Land?
Opposition grows to planned housing on farm where Borden milk was born Daily 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.
Poughkeepsie Journal (Oct 1 )

Road to Progress, or End of a Rural Lifestyle?
New York Times (Oct.1)

September 2006

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)

August 2006

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

July 2006

Reform unites residents
Groups are formed to press for change in taxation system
Poughkeepsie Journal (July 30)

June 2006

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 )

May 2006

Red Hook board enacts halt on agricultural land deals Poughkeepsie Journal
(May 24)

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)

Dutchess 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 Journal (May11)

April 2006

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)

March 2006

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)