Shandaken

Chad Storey named new Shandaken Police Chief

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board unanimously ushered in local policeman Chad Storey as the town’s new police chief, effective July 19.
Storey’s appointment follows the retirement of current Chief James McGrath, who is stepping down later this month.


Shandaken to pick new police chief

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board will hold a special session on Wednesday, July 2 to interview candidates for the position of police chief.
According to Supervisor Rob Stanley, the meeting will not be conducted in public. “We will officially open the meeting then immediately move to executive session,” he said Monday. “We will interview candidates, then have a private discussion and hopefully choose a new chief right then.”


Shandaken planners fear NYC's new flood buyout plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Planning Board is expected to take a long-hard look at the details of a controversial plan to allow the City of New York to buy homes and businesses in local hamlets and villages.
At the June meeting of the planning board, rookie member Alan Shiner brought the matter up after reading about it in the Catskill Mountain News earlier that same day. “I think this is going to be very dangerous for our area,” Shiner warned.


Shandaken Police Chief Jim McGrath retiring after 34 years

By Jay Braman Jr.
James McGrath, a 34-year veteran of the Shandaken Police Department and its longtime chief, will retire from that position next month.
The news was sent to the town board in a letter from McGrath, who said he would still be available to help the department.
“The decision to retire has not been an easy one, but I feel it is time for me to move on,” McGrath wrote.


Shandaken ZBA sides with County planners against Hanover Farms

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals upheld the recommendations of the Ulster Coun­ty Planning on Wednesday, voting to suspend progress on granting variances to Hanover Farms in Mount Tremper until the owners get approval from the State Department of Transportation (DOT).


Ulster Co. Planned Board fears Higley's farm stand is unsafe

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Ulster County Planning Board has reviewed plans for the reopening of the Hanover Farms store on Route 28 in Mount Tremper and has warned the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals that if those plans are passed as submitted, it would not be safe.
Hanover Farms is in front of the zoning board and looking for several variances from town law in order to reopen the store as it now stands. A meeting/public hearing on the subject is set for Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at town hall in Allaben.


Higley's Shandaken farm stand still down for the count

By Jay Braman Jr.
An attorney for Hanover Farms said that the final nail in the coffin might have been hammered in place last week when the Shandaken Zoning Board of appeals failed to act on granting variances to the now closed business.
On Wednesday, the Shandaken Town Hall was crowed for a public hearing on the farm stand’s attempt to gain permission to reopen. It was closed last fall by a State Supreme Court order after a lawsuit brought by owners Al and Alfie Higley against the town failed.


Ethics of Shandaken officials challenged

By Jay Braman Jr.
The May meeting of the Shandaken Town Board ended with a heated discussion about the ethics of some town officials, some named and others not identified, when a Phoenicia resident complained about what he said was the uneven way town laws are enforced.


Public Hearing for Higley's set for May 8

By Jay Braman Jr.
Area residents will get a chance to speak up on Al Higley’s efforts to reopen his store in Mount Tremper, which is now shut down by State Supreme Court order.
On Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m., the Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at town hall on Route 28 in Allaben.


Shandaken business climate sparks lively debate at town meeting

By Jay Braman Jr.
It’s a song often heard throughout the region. A song of despair voiced by members of the local business community who complain about how bad things are going and about how not enough is being done to make things better.
Last week those points were made loud and clear by Russell Roefs, a retiring businessman in Shandaken, who aimed them squarely at the town board during a lively session reminiscent of the meetings of the old days when spirited debate about any and everything was common.
But what he got in return was not what he expected.


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