Shandaken leader admits error in awarding a no-bid contract

By Jay Braman Jr.
He’s done it before, but some expect that he won’t do it again.

Phoenicia, Boiceville sewer projects moving along slowly

By Jay Braman Jr.
A pair of sewer projects in the region is having difficulty moving forward, but supporters of both projects continue to make slow headway. Both projects benefit from funds supplied by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which has committed millions to build such systems in the watershed after local officials demanded the funds back in the 1990s.

Local politicians will have roles in "Our Town" STS performances

Members of the Shandaken Town Board and the two District Two Ulster County legislators (Don Gregorius and Brian Shapiro), along with Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum, will be appearing in the Shandaken Theatrical Society’s next production, Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” Performances are November 14-16 and 21-23; Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m., Sunday shows at 2 p.m.

Shandaken voters to choose board member

By Jay Braman Jr.
Voters will see many names on the ballot in Shandaken this year, where one local race takes place alongside several county- and state-level races. In the Town of Shandaken, Democrat Doris Bartlett will be faced by Woodland Valley resident Tina Rice, a Republican, to fill out the remaining year on what had been the town board seat of current supervisor Peter DiSclafani.

Shandaken Board working to reduce budget expenses

By Jay Braman Jr.
A special session to shave dollars from the Town of Shandaken’s $5 million preliminary budget yielded little results Monday night, but there are some items, including raises for staff and officials, on the chopping block.
Filled with four percent raises for all public officials and non-union employees plus a whopping 18 percent increase for the town’s ambulance squad, the preliminary plan caught attention when first revealed earlier this month, prompting one councilman to note that while this would be a hard winter for town employees it would be harder for taxpayers.

Call for Shandaken budget oversight

By Jay Braman Jr.
With the Ulster County facing challenging economic times, Big Indian resident Gary Gailes has urged the Shandaken Town Board to proceed with caution when finalizing next year’s budget.
Along those lines, Gailes has called for a special committee to be formed to look at the possibility of a tighter budget and what that would mean to the town and its residents.
A preliminary budget prepared last week calls for spending of just over $5 million. Discussion of the plan will take place on October 27 during a special workshop meeting of the town board beginning at 6 pm. At that time all proposed spending would be reviewed. The public is invited to attend.

Ambulance funding takes jump in Shandaken preliminary budget

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Town of Shandaken’s preliminary budget has appeared on schedule this year, unlike last when the same document didn’t jump out of town hall until close to Halloween. But this year’s $5 million spending plan may still give taxpayers a fright. Filled with raises for all public officials and nonunion employees plus a whopping 18 percent increase for the town’s ambulance squad.

Flower maintenance funds may get ax in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
Perhaps it’s a sign of the times.
As governments on all levels works to cut spending during the current poor economy, frivolous expenditures are called into question. In Shandaken a popular yet controversial project is now on the chopping block, and some say the funds saved should be spent helping the ever increasing needy population instead.

Shandaken mulls major cuts in 2009 town spending plan

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board met in a special session last Monday to begin work on the 2009 budget. And from the sound of it, everything is on the table when it comes to possible spending cuts.
The informal session, which was sparsely attended, saw the board members seated at a table scrutinizing the current figures in the budget in an attempt to find places to save money.
Right off the bat there was disagreement over how brutal the cutting should be. Supervisor Peter DiSclafani, who recently favored no raises in 2009, said that all non-union salaries should increase four percent next year. He changed his mind, he said, because energy costs have risen so high that it’s going to be tough for workers to make ends meet.

Shandaken Day set for Saturday

Shandaken Goes Greener is the theme for this year’s celebration at the site of future Catskill Interpretive Center on the Department of Environmental conservation Day Use Area on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper. Family fun, games, arts and crafts, delicious food and good times will be on hand on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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