Shandaken

Stanley is an easy winner; GOP takes over in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
Republican incumbent Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley won another two-year term in voting last Tuesday, and Republican Councilman Vinnie Bernstein was also re-elected.

Both are joined by Republican newcomer Alfie Higley, giving the GOP a sweep and maintaining the current state of affairs in Shandaken politics.


Longstanding battle for Shandaken Highway Superintendent continues

By Jay Braman Jr.
Keith Johnson hopes that the third time is the charm.
Counting this upcoming election, that is how many times he will have faced current Highway Superintendent Eric Hofmeister at the polls, trying to either keep or regain the job as Shandaken’s road boss.

“I would like the job. I can do a better job. I’m better qualified,” said Johnson, who held the position for one term in 2006-2007. Johnson was unseated by Hofmeister in the 2007 election. Johnson tried again in the 2009 election but Hofmeister held the position.


Stanley, Nolan running for Shandaken Super post

By Jay Braman Jr.
Two candidates are vying for the top job in Shandaken.

Incumbent Town Supervisor Rob Stanley, a Republican, is seeking his second two-year term and is being challenged by Democrat Kathy Nolan.

Stanley, who has three children, is divorced and lives in Pine Hill. He has lived in town for most of his life and attended college at SUNY New Paltz, where he received a BA in Playwriting/ American Literature.


Dry Brook, Oliverea bridge work underway

By Brian Sweeney
The installation of two major bridge projects along county-maintained roadways damaged by August 28 flooding is planned for completion by January.

Officials have indicated that a replacement structure for the “Arthur White Bridge” spanning the Dry Brook stream in Delaware County is targeted for opening to emergency vehicles by December 24. The structure, which is situated about three miles from Route 28, is targeted to be open to all traffic by January 14, 2012. Work on the bridge is expected to get underway this week.


No new taxes projected in Shandaken budget

By Jay Braman Jr.
After a solid month’s worth of bad news, most of it having to do with flooding and other disasters, the taxpayers of Shandaken got some good news this week.

According to Shandaken Town Supervisor Rob Stanley, the preliminary budget plan for the town calls for only a tiny tax increase.

To explain it, Stanley put it this way. “If you paid $1,000 last year in town taxes, this year you will pay $1,000.50.”


AT&T cell service set up in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
Three years after being built, the cell tower in Shandaken at Glenbrook Park will finally become operational.

It was announced at the September Shandaken Town Board meeting that AT&T will erect equipment on the tower.

The news comes on the heels of recent complaints by Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley, who noted the frustration of emergency service personnel during the recent Hurricane Irene catastrophe. Evacuating people under the harsh conditions was very difficult without adequate wireless communications, he said.


Shandaken food pantry open in Phoenicia

Shandaken — The Shandaken Food Pantry, in cooperation with the  Phoenicia Methodist Church, is currently open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and is distributing the following to residents of the area who lost their homes or possessions as a result of Tropical Storm Irene: non-perishable food, toiletries, personal care items, clothing-men, women and children, bedding-sheets, blankets, comforters, shoes, sneakers and boots, furniture and home items including kitchen, living room and bedroom.
For more information please contact Food Pantry Director Jane Todd at 845 688-5828.


Shandaken seeks state help in flood recovery

By Jay Braman Jr.
SOS is known worldwide as a distress call. Save Our Ship is how it originated, as a cry for help from any sea faring entity that ran the risk of being no more.
On Saturday morning, in a meeting hall in Shandaken, a group of land owners who were hard hit by tropical storm called Irene organized a grassroots effort to demand aide in the wake of that weather event.

They call themselves SOS, as for Save Our Shandaken. The circumstances for the people in this room varied, but all have suffered some degree of loss in the past couple of weeks.


Shandaken has flood fix-up shortfall

By Jay Braman Jr.
“I’ve got no money in my budget to handle this.”

That is the message that Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley delivered to state and federal officials Sunday, just prior to a meeting set up to determine how best to proceed with helping the Catskill Region in the aftermath of tropical storm Irene.

Exactly one week after the storm, Stanley was busy inside the command post set up in the MF Whitney Fire House on Route 214 in Phoenicia.


Nolan to face Stanley in Shandaken Supervisor race

By Jay Braman Jr.
It’s official. Election season has begun in Shandaken.
The Republicans have chosen the following candidates.

Supervisor Rob Stanley, now in the last few months of his first term, was not challenged in his bid to seek a second term.

Another incumbent, Conservative Vince Bernstein, was granted the Republican endorsement.
And now there is a new face on the political front. Al Higley, who owns the controversial farm stand in Mount Tremper, has thrown his hat into the ring and will run for a council seat on the Republican ticket.


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