Extension of medical benefits for family of Ulster County dive team member who died on duty unanimously approved

By Patricia Doxsey

KINGSTON >> Ulster County lawmakers on Tuesday approved a resolution extending for 18 months medical insurance for the family of an Ulster County corrections sergeant who died during a dive team training exercise.

Legislators passed the measure unanimously and without discussion.

Kerry Winters, 51, a 30-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, died Sept.

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Correction: Nov. 23, 2016

A Tuesday story about tax-delinquent properties that fail to sell at auction misstated the party affiliation of Ulster County Legislator James Maloney, R-town of Ulster. Also, Maloney did not say neighbors are not notified when such properties are not sold at auction.

Although steps are taken to avoid factual mistakes in our news stories and photo captions, errors can occur.

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New Paltz taxpayers face 8 percent hike

By Terence P. Ward

The New Paltz town budget is going to hit taxpayers with close to an eight percent increase, the result of a perfect storm of declining revenues, a shrinking fund balance to cushion tax hikes and skyrocketing fixed costs. The final figures show a total spending plan of $11.9 million, with $8.45 million being raised through property taxes. The overall budget is up about half a million dollars from last year, or 4.4%, but the tax levy will rise 7.87% because there's less with which to offset it.

Supervisor Neil Bettez explained that even things that were good news when they occurred can create budget challenges in the future. Case in point: a new cell tower lease was negotiated last year, resulting in a large lump-sum payment which was socked away to spend on the next town hall. However, the old lease provided $25,000 annually, which now just isn't there. The fund balance, which money left over from year to year that serves as a rainy-day fund, is a…

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Walkway Over Hudson, Minnewaska among state parks holding Black Friday events

HIGHLAND >> A "surprise" visit from Santa Claus at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and a post-Thanksgiving hike at Minnewaska State Park Preserve are amongst the Black Friday events being hosted at state parks.

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is encouraging everyone to freely enjoy state parks on Black Friday.

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Wallkill Central School kindergarten registration scheduled

WALLKILL >> Wallkill Central School District will hold its kindergarten registration for students entering in fall of 2017.

The registration will be held at the Leptondale, Ostrander, and Plattekill elementary schools on the following dates:

. Leptondale Elementary School, Jan. 10, 11, and 12.

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Winter Wonderland Parade and Tree Lighting in Esopus scheduled for Dec. 10

ESOPUS >> The town of Esopus Recreation Commission will sponsor its 11th Annual Winter Wonderland Parade and Tree Lighting on Saturday, Dec. 10.

The parade will kick off at 5:30 p.m. beginning at Medex in Port Ewen. It will proceed on Broadway going south to West Stout Street. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will greet attendees and hand out cookies.

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RUPCO offering housing counselors for those facing foreclosure

KINGSTON >> RUPCO, a low-income housing provider, is offering housing counselors to help people facing foreclosure or are close to defaulting on mortgages.

The counselors can work with people and their banks through the nationally-recognized Home Affordable Modification Program.

This free program has helped more than 1.

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Thanksgiving: What’s open, what’s closed Thursday and Friday

Thanksgiving is Thursday. Here's a look at how various services and offices will be affected Thursday and Friday.

Amtrak: Modified schedule both days

Banks: Closed Thursday, open Friday

Columbia County offices: Closed both days

Dutchess County offices: Closed Thursday, open Friday

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5 SUNY New Paltz students charged in underage drinking bust

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NEW PALTZ >> An early morning raid at P&G's Restaurant and Bar on Main Street in the village ended with the arrest of five underage SUNY New Paltz students who used fake identifications to buy drinks, police said Tuesday.

Paige N. Gladstone, Taylor E. LaFrance and Logan Hornsey, all 19, Jessica M.

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