I am thankful to my public library for the fact that they haven’t increased their membership fees. In this economy where we all need to stretch our dollars it is good to know that I can still go to the library and borrow an unlimited number of books, DVDs, and books on CD and not have to pay anything. I used the library value calculator that is provided on line and based on my weekly use of the library and all its services, my yearly benefit is over $14,000. I am a bargain shopper so I know there is no better deal out there. Thank you Saugerties Public Library.
THE FUTURE IS OURS
As I study articles and reports on New York State, county and local government I must say that the government of today will not be the government of tomorrow!
As elected officials we must take a hard look at our own ability to stand up and make the hard decisions for tomorrow. If we act as we have in the past our future will be burdened with high taxes, over spending, and citizens enslaved by our weakness.
We must lead with efficient and accountable spending, smaller government, and citizens empowered to thrive in this state. We can still do so while being compassionate to those in need.
We must take this stance in our own county. We must prove that we can work to achieve change for a government that once again serves the people. This will not be easy or even popular. We know that it must be done. We were elected to lead and to make hard decisions while serving our citizens.
The future is ours to build with leadership, or destroy with the same old games.
Walter G. Frey Jr.
Ulster County legislator
QUOTH THE LAWSUIT
Regarding the village of Saugerties water withdrawal:
The 1957 NYS Supreme Court judgment states under «Finding of Facts and Conclusion of Law» #17:
«That the 1.8 m/g/d which the said defendant, Village of Saugerties, seeks the right in perpetuity to divert in the future from the said Plattekill Stream is proposed to be taken and used by said village for the purpose of supplying its inhabitants and the said Glasco Water District with a supply of pure and wholesome water.» Period.
HEIN HAS A PLAN
A town supervisor’s number one responsibility is the Town Budget. In that role, as supervisor of New Paltz, holding down taxes while providing the needed services for the town was my number one priority.
When doing a municipal budget you have revenues, fund balance and taxes to cover the cost of your expenses. The fund balance is there to protect the municipality from any disaster. If there is an excessive amount it should be used to hold down taxes. The problem arises when that fund becomes depleted, it creates an extreme problem for how you fund the following years without increasing taxes. That happened years back when the Republican-led Legislature had used so much fund balance that the county taxpayers were handed a 39 percent tax increase the following year.
I am thrilled that county executive Hein presented a 0 percent tax increase. The taxpayers of Ulster County are hurting and they need their municipal governments to respect that. I will be voting in the affirmative on that budget.
I also understand the implications of using such a major piece of the fund balance. However, it is my deep belief that the executive has a plan and I am pretty confident I know how he plans to once again deliver a respectable budget next year when he is up for re-election. And even though going to Albany or Washington may be an option for him, I don›t think he would allow his legacy to be an enormous tax hike after he leaves.
Oh, and as an aside, despite Hugh Reynolds prediction, I have no intentions to run for New Paltz town supervisor or Ulster County executive. As Joe Moriello , New Paltz town attorney once said to me , «You don›t go back....you only go higher!»
Ulster County legislator
MEDICAL CENTER OPEN HOUSE
An open letter from Dr. Stephen and Pamela Hassett of EmUrgentCare to our new neighbors in Ulster County:
In 2003 our family opened EmUrgentCare in Coxsackie. Over the past seven years, our practice has grown and our emergency trained medical staff has treated over 100,000 patients. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve our community and provide medical treatment to our friends and neighbors. It has been a very fulfilling experience for our family.
We are excited to begin this process again in Saugerties and are looking forward to serving our new neighbors here in Ulster County. We are writing this letter to thank all of you who have embraced EmUrgentCare as we prepare to open our new facility on Route 9W. The finish line is in sight. We will be open and providing high quality medical care on December 1st of this year.
While we officially open on December 1, we are pleased to extend an invitation to come to our Open House on Saturday, November 27 from 12-3 p.m. You will be able to meet members of our medical staff and tour our facility. Food, beverages and health related giveaways will be provided. We will also be raffling off several items including an iPod shuffle and iTunes gift cards.
The office is located at 2976 Route 9W. To enter our raffle, please bring in non-perishable food items to be donated to the Saugerties Food Pantry. A raffle ticket will be provided for each item donated.
We hope you can take a few minutes out of your busy weekend schedule to come in and meet our team. We certainly look forward to meeting you.
As the parents of four young children, we understand the trust and responsibility that comes with providing medical care. From a simple case of the sniffles to lacerations, broken bones, and the flu, we promise to treat each one of our patients with the care, compassion and respect they deserve.
Thank you again for your support and for welcoming us into your community. We look forward to serving you.
Dr. Stephen Hassett and Pamela Hassett