Hundreds of Volunteers Build Playground in 5 Days

New Paltz’s community playground was in a state of disrepair. The Hasbrouck Park Playground, located near the center of the village of 7,000, was constructed 24 years ago, and the wooden structures were beginning to splinter. “It actually became a safety hazard,” said village Trustee Michele Zipp. “A lot of the poles were splintering off…

New Paltz High School Walks Out for Climate Change

Scores of New Paltz High School students walked out of class Friday to march through the center of the village, hoisting signs and chanting for their future. The march is part of a world-wide climate strike meant to push the issue of climate change to the forefront of world leaders’ agendas. Students from England to…

New Paltz Striking for The Future

Students at SUNY New Paltz and schoolchildren from the town’s public schools are planning to walk out of classes Friday as part of an international school strike against climate change. The strike is part of an increasing global movement started by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who began skipping her ninth-grade classes in August 2018…

New Paltz Judge Resigns Amid State Disciplinary Charges

A long-time New Paltz judge resigned last week while under two disciplinary charges by the state for a conflict of interest between his judgeship and his law practice in a criminal case. Judge Jonathan Katz, who has served as a New Paltz Town Justice since 1995, signed the arrest warrant of a man for allegedly…