Planning Board: 03/17/20 Agenda and Public Hearing

As of Friday, March 13, 2020 at 3 PM, the upcoming meeting of the Planning Board will still be held at Village Hall next week. The confirmed Agenda for the March 17, 2020 meeting of the Planning Board is now available, hereThis meeting will also include a Public Hearing for PB20-02, 145 North Chestnut Street. The public is free to attend with their comments, questions, or concerns.

3/13/20 COVID-19: Update #9

3/13/20 COVID-19: Update #9

Due to the rising concerns over the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Village of New Paltz offices are closed to the public. The Village of New Paltz has not had any confirmed cases of COVID-19, but we feel it is best to take precautionary measures to protect the public.

While our offices will be closed to the public, staff will remain available to assist during our regular business hours 9am – 4pm Monday through Friday.

Any payments needing to be dropped off can be placed in the secure lockbox located outside the door to the clerk’s office, which is checked daily. Payments can be made online as well. Anyone needing a handicap hang tag or other assistance please call our office.

Please feel free to call our office with any questions or concerns at 845-255-0130.

3/12/20 COVID-19: Update #8

3/12/20 COVID-19: Update #8

As of now, the Village of New Paltz has not had any confirmed cases of COVID-19. However, we are working to take precautionary measures to protect the public.  We are speaking regularly with Ulster County and NYS Department of Health to get up-to-date information and will be posting anything new to our website and Facebook page.

Following conversations with the County and DOH, in an effort to limit exposure, we are suspending all in-person meetings and public gatherings for all “Advisory” and “Ad Hoc” volunteer Boards and Committees over the next 30 days. However, business-essential Boards that function according to timetables mandated by New York State and are governed by public notice requirements will continue to function as normal unless otherwise noticed. These include:

  • Village Board
  • Planning Board
  • Zoning Board of Appeals

Other boards and committees may continue to meet via phone conference, email, or in small groups in non-public places at their discretion while following CDC guidelines for social distancing.

As always, feel free to contact our Clerk’s Office with any questions at 845-255-0130.

3/11/20 COVID-19: Update #7

3/11/20 COVID-19: Update #7

Here is a link to the latest Governor’s press release, the 24 hour hotline number and New York State Department of Health website with the latest information.

Press Release: Governor Cuomo’s Latest Press Release

24 Hour Hotline Number: 1-888-364-3065

Website: New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Website 

Local officials from New Paltz’s school district, fire, police, rescue, Town, Village and SUNY New Paltz continue to convene daily to keep each other abreast of the latest developments and to be able to relay information to our community as circumstances develop.

3/11/20 COVID-19: Update #6

3/11/20 COVID-19: Update #6

Here is a link to the latest Governor’s press release, the 24 hour hotline number and New York State Department of Health website with the latest information.

Press Release: Governor Cuomo’s Latest Press Release

24 Hour Hotline Number: 1-888-364-3065

Website: New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Website 

Local officials from New Paltz’s school district, fire, police, rescue, Town, Village and SUNY New Paltz continue to convene daily to keep each other abreast of the latest developments and to be able to relay information to our community as circumstances develop.

3/8/2020 COVID-19: Update #4

3/8/2020 COVID-19: Update #4

From Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan:
“IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: This morning, we were notified by the New York State Health Department that an Ulster County resident has received a “presumptive positive” result for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This individual recently traveled internationally to France and notified our Health Department that he had symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Upon guidance from our Health Department he drove himself to a hospital where test samples were taken and he was immediately placed into quarantine.

We have been preparing for this contingency for the last several weeks and I am confident in our ability to respond quickly and comprehensively to ensure public health and safety. As a first step, we are activating the Ulster County Emergency Operation Center as well as deploying Health Department staff to focus solely on community mitigation efforts. Public Health officials have already begun interviewing this individual to assess who he may have come into contact with and will notify those individuals. We will continue to update the public to ensure full transparency as the situation develops.

I would like to reiterate that any resident experiencing a fever, with cough or shortness of breath should contact the Ulster County Health Department at 845-340-3150 or, if symptoms are severe, call 911. For general questions about coronavirus please call the New York State Department of Health at 1-888-364-3065.

We will be holding a press conference today at 2:00 p.m. Please check back then for a live-stream of the conference for more updates.

More information: http://bit.ly/COVID19UpdateUC

3/8/2020 COVID-19: Update #3

3/8/2020 COVID-19: Update #3

Governor Cuomo Declares State of Emergency to Contain Spread of Virus

During a briefing on the novel coronavirus, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today declared a state of emergency to help New York more quickly and effectively contain the spread of the virus. The Governor also confirmed 32 additional cases, bringing the statewide total to 76.

Additionally, the Governor directed the New York State Department of State’s Consumer Protection Division to launch an investigation into reports of unfair price increases of consumer products such as household cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, and launched a toll-free hotline – 1-800-697-1220 – for New Yorkers to report suspected price gouging.

“As we continue to provide essential updates and encourage people to act upon the facts on coronavirus instead of the hype, I have officially done a declaration of emergency which gives us certain powers to help local health departments that are very stressed,” Governor Cuomo said. “As the local health departments continue to monitor and quarantine people, we have a more expedited purchasing protocol to get them all the tools they need to contain the virus spread. In the meantime we are cracking down on price gouging which continues to be a problem, and I want businesses to be aware that you could lose your license because we are very serious about this.”

This state of emergency declaration allows, among other things:

  • Expedited procurement of cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and other essential resources
  • Allowing qualified professionals other than doctors and nurses to conduct testing
  • Expedited procurement of testing supplies and equipment
  • Expedited personnel onboarding
  • Expedited leasing of lab space
  • Allowing EMS personnel to transport patients to quarantine locations other than just hospitals
  • Providing clear basis for price gouging and enforcement investigation

The 32 new cases identified today are located in New York City and Westchester and Saratoga counties. Of the 76 total individuals in New York State who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

Westchester: 57

New York City: 11

Nassau: 4

Rockland: 2

Saratoga: 2

In addition, the Division of Consumer Protection has also created an online consumer complaint form, where New Yorkers can report suspected price gouging or concerns about improper delivery of quantity. Consumers who wish to file a complaint can visit https://www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection/.

All credible complaints will be referred to the New York State Attorney General’s office.

At a briefing yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced travel insurance companies and travel agents will offer New York residents and businesses the ability to purchase coverage when making travel plans that would allow them to cancel a trip for any reason, including for reasons related to COVID-19.

The Department of Financial Services issued guidance allowing travel agents and travel insurers to offer this type of coverage after DFS received consumer complaints that such polices were not available in New York State. This new action is designed to provide reassurance to New York businesses and residents who are seeking to make plans that may involve travel to locations that are not currently under travel advisories due to COVID-19.

Six global and national insurance companies have agreed to offer “cancel for any reason” coverage to travelers, including: Allianz, Nationwide, Starr Indemnity, Berkshire, Crum & Forster, and Zurich.

DFS also directed New York State travel insurance issuers to proactively reach out to individuals and businesses who bought their policies to let them know what is covered.

Read a copy of the DFS Insurance Guidance Letter.