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NORTH EAST — As it moves closer to a final version of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan, the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee reviewed public comment at its recent meeting on Thursday, June 6.

The committee met at North East Town Hall to assess comments and concerns raised at a public hearing on Saturday, May 18, as well as the written comments submitted over the last few weeks. 

The committee talked about the plan’s zoning section and how mining might play into the plan in terms of economic development and its impact on the local viewshed.

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Millerton

Solar farm exemptions steered toward PILOT program

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NORTH EAST — The Town Board held a lengthy discussion at its last board meeting, on Thursday, Nov. 8. The talk had to do with a recently-passed solar law, Local Law No. 3 of 2018, and if the town should allow payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) for solar facilities entitled to senior exemptions. PILOTs require payments be made to the taxing municipality in lieu of taxes.
Attorney to the Town Warren Replansky said he reviewed the law with the town assessor and prepared for it to be sent to the town clerk.

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The Roccanovas make their mark in Nambale, Kenya

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Being thankful, helping neighbors

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MILLERTON — Some Millerton volunteers had the giving spirit, assembling Thanksgiving baskets for the Millerton Food Pantry on Friday, Nov. 16. At 9 a.m., volunteers met at the Millerton Presbyterian Church to help with the food drive. 

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Millerton parking: Ongoing issue for merchants and customers

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MILLERTON — With the holiday season drawing near, the village of Millerton is a lively hub for shoppers hoping to buy a little something and see the sights. However, with more people visiting the area and its resources, parking is a frequent issue. Now that the first snowfall has hit the region, village merchants and officials are looking to highlight available parking options and set guidelines for all to follow.

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Library gets crafty for the holiday season

MILLERTON — They seem like ordinary citizens, going about their everyday activities while plying their talents behind closed door. Then once a year, their inner Elves emerge, and as if by magic the fruits of their labors appear at the NorthEast-Millerton Library Annex. There for one special day the building becomes Santa’s North East Pole as it houses the annual Holiday Craft Fair. 

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North East adopts 2019 municipal budget

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NORTH EAST— After three minutes, the Town Board closed the 2019 budget public hearing scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Only two members of the public attended.
“I don’t know what it is,” said town Supervisor George Kaye. “A budget meeting you would expect the most people would come and be here, but nobody comes.”
He continued.
“It’s not that I don’t appreciate the people who do come, but I would expect a little more,” said Kaye.

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Honoring those who served, on Veterans Day

MILLERTON — With gentle breezes furling the Stars and Stripes lining Millerton’s Main Street, World War I’s hundred-year-old peace was recognized as history’s best-known time of cease fire — the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Under chilly blue skies with white clouds, some 50 North East residents gathered on Sunday at Millerton’s Veterans’ Park to mark the occasion, and honor with a Veterans Day observation all those who have served the nation since its inception. 

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An Election Day breakdown of North East voters

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NORTH EAST— Election Day brought forth a large number of voters throughout the country, the state and right here in Dutchess County. Post election, here’s a look at how the town of North East voted. 

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Adopt-a-Family preps to give a happy Christmas to local children

MILLERTON— Children’s smiles will fill more than 100 homes on Christmas morning throughout the Webutuck and Pine Plains Central School Districts thanks to all those who make Adopt-a-Family part of their own holiday tradition. 
Families who otherwise would not have a Christmas should sign up for the free program by Thanksgiving. Forms are available at Moore and More Printing at 17 Dutchess Ave., according to program director Stacey Moore

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Shared services grant puts town on the road to new highway garage

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NORTH EAST — The Town Board was recently awarded $240,000 as part of the Municipal Innovation Grant Program, or shared services grant.
“We applied several months ago for a shared services grant,” said town Supervisor George Kaye at the October Town Board meeting, adding Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro came to town several months ago to discuss the proposed highway garage project.

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