Proposed Local Law, New Planning Fees
& City DEP All Focus On Crossroads’ Review
By Brian Powers
Issues surrounding the fast-approaching review of Crossroads Ventures’
development plans for the Highmount/Big Indian area arose this
past week with the Town’s introduction of a new funding
proposal for the developers, plus a New York City announcement
that it, too, is setting aside funds for its own review of the
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That Legislative Mess...
So We Got It Wrong! County Changes Minds At Last Minute
By Paul Smart
So we got it wrong. As everyone did. Just as ours, and every
other weekly newspaper in Ulster County was "going to bed"
April 23, party leaders of the local Democratic and Republican
parties met behind closed doors and figured out a new redistricting
plan after one had already been decided. As a result, Ulster
County legislative elections will now be decided on a 12 district
system, with between two and four members apiece, until 2012
after the next census takes place.
LIVE FROM CAPE COD... Jessica
Jones, Saramarie Wood and Yaxkin Rodriguez had a blast on the
Phoenicia School’s Fifth Grade trip to Cape Cod last week.
More inside on page 15.
What’s With The Mall?
Several Years On, & A Key Commercial Property Languishes
Right On Route 28
By Rachel X, Weissman
Since December 2000, what is arguably the largest piece of commercial
real estate in Shandaken has stood vacant and boarded-up on
route 28. The Phoenicia Plaza, which most recently housed the
Antique Center, a pizza place and less recently a Laundromat
is huge, consisting of one 8,000-square foot store, two 3,000-square
foot stores and five 1,000-square foot stores.
Mother Of All Phoenicians
Helen Cordo has found solace for her own griefs via
the joys of eternal mothering
By Paul Smart
Every morning for the last thirty-some years, the children
of the Phoenicia Elementary School have had the always-cheerful,
consistently-understanding face of Helen Cordo to greet them.
“Ghee whiz,” says the 74-year old, bird-like Cordo,
who moved to Ulster County from her native Queens in the 1960s.
“Our schools are such wonderful places; it's a family
up there. I want to give back more than I get. Is it bad to
say I feel so good after giving? I guess I’m always
just a 22-year old in here.”