Public Hearings... Crossroad
Venture's Dean Gitter spoke at each of the two public hearings
on the proposed Belleayre Resort. In Margaretville, right, he
was politely received, while in Boiceville, inset, he was booed
and heckled. Press agent Fred Winters can be seen at far right.
Lining Up Against
Public Hearings Batter Crossroads As City Gears Up To Battle
The Resort's DEIS
By Paul Smart & Violet Snow
The long-awaited public hearings on Dean Gitter's proposed $300
million Belleayre Resort got underway in the last two weeks,
with large numbers of opponents stepping forward to lambaste
the planned complex of hotels, golf courses, condos and retail
shopping set to straddle the ridgeline around Belleayre Mountain
and Big Indian, and a growing outcry from project supporters,
mostly business owners and government officials, saying their
side isn‚t being properly heard.
In Shandaken, the battle lines between pro and con could reach
a new crescendo this coming Tuesday, February 3, when both a
final public hearing under the review run by the state Department
of Environmental Conservation and a project presentation by
the resort‚s Mount Tremper-based developers, Crossroads
Ventures, occur simultaneously.
According to Shandaken Supervisor Bob Cross, Jr., the 7 PM meeting
at town hall that day was set up at the behest of Crossroads
Ventures. After receiving the developers' request to make a
presentation to the combined Planning and Town Boards, who will
be undertaking site plan review and a New York City-funded study
of the project‚s economic and quality-of-life effects,
Cross said he sent it on to the Planning Board, who placed the
matter on the agenda for their Tuesday night workshop meeting.
The scheduling conflict will preclude Shandaken officials from
attending the public hearing. A similar presentation was made
to the Middletown Planning and Town Boards in Margaretville.
The final public hearing for the project, also set for February
3rd , is an extension of the hearing originally scheduled for
January 15 at Onteora High School but postponed till Jan 21
due to inclement weather.
Replacing Hal Rowe
Slowly But Surely, Onteora Whittles Down To Two Selections
For New Superintendent
By Violet Snow
The Onteora school board has selected two finalists from among
33 applicants for the job of superintendent of schools. Both
candidates will visit the district in the next two weeks to
meet with various stakeholders of the district and answer questions
from the public. Board president Marino D'Orazio said the candidates
are highly qualified, and the board members are happy with their
Justine Winters is superintendent of schools at the Webetuck
Central School District in northeastern Dutchess County. She
has been an assistant superintendent at Wappingers, principal
of both elementary and middle schools, and a teacher.
Carol Pickering is currently assistant superintendent for instruction
at Hyde Park Central School District, north of Poughkeepsie,
also in Dutchess County. She has worked as a principal, a district
director of music, and a music teacher.
Public Hearing on the proposed Belleayre Resort has been scheduled
for Thursday February 19th from 4pm to midnight at the Onteora
DEC will be accepting written comments until
February 24, 2004. Written comments should be addressed to Alexander
Ciesluk, Jr. NYS DEC, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz,
Belleayre Resort Supplement
Cross Impounds IMac Questioning
Propriety Of Administrative Turnover
By Paul Smart
Less than a month since taking office, new Shandaken supervisor
Bob Cross, Jr. has taken to the local press to blame a slow
start on his predecessor in office, Pete DiModica.
A letter to the editor sent out on Monday, Jan. 26, reads, "When
I took office I knew there would be difficulties ahead of me,
but never expected them to involve having the supervisors computer
wiped clean. I hired a Macintosh computer technician to try
to retrieve information, only to find all previous documents
and or information stored in the town supervisors computer had
been deleted, then written over to make it impossible to retrieve.
The technician said this involved several hours and a great
deal of patience, by someone with a vast understanding of computers.
Not having information readily available on the computer creates
a hardship when it comes to bringing one up to speed on issues.
Believe me the Town of Shandaken has many issues right now,
so I ask for your understanding in matters while we retrieve
information by other means."
to Cross, the situation he refers to arose when he came to the
supervisor's office two days before taking office on January
2 and was told by DiModica that he'd cleaned the computer so
Cross could start fresh.
Frank Nazzaro's Samaritanism
By Paul Smart
Frank Nazzaro feels he picked up his altruism from his immigrant
forebears, who never refused anyone a space at the table, no
matter what they had. Because they carried with them always
an understanding of the hardships lived by all immigrants to
this nation at one time, as well as by most who went through
the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Most of all, Nazzaro understands the difficulties that can face
anyone choosing to live and work full-time in the Catskills.
He describes how he got away for a while - as far as Woodstock
and Red Hook, with construction jobs ranging as far away as
Montreal and Ohio - but ended up buying his grandfather's property
and farming. Times when a car would break down along 28, forcing
him to walk several miles home in the bitter cold, wondering
whether he could make it. And times when the income just wasn't
matching the bills and belts would have to be tightened past
the comfort level.
All of that's now part and parcel of Nazzaro's strange but truly
commendable, almost holy altruism. His way of giving and, once
given out, still giving a bit more.
For years now, Frank Nazzaro has been donating a large portion
of the produce he grows to the poor. It started with gifts to
Family of Woodstock, the region's pioneering social services
not-for-profit founded by Michael Berg, who Nazzaro claims as
a longtime friend. Eventually, he started buying large amounts
of food from the many stores that have been closing out throughout
the region - Grand Unions, Jamesways, K-Marts, Ames (the list
goes on) - and stockpiling the goods for later distribution.
But that was all just a warm up.