■ Cold Spring Mayor Kathleen Foley opened the Wednesday (Jan. 3) meeting of the Village Board with a tribute and moment of silence for Francis “Terry” Lahey, who died Tuesday (Jan. 2) at age 94. She remembered him as one of the village’s “finest, most honorable and most beloved residents” and highlighted his extensive community involvement, which included serving as a trustee and as a Philipstown town board member and supervisor.

■ Trustee Eliza Starbuck reported that letters with information about how to apply for residential parking permits will be sent in the next week or two to residents who qualify for the program.

■ Jesse St. Charles was appointed to a five-year term on the Planning Board and to a one-year term as its chair. Foley said St. Charles, who had served on the Zoning Board of Appeals, contributed significantly to the update of Chapter 134 of the Village Code, which deals with zoning.

■ With St. Charles and Laura Eldin, the five-member Planning Board has two members, short of a quorum until three new members are appointed. The board had been short one member since its former chair, Jack Goldstein, resigned last year. Acting Chair Yaslin Daniels and member Matt Francisco, both appointed by the previous administration, recently resigned, and Sue Meyers’ term expired. The village is considering candidates to fill the vacancies.

■ Laura Wells Hall was appointed to a five-year term on the Historic District Review Board. Foley noted Wells Hall’s background in historic preservation and her contributions to the board’s recent revision of its design standards.

■ Andres Gil was reappointed as prosecuting attorney for the traffic court, a position that until 2020 was filled by the Putnam County district attorney.

■ Foley said cleanup at Dockside Park continues in the wake of the Dec. 18 storm, with completion dependent upon the ground being solid enough to support heavy equipment.

■ Royal Carting will pick up Christmas trees at curbside on Thursday (Jan. 11). All decorations must be removed.

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Type: News

News: Based on facts, either observed and verified directly by the reporter, or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources.

Turton, who has been a reporter for The Current since its founding in 2010, moved to Philipstown from his native Ontario in 1998. Location: Cold Spring. Languages: English. Area of expertise: Cold Spring government, features

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  1. For the third week in a row, the agenda for the Jan. 3 meeting of the Cold Spring Village Board did not include time for public comment. While, according to The Current, the justification offered by the mayor for this move involves something about dealing with outside agitators, it is the residents of the village who are being hurt (“New Meeting Rules in Cold Spring,” Dec. 1). They find themselves unable to ask questions of their representatives or to raise concerns during board meetings, as had been customary.

    Why didn’t the board find another way to deal with outside agitators that did not involve curtailing the ability of constituents to be heard at meetings? And, how long will village residents tolerate this silencing of their voices? [via Facebook]

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