Kingston-Area Mother and Her Dog Killed After Being Struck By Amtrak Train Near Rhinecliff Sunday

A 36-year-old mother trying to retrieve her dog was fatally struck by a southbound Amtrak passenger train as she crossed the tracks just north of the Rhinecliff train station late Sunday afternoon, New York State Police said. The woman’s 7-year-old daughter may have witnessed the incident. Carrie A. Gemmell of Kingston ran onto the train tracks near Slate Dock Road […]

Amtrak to Take Over, Renovate Pedestrian Overpass Bridge at Rhinecliff Train Station

A creaky pedestrian bridge used by travelers to cross from the parking lot, over the tracks, to the south entrance of the train platform at the Amtrak station in Rhinecliff may soon be rebuilt, as the rail company reached an agreement with the town to take over control of the overpass. “This is huge news for the town,” Rhinebeck Town […]

Rhinecliff Station Platform to Be Raised to Train Level, Parking Lot Upgrades Also Planned as Reno Details Trickle In

Like a slow-moving train lumbering into town, details on Amtrak’s plans to renovate the Rhinecliff station are starting to trickle in. The new station platform will be raised 4 feet so that passengers will no longer have to use stepstools to board and disembark from trains. And the station parking lot, whose pits, potholes, and pitch-black stretches south of Hutton […]

Exclusive! Rhinecliff Amtrak Station Upgrades, to Enhance Accessibility, Set to Begin This Fall

Passengers who travel on Amtrak from the Rhinecliff train station will soon have an easier time boarding and disembarking as the railroad confirmed today that work on long-awaited renovations will begin this fall. The improvements, urged by riders and by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), are intended to bring the station into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and […]

Molinaro Proposes Halving County Fuel Tax, from 16 to 8 Cents, on a $4.25 Gallon

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and County Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver today proposed reducing the way the county tax on gasoline is calculated, in a move that would effectively shave about 8 cents off the cost of a gallon of fuel at today’s prices. The plan comes as several legislators in New York State have also called on softening the […]

Soaring Gas Prices Hit Home in Red Hook; Motorists, Farmers Are ‘Very Concerned’

Unleaded gas prices in the United States reached a record-high average price of $4.25 per gallon today, according to AAA. But in Red Hook, prices are even higher, alarming both residents and farmers, who say a trip to the pump is causing an excruciating hit to their pocketbooks.  “It’s crazy, the prices are crazy, but everyone has to drive,” said […]

Storm Blankets Red Hook in Snow and Ice: Will Agatha’s Sourdough Starter Make it Through?

When Agatha Bacelar of Upper Red Hook ventured to fetch her sourdough starter from the basement this morning, the doors were frozen shut. “It was like trying to cut through an ice cube,” Bacelar said. Thirty minutes later, after pouring boiling water on the icy basement doors, and with a little chisel-and-hammer help from fiancé Paul Fletcher-Hill, the starter was […]

After Intense Two-Year Public Push, Highway Department Will Get New Snow Plow Truck

The town of Red Hook will soon be getting a new plow truck, fulfilling the wishes of Highway Superintendent Theresa Burke who had argued for several years that the 20-year old equipment her department currently uses is no longer reliable or safe.  Last night, the Town Board unanimously approved the purchase of a $217,400 plow truck, which will be paid […]

Two More Superfast, Generic Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Are Coming to Red Hook

Red Hook will receive $153,628 to install two fast-charge electric vehicle (EV) charging ports, among a new batch of New York State grants to municipalities.  The chargers will be the second and third superfast charging ports in the Red Hook community. A charger at CVS, with two ports, is also billed as high-speed, according to PlugShare, a web site that […]

Red Hook Wins $1.6-Million State Grant to Replace 90-Year-Old Aspinwall Stone Bridge

The Aspinwall Bridge, a stone structure from the 1930s that has been patched, nipped and tucked countless times in its 90-year life, will be replaced with a $1.6-million Bridge New York grant announced this week by the governor’s office. The bridge is one of two that technically sit on Sawkill/Aspinwall Roads and cross the Sawkill River. Highway Superintendent Theresa Burke […]

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