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The Catskill Heritage Alliance is a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving the harmony between the villages of the central Catskills and the surrounding wilderness through community revitalization and open space conservation. The CHA is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization.


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Woodstock Times
PO Box 3329
Kingston, NY 12402
Fax 845-334-8202
Geddy Sveikauskas, Publisher
Brian Hollander, Editor


Catskill Mountain News
P.O. Box 515
Arkville, NY 12406-0515
Fax 845-586-2366
Roswell Sanford, Publisher
Clarke Sanford, Editor
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Daily Freeman
79 Hurley Ave.
Kingston, N.Y. 12401
Fax 845-331-3557
Ira Fusfeld, Publisher
Sam Daleo, Editor

Albany Times Union

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Local History

Regional Directory

Belleayre Mountain Ski Center - located on 2,166 acres of State Forest Preserve Lands in the Catskill Forest Preserve, and is operated by the DEC. It features 133 acres of skiable terrain with 33 trails, 87 percent of which are serviced by snowmaking, and a 1,404-foot vertical drop. Cross-country skiing is also available. The Ski Center's annual operating budget is $2.3 million. It employs 40 people year round, and 230 seasonal employees. It includes three lodges and nine ski lifts. In 1995, Skiing Magazine named Belleayre the best place to learn to ski in the east. Highmount, NY. (845) 254-5600

Catskill Area Tourism Services (CATS) - a regional tourism promotion effort sponsored by New York State and Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster counties. In December, 1999, State Senator John Bonacic announced a $100,000 grant he obtained to promote skiing in the Catskills. The funding will be administered through CATS. C. Kerk Moore, President. Peter Carofano, Vice President.

Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (CCCD) - promotes regional planning, environmental awareness and community and cultural development in the Catskills. Arkville, NY. (845) 586-2611. E-Mail:

Catskill Forest Preserve Public Access Plan - study issued in August, 1999 by the DEC in cooperation with the state Department of Transportation.

Catskill Fund for the Future (CFF) - an economic development fund capitalized by a $59.7 million appropriation by New York City. This fund will be used to make loans and grants to businesses and organizations proposing environmentally responsible projects. An economic development study prepared for the CWC Board of Directors will guide the use of the fund.

Catskill Heritage Alliance - grass-roots organization formed in November, 1999 and dedicated to preserving the harmony between the villages of the central Catskills and the surrounding wilderness through community revitalization and open space conservation. Susanna Margolis, Chair. Michele Wooton, Co-chair. PO Box 88, Shandaken, NY 12480. E-mail:

Catskill Mountain News - weekly newspaper published every Wednesday by Catskill Mountain Publishing Corp. Richard D. Sanford, Editor and Publisher. Jay Braman, Jr., Reporter. Arkville, NY 12406-0515. (845) 586-2601, Fax: (845) 586-2366, E-Mail:

Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) - an independent and locally administered not-for-profit corporation created through the NYC Watershed MOA. The CWC was created to establish a working partnership between the City of New York and the West of the Hudson communities, and to carry out a number of MOA partnership programs. The CWC Board of Directors meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6pm. Meetings are held at the CWC's offices in Margaretville. Questions regarding meeting times of various committees or requests for meeting minutes should be directed to CWC at (845) 586-1400. Alan Rosa, Executive Director. Diane Galusha, Communications Director, Education Coordinator. Danielle Cordier, Staff Attorney. Richard Altman, Loan Administration. Manager Philip Sireci, Economic Administrative Assistant.

Central Catskills Planning Alliance (CCPA) - As envisioned by its predecessor, the Route 28 Corridor Committee (Dean Gitter, Chairman), the CCPA was "responsible for most of the initial actions to implement the development plan" formulated by the Route 28 Corridor Committee. Accordingly, a plan entitled "Tourism Development Plan for the Central Catskills," released by the CCPA in November of 1998, further developed the goals of the preceding Route 28 Corridor Committtee Study, most notably, to create a "critical mass" of tourism around the Belleayre Ski Center with the development of a destination resort and a watershed museum.

Clean Drinking Water Coalition - comprised of the five environmental organizations that signed the 1997 Watershed Memorandum of Agreement: New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), Riverkeeper, Inc., Open Space Institute, Trust for Public Land and the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. Their work is supported by the Scherman Foundation and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

Coalition of Watershed Towns - chaired by Perry Shelton, now President of CWC's Board of Directors

Committee on Open Government - branch of NYS Department of State, responsible for overseeing and advising with regard to the Freedom of Information, Open Meetings and Personal Privacy Protection Laws. Robert J. Freeman, Executive Director. 41 State Street, Albany, NY 12231-0001. (518) 474-2518. Fax: (518) 474-1927. E-Mail:

Crossroads Ventures, LLC - the project sponsor of the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park development. Dean Gitter, Managing Partner. Gary Gailes and Al Frisenda, Representatives. P.O. Box 267, Mt. Tremper, NY, 12457

Daily Freeman - Ira Fusfeld, Publisher. Sam Daleo, Managing Editor. 79 Hurley Ave., Kingston, NY 12401. (845) 331-5000

The Daily Star - published by Ottaway Newspapers, Inc., the community newspaper division of Dow Jones & Company. 102 Chestnut St. Oneonta, NY 13820. Daniel B. Swift, President and Publisher. Sam Pollack, Editor. Cary Brunswick, Managing Editor. (607) 432-1000, (800) 721-1000, Fax: (607) 432-5847, E-Mail:

Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) - New York State agency that has three main functions: natural resource management, environmental quality protection and the promotion of public health, safety and recreation. Erin M. Crotty, Commissioner. Regional Office 3 (inc. Ulster Co.): Marc Moran, Regional Director. Albert Klauss, Regional Environmental Quality Supervisor. R. Bruce MacMillan, Regional Natural Resources Supervisor. John Kennedy, Regional Attorney. Ellen Stoutenburgh, Regional Citizen Participation Specialist. Margaret Duke, Regional Permit Administrator. 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561-1696. (845) 256-3000. Regional Office 4 (inc. Delaware Co.): Steven Schassler, Regional Director. Peter Mack, Regional Environmental Quality Supervisor. Robert Leslie, Regional Attorney. Richard Georgeson, Regional Citizen Participation Specialist. William Clarke, Regional Permit Administrator. 1150 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306-2014. (518) 357-2234.

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) - Emily Lloyd, Commissioner; Michael A. Principe, Deputy Director, Bureau of Water Supply, Quality & Protection (BWS, Q&P); Joseph Landau, Senior Advisor, BWS, Q&P

Empire State Development Corporation - Provides incentive programs, financial and technical services, statistical analyses, strategic planning, workforce development and other services to create jobs and enhance economic prosperity in New York State. Awarded a $5 million grant to the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in 1998. Charles Gargano, Chairman. 518-474-7910

Hamilton Rabinovitz & Alschuler - the consulting firm hired to help the Catskill Watershed Corporation disperse the $60 million Catskill Fund for the Future

Friends of Catskill Park - a citizens action group based in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. It's mission is to serve as a vital link in the efforts to preserve and protect that which is most beloved about the Catskills - itís glorious natural beauty, magnificent mountains, clean waterways, abundant wildlife, and communities with character, history and an exceptional quality of life. Judith Wyman, Chairwoman.

Margaretville-Arkville Revitalization Project (M-ARK) - initiates and implements housing and community and economic development projects in the Town of Middletown. Margaretville. 845-586-3500.

The Mountain Eagle - weekly newspaper published every Thursday by Eagle Newspapers Corp. Carol Ricken, Publisher. Mark Dorr, Editor. P.O. Box 968, Railroad Ave., Tannersville, NY 12485. (518) 589-7007, Fax: (518) 589-7028, E-Mail:

New York City Watershed Memorandum of Agreement - This agreement represented a comprehensive effort to protect and preserve the high-quality water supply produced by the watershed of the City of New York while preserving and enhancing the economic vitality and social character of the communities within the watershed. The MOA includes a wide array of programs to be implemented in watershed areas both East and West of the Hudson River. These programs include acquisition of land and easements, implementation of new regulations affecting activities in the watershed, and more than two dozen watershed protection and partnership programs.

New York Rural Development Council - a partnership of federal, state, tribal, private, nonprofit, local government and educational organizations designed to encourage collaboration, share development strategies and advocate on rural issues such as health care, telecommunications, development financing and agricultural job enhancement. 315-443-5844.

Olive Conservation Advisory Council - consists of a minimum of five members was established June 6, 1972, by the Town Board to advise in the promotion of development of natural resources and to conduct research into land areas of the Town. The CAC meets monthly to review applications before the Planning Board, ZBA, or Town Board and offers opinions and specifics concerning various projects. One member of the CAC is appointed by the Town Board to represent Olive at regular meetings of the Ulster County Environmental Management Council.

Olive Planning Board - The seven member planning board is appointed by the Town Board and meets the second and last Tuesday of each month. Their duties are to review and approve all subdivision, site plan, or special use applications. They are a volunteer board working under New York State guidelines, as well as the guidelines provided by the Town of Olive Subdivision Regulations, the Town of Olive Zoning Ordinance as adopted June 6, 1975, with amendments, and Olive Environmental Review Regulations. PO Box 369,Shokan, NY 12481

Olive Town Board - This elected five member legislative board-four Council positions and the Supervisor meets the first Tuesday of every month with audit meetings being the preceding Monday. Berndt Leifeld (Supervisor), (845) 657-8118; Linda Burkhardt, (845) 657-6543; Helen Chase, (845) 657-2107; Cindy Johansen, (845) 657-8279; Bruce LaMonda, (845) 657-2467. PO Box 96, West Shokan, NY 12494

Olive Zoning Board of Appeals - The five member appeal board is appointed by the Town Board and meets the first Thursday of each month only when there is an application for review. Their determinations are made in compliance with New York State law and the same local guidelines as the Olive Planning Board. They issue interpretations of Olive's Zoning Ordinance and Map, as requested by application, and make determinations of whether or not to vary the Zoning Ordinance in hardship cases. PO Box 1366, Olivebridge, NY 12461

Phoenicia Community Empowerment Initiative - a visioning process for the hamlet chaired by Brian Powers. (845) 688-5051. Fax: (845) 688-5641

Route 28 Corridor Committee Study - a 1994 development plan, produced by a committee chaired by developer Dean Gitter, that called for a resort to be developed near the Belleayre Ski Center, complementary cultural and tourist facilities for that location and the formation of a new agency, the Central Catskill Planning Alliance, to oversee the implementation of the plan.

SE Group (formerly Sno Engineering) - mountain resort planning firm that offered proposal for Belleayre Mountain expansion in the late 80's

Shandaken Area Revitalization Project (SHARP) - Develops and maintains affordable housing, and promotes rural and community development in the Towns of Olive, Woodstock and Shandaken. Phoenicia. (845) 688-5777

Shandaken Planning Board - usually meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm. Phil Davenport (Chairperson), John Byer, Lynn Davidson, Charlie Frasier, Bob Kalb, Joan Munster, Beth Waterman

Shandaken Town Supervisor - Bob Cross Jr.. Town Hall, PO Box 134, Shandaken NY 12480. (845) 688-7165

Shandaken Town Board - usually meets on the first Monday of the month at 7:30 pm. Peter DiModica (Chairperson - Pine Hill), Edna L. Hoyt (Mt. Pleasant), Richard Pettersson (Shandaken), Jane Todd (Shandaken), Paul Van Blarcum

Shandaken Zoning Board of Appeals - usually meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm. Jay Braman, Sr. (Chairperson - Shandaken), Gary Guglielmetti (Mt. Tremper), Keith Johnson (Shandaken), Norma Litwack (Woodland Valley), Glenn Miller

Shuster Associates - hired by the Town of Shandaken to act as lead consultant in the review of the Crossroads Ventures proposal. Dan Shuster

State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) - requires an environmental impact assessment of most projects or activities proposed by a state agency or unit of local government, and all discretionary approvals (permits) from a NYS agency or unit of local government. SEQR requires the sponsoring or approving governmental body to identify and mitigate the significant environmental impacts of the activity it is proposing or permitting. It also requires all state and local government agencies to consider environmental impacts equally with social and economic factors during discretionary decision-making. The law was implemented by regulations which were fully effective on November 1, 1978 and revised effective June 1, 1987 and January 1, 1996.

Ulster County Development Corporation (UCDC) - non-profit economic development agency promoting the attraction of new businesses and the retention and expansion of existing firms. (845) 338-8840

Ulster County Townsman - weekly newspaper published every Thursday. J. Blake Killin, Editor and Publisher. P.O. Box 308, Woodstock, NY 12498. (845) 679-2145, (845) 679-4304

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - Provides business information, loan services, minority enterprise development, export assistance and other services. Delaware County is served by the Syracuse office. Ulster County is served by the New York City office.

Volmer Associates - company that wrote 1963 study which saw a need for summer recreation facilities for the area

The Watershed Protection and Partnership Council (WPPC) - created, through the NYC Watershed MOA, as a permanent, regional forum to aid in the long-term protection of drinking water quality and the economic viability of the Watershed Communities. The Council serves as a forum for discussion and review of water quality concerns and other NYC watershed related issues. It is charged with the responsibility of recommending future action to be taken by the City, the State and the Federal Government to promote the concerns of the Council. All WPPC meetings are open to the public. For more information and a schedule of upcoming meetings, call the WPPC at (914) 734-1347.

Western Catskills Revitalization Council - develops and maintains affordable housing and offers home ownership and repair programs. (607) 652-2823.

Woodstock Times - weekly newspaper published every Thursday by Ulster Publishing, Inc. Geddy Sveikauskas, Publisher ( ). Parry D. Teasdale, Managing Editor. Andrea Barrist Stern, Associate Editor. P.O. Box 808, Woodstock, NY 12498. (845) 679-7388. Fax: (845) 679-2841. E-Mail:

WRNN-TV (Ch. 62) - Richard French III, General Manager. Jim Sweeney, News Director ( ). 721 Broadway, Kingston. (845) 339-6200. Fax: (845) 339-6264.