New Paltz

The Maya Gold Foundation was created in response to the tragic death of 15-year old Maya Gold, a New Paltz High School student who took her own life in October of 2015. Maya’s parents, Elise Gold and Mathew Swerdloff, launched the organization with help from community members and friends, in response to the social pressures and concerns her death brought to light.

In addition to being a loving daughter, sister, and friend, Maya was a social activist, an inspired student, and creatively engaged with the world. She loved to travel and dreamed of working in Nepal. In Maya’s honor, the Foundation will collaborate with communities in and around New Paltz and in Nepal.

Natalie Merchant and Friends will play a benefit concert for the Maya Gold Foundation on Saturday, October 22 at 7 PM at Studley Hall, SUNY New Paltz.

Elise Gold and Mathew Swerdloff join us now to tell us more about their work and The Maya Gold Foundation. 

  Nationwide statistics have proven in-prison educational and rehabilitation programs to be extremely successful, yet many states across the country have cut large portions of the funding for these programs.

The film, The Game Changer, the winner of multiple festival awards, follows New Paltz’s renowned choreographer Susan Slotnick in her work rehabilitating prisoners through dance at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility.

The film will screen at Unison Arts Center in New Paltz, NY this Saturday, May 14th at 8pm in a special event that will also feature dance performances and discussion.

Susan Slotnick joins us.

  Carol Goodman is the critically acclaimed author of The Book of Dead Languages and The Seduction of Water.

Her latest, River Road, is a psychological thriller about a college professor accused of killing her favorite student in a hit-and-run accident and the secrets that emerge as she desperately tries to clear her name. 

New Paltz Climate Action Coalition

What organizers say will be a major "climate action" is set for Friday afternoon on the Walkway Over the Hudson.

A rally: "People Vs Shell" will be held in New Paltz  Saturday, May 23rd, 3-5pm, as part of the Greenpeace SAVE THE ARCTIC Campaign.  The rally links with national protests against Shell's plans to start drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean this summer. 

New Paltz Coalition Heads to NYC Climate March

Sep 21, 2014

The People’s Climate March in New York City is being billed as the largest climate march in history. So many Hudson Valley residents and groups are taking part in Sunday’s event, including from New Paltz.

Dan Guenther says 382 people will be aboard buses from Climate Action Coalition of New Paltz headed to the march in Manhattan.

  Now in its twentieth year, PianoSummer at New Paltz is an international summer institute and festival dedicated solely to piano music. It features an integrated approach to learning and performance under the artistic direction of master pianist and teacher Vladimir Feltsman.

Gifted students from around the world join with devoted musicians and teachers to learn more about the art of the piano and, ultimately, more about themselves and their place in the world of music.

PianoSummer takes place July 12th through August 1st.

Unalienable Rights Rally Scheduled For New Paltz

Jul 4, 2014

A group opposed to drone warfare is holding a rally Independence Day in the Hudson Valley.

The Hudson Valley LGBTQ Pride March and Festival takes place Sunday in the Ulster County village where same-sex marriage ceremonies were performed 10 years ago. The grand marshal of the pride march is the founder of the campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, a man Newsweek and The Daily Beast once dubbed “the godfather of gay marriage.” 

    Former New Paltz resident and 2003 Oakwood Friends School graduate Dr. Jennifer Yee, 29, will return to the School to present its annual Herzog Lecture, on Friday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m.

Dr. Yee, who has helped discover 15 planets, was one of five young astronomers in 2013 to be awarded a Carl Sagan Exoplanet Postdoctoral Fellowship by NASA. The prize fellowship, named for the late astronomer, was created to inspire the next generation of explorers seeking to learn more about planets, and possibly life, around stars other than the Sun. For her Sagan Fellowship, Dr. Yee is based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass.

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It has been 10 years since the first same-sex marriage ceremonies were performed in Ulster County’s New Paltz. New York would not legalize same-sex marriages for another seven years. Yesterday on Midday Magazine, we heard an archival report from February 2004 on the first day of gay weddings. Today, one member of the first same-sex couple married that day reflects. Billiam van Roestenberg spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about then and now.

Global Rally Against Monsanto Includes New Paltz

Oct 12, 2013
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There will be a rally Saturday afternoon in New York’s Ulster County against the world’s largest provider of genetically modified seeds. The March Against Monsanto in New Paltz is one of hundreds being held across the globe.  

DA Won’t Prosecute New Paltz Mayor

Jun 25, 2013
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KINGSTON – Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright will not criminally prosecute New Paltz Mayor Jason West for voting in the village after he moved out.

West told Carnright that he had consulted an attorney to determine if he could still vote if he was living outside the village.

“That attorney, apparently not well versed in the Election Law, advised the mayor that since he was only temporarily out of the election district and intended to return there he could lawfully vote,” the DA said.


NEW PALTZ – About 350 people took to the streets Saturday afternoon in New Paltz, marching downtown and briefly blocking traffic. They were the Hudson Valley contingent of March Against Monsanto, fighting for genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling of so-called artificially engineered "frankenfood."

    Lynne Cherry is a children's author and illustrator, and Producer/Director of Young Voices for the Planet - a film series featuring young people who are making a difference by shrinking the carbon footprint of their homes, schools, and communities. She will be speaking at SUNY New Palt's Sustainability Day on April 20th.

  Actor, singer, athlete, scholar, and social activist, Paul Robeson, was born in 1898 and died at 77 years old in 1976 having been blacklisted during the Second Red Scare in the 1950s but – until the end of his life sticking to his political stances and his beliefs.

To celebrate Black History Month, Unison Arts in New Paltz, NY has partnered with the Black Studies and Fine and Performing Arts Departments at SUNY New Paltz to present Phillip Hayes Dean’s play Paul Robeson.

Report Says Two as One Would Save Money

Jan 13, 2013

There is a report out that offers details about whether the consolidation of the governments of a Hudson Valley town and village would save money.  In Ulster County, Town of New Paltz Supervisor Susan Zimet says the Consolidation Finance committee has delivered its long-awaited report and recommendations on the consolidation of the Town and Village governments of New Paltz.  Holding the $1 million dollar Citizen Empowerment grant as an add on, the committee has found that if the two governments were one,  based on 2011 actual expenditures, taxpayers would have realized a savings of  $1.625