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Steve Gold's News Feed (34)

Storm Update


A warming station is open tonight at Tompkins Hose Firehouse (9D and Main Street) for Beacon residents. Anyone in need of warmth is invited. The station is just to keep people warm, there are no special amenities like cots or meals. I have arranged free transportation with AJ Taxi Service at 214-0011 for anyone who needs a ride.  


The need for the shelter became apparent at 12:00pm today when Central Hudson could not guarantee the city’s power would be 100% restored…


Added by Steve Gold on October 30, 2011 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Storm Information and Street Parking Rules

Dear residents and visitors,


The storm beginning October 29th may take several tracks before the full extent of its blow will be known. The city is taking all necessary precautions. The Emergency Preparedness Committee consisting of the City Administrator and key representatives of the Highway, Police, Fire, Ambulance and School departments are all on call and ready. The Highway Department staff is on call and ready. If there are extended power outages the Beacon…


Added by Steve Gold on October 29, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

To all - more storm related clean water issues. The following is a press release just published regarding infiltration to a sewer line going to the treatment plant. It is different from the Riverkeep…

To all - more storm related clean water issues. The following is a press release just published regarding infiltration to a sewer line going to the treatment plant. It is different from the Riverkeeper’s alert last week of sewage possibly emanating from the storm water line near the Riverfront Park.




Press Release from the Office…


Added by Steve Gold on October 5, 2011 at 12:29am — No Comments

Sewage, Stormwater and Pipes

This is a follow up to the Riverkeeper finding that the city may be discharging sewage, or recently discharged, into the river from a storm water outlet. We are still working on tracking down the potential cause and I will report back in a few days with more information and with the findings of the water tests. It is possible that the extremely heavy rains from the last two major storms may have caused damage to the lines going throughout the city.


In general, the more long…


Added by Steve Gold on October 2, 2011 at 9:52pm — No Comments

Incline Railway New York Times article in print September 9


Well alright, a New York Times article about the Mt. Beacon Incline that may boost some attention for us:


Added by Steve Gold on September 8, 2011 at 10:55pm — 1 Comment

Storm Update...

Beacon update: There is a power outage in part of the city which includes city hall. Central Hudson has been notified by the City and we are in constant contact with them to restore power. There is flooding around as the Depuyster Ave - Violet Drive - Jessen Pond which caused several homes to be temporarily evacuated. The reservoir dam is in good shape but water is pouring over the spillway as it should. The Hudson River flowed over it banks into the parking area near the Sloop Club and Long…


Added by Steve Gold on August 28, 2011 at 2:42pm — 2 Comments

State of Emergency in Beacon

Beacon is declaring a State of Emergency as of approximately 12:00 PM. Only emergency vehicles are permitted on city streets. There is an ongoing evacuation of some areas experiencing rising flood waters near the mountain. The roads need to be clear for evacuation emergency vehicles.

Thank you,

Steve Gold

Added by Steve Gold on August 28, 2011 at 12:05pm — 2 Comments

Storm Information


We have been holding emergency preparedness discussions since Thursday. All city services are on high alert and available plus additional staff will be working Saturday night through Sunday afternoon at the Police Department (831-4111) and the sewage treatment department. The City Administrator and I will be available in Beacon throughout the storm to coordinate our response. I can be reached anytime at 249-5571


Our emergency preparedness committee meetings were held…


Added by Steve Gold on August 27, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Beacon Barks Again...

Attention all dogs. As per the city council last Monday, you are now officially permitted to walk your human companions at Riverfront Park! As always you must keep them on a leash (for when they behave badly), and oddly expect them to carry a bag to pick up after you (go figure!).

Added by Steve Gold on August 21, 2011 at 11:52pm — 2 Comments

Fireworks will go on at 9:00

Weatherchannel posts clearing by 8:00 and it looks good there after. The fireworks will go on at 9:00. Happy Independence Day!

Added by Steve Gold on July 3, 2011 at 6:50pm — 3 Comments

New State Law Marriage Ceremony

I celebrate the new state law that permits same sex couples to be married. It will be my pleasure to officiate a matrimonial service for any two couples in the City of Beacon. No fee. To make an appointment call 249-5571 or city hall.  

Steve Gold, mayor

Added by Steve Gold on July 3, 2011 at 5:39pm — 15 Comments

Beacon Fire Department Open House

The Beacon Fire Department is holding an Open House for all our residents. Lean about volunteer fire service here in Beacon. This is a one of the most honorable and respected opportunities to serve your community

This Saturday April 9, 2011 – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

All three city firehouses

Beacon Engine – 57 East Main St.

Tompkins Hose – 13 South Ave.

Mase Hook & Ladder – 425 Main St.

Added by Steve Gold on April 5, 2011 at 10:06pm — No Comments

city dreams...

Dear BCN community,


May I ask what you think the city government should do that would lift our city to new levels? What goals should we aspire to reach? What is it that this city needs or wants or should do, more than anything else....from basic infrastructure like more parking spaces to ideals such as call-in or online polls on the bigger questions facing our city?  


Thank you, Steve Gold

Added by Steve Gold on February 6, 2011 at 1:22am — 162 Comments

Storm information from the city...

Dear Residents,

City emergency management staff are continually monitoring the storm.  As needed, public announcements will be posted on the City website at, on Channel 22, on the following radio stations – 101.5, 106.1, 92.7, 96.9, 97.7, 94.3, 97.3, and on the following additional websites –,,, and and BCN (of course).  Please check any of…


Added by Steve Gold on December 26, 2010 at 4:59pm — 34 Comments

Change in draft TOD zoning....

July 26, 2010

Draft Transit Oriented Development Statement,

by Steve Gold, mayor

This letter is to announce that the Transit Oriented Development zone, in its current form, will no longer be considered or advanced for further discussion, by the Mayor and the City Council. While the MTA has stated they will only build a TOD based on the levels enumerated in the current TOD, and that they plan to add 400 additional commuter parking spaces, we hope they will continue to…


Added by Steve Gold on July 26, 2010 at 4:51pm — 4 Comments

Transit Oriented Devlopment Meeting Tonight

Dear BCN members,

The City Council will hold it's second of two ward TOD information meetings tonight, Wednesday July 21. People who live in wards 3 or 4 and those who could not attend the last meeting for wards 1 and 2 are invited. The meeting is at the Veterans Memorial Bldg on Main and Teller (Teller side entrance), starting at 7:00.…


Added by Steve Gold on July 21, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Andrew Cuomo in Beacon this Sunday

I am pleased to announce that Attorney General and Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Cuomo has agreed to include Beacon (representing Dutchess County) on his “Drive for a New NY” tour. I have invited him to City Hall this Sunday July 18th at 11:00 AM. The event is open to the public however seating is limited to the first 75 people. Doors will open at 10:30 AM. A warm invitation was also extended to Rick Lazio to come to City Hall any time he is available. We are all proud of our great…


Added by Steve Gold on July 16, 2010 at 1:11am — 1 Comment

Professor John Nolan, Pace University's Land Use Councel to Speak on Beacon TOD


I am pleased to announce that Professor John Nolan has accepted my invitation to visit Beacon to speak and answer questions on the topic of the Beacon Transit Oriented Development, this Monday June 28th at the City Council Workshop Meeting at City Hall 7:00 PM.… Continue

Added by Steve Gold on June 23, 2010 at 10:59pm — 4 Comments

TOD Advisory Committee Requested...

The City of Beacon is forming a committee to advise us regarding the Transit Oriented Development and TOD related issues, including zoning. Members of the TOD committee will perform research, present ideas and attend public city meetings when the TOD or a TOD related issue are being discussed including; city council, planning board, zoning board, consultant led public meetings, developer led public meetings and public outreach sessions. The committee will function for as long as the TOD related… Continue

Added by Steve Gold on June 9, 2010 at 10:38pm — 4 Comments

Parks and Fireworks!

10:32 PM Thursday May 27, 2010

Stony Kill Environmental Center will Stay Open…

I just received a phone call from Beacon’s 100th District Assemblyman Frank Skartados with the good news that he is confident that tonight the legislature is going to approve a bill to keep parks open including all of the programs at Stony Kill! He said “We made our voices heard, and they listened”. Assemblyman Skartados was referring to all of the state… Continue

Added by Steve Gold on May 27, 2010 at 10:55pm — 8 Comments

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