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Easy money for Beacon = Unlicensed vehicles on Beacon streets

For years the residents of East Main Street and Mountain Lane have endured ATVs illegally traveling on public roads. These vehicles are unlicensed and not street legal. In addition to the illegality of this traffic, it is a legitimate safety concern as they typically travel above posted speed limits around dangerous curves and past residences where children are prone to play in front of their homes.

Once these ATVs leave the streets they are illegally occupying private property owned by Scenic Hudson, causing damage to the trails among other things. This has been discussed repeatedly and there appears to be a lack of funds for Scenic Hudson to police it's own property.

I am making a public plea for Beacon residents to speak up in this forum. With popular opinion on our side I am optimistic that this issue can be brought to our new Mayor and Police Chief with the expectation of enforcement. When we hear so much about budget problems in Beacon this seems like a simple and obvious way to raise funds on the backs of lawbreakers, as fines are already in place not only for trespassing on the trails but also for the illegal street traffic.

I have heard of enforcement of vehicle registration in Beacon done by officials walking the streets inspecting individual vehicles on private property, which requires a significant amount of labor for what I assume is a very limited reward. In this case simply place a single officer at the entrance to Mt Beacon Monument Rd on any weekend day. The compound fines, by my estimation, could easily be over $500 per vehicle and the city can expect to stop at least 10-20 ATVs per weekend.

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Comment by Abu KG on March 21, 2012 at 10:23pm

call sarah pasti directly. at least once a week. doesn't randy also live in ward 4? wonder what he has to say about it.

Comment by Ben Royce on March 21, 2012 at 10:14pm

Show up in force at Monday City Council meetings. Coordinate so there is always someone or a group reminding the council of this nuisance until it is resolved. Throw your weight around. Make a hell of a political noise until the actual ATV noise stops.

Comment by TC on March 21, 2012 at 9:13pm

6 ATVs Monday

5 ATVs Tuesday

5 ATVs Wednesday

The police response is to tell you to call when they are on the street, which is an obvious dodge. If you call when they are on the street, they will be off the street when the police arrive. So hey, why bother calling.

Think of all the cash the city would get from these fines!

Comment by TC on March 19, 2012 at 10:52am

12 ATVs Saturday

13 ATVs Sunday

Isn't sitting at a trail head the same as sitting near a stop sign waiting for infractions?

Just another weekend of lost revenue.

Comment by TC on March 14, 2012 at 6:16pm

9 ATVs Saturday

4 ATVs Sunday

A few Monday

4 ATVs Tuesday

5 ATVs Wednesday

Lost revenue from illegal activities... priceless.

With the increased traffic this year it is clear the offenders know there will be no enforcement. Let's see if we get through this year without any traffic accidents with this increased ATV activity. Last year we had at least one major incident where emergency services had to be sent up the mountain to retrieve the son of a local fireman who was injured on his ATV.

Comment by BULLDOG on March 10, 2012 at 2:57pm

No doubt in my mind Stan. Left out the Josephs. So now lets see...You take the money from ex-wife..Get inside information from your idol Dexter, get more heads up from sister-in-law working as City of Beacon Clerk...Find properties in forclosure...Lot available to build on...OMG what a movie made for TV...

Comment by Stan Simmons on March 9, 2012 at 9:56pm
If anyone doubts me on my claims, do your own research on the County Clerk Records and the Beacon City Website. Even Tim Dexters son was a Beacon City FireMan. He transferred to Newburgh Fire Department a few years ago when the family figured out that the blatant nepotism might come back to haunt them. How long can we let this happen in our town? Who will stand up with me?
Comment by Stan Simmons on March 9, 2012 at 9:49pm
Look at Tim Dexter's Real estate investment company's family names as registered for their enrichment corporation and then let you mind wander. I can't believe the city building inspector is a real estate mogul in our town. He also drIves his city SUV 24/7 and I think even when he is working on his investment properties.
Comment by Stan Simmons on March 9, 2012 at 9:43pm
I would offer the speculation that nepotism is rampant is... Nonsense??. Just saying. Mckights? Fredericks? Pelossis? Antaleks?
Comment by TC on March 9, 2012 at 7:59pm

Thanks a lot for the contribution, Stan! Forgive my Friday night jab, but it's easy to imagine why a contingent of multi-generational Beacon citizens would have a less than enthusiastic attitude about new residents sniffing around their turf. I've often wondered "why the bad attitude? we're all on the team for improving Beacon" but too much sunlight is not what they're looking for. Two city pensions. That's something to consider.

I saw at least 3 ATVs on East Main Street today. More lost revenue!

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