Southern Ulster Times Jul. 04 2018

T IMES SOUTHERN ULSTER Vol. 15, No. 27 3 JULY 4 - 10, 2018 3 ONE DOLLAR Portraits Too hot for a kilt? of migrant farmers Page 3 Page 18 SERVING HIGHLAND, MARLBOROUGH AND PLATTEKILL ‘Just a dream come true’ Walkway opens Ulster Welcome Center Manley throws hat into Assembly race By SHANTAL RILEY sriley@tcnewspapers.com Photo provided NYS Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey (center left) and Walkway Over the Hudson Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the new Ulster Welcome Center in Highland. By MARK REYNOLDS mreynolds@tcnewspapers.com Last Friday Walkway Over the Hudson proudly opened their newest addition – a $5.4 million Welcome Center on the Highland side of the state park. In a press release, Walkway stated, “the new Ulster Welcome Center will be the gateway for the thousands of visitors arriving at the western end of the Walkway and will serve as a major focal point of the Empire State Trail.” This trail is an ambitious plan by Gov. Cuomo to create a 750 mile bicycle and walking path by 2020 that will link existing trails from New York City to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo. The 3,500 sq/ft Welcome Center has a new plaza and amphitheater seating for hundreds of people to gather for special events and programs. A 1,400 sq/ft covered patio, new signage, enhanced landscaping, a bus drop-off location for easy access, an upgrade to the pathways in and out of the park, a concession stand and bathrooms with running water. The release points out that the Center utilizes the latest energy efficiency technology that includes LED Continued on page 5 WWW.SOUTHERNULSTERTIMES.COM Town of Newburgh Councilman Scott Manley has decided to run as a candidate for an open seat in New York’s 104th Assembly District. Manley is so far the only Republican to publicly announce his candidacy in the race. “I’m a level- headed person who can work with everyone,” said Manley when asked why he believes Scott Manley he is the best candidate to fill the position, vacant since the passing of the late New York State Assemblyman Frank Skartados. Manley is currently serving his first term on the Newburgh Town Council. Appointed to replace Councilman George Continued on page 4