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Pine Bush Fire District - Annual Election 2023 - 12/12/2023

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Bullville Fire District - Annual Election - 12/12/2023




PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on December 12, 2023, a combined election (also called a referendum) will be held at which the registered voters of the Town of Crawford are entitled to vote to determine whether the following referendum measures are approved or rejected:

Shall the Village of Crawford Be Incorporated Pursuant to the Elector-Initiated Petition?

Shall the Newly Incorporated Village of Crawford Be Simultaneously Consolidated With the Existing Town of Crawford To Create the Consolidated Town of Crawford Pursuant to the Elector-Initiated Petition?

The Elector-Initiated Petition states that its purpose is to consolidate the Town with a Village to be incorporated to give the Town greater flexibility and authority to provide services to its residents, and to allow greater economy and efficiency, while protecting against the wasteful proliferation of overlapping governments by authorizing the Town to exercise the powers of a village while continuing to operate as a town. The Petition is a combined petition as it seeks to form a village only with the simultaneous consolidation with the Town of Crawford. Non-consolidation would defeat the purpose of the Petition by creating an overlapping and redundant government. Because a single government will continue to exist if the referendum is approved, the Petition states that consolidation will prevent future financial burdens to the Town and its taxpayers that would occur if a new government were incorporated without consolidation.

If the referendum is approved, the incorporated village will be known as the Village of Crawford, having the same boundaries as the Town of Crawford, which will be simultaneously consolidated with the existing Town of Crawford to form the Consolidated Town of Crawford, which will have the same boundaries as the existing Town of Crawford.

The referendum election will be held on December 12, 2023, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM, at the Town of Crawford Senior and Community Center, 115 State Route 302, Pine Bush, New York 12566.

The Combined Petition for a Consolidated Town of Crawford may be examined at the Town Clerk’s office, Town Hall, 121 State Route 302, Pine Bush, New York 12566, during normal business hours. The Town Clerk may be contacted by email at [email protected] or telephone (845) 744-2020. Frequently Asked Questions and other information is also available on the Town’s website at www.townofcrawford.org.

Dated: November 16, 2023



Crawford Supervisor Charles Carnes joined by Police Chief Dominick Blasko, Bullville Fire Chief Bill Bacon and Pine Bush Fire Chief Wyatt Clegg urge residents to check and install Carbon monoxide detectors.

As temperatures have gotten colder many residents have turned on their heat causing our first responders to respond to several residences that have had near fatal levels of Carbon Monoxide.

Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a gas that forms whenever a fossil fuel is burned. CO is known as the "silent killer" as it is a colorless, odorless and tasteless poisonous gas. Most CO poisonings take place at home and are caused by items that are not properly cared for or vented, such as furnaces, water heaters, generators, gas grills, dryers, lanterns, space heaters, fireplaces, chimneys and gas stoves.

“Symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure include flu-like symptoms – headache, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, confusion and nausea,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, chief medical executive. “If you think you have been exposed, it is important to get into an area with fresh air immediately and seek medical attention.”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year approximately 50,000 people across the country visit the emergency department for accidental CO poisoning. 

CO poisoning can be prevented by practicing the safety tips listed below and knowing the symptoms of exposure. At high levels, CO can cause death within minutes. If you suspect you may be experiencing CO poisoning, or your CO detector alarm goes off, go outside immediately for fresh air and THEN call 911. 

To protect yourself and your family from CO, follow these safety tips:

  • Make sure you have working CO detectors. Detectors on every level of your home, including the basement, are strongly recommended. Detectors can be purchased at most hardware and big box stores.
  • Change batteries every six months (fall and spring) and replace your detector every five years or according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Use a battery-powered detector where you have fuel burning devices but no electric outlets. Having a CO detector handy when using tents, cabins, RVs and boats with enclosed cabinsis a good safety practice.
  • Have your furnace or wood-burning stove inspected annually. Hire a professional to make sure it is functionally sound and vents properly outside the home. 
  • Generators should be run at a safe distance (at least 20 feet) from the home. Never run a generator in the home, garage, or right next to windows or doors. 
  • Never run a car in an enclosed space. If a vehicle is running, you must have a door open to the outside.  
  • Never run a gasoline or propane heater or a grill (gas or charcoal) inside your home or in an unventilated garage. Any heating system that burns fuel produces CO. 

For further information visit https://www.health.ny.gov/statistics/environmental/public_health_tracking/about_pages/carbonmonoxide/about_co

Hello Town of Crawford Residents,

Many of you signed a petition to form a coterminous town-village in the Town of Crawford. The Town Board has approved this petition, and we are asking registered voters to vote on this referendum on December 12, 2023, between 8am and 9pm at the Crawford Community Center, 115 St. Rt 302, Pine Bush. We believe this move is in keeping with the Master Plan formed in 2014 and adopted on May 18, 2017. At that time, town residents, business owners, town officials and others came together to form a comprehensive plan for the Town of Crawford. Surveys were sent out to all residents, and public Community Visioning sessions were held to determine what we all wanted for our town. Part of the Mission Statement that was formulated included the following:

We pledge to work in partnership with our residents to foster community pride, to develop a vibrant, diversified economy, to plan for the future, to support the health and well-being of all residents and to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of our environment through strong relationships between residents, the Town, businesses, educators, non-profits, and our faith-based community. The Town of Crawford will facilitate a forward-looking, people-friendly community that champions our community’s diversity and results in a better place to live, work, play and raise families.

We believe that forming a coterminous town-village strongly supports the vision of Town of Crawford’s future that we all shared. Many of you have asked questions about what this actually means for our town and residents. We hope the following information answers these questions for you.

What is the petition asking for? The petition is a request by Town residents to transform Crawford from a town to a consolidated or coterminous town-village. Coterminous means having a shared border. The new village would take up the Town of Crawford entirely. This means that no other villages could be formed within our town. At the time of this writing, this is still possible. The residents who signed the petition want to keep the Town of Crawford as it is, without any other villages being formed within our town limits.

What would happen if another village were formed within the Town of Crawford? If another village were formed within the Town of Crawford, they could form their own municipal government, enact their own laws, and create their own highway department and ambulance services. This could, and probably would, result in additional expenses and overlapping taxes for Town of Crawford residents.

If the petition passes, will it prevent other villages being formed within the Town of Crawford? Yes, if the petition passes, it will prevent other villages being created within Town of Crawford borders. We would form a coterminous village which means the village would be the exact same size as the Town of Crawford with the same borders. We would then immediately form the village back into a town called the Consolidated Town of Crawford, but we expect that it will informally continue to be referred to as the Town of Crawford.

Why would we transform the village to a town? Reverting back to a town format would enable us to keep everything in town exactly the way it is: the same highway department, ambulance services, utilities and water service, Town Board, Town Supervisor, Town Clerk and Tax Collector format. It would be the same Town of Crawford we now know, only now we can be sure that no other villages will be formed within our borders.

When do we vote on this proposal? On December 12th, you will have the opportunity to vote on this proposal. It will be a “combined referendum,” because it will ask you to vote on two things: (1) forming a coterminous (sharing the same boundaries with the Town of Crawford) village and (2) transforming that village back into a town.

What exactly will we be voting on? Two yes/no questions will be posed to eligible voters as follows:

  1. Should the Village of Crawford be incorporated pursuant to the elector-initiated petition? NEED TO VOTE YES TO PASS
  2. Should the newly-incorporated Village of Crawford be immediately consolidated with the existing Town of Crawford to create the Town-Village of Crawford? NEED TO VOTE YES TO PASS

Why should I vote yes for each referendum? The existence of a village prevents other villages from incorporating within the same borders. The creation of a town-village within the Town of Crawford’s existing borders will prevent any other villages from incorporating in the Town of Crawford.

What happens if I vote yes to one referendum and no to the other? If you vote yes to one referendum and no to the other, your vote will count as a NO. In order for your vote to count as a YES, you need to vote yes to both items in the referendum: (1) yes to forming a coterminous village and (2) yes to transforming that village to a consolidated town.

What changes will be made to the existing Town Board and Supervisor powers if the petition passes? No changes will be made. The Town Supervisor and each Town Board member will retain the same abilities.

Will there be any extra steps or changes in the process of applying for building permits? No, the procedure will not cause any extra steps or changes in the building-permit application process.

Will there be any changes in our current zoning laws?

No, the procedure itself will not cause any changes to the current zoning laws.

Will this change result in any type of new taxes for the new town-village? No, there will be no impact on taxes for the new town-village.

Will it be necessary to re-assess all the properties in the new town-village? No, there is no need to impose a reassessment of properties within the new town-village.

Will this in any way affect our current school district boundaries? No, the school district boundaries are not affected by this procedure.

What is required for this petition to pass? In order for the petition to pass, a majority of residents have to vote yes to BOTH items in the referendum.

What happens if the petition doesn’t pass? If either referendum fails, the reorganization will not take place, and the process cannot be reinitiated for at least four years. During that time, other villages could be formed within the Town of Crawford. This is why it’s important to vote yes to both items so that we will become a consolidated town and no other villages can be formed within our borders.

Are absentee ballots permitted? Absentee ballots are prohibited for incorporation referendums, so they would not be allowed in this vote.

The Town Supervisor and Town Board strongly encourage all to vote yes to both questions in the dual-referendum to keep our town whole and undivided. If you have any questions or concerns about this vote, feel free to stop in to Town Hall and see the Town Supervisor or Town Clerk or call 845-744-2020.


Town of Crawford Country Christmas and Holiday Celebration December 2, 2023 

● 3:00-Tractor Parade Main Street ( letter filed with board)
● 2:00-6:00-First Fridays (Sat.) event at Crawford Square 2:00 - 6:00 ( paperwork filed)
● Tree lighting Event hosted by Pine Bush Ambulance Corps.
● 5:15 -Not Just Country Line Dancers
● Boy Scouts Troop 37-color guard and Pledge of Allegiance
● Tree/Holiday Blessing
● 5:30-5:45 Tree Lighting - Pine Bush Ambulance Corps. Building
● Lions club - pajama drive, wish lists, cookies, craft etc.
● Toys for Tots - for Town of Crawford
● PBCSD SRP children's book give away
● (Museum hosting Gingerbread house competition as well at the Museum gift shop


If you usually vote at Bullville Fire Department or Crawford Town Hall

you will vote at Crawford Senior and Community Center

115 State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY

Those that vote at Pine Bush Fire Department will continue to do so.








PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that there has been introduced before the Town Board of the Town of Crawford, New York, on October 26, 2023, a local law, titled Rezoning Land In Bullville To The BP (Business Park) Zoning District And Adding Restaurants And Hotels As Special Permit Uses In The O-R (Office-Residence) Zoning District,” which local law would change the zoning district designation of the lots identified as Tax Map Nos. 26-8-1, 26-8-2, 26-9-1 and 26-9-2 from the O-R (Office-Residence) zoning district to the BP (Business Park) zoning district, and would add ‘hotels’ and ‘restaurants’ as special permit uses in the O-R (Office-Residence) zoning district.

A complete copy of the Introductory Local Law is available for inspection at the Clerk's Office.

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to Section 20 of the Municipal Home Rule Law, the Town Board of the Town of Crawford, New York, will hold a public hearing on the aforesaid Local Law on November 16, 2023, at 7:00 P.M. or soon thereafter, at the Town Hall, 121 Route 32, Pine Bush, New York, 12566 at which time all persons interested therein shall be heard.

The Town of Crawford will make every effort to assure that the hearing is accessible to persons with disabilities.  Anyone requiring special assistance and/or reasonable accommodations should contact the Town Clerk.

Dated: October 26, 2023



Good afternoon. This is the Pine Bush Water and Sewer District.  We are doing flow tests on seven hydrants on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 from 9:00 am to noon which may affect your water.  This is required for fire protection.

  1. 302 @ High School
  2. Holland Ave @ Elementary School
  3. Maple Ave & Kelly Ave
  4. Main St & New St
  5. Main St & Depot St
  6. Railroad Ave North of Depot St
  7. North St & New St

It is advised that you make sure your water runs clear before doing laundry or other projects to which discolored water could cause problems around this time.  Thank you for your patience while we continue to work on improvements to the water and sewer district.  Any questions, please call 744-2515.

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Bullville Fire District - Public Hearing - Proposed Budget 2024