Supervisor Susan Zimet said opening the center showed a lot of commitment on the community’s part. “This is living proof of New Paltz’s dedication to sustainability. This is it — right here, right now,” the supervisor said.
The ReUse Center has already been a sort of unexpected boon for the town. Department heads have used the center like a department store, scavenging for useful items they would have otherwise had to purchase brand-new with taxpayer money. For instance, the New Paltz Police Department recently took three bookcases from Clearwater Road to use at the station, Zimet said.
“If that’s not a change in thought process or a change in how we do business on a government level, I don’t know what is,” she added. “This building’s amazing. What’s in here’s amazing.”