Cyber-weathermen Alex Marra and Bill Potter a match made in the heavens

Cyber-weathermen Alex Marra and Bill Potter a match made in the heavens

Hudson Valley Weather and Mid-Hudson Valley Weather, the region’s two leading do-it-yourself purveyors of forecasts, have merged. Alex Marra, the man behind Hudson Valley Weather, announced this summer that the laid-back-dude voice of Mid-Hudson Valley Weather, Bill Potter of Pine...
Slugfest in Lake Katrine

Slugfest in Lake Katrine

Onstage before a partisan-packed standing-room-only crowd, Republican Congressman Chris Gibson and challenger Sean Eldridge traded some of the fiercest barbs yet in a race that has already seen allegations of shameless carpet-bagging and selling out to corporations. The debate, the...
Niagara Bottling deal could help fund water system fixes, but is it too risky?

Niagara Bottling deal could help fund water system fixes, but is it too risky?

Backers of a proposal to sell City of Kingston water to a national bottling company say revenue from the deal could allow the city to replace and upgrade its century old infrastructure — without passing the costs on to residents....
Bottling biggie wants Cooper Lake water

Bottling biggie wants Cooper Lake water

Bottled-water giant Niagara Bottling wants to build a massive purification and packaging facility near TechCity. The proposed plant would consume as much as 1.75 million gallons a day provided by the City of Kingston Water Department from the city’s Cooper...
‘Alright, summer’s over’ — first day of school is Wednesday, Sept. 3

‘Alright, summer’s over’ — first day of school is Wednesday, Sept. 3

The Kingston City School District returns to class for the 2014-15 school year next week, but what kind of changes will students see when they’re all finished with summer break? Hopefully they remember everything from last year,” said Superintendent Paul...
From Nieuw Nederland to New York

From Nieuw Nederland to New York

Slaves in the early Dutch colonial era (circa 1625-1664) were treated rather better than those under English captivity, according to Ulster County historian Anne Gordon. Though quite restricted, they were allowed to marry, congregate, attend religious services with whites, and...
Sinkhole may not get its fill until winter, or later

Sinkhole may not get its fill until winter, or later

Bidding on a major public works project to fix once and for all a sinkhole that has plagued an Uptown Kingston neighborhood for more than three years has fallen behind schedule. The delay means that the project could stretch into...
Wurts Street Bridge to close 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4

Wurts Street Bridge to close 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4

A historic bridge in downtown Kingston will get a badly needed facelift — and area drivers an unwelcome headache — in the coming months as work begins on the venerable span connecting Kingston and Port Ewen. Work is expected to...
Were ethics law-mandated financial disclosure statements ever even sent out?

Were ethics law-mandated financial disclosure statements ever even sent out?

City officials have rejected a Kingston Times Freedom of Information Act request seeking financial disclosure forms which, under the terms of the city’s new ethics law, must be filled out by elected officials, appointees to city commissions and high-ranking municipal...
When there was a wall: Kingston’s stockade

When there was a wall: Kingston’s stockade

Accurate descriptions of Kingston’s original stockade, built between 1658 and 1677, have eluded historians for centuries. And no wonder. The definitive 1695 original “Miller map” of the area went to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean after its creator’s ship...
Ticket blitz: More parking violations written up so far this year than in all of 2013

Ticket blitz: More parking violations written up so far this year than in all of 2013

Citywide, police and parking enforcement staff are on pace to double the number of violations handed out last year for expired meters and other non-moving violations. Meanwhile the apparent ticket blitz has some in one neighborhood complaining of overzealous enforcement. “This...
Poor dear

Poor dear

An Uptown Kingston coffee shop got some unexpected and unwelcome business when a young deer plowed through a glass door and proceeded to trash a storeroom before it was collared and hauled off by police and city Department of Public...
Waves of immigrants shaped Kingston’s diverse culture

Waves of immigrants shaped Kingston’s diverse culture

First in trickles, then in droves, the Dutch (obviously), Germans and Irish first, then the Italians, Poles and many others, came to Kingston. Different people from different places with different cultures and religions settled in ethnic enclaves with their own...
Council OK’s ‘urban agriculture’ study for comprehensive plan

Council OK’s ‘urban agriculture’ study for comprehensive plan

Kingston’s current zoning laws prohibit various forms of agriculture, but now recommendations and goals to promote farming outlined in a study funded by private citizens will likely be adopted in the new comprehensive plan, at least in part. That means...
In speech, mayor recaps successes, foresees more to come

In speech, mayor recaps successes, foresees more to come

Mayor Shayne Gallo sounded many familiar notes Monday, April 28 in a nearly two-hour speech billed as a “state of the city address.” He reiterated pledges to reform the culture of city government to make it more transparent and accountable,...
Area cops, medics now using Narcan anti-OD kits

Area cops, medics now using Narcan anti-OD kits

It’s a situation that plays out almost daily in Ulster County — a 911 call reports an unconscious subject. Cops or firefighters arrive to find a person, usually young, barely breathing. Used syringes or empty glassine “decks” at the scene...
Reversing Uptown’s one-way streets seen as biz boost

Reversing Uptown’s one-way streets seen as biz boost

Uptown business groups have thrown their support behind a proposal to alter traffic patterns in Uptown Kingston by reversing the flow of traffic on two one-way streets in the heart of the Stockade business district. But others are wary of...
Paul O’Neill explains why jury duty is not a pain, but an opportunity

Paul O’Neill explains why jury duty is not a pain, but an opportunity

Right around lunchtime in Uptown, you’re likely to bump into Commissioner of Jurors Paul T. O’Neill.  You’re always in for a rosy exchange of pleasant schmooze, clever wit and perhaps some smart snark if you’re so inclined. O’Neill is seamlessly...
Hudson Valley Mall’s parental escort policy

Hudson Valley Mall’s parental escort policy

It’s Friday night at the Hudson Valley Mall’s food court. There’s a dozen teenagers sprawled out at the tables, laughing, cursing loudly and even roughhousing with one another. Shopping-fatigued mothers cover the ears of their toddlers dozing in the strollers...
The daily danger: Locals prep for rail mishaps

The daily danger: Locals prep for rail mishaps

Each day, thousands of tons of freight rolls through densely populated areas of Kingston and the Town of Ulster on CSX’s railroad tracks. An unknown, but likely increasing, proportion of the cargo is highly flammable, toxic or both. While most...
Rich Cahill Jr. explores the Lindbergh kidnapping in new book

Rich Cahill Jr. explores the Lindbergh kidnapping in new book

Lifelong Kingstonian Richard Cahill has spent half a lifetime investigating a dead subject: the 1932 kidnapping and killing of 20-month-old Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh. Recently, the attorney, ex-alderman and two-time mayoral candidate published his...
Kingston’s most soulful street angel

Kingston’s most soulful street angel

Kevin “K” Sampson has been walking the streets of Kingston since he was toddling. He never fails to offer a smile and a wave for anyone willing to receive it. Sampson is most often seen strolling the streets of Uptown,...
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Editorial: We endorse Chris Gibson

Editorial: We endorse Chris Gibson

Judging the two candidates in terms of which one would do the best job for, and funnel the most federal support to, the 19th Congressional District in general and Ulster and Kingston in particular, we endorse the re-election of Chris Gibson. In his first term representing Ulster County in a Congress with a near-abysmal record...
Two sides: Town Board hears from Niagara plan’s friends and foes

Two sides: Town Board hears from Niagara plan’s friends and foes

The Town of Ulster two weeks ago affirmed its intent to declare lead agency in the environmental review process of a proposed Niagara Bottling facility off Boice’s Lane, not far from the Lower Esopus Creek. During a public comment session following the town board’s agenda at its Oct. 16 meeting, councilmen heard from both supporters and...
We’ve got this: Town of Ulster to lead vetting for bottling plant

We’ve got this: Town of Ulster to lead vetting for bottling plant

The State Department of Environmental Conservation has declined to take a lead role in reviewing a plan for a proposed water bottling plant in the Town of Ulster. The decision comes despite pleas from opponents of the plant who had hoped for what they believed would be a more rigorous review by the state agency....
Hugh Reynolds: The mood of the electorate

Hugh Reynolds: The mood of the electorate

“People have been traumatized [by the Great Recession]. They’re still struggling, worried, and anxious. Even though they’re working, they don’t believe their jobs are stable, they fear layoffs, and there’s a sense of impermanence.” So writes Carl Horn, author of Working Scared or Not at All, a professor of public policy at Rutgers University, as...
Editorial: What Kingston can learn from Savannah, Ga.

Editorial: What Kingston can learn from Savannah, Ga.

Well, I’m back from my latest trip, which was to the stately and historic Southern city of Savannah, Ga. Founded by a man named Oglethorpe in 1733, Savannah today is a fetching, eminently walkable (good thing, considering all the shrimp and grits and biscuits and gravy I ate) and exquisitely preserved mix of buildings from...
Hugh Reynolds: Good idea, but …

Hugh Reynolds: Good idea, but …

Good-government groups are divided on a redistricting proposition on this year’s ballot purported to bring more fairness and transparency to a partisan process that has traditionally offered neither. Under a constitutional amendment approved in separate sessions by both houses of the state legislature, Senate and Assembly redistricting based on the 2020 census would be conducted...
Hugh Reynolds: Gibson and Eldridge, face to face

Hugh Reynolds: Gibson and Eldridge, face to face

Raucous groups of partisans emitted whoops, yells and hisses at the first public face-off between Congressional candidates Chris Gibson and Sean Eldridge at overheated Miller Middle School in Lake Katrine the evening of Monday, Oct. 6. The rowdies numbered only about a third of the more than 600 in attendance. The majority came to look,...
Letters: WiFi's hazards, Niagara Bottling, CMRR

Letters: WiFi’s hazards, Niagara Bottling, CMRR

Drop the CMRR suit Ulster County Legislature Resolution 273 to drop the litigation with the Catskill Mountain Railroad did not come up for a vote before the 23 legislators, because the resolution was stopped in the Laws & Rules Committee by three legislators: Ken Ronk (728-3276), Kevin Roberts (566-7663), & Lynn Archer (626-7358). Call them...
Hugh Reynolds: He’s the bomb

Hugh Reynolds: He’s the bomb

Give Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor currently floundering and polling in the mid-20s, credit for taking on a job nobody else wanted. But comparing Andrew Cuomo with Mario Cuomo’s last run indicates the poor man is not only suicidal but delusional as well. Astorino was in Kingston for a few hours last Wednesday,...
Mayor wants Van Allen probe

Mayor wants Van Allen probe

Mayor Shayne Gallo said he wants a more thorough investigation into the actions of Kingston cops in response to a December 2013 traffic accident involving an off-duty KPD detective. Gallo said this week he was spurred to request a more thorough accounting after reviewing the contents of an anonymous letter sent to state and federal...
Hugh Reynolds: State Senate slugfest

Hugh Reynolds: State Senate slugfest

Can’t say I dashed into the Garden Lounge in Kingston Tuesday morning in breathless anticipation to cover a Chamber of Commerce debate between state Senate candidates Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk and Republican challenger George Amedore. These sessions are usually polite affairs with candidates dancing around each other while spewing familiar talking points. Not this time. Getting...
Crash kills woman; other driver was drunk, say deputies

Crash kills woman; other driver was drunk, say deputies

A 23-year-old Cottekill man is facing vehicular manslaughter charges after, Ulster County sheriff’s deputies say, while driving drunkenly he ran a stop sign and crashed into a Jeep, killing a 50-year-old woman and seriously injuring a 19-year-old man. According to deputies, Tyler J. Grable, was driving a 1999 Subaru Legacy and travelling west on Cottekill Road at...