Swanzey-Noble showdown at Finance Committee meeting?

Swanzey-Noble showdown at Finance Committee meeting?

City Director of Economic Development and Strategic Partnerships Gregg Swanzey says he just wants to keep members of the Common Council updated on his effort to untangle apparent problems with seven grants that could, he says, put the city at...
KLDC flips bank, makes bank; King's Inn next on list

KLDC flips bank, makes bank; King’s Inn next on list

The Kingston Local Development Corp. stands to turn a tidy profit on a former bank building in Midtown after a New York City developer made an offer on the vacant property that had been the proposed site of a police...
Ismail Shabazz charged with felony gun possession

Ismail Shabazz charged with felony gun possession

A well-known Midtown Kingston community activist is accused of recruiting gang members into a black radical group, selling illegal guns and advocating violence against police in a case with roots in the four-decades long hunt for an alleged cop-killer from...
Push on to amend charter to give public more control over city’s drinking water

Push on to amend charter to give public more control over city’s drinking water

In the wake of a bottling company’s self-aborted bid to construct a plant in the Town of Ulster and use millions gallons from Kingston’s water supply, city lawmakers say they want to establish new rules to give elected officials more...
KPD cracks garden-gnome caper

KPD cracks garden-gnome caper

It didn’t take long for the KPD’s Sherlock Gnomes to bust a pair of Kingston teens who allegedly stole “numerous” lawn ornaments from city yards. According to the KPD, shortly after midnight on Monday, May 18, they received a report...
Jane’s Ice Cream: 30 years of scoops

Jane’s Ice Cream: 30 years of scoops

Kingston has made a comeback as a manufacturing town, albeit on an artisanal small-scale level, producing encaustic paints, pottery wheels and kilns, nut cheeses, cutting boards, quality cabinetry, branded T-shirts, stationery, high-end furniture and other items. Most of these businesses...
KHS reno’s timeline grows, scope shrinks

KHS reno’s timeline grows, scope shrinks

Kingston City School District officials said this week the $137.5 million Kingston High School Second Century Capital Plan will have to go five years deeper into the century in order to get the most out of the state aid funding...
Enter a challenger: Steve Noble to grapple with Gallo

Enter a challenger: Steve Noble to grapple with Gallo

Over the past three years, Mayor Shayne Gallo has often inveighed against “party elites” and other perceived political enemies he’s variously dubbed “the Politburo” or “the shadow government.” On Saturday, March 7, in a packed room at Tony’s Pizzeria on...
Conversation’s begun, but bag ban a ways off

Conversation’s begun, but bag ban a ways off

Kingston lawmakers have kicked off a discussion on how to curb the use of single-use plastic bags in the city. But, with lawmakers’ proposals ranging from an outright ban to an educational campaign on the bags’ environmental toll, city residents...
Take a spin around Stockade's groove-oriented shops

Take a spin around Stockade’s groove-oriented shops

It’s an unseasonably warm fall Friday in Uptown Kingston and Doug Wygal is about to eat Rick Lange’s lunch. And older gentleman and his wife parked across the street from Wygal’s Rocket Number Nine Records. They’re looking for Lange’s Rhino...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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Kingston After Dark: Stand up for yourself

Kingston After Dark: Stand up for yourself

It’s a slow-burn Sunday early afternoon. I was out late last night and just rising. Bees are literally divebombing into the numerous purple and orange flowers in the garden, vanishing like yellow-and-black flying mini-billiard balls. I’m listening to the witchy, trance inducing Blood Moon Rise album by retro, occult stoner-rock band Jex Thoth and feeling...
Hugh Reynolds: In lock step

Hugh Reynolds: In lock step

It occurs to me sometimes as I listen and record debate at public sessions of the county legislature and other elected bodies that the casual observer might actually believe minds and hearts are affected by what is said. Confounding observers is the debates’ timbre and tenor. Important public issues are being discussed, sometimes loudly! More...
Take our post-debate poll!

Take our post-debate poll!

Who do you think won Monday night’s debate at Temple Emanuel between Democratic mayoral candidates Shayne Gallo (the incumbent) and Steve Noble (the challenger)? Or was it a tie? Weigh in below. Voting will close at 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 26 and we’ll have the results in this week’s print edition.   This poll...
Gallo, Noble to debate tonight at Temple Emanuel

Gallo, Noble to debate tonight at Temple Emanuel

After weeks of sometimes-contentious wrangling, Mayor Shayne Gallo and Democratic primary challenger Steve Noble have agreed on terms for a debate. The two are expected to meet on Monday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanuel at 243 Albany Ave. The agreement comes after several weeks of haggling between candidates about the proper time...
Hugh Reynolds: Monday night politics

Hugh Reynolds: Monday night politics

This coming Monday’s mayoral debate may not decide the Sept. 10 Democratic mayoral primary between incumbent Shayne Gallo and challenger Steve Noble. But it could be the beginning of the end for whichever Democrat comes off badly. Maybe they both will, which could give long-shot Republican Ron Polacco some hope in November. Kudos to civic-minded...
UPDATED: All in for 9/10: Gallo passes on making his own party

UPDATED: All in for 9/10: Gallo passes on making his own party

This week, the odds of a three-way mayoral race in November dwindled to almost nothing and the stakes in next month’s Democratic primary got higher than ever. On Monday, Aug. 18 the state elections deadline for forming independent political parties passed. Neither incumbent Mayor Shayne Gallo nor challenger Steve Noble filed paperwork to add a...
Editorial: Some thoughts on some things

Editorial: Some thoughts on some things

The debate thing: If what I hear around town about a City Hall Gallo-Noble-Polacco debate being almost set for Aug. 24 is true, then I approve wholeheartedly — as long as it’s in the evening when people can actually attend. (It was, and I do.) The voters deserve an opportunity to see those who would...
Sangi’s showdown: Boarding-house owner to make his case before ZBA this Tuesday

Sangi’s showdown: Boarding-house owner to make his case before ZBA this Tuesday

Neighbors of a Downtown boarding house that city officials claim is operating illegally will have a chance to voice their opinions when the issue comes before Kingston’s Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Boarding house owner Joe Sangi has been locked in a legal battle with the city since late last year when...
‘Midtown Loves Kids’ fest this Saturday

‘Midtown Loves Kids’ fest this Saturday

People from Kingston and the surrounding areas are invited this Saturday, Aug. 15 from noon to 3 p.m. to join the Caring Hands Soup Kitchen, the Sunday school of the Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church and Kingston Midtown Rising at the inaugural “Midtown Loves Kids” community bazaar and fundraiser at the corner of Liberty Street...
Hugh Reynolds: The golden goose

Hugh Reynolds: The golden goose

From the annual state-of-the-county address to weekly press releases and press conferences, the Mike Hein administration rarely misses an opportunity to blow its own horn. Well, honk this! Last week the county comptroller touted the administration’s fiscal record. Even from fellow Democrat Elliott Auerbach, repeating what state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli had reported, this was unusual....
Letter: Jim Sottile sticks up for Steve Noble

Letter: Jim Sottile sticks up for Steve Noble

Grants truth will prevail I welcome this opportunity to set the record straight with regard to the City of Kingston grant process during my 10-year administration. A recent story appeared in your publication that contained several examples of misleading, misguided and misinformation on the subject. While I can appreciate the frustration of any individual not...
Kohl's caper crumbles

Kohl’s caper crumbles

A three-person scheme to shoplift from the Kohl’s in the Town of Ulster Saturday night didn’t go quite as planned, resulting in three arrests. According to Town of Ulster police, at about 8:15 the evening of Saturday, Aug. 8, they received a report that a shoplifting incident involving multiple suspects was in progress at Kohl’s...