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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This fall’s big race: Incumbent Gibson faces a well-heeled but young (and not-from-here) Eldridge

This fall’s big race: Incumbent Gibson faces a well-heeled but young (and not-from-here) Eldridge

The local race for Congress pits a relative newcomer to the Hudson Valley with deep pockets and a progressive agenda who’s battling the “carpetbagger” label against an incumbent who’s positioned himself as a bipartisan bridge-builder, but who critics call just another vote in an increasingly radicalized Republican House caucus. In an era where gerrymandering has...
Hugh Reynolds: All aboard

Hugh Reynolds: All aboard

A special committee of the Ulster County Legislature has called on the Catskill Mountain Railroad to drop its suit against the county in exchange for the county abandoning its effort to immediately terminate its lease with the railroad. The 25-year lease expires in May 2016. Kingston’s Dave Donaldson chairs the five-member legislative committee, which after...
Letters on Eldridge-Gibson race

Letters on Eldridge-Gibson race

(Editor’s note: Be sure to read our cover story on this race in this week’s print edition of the Kingston Times.) Don’t be distracted Recently, the name “carpetbagger” has been used to describe Sean Eldridge as he makes a bid for Congress in New York’s 19th District. Eldridge only recently moved to the 19th District....
St. Cabrini Home sells, to become international school

St. Cabrini Home sells, to become international school

Local realtor Win Morrison and educator Regina Doi had a dual purpose on their minds for their visit to Old Dutch Church on Thursday, July 24. One was to lay flowers at the church’s front door in memoriam of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down by, U.S. officials say, pro-Russian...
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Pics of Kingston's record-setting ice cream sundae

Pics of Kingston’s record-setting ice cream sundae

Our photographer Phyllis McCabe was on hand at the Strand on Sunday for the construction and consumption of the record-breaking ice cream sundae, put together to mark Boice Bros. Dairy’s 100th year in business. Here’s some of what she brought back.  
Hearing officer clears Chris Rea, calls for reinstatement

Hearing officer clears Chris Rea, calls for reinstatement

(Editor’s note: Updates with input from the mayor.) It’s been two and a half years since former Kingston fire chief Chris Rea was suspended without pay. In that time, Mayor Shayne Gallo has repeatedly accused him of misdeeds ranging from keeping pornography on a work computer to charging the city for days he did not...
Felony charges for drone enthusiast

Felony charges for drone enthusiast

A Lake Katrine man is facing a felony charge after, state troopers say, he flew a camera equipped drone close to examination room windows at a Town of Ulster Medical Facility. But David “Front Row Dave” Beesmer, who’s charged with second-degree unlawful surveillance, said in a Facebook post that the incident was a misunderstanding. Beesmer...
Man shot by deputy intends to sue, says he was unarmed and trapped in vehicle

Man shot by deputy intends to sue, says he was unarmed and trapped in vehicle

A High Falls man claims that he was shot by an Ulster County sheriff’s deputy while he was unarmed and pinned inside an overturned vehicle — after police had been ordered to discontinue the pursuit. Those allegations are contained in a notice of claim filed last week by Brandon Rifenburg. The document is the first...
Editorial: Another look, maybe?

Editorial: Another look, maybe?

It seems the city’s new ethics board fumbled its first case. We’d like to see them take another look at Mayor Gallo’s hiring George Redder as counsel for the Kingston Local Development Corporation. The matter was brought to the board’s attention by Alderman Brad Will — not one of the mayor’s favorite lawmakers, for sure...
Document offers zero insight on ethics board’s decision

Document offers zero insight on ethics board’s decision

The city has responded to a Kingston Times Freedom of Information Act request by releasing a written opinion of a ruling by the city’s ethics board clearing Mayor Shayne Gallo of any conflict of interest in the hiring of attorney George Redder to work with the Kingston Local Development Corporation. On July 7, City Clerk...
Hugh Reynolds: The good side

Hugh Reynolds: The good side

The opposite faces of Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, the good and the bad, were on display last week. Since Hein thinks I pick on him too much, let’s begin on a positive note. The formal dedication of the homeless veterans’ facility on Wurts Street in Kingston was a Mike Hein event in the best...