‘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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Hugh Reynolds: Face to face

Hugh Reynolds: Face to face

Candidate debates, as they’re commonly called, usually only decide an election when one of the candidates does something memorably stupid. But it’s good to see candidates in action, to watch how they perform under pressure, to note their mastery of factual detail. Lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu, for instance, caught grief at a recent event...
Balls in the air: Police Commission to take up topic of judge’s arrest

Balls in the air: Police Commission to take up topic of judge’s arrest

Mayor Shayne Gallo said Wednesday, Sept. 10 that he will meet with the city’s police commission next week to discuss the circumstances surrounding the arrest of City Court Judge Lawrence Ball by Kingston Police. Ball was arrested by city cops on Aug. 6 based on a complaint filed by his estranged wife, Ward 6 Alderwoman...
'Feast on Two Wheels' is this Wednesday

‘Feast on Two Wheels’ is this Wednesday

This Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 5-8 p.m., cyclists will fill the streets of Kingston on a three-part journey known as the “Feast on Two Wheels.” The annual fundraiser was created by Bike-Friendly Kingston, an advocacy group that promotes improvements that would make the city more “bike-able.” Over the course of three hours, ticket-holders will bike...

Jahson Marryshow cuffed in Oregon

Jahson Marryshow’s four-year run as one of Ulster County’s most wanted fugitives ended Sunday afternoon in Eugene, Oregon when local police and U.S. Marshals caught up to him while he was playing Ultimate Frisbee in a city park. “We’re glad to have him in custody,” said Ulster County Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum of the arrest. “We’re...
Ulster’s Dylan Foley wins big Irish fiddling prize

Ulster’s Dylan Foley wins big Irish fiddling prize

This year, Ulster County native Dylan Foley became the first American in a generation to take top honors in a prestigious Irish fiddling competition. Now, the 22-year-old Highland native is passing on the tradition to a new generation with a series of classes at Kingston’s Irish Cultural Center of the Hudson Valley. The classes are...
Riccardi gets nod for Family Court; Teachout wins big, in Ulster at least

Riccardi gets nod for Family Court; Teachout wins big, in Ulster at least

With all 79 Ulster County polling places reporting, Family Court attorney Gilda Riccardi of Saugerties scored a decisive victory Tuesday, September 9 over two challengers in the Democratic primary for a new Family Court judgeship. Unofficial returns, which don’t include absentee ballots, show Riccardi with 2,713 votes (45.8 percent), compared to 2,074 for Kingston attorney...
Primary update: Riccardi widens her lead over Bryant

Primary update: Riccardi widens her lead over Bryant

With 71 of 79 districts reporting, Gilda Riccardi more fully widened her lead in the Democratic primary for Ulster County Family Court. She’s collected 2,373 votes so far to Kevin Bryant’s 1,873 and John Beisel’s 1,037. More to come.
BREAKING: Riccardi pulls out in front

BREAKING: Riccardi pulls out in front

With 35 of 79 districts reporting, Gilda Riccardi has pulled ahead of Kevin Bryant in the Ulster County Family Court Democratic primary race 1,339-1,330. John Beisel is a distant third, with 769. All results are unofficial.
Early primary results: Bryant has big lead in Family Court race

Early primary results: Bryant has big lead in Family Court race

With 16 of 79 districts, a little over 20 percent, reporting, Kevin Bryant is building a sizeable lead in the Democratic primary for the new Ulster County Family Court seat. Bryant’s got 705 votes so far, to John Beisel’s 403 and Gilda Riccardi’s 377. In the gubernatorial races, the Zephyr Teachout-Tim Wu ticket is way...
Letters: Demilitarize the KPD; Mitchell's agenda

Letters: Demilitarize the KPD; Mitchell’s agenda

Chief confirms ‘New Jim Crow’ is alive in Kingston Kingston residents are outraged by the statements Kingston Police Chief Tinti made to the Kingston Times in its “Serve, Protect but Not Invade” article published Aug. 21, 2014. We condemn his “praying for peace, preparing for war” approach to policing our streets. Militarized police forces escalated...
Hugh Reynolds: How do you spell Torres?

Hugh Reynolds: How do you spell Torres?

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill staffer and New Paltz Town Councilman Dan Torres returned from a brief trip last month to discover to his dismay that he had “signed” a nominating petition for Cahill Assembly opponent Kevin Roberts. “At first I thought it was some kind of joke,” Torres told me when I finally caught up with...
Editorial: Vote for Teachout

Editorial: Vote for Teachout

If you are a registered Democrat in the state of New York, I urge you to make time to get to your local polling place this coming Tuesday, Sept. 9 and vote for Zephyr Teachout for your party’s nomination for governor and Tim Wu for your party’s nomination for lieutenant governor. By doing so, you...