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Editorial: Precipitation manipulation

Editorial: Precipitation manipulation

In thinking about all the upset caused by this week’s blizzard that wasn’t, especially all the outrage directed at the weathermen for making everybody freak out about “historic” snow totals that got dumped on New England instead of us, I was reminded of the best movie I saw last year: “Nightcrawler.” In case you missed...
Snow emergency begins in city at 4 p.m.

Snow emergency begins in city at 4 p.m.

The City of Kingston’s snow emergency for Winter Storm Juno will begin 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 and is set to end 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, according to the city superintendent of public works. During the emergency, no vehicles may be parked on city streets; those which remain will be towed and ticketed. According...
Letters: Our lovely city; Please reconsider PLA; Growing the pie

Letters: Our lovely city; Please reconsider PLA; Growing the pie

Your lovely city and your Greenline project Last summer on my way to a conference in upstate New York, I stopped in to visit an old friend who now lives in Kingston and she suggested we spend the day driving the beautiful countryside and visiting the city by introducing me to a project that she...
Gibson bowing out after this term

Gibson bowing out after this term

Dropping an unexpected political bomb on the Hudson Valley, U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, who won re-election last November by about 30 percentage points, announced Tuesday, Jan. 6 that he would not run for re-election in 2016. Gibson’s move set off a surge of speculation that the two-term congressman has his eyes on statewide office. In 2018,...
Editorial: A deal which should be taken

Editorial: A deal which should be taken

As someone who’s held and continues to hold the opinion that the Ulster & Delaware will do more people more good as a free-to-all walking trail than a mostly-disused corridor with sections upon which for-profit pleasure trains run periodically, I think a couple of things about the county executive’s proposed rail-with-trail compromise: 1.) it’s an...
Deputies: Abortion, strangulation charges for man after Dewitt Mills Road attack

Deputies: Abortion, strangulation charges for man after Dewitt Mills Road attack

A Red Hook man is facing felony abortion and strangulation charges after a Town of Rosendale incident in which, Ulster County sheriff’s deputies say, he attempted to force a woman to take a pill which would terminate her pregnancy. Thomas A. Pfeiffer, 44, was arrested 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, according to the sheriff’s office...
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...
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...
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...
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...