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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...
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...
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...
Pastor Arnold extols, defends traditional childhood in new tome

Pastor Arnold extols, defends traditional childhood in new tome

For Johann Christoph Arnold, a septuagenarian and longtime pastor of the local Bruderhof community, his previous book, a meditation on finding meaning and tranquility at the end of life, might have seemed a good place to end a writing career which produced about a dozen books. Indeed, the pastor himself had said 2013’s Rich in...
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...
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...
No problem for school budget

No problem for school budget

The Kingston City School District’s proposed $150.17 million 2014-15 budget got a warm reception at the polls, gliding to a hassle-free 2,040-1,422 win Tuesday, May 20, according to unofficial results. Out of a field of seven candidates, three were elected to three-year terms on the school board – incumbent and current board VP Nora Scherer led...
Editorial: Prayer, town boards and changing times

Editorial: Prayer, town boards and changing times

When I heard about the Supreme Court ruling (just barely) that it was kosher for a town board in upstate New York to open its meetings with prayer, even if that prayer was to a specific god, or son of, my mind immediately went back to another town board in upstate New York that nearly...