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Niagara Bottling deal could help fund water system fixes, but is it too risky?

Niagara Bottling deal could help fund water system fixes, but is it too risky?

Backers of a proposal to sell City of Kingston water to a national bottling company say revenue from the deal could allow the city to replace and upgrade its century old infrastructure — without passing the costs on to residents. But the plan is already a flop with some in the community, who call it...
Bottling biggie wants Cooper Lake water

Bottling biggie wants Cooper Lake water

Bottled-water giant Niagara Bottling wants to build a massive purification and packaging facility near TechCity. The proposed plant would consume as much as 1.75 million gallons a day provided by the City of Kingston Water Department from the city’s Cooper Lake watershed. Rumors about the proposal have circulated for months, but town and city officials...
Prestige Toyota must pay, state attorney general says

Prestige Toyota must pay, state attorney general says

Here’s the text of the press release issued Monday, Aug. 18 by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office announcing Prestige Toyota’s agreement to settle complaints about an improper processing fee: “Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today that his office has reached a settlement with Kingston auto dealer Prestige Automobiles, Inc., doing business as Prestige...
Joe Perry and Mike McGowan have had their hands in Kingston’s locks since the ’70s

Joe Perry and Mike McGowan have had their hands in Kingston’s locks since the ’70s

If you’ve walked up North Front Street at any time since the Disco Era, you’ve probably at some point been greeted by two fashion-plated gentlemen — longtime Uptown fixtures and Rage Hair Salon owners Joe Perry and Mike McGowan. Susan Benincasa, who passed away in 2013, was Rage’s third beaming smile. My personal recollection of...
The Brooklyn vibe: New Uptown enterprises all linked to NYC’s most hip borough

The Brooklyn vibe: New Uptown enterprises all linked to NYC’s most hip borough

Uptown Kingston is evolving. North Front Street just got four new businesses, all with owners from Brooklyn. “Uptown Kingston obviously isn’t Brooklyn North, and I laugh when I see real-estate ads for places in ‘Brooklyn Kingston’,” said Sari Botton, a writer and editor of an anthology of essays about loving New York City and leaving...
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 year it’s been off the charts,” said Karen Clark-Adin, owner of the Bop to Tottom...
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 the proposal’s cost and possible unintended consequences from changing long-established traffic schemes. The plan would...
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 and direct a hairy eyeball to the gaggle of disruptive teens, but eventually gather up...
James Childs Jr. takes over chair of RUPCO board

James Childs Jr. takes over chair of RUPCO board

The Rev. James B. Childs Jr. has spent two decades trying to knit together diverse communities — from his ongoing effort to build a truly multi-ethnic congregation at Pointe of Praise Family Life Center to his work as a diversity trainer in the corporate world and academia. As the new chairman of RUPCO’s board of...
Instead of homestead? Study looks at impacts of dual tax rate

Instead of homestead? Study looks at impacts of dual tax rate

A draft copy of a report on Kingston’s dual tax system has found that varying tax rates on commercial and residential properties likely have some negative impact on economic development in the city, but not ruinous consequences. But the proportional burden paid by businesses in Kingston appears greater than in most other jurisdictions with a...
Wine, the universe and everything

Wine, the universe and everything

A few months ago, Michael Drapkin and his wife, Theresa, bought the former Madden’s Fine Wines & Spirits on lower Broadway in Kingston’s Rondout and renamed it the Kingston Wine Co. The store, located in a handsome 19th-century storefront, officially opened three weeks ago and has already created a buzz, with local wine buyers raving...
Tenant vs. landlord: The eternal battle

Tenant vs. landlord: The eternal battle

It’s freezing. Your car tire blew out and so you had to get a new one so you can get to work, but you had to take that money out of the rent. You’ve been late with the rent a few times because the universe keeps throwing you these curve balls, like those three weeks...