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St. Cabrini Home sells, to become international school

St. Cabrini Home sells, to become international school

Local realtor Win Morrison and educator Regina Doy 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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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...
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 employees. But five officials who are supposed to report their financial interests under the law...
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...
Ethics Board members say mayor cleared of conflict charge, but aldermen wary

Ethics Board members say mayor cleared of conflict charge, but aldermen wary

The chair of the city’s ethics board said this week she provided a written opinion dismissing conflict of interest allegations leveled by Alderman Brad Will (D-Ward 3) against Mayor Shayne Gallo as “baseless.” But, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Kingston Times, city officials claim the report hasn’t crossed...
Hugh Reynolds: All aboard?

Hugh Reynolds: All aboard?

Last week, Ulster County’s executive branch launched another blitz on the Catskill Mountain Railroad, apparently aimed at convincing the legislative branch of the merits of the county’s increasingly expensive legal battle to break its lease with the CMRR. Sources from inside the rare closed-door session where lawmakers were briefed indicated the effort might have been...
Gibson: Iraqi unity would turn back rebels

Gibson: Iraqi unity would turn back rebels

Before he entered Congress, Chris Gibson spent 24 years in the U.S. Army, including three high-profile assignments in northern Iraq, where a Sunni rebellion is now threatening to tear the country apart. In an interview this week, Gibson rejected calls for intervention by U.S. ground troops to stem the insurgency. Instead, he said the U.S....
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...