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State of the City speech set for Thursday, Feb. 5

State of the City speech set for Thursday, Feb. 5

Mayor Shayne Gallo will deliver his fourth “State of the City” address next week. According to a press release issued by the mayor’s office, the annual speech will occur on Thursday, Feb. 5 in the Common Council Chambers in City Hall at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
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...
Hugh Reynolds: Fooling with fueling

Hugh Reynolds: Fooling with fueling

Vladimir Lenin promised peace and land, Herbert Hoover promised a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage. And County Executive Mike Hein came up in his seventh state of the county address last week with free fuel for owners of electric vehicles. What a guy. In offering owners of electrically powered vehicles...
Cooper Lake report: Water’s not there

Cooper Lake report: Water’s not there

A new report commissioned by opponents of a plan to sell Kingston’s municipal water to a private bottling company raises a host of environmental and legal concerns, and recommends the review process be shut down until an up-to-date report on just how much water the Cooper Lake reservoir has to give is finished. Citizens’ groups...
Hugh Reynolds: Forward ... march!

Hugh Reynolds: Forward … march!

People ask me, as if I knew, why Congressman Chris Gibson decided to leave the House after only three terms. Dunno. After dropping that bombshell on the first day of what will be his final term, Gibson disappeared into a black hole somewhere between Washington and his hometown of Kinderhook. Go figure. One of the...
Will Kingston High renovation help transgender students?

Will Kingston High renovation help transgender students?

As the Kingston City School District moves forward on its Second Century renovation plan for Kingston High School, a school board trustee is asking whether the remade KHS will make provisions for transgender students. Early in December, the Shenendehowa Board of Education voted 4-2 for a policy change which allows transgender Shenendehowa High School students...
Investigation continues in West Chestnut Street possible suicide try

Investigation continues in West Chestnut Street possible suicide try

Police are investigating whether a suicide pact was behind a case of carbon monoxide poisoning that left a Kingston woman near death and her partner charged with promoting a suicide attempt. Kingston cops responded to a home on West Chestnut Street around 8:20 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 12 after family members asked them to check...
Bringing out-of-state businesses to New York a win, UCCC’s Katt says

Bringing out-of-state businesses to New York a win, UCCC’s Katt says

The Nutmeg State’s loss is the Town of Ulster’s gain as two of the 13 businesses given state tax incentives through Start-Up NY will be crossing the Connecticut border and laying down roots in the Hudson Valley. Those companies — a manufacturer of a patented waste-to-energy gasification method, and a remanufacturer of mine tailings —...
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,...
Hugh Reynolds: Some serious guessing ahead

Hugh Reynolds: Some serious guessing ahead

Shortly after dusk on Election Day in 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as was his custom, greeted neighbors and friends from the balcony of his Hyde Park home. “As you know,” he said, “I don’t make predictions about elections. But this I can predict with certainty: The next president of the United States will be from...
Niagara-SUNY Ulster alliance could bring bottler huge tax breaks

Niagara-SUNY Ulster alliance could bring bottler huge tax breaks

Niagara Bottling lost out on its bid for more than $10 million in state funding for a proposed plant in the Town of Ulster. But it remains eligible for significant benefits, including a 10-year state tax holiday for employees, through the Start-Up NY program and a partnership with Ulster County Community College. Earlier this month,...

Openness to cop cams, but some concerns too

Following controversial grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Mo. and Staten Island and the following furious protests, city officials here at home plan to hold a community forum next week to discuss police-community relations. One issue expected to be addressed at the Tuesday, Dec. 16 forum at 7 p.m. at New Progressive Baptist Church on Hone...