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KHS teachers suggest naming building for Wendell Scherer

KHS teachers suggest naming building for Wendell Scherer

In an emotional plea by two Kingston High English teachers at last week’s school board meeting, the Kingston Board of Education was asked to consider naming a building at the school in memory of the late Wendell Scherer. Teachers Christina Krzywonos and Lainie Silverberg spoke in favor of honoring Scherer by naming a building after...
Hein warns of system collapse

Hein warns of system collapse

Dubbing himself “a disruptor in government” and saying he’s proud of it, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein is calling for a fundamental — but unspecified — reordering of how municipalities provide services. “If we are to be completely honest with our taxpayers,” Hein told an audience of more than 200 at his eighth annual state-of-the-county...
Gibson forms panel to explore '18 run for governor

Gibson forms panel to explore ’18 run for governor

Local congressman Chris Gibson, long rumored to be thinking about a run for governor in 2018, has made a move toward doing just that. The Kinderhook Republican, who announced at the beginning of 2015 that he would be stepping down from Congress at the end of his term this year, on Monday announced that he’s...
Hugh Reynolds: Ambush politics

Hugh Reynolds: Ambush politics

Ulster County announces it plans to cut the sales tax share of the City of Kingston from 11.5 percent to 10. May cut towns a third, from 3 percent to 2. Safety Net welfare costs and election takeover costs are cited. Is the county broke? Film at 11! This carefully contrived, cynical negotiating strategy on...
Photo: Maloney endorses Teachout

Photo: Maloney endorses Teachout

Zephyr Teachout, who’s seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the House of Representatives from the 19th New York Congressional District, got a boost from the congressman down the road as U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney came up to SUNY New Paltz on Friday morning to lend his endorsement. “Zephyr Teachout grew up in a small...
Editorial: Who will stand for Kingston?

Editorial: Who will stand for Kingston?

Mayor Noble is right. The sales tax talks with the county really are “one of the most important negotiations we will enter into,” as he said last week. At stake is a huge chunk of the city’s revenue stream. Entering into play is the possibility that the city will reassert the right to levy its...
Mayor Noble: No rush on sales tax talks

Mayor Noble: No rush on sales tax talks

Kingston Mayor Steve Noble said this week that he won’t be rushed in talks with the county on a new sales tax-revenue sharing agreement. Meanwhile, supervisors in nine of the county’s 20 towns — which also receive a portion of the sales tax revenue stream — are urging the city to stand firm against county...
Clearwater organization looks to right the ship after recent turmoil

Clearwater organization looks to right the ship after recent turmoil

This summer, for the first time since it became a regular annual event at Croton Point Park in 1979, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival Festival isn’t happening. In what one observer characterized as “a perfect storm of problems,” the non-profit organization founded by Pete Seeger in 1969 with the launch of the sloop Clearwater which...
Guard, woman charged with sneaking drugs into jail

Guard, woman charged with sneaking drugs into jail

A county corrections officer and a Saugerties woman are both facing felony charges after, Ulster County sheriff’s deputies say, the two had been working to smuggle drugs into the Ulster County Jail. According to deputies, corrections officers had “developed information” that a woman had been passing drugs to a CO, who in turn would bring...
Hugh Reynolds: Gibson focuses forward

Hugh Reynolds: Gibson focuses forward

Except at St. Patrick’s breakfasts where celebrants guzzle green orange juice and await the session-ending coronation of Irish-person-of-the-year in goofy green hat, Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfasts rarely draw more than 225 people. To my amazement, last week’s session featuring retiring Congressman Chris Gibson drew an official count of 290 to the crowded...
Bat attack leads to charges

Bat attack leads to charges

A Kingston man is facing felony charges after he allegedly tried to settle a dispute with a baseball bat. Tyrone S. McMillian, 45, was arrested on Jan. 23 at noon following the incident in the Town of Ulster. According to Ulster town police, McMillian confronted an acquaintance with a baseball bat following an earlier dispute....
Deleting the cyberbullies

Deleting the cyberbullies

A new law proposed last week by County Executive Mike Hein would punish so-called “cyberbullies” with fines and possibly jail time if convicted of spreading personal information or making hurtful comments about minors on social media and other electronic platforms. Advocates say the law is needed to address the serious and growing problem of online harassment...