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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...
Holiday hackjob: Total Grinch saws Uptown family’s special spruce in half

Holiday hackjob: Total Grinch saws Uptown family’s special spruce in half

An Uptown homeowner believes someone with a deeply flawed understanding of the term “holiday spirit” is behind the mutilation and theft of her family’s beloved baby blue spruce. Molly Wilson noticed the vandalism on Saturday when she went into the front yard of the family’s Washington Avenue home around noon and saw, to her horror,...
Hugh Reynolds: They liked Mike

Hugh Reynolds: They liked Mike

One of the questions following Ulster County Exec Mike Hein’s designation last month as one of the nine top public officials in the country by Washington-based Governing Magazine was whether he nominated himself. How else, wags wondered, would a national publication with a circulation of about 80,000 find an official to honor in a place...
City police seek meter thieves

City police seek meter thieves

Kingston cops are looking for the person or people who ripped out, broke open and discarded at least a dozen parking meters in Uptown Kingston. The thefts occurred sometime overnight on Tuesday, Dec. 2 on Fair, John and other streets in the Stockade District. Kingston Police Department Lt. Thierry Croizer said the next day that...
Deputies: Abortion, strangulation charges for man after Dewitt Mills Road attack

Deputies: Abortion, strangulation charges for man after Dewitt Mills Road attack

A Red Hook man is facing felony abortion and strangulation charges after a Town of Rosendale incident in which, Ulster County sheriff’s deputies say, he attempted to force a woman to take a pill which would terminate her pregnancy. Thomas A. Pfeiffer, 44, was arrested 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, according to the sheriff’s office...
Niagara comes to Red Hook

Niagara comes to Red Hook

Niagara Bottling, poised to undertake a long and likely contentious environmental review of a proposed bottling facility in the Town of Ulster, is expanding its search for water sources to a natural spring in the Town of Red Hook. Minutes from an Oct. 8 meeting of Red Hook’s Conservation Advisory Committee show Town Board member...
Cuomo: I-84, Thruway to be restricted Wednesday, Nov. 26

Cuomo: I-84, Thruway to be restricted Wednesday, Nov. 26

Just in is this press release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office: “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the following traffic restrictions that will take place tomorrow morning in anticipation of heavy snowfall in the region: Beginning 7 am, Wednesday, November 26, 2014, long tandem vehicles will be banned from the New York State Thruway on I-90,...
Ulster town supe says Niagara plan warrants full-scale environmental review

Ulster town supe says Niagara plan warrants full-scale environmental review

Town of Ulster Supervisor James Quigley III said this week he will recommend a “positive declaration of environmental significance” on Niagara Bottling’s proposal to build a water bottling facility at a vacant parcel near the old IBM campus. If the board agrees at its meeting set for Thursday, Nov. 20, it means the controversial plan...
Gibson’s win over Eldridge even larger than polls predicted

Gibson’s win over Eldridge even larger than polls predicted

Across the country, Tuesday was a bad night for virtually any candidate with a “D” next to their name on the ballot. For Sean Eldridge, the 28-year-old venture capitalist and would-be sitter in New York’s 19th Congressional District seat, it was even worse. After pouring a reported $4 million of his personal fortune into a...
Gibson, Cahill, Amedore win easily; Savona leads in Family Court

Gibson, Cahill, Amedore win easily; Savona leads in Family Court

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook) cruised to an overwhelming victory over Democratic challenger Sean Eldridge in the race for New York’s 19th Congressional District. Gibson held a commanding lead throughout the night; Eldridge conceded the race shortly before 11 p.m. A Siena University/Time Warner Cable News poll taken one week before the election showed...
Two sides: Town Board hears from Niagara plan’s friends and foes

Two sides: Town Board hears from Niagara plan’s friends and foes

The Town of Ulster two weeks ago affirmed its intent to declare lead agency in the environmental review process of a proposed Niagara Bottling facility off Boice’s Lane, not far from the Lower Esopus Creek. During a public comment session following the town board’s agenda at its Oct. 16 meeting, councilmen heard from both supporters and...
We’ve got this: Town of Ulster to lead vetting for bottling plant

We’ve got this: Town of Ulster to lead vetting for bottling plant

The State Department of Environmental Conservation has declined to take a lead role in reviewing a plan for a proposed water bottling plant in the Town of Ulster. The decision comes despite pleas from opponents of the plant who had hoped for what they believed would be a more rigorous review by the state agency....