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Opening arguments in Nunez murder trial

Opening arguments in Nunez murder trial

Obsession. Manipulation. Deception. According to prosecutor MaryEllen Albanese, those three motives are what drove Kingston dentist Gilberto Nunez to kill his best friend and romantic rival Thomas Kolman Jr. with a lethal dose of a sedative in a Town of Ulster parking lot back in November 2011. But Nunez’s defense counsel, Gerald Shargel, pushed back,...
Washington Avenue open to traffic!

Washington Avenue open to traffic!

Our intrepid photographer – and Kingston’s photographer laureate by appointment of Mayor T.R. Gallo – Phyllis McCabe was at the scene this morning when Washington Avenue, closed for five years due to the sinkhole which will forever live in the city’s collective memory, opened for vehicular traffic.   Here’s Phyllis’ report: At 9:05 a.m., the...
Hugh Reynolds: Courthouse update

Hugh Reynolds: Courthouse update

It may be a month late — warp speed by government standards — but it appears the ducks are lined up to put the new Family Courthouse at the Business Resource Center in the Town of Ulster. The state Office of Court Administration, citing overcrowding and safety and privacy issues, has been pushing the county...
Uber seeks a Lyft upstate

Uber seeks a Lyft upstate

Legislation currently making its way through the state Assembly and State Senate could clear the way for popular ride-sharing services to begin serving upstate communities. Uber, Lyft and other “transportation networking companies” (TNCs) use location-based mobile apps to connect riders with drivers. Unlike traditional taxi services, TNCs typically provide a technology platform to drivers who...
Promoted, then demoted, KPD cops now suing city

Promoted, then demoted, KPD cops now suing city

Two city cops who were promoted in the final days of Mayor Shayne Gallo’s administration — only to have the promotions undone and given to others by Mayor Steve Noble — are suing the city. In the lawsuit, Officer Robert Farrell and Sergeant Kirk Strand claim that their promotions were squelched based on a political...
School budget wins easy; Jordan on, Coston off the board

School budget wins easy; Jordan on, Coston off the board

The Kingston City School District saw its $161.6 million budget proposal meet with overwhelming success at the polls on Tuesday, with nearly two-thirds of voters giving the spending plan their approval. In unofficial results, the budget proposal passed 1,548-860. A proposition to sell a 0.28-acre easement near Dietz Stadium to the Thomas Allen Corp. was...
Hugh Reynolds: You go, Nyquist

Hugh Reynolds: You go, Nyquist

Up until about a month ago, former New Paltz mayor Tom Nyquist was a familiar, respected elder around his hometown. Thanks to his Kentucky Derby-winning namesake, he’s in the headlines again. Equine Nyquist, named for the Detroit Red Wings hockey player Gustav Nyquist, won the Derby on Saturday, something Tom, the former mayor and county...
Sheriff wants ability to grant pistol permits, but will Albany let him?

Sheriff wants ability to grant pistol permits, but will Albany let him?

Ulster County Sheriff and concealed-carry proponent Paul VanBlarcum says he should have the authority to issue pistol permits. But anti-gun lawmakers in Albany could kill pending legislative action to grant him that power. VanBlarcum made national headlines last year when, following a spate of mass shootings, he called on Ulster County residents with valid pistol...
Hugh Reynolds: Boys to men

Hugh Reynolds: Boys to men

I want to be fair to Steve Noble, Kingston’s new mayor. But as a Kingston resident I can’t help worrying that the mayor’s team of rookies got outsmarted by County Executive Mike Hein’s squad of cunning veterans. Guile and experience often trump youthful exuberance. Noble brought Corporation Counsel Kevin Bryant and City Comptroller John Tuey...
Council members digesting sales tax deal

Council members digesting sales tax deal

One week after County Executive Mike Hein and Kingston Mayor Steve Noble announced a deal for a new five-year sales tax revenue sharing agreement, members of the Common Council said they were still trying to understand the complex, multi-faceted pact. But with a June 1 approval deadline staring aldermen in the face, it’s unclear what,...
Gibson passes on run for governor

Gibson passes on run for governor

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, retiring after this year from Congress and who was thinking about seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 2018, has instead decided to return to teaching. According to a statement issued Monday, May 2, Gibson, a retired U.S. Army colonel who’s been in the House of Representatives since 2011, has accepted...
Hugh Reynolds: Follow the money

Hugh Reynolds: Follow the money

Ulster County is finally on the political map. But not in a good way. Last week it was revealed that upwards of $350,000 was transferred a few weeks prior to the 2014 elections from New York City-based big donors via “Team de Blasio” to the Ulster County Democratic Committee, providing funding for the failed state...