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Local voting for president marred by polling problems

Local voting for president marred by polling problems

Last week’s presidential primary election was marked by confusion and contention as hundreds of independent voters barred from casting ballots by New York’s closed primary system showed up anyway, impelled by an election-eve legal maneuver and social media-spread rumors that the polling places would be open to all, regardless of party affiliation. “This one was...
New sales tax plan a relief to some, unacceptable to others

New sales tax plan a relief to some, unacceptable to others

The city-county sales tax agreement negotiated by Kingston Mayor Steve Noble and Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and unveiled this week is, compared to its counterparts over the past 40 years, a complex document with numerous moving parts. But the haggling may not be over. “I’m very confused,” said Rochester Town Supervisor Carl Chipman, head...
$1 million for Cioni building?

$1 million for Cioni building?

Kingston City School District Superintendent Paul Padalino has often mentioned the popularity of Uptown’s Cioni Administration Building among prospective buyers. But even though the building isn’t currently on the market, the district recently received a $1 million offer from a boutique hotel developer. The offer came from Grupo Habita, a Mexican-based firm that designs and...
State troopers: Man used cell to video female co-workers using bathroom

State troopers: Man used cell to video female co-workers using bathroom

According to state police, a 31-year-old Kingston man used a cell phone to take videos of his female co-workers using the workplace bathrooms at a Town of Ulster business. Raul DeJesus Alarcon Martinez, said state police, was charged with second-degree unlawful surveillance, a Class E felony. The restroom where the videos were shot was not...
Gun-shooting law amendment likely to be revised

Gun-shooting law amendment likely to be revised

A proposal to amend city law to allow a shooting range to operate in a former medical practice on Prince Street in Midtown will go to the full Common Council for approval. But the chairman of the council’s Laws & Rules Committee said she expects the legislation to make its way back through the committee...
Hugh Reynolds: Primary points

Hugh Reynolds: Primary points

The presidential circus moved on to the next state on Tuesday, but it was nice for New York, for a change, to be part of the proceedings. A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer in our pants. The hotly-contested races produced a degree of interest and participation rarely seen in local elections. Turnout...
State comptroller’s office continues to review sales tax deal

State comptroller’s office continues to review sales tax deal

Mayor Steve Noble said this week that he expected a new sales tax revenue-sharing agreement between Kingston and Ulster County to be in place before a June 30 deadline. Noble said that he had already reached an “agreement in principle” with County Executive Mike Hein on the plan, but the proposal still needs approval from...
Sanders, Trump the winners in Ulster

Sanders, Trump the winners in Ulster

In Ulster County at least, Bernie Sanders scored a landslide win in the Democratic primary for president over Hillary Clinton in Tuesday night, according to the board of elections. On the Republican side, Donald Trump won a huge victory in Ulster, taking 63 percent of the total GOP vote. With all 79 county polling places...
High turnout expected at April 19 GOP primary vote

High turnout expected at April 19 GOP primary vote

Disappointed once by Barack Obama, Clark Bell, Woodstock’s former Republican assemblyman, says that in next Tuesday’s Republican primary he’s going with “the only adult in the room” — Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Bell, 82, a three-term assemblyman (1969-74), supported Obama in 2008. He calls frontrunner Donald Trump “a gadfly with no substance” who would be...
Clinton-Sanders race pits progressives against party stalwarts

Clinton-Sanders race pits progressives against party stalwarts

On the Democratic side, the presidential primary has set the region’s robust grassroots progressive base backing Bernie Sanders against establishment figures and Hillary Clinton partisans like County Executive Mike Hein and Ulster County Democratic Committee Chairman Frank Cardinale, making for an unusually bitter intra-party brawl. The grassroots vs. establishment split is evident in a Google...
Hugh Reynolds: Time to vote

Hugh Reynolds: Time to vote

New York having been a presidential backwater for so many years, “it’s exciting to have candidates visit our state,” in the words of state Sen. George Amedore. As a historical note, should frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump prevail, the next president will come from New York for the first time since 1944. This is...
Frustration expressed over search for new KHS football coach

Frustration expressed over search for new KHS football coach

A school board meeting specifically geared toward the new budget turned into a discussion about Kingston High School football, with the majority of speakers during an increasingly tense comment period pushing school officials to hire a new varsity coach. The Tigers’ varsity football program has officially been without a head coach since early last December,...