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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....
Niagara Bottling deal could help fund water system fixes, but is it too risky?

Niagara Bottling deal could help fund water system fixes, but is it too risky?

Backers of a proposal to sell City of Kingston water to a national bottling company say revenue from the deal could allow the city to replace and upgrade its century old infrastructure — without passing the costs on to residents. But the plan is already a flop with some in the community, who call it...
Mayor wants Van Allen probe

Mayor wants Van Allen probe

Mayor Shayne Gallo said he wants a more thorough investigation into the actions of Kingston cops in response to a December 2013 traffic accident involving an off-duty KPD detective. Gallo said this week he was spurred to request a more thorough accounting after reviewing the contents of an anonymous letter sent to state and federal...
Crash kills woman; other driver was drunk, say deputies

Crash kills woman; other driver was drunk, say deputies

A 23-year-old Cottekill man is facing vehicular manslaughter charges after, Ulster County sheriff’s deputies say, while driving drunkenly he ran a stop sign and crashed into a Jeep, killing a 50-year-old woman and seriously injuring a 19-year-old man. According to deputies, Tyler J. Grable, was driving a 1999 Subaru Legacy and travelling west on Cottekill Road at...
Student seriously hurt in bus incident

Student seriously hurt in bus incident

A Kingston High School student was hit by a school bus carrying 38 students of J. Watson Bailey Middle School on Friday afternoon, sustaining serious injuries after reportedly darting into oncoming traffic. Dominick Kelder, a 16-year-old Kingston resident is being treated at Albany Medical Center for a fractured skull, fractured pelvis and multiple lacerations. According...
Bottling biggie wants Cooper Lake water

Bottling biggie wants Cooper Lake water

Bottled-water giant Niagara Bottling wants to build a massive purification and packaging facility near TechCity. The proposed plant would consume as much as 1.75 million gallons a day provided by the City of Kingston Water Department from the city’s Cooper Lake watershed. Rumors about the proposal have circulated for months, but town and city officials...
Balls in the air: Police Commission to take up topic of judge’s arrest

Balls in the air: Police Commission to take up topic of judge’s arrest

Mayor Shayne Gallo said Wednesday, Sept. 10 that he will meet with the city’s police commission next week to discuss the circumstances surrounding the arrest of City Court Judge Lawrence Ball by Kingston Police. Ball was arrested by city cops on Aug. 6 based on a complaint filed by his estranged wife, Ward 6 Alderwoman...

Jahson Marryshow cuffed in Oregon

Jahson Marryshow’s four-year run as one of Ulster County’s most wanted fugitives ended Sunday afternoon in Eugene, Oregon when local police and U.S. Marshals caught up to him while he was playing Ultimate Frisbee in a city park. “We’re glad to have him in custody,” said Ulster County Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum of the arrest. “We’re...
City borrows nearly $1 million more, worsening debt worries

City borrows nearly $1 million more, worsening debt worries

The Common Council voted unanimously Tuesday, Sept. 2 to approve three bonds totaling $857,000 for police equipment and infrastructure repairs or upgrades. While lawmakers agree the spending was necessary, Majority Leader Matt Dunn said there is increasing concern about the rising rate of the city’s debt service obligations. “We need to get creative in ways...
‘Alright, summer’s over’ — first day of school is Wednesday, Sept. 3

‘Alright, summer’s over’ — first day of school is Wednesday, Sept. 3

The Kingston City School District returns to class for the 2014-15 school year next week, but what kind of changes will students see when they’re all finished with summer break? Hopefully they remember everything from last year,” said Superintendent Paul Padalino, laughing. In his blog on the district’s official website last week, Padalino elaborated on...
Cioni sale: Bids close, post-purchase rental terms not so

Cioni sale: Bids close, post-purchase rental terms not so

As details about the pair of bids received by the Kingston City School District for its Crown Street headquarters come into greater focus, it appears they may not have been as close as the dollar amount indicated. The Cioni Building presently houses KCSD’s administration, tax office and a board room where the Board of Education...
Danielle Guido joins the school board

Danielle Guido joins the school board

It took a little over a week for the Kingston City School District’s Board of Education to officially bounce back after the sudden departure of Matthew McCoy, voting unanimously last week to appoint Danielle Guido to fill the vacant seat. Guido, who finished in fourth place in the May election — just six votes behind...