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Mayor sticks to his guns regarding anti-Noble memo

Mayor sticks to his guns regarding anti-Noble memo

Mayor Shayne Gallo said this week that memo he sent describing programs run by Family of Woodstock at a Midtown community center as “tired and old” were not meant to be disparaging, but to signal the need for an “injection of new life” into the initiative. But Gallo stands by the memo’s allegation that city...
Hugh Reynolds: Senator Sinkhole

Hugh Reynolds: Senator Sinkhole

I’ll agree with Kingston Times editor Dan Barton that it’s good to have a United States senator on your side when it comes to funding major public-works projects. All hail the Empire State’s senior U.S. senator, Charles E. Schumer. He knows where the money is. He’s trying to get some for Kingston. Schumer, who has...
Kingston City School District opt-out rate at 43%

Kingston City School District opt-out rate at 43%

Some 43 percent of Kingston City School students were opted out of this week’s English Language Arts Common Core tests, district officials announced Thursday. According to the district, there were 2,813 students eligible to take the test, and 1,212 did not, for a participation rate of 57 percent. The KCSD rate is high for schools in...
Editorial: Of sinkholes and social media abuse

Editorial: Of sinkholes and social media abuse

We’ve got something good and something bad to discuss in the city, both taking place within six hours of each other last Tuesday. First, the good: U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer deserves a round of applause for showing up to the Washington Avenue sinkhole, along with Mayor Gallo and County Exec Hein, on a cold, nasty...
Hugh Reynolds: He said what?

Hugh Reynolds: He said what?

There’s sometimes a huge disconnect between screaming headlines and the official explanation. Take “Ulster Accused of Shoddy Medicaid Monitoring, a story in the March 25 Times Herald-Record. A few weeks ago James Nani of the Record wrote a straightforward lead: “A federal inspector says New York State should pay back $6.3 million in Medicaid payments...
Pike Plan panel seeks to get alderman to abstain from canopy votes

Pike Plan panel seeks to get alderman to abstain from canopy votes

The commission which oversees the Pike Plan canopy in Uptown Kingston has issued a formal ethics complaint against Alderman Brad Will (D-Ward 3), claiming that his votes regarding the controversial canopy constitute a conflict of interest. But, despite claims by Pike Plan officials that they filed the complaint and by Mayor Shayne Gallo that an...
Letters: Revote required; corridor is public property

Letters: Revote required; corridor is public property

Time for another vote Over the past two weeks we’ve read articles on how screwed up the plan is to build a new high school. It’s time for the district and school board to declare the existing vote to build a new high school null and void and schedule a new vote on whatever you have...
Gallo: I can do more with another four

Gallo: I can do more with another four

Four years ago, Shayne Gallo stood in front a vacant King’s Inn to kick off his campaign for mayor, in which he promised to revitalize a long-neglected Broadway corridor and reconnect the people of Kingston with their city government. On Monday, March 23, Mayor Gallo returned to the vacant lot where the notorious welfare motel...
Hugh Reynolds: Gambling on the future

Hugh Reynolds: Gambling on the future

Serious conflict has developed between the owners of the vacant Nevele in Ellenville and operators of two family-owned resorts in the Town of Rochester over who gets video lottery terminals (VLTs, the equivalent of electronic slot machines.) Hopes for a mega-million-dollar casino at the Nevele were dashed when a state gaming commission chose a site...
KHS reno’s timeline grows, scope shrinks

KHS reno’s timeline grows, scope shrinks

Kingston City School District officials said this week the $137.5 million Kingston High School Second Century Capital Plan will have to go five years deeper into the century in order to get the most out of the state aid funding the bulk of the project. The scope of the project has also been reduced, said...
Gallo to announce re-election bid today; Noble going grass-roots for campaign team

Gallo to announce re-election bid today; Noble going grass-roots for campaign team

Mayoral candidate Steve Noble says he’ll rely on a corps of dedicated, albeit politically untried, volunteers in his effort to oust incumbent Democrat Shayne Gallo. “We’re really doing this as a grass roots campaign,” said Noble who announced last week that he would challenge Gallo for the Democratic nomination for mayor in September’s primary. “The...
Hugh Reynolds: Sunny days

Hugh Reynolds: Sunny days

Throw open the doors! Let in the fresh air! It’s “sunshine week” in Albany. Well, maybe not. As we speak, the three or four men in a room are, as usual, secretly hammering out the loose ends of a state budget due a week from next Wednesday. Good-government types may posture before the TV cameras,...