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Millions for Wurts Street Bridge, Kingston Rail Trail

Millions for Wurts Street Bridge, Kingston Rail Trail

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill on the afternoon of Thursday, July 28 announced a pair of state initiatives for Kingston – $37 million for “a complete rehabilitation” of the Wurts Street Bridge – or, if it’s deemed necessary, a complete replacement – and an as-yet-unspecified sum for the Kingston Rail Trail. “This investment of $37 million will allow...
Letters: Irish center concerns; a ghost mall is born?

Letters: Irish center concerns; a ghost mall is born?

No vetting for cultural center? I’m a neighbor of the proposed Irish Cultural Center (ICC) on Abeel Street in the Rondout. I’ve been voicing my concerns about the size and location of the project for some time, and I will clarify what those concerns are, but first I want to say that I am actually...
Kingston loses out on $10 million state grant, but mayor says experience was valuable

Kingston loses out on $10 million state grant, but mayor says experience was valuable

Kingston’s bid for $10 million in state money fell short following a secretive and fast-paced competition with dozens of Mid-Hudson communities orchestrated by state economic development officials. But Mayor Steve Noble said this week that the surprise scramble for state aid has helped bring new focus to efforts to revitalize Midtown Kingston. Earlier this month,...
Hugh Reynolds: Bringing home the bacon

Hugh Reynolds: Bringing home the bacon

When a recruit asked a dumb question of a superior back in my Navy days, the answer barked back would be something like, “Is a pig’s ass pork?” Some things are just obvious. In my view, political pork by any other name is still pork. What used to be called “member items” is now called...
Mayor names new ethics board to hear DiFalco's complaint

Mayor names new ethics board to hear DiFalco’s complaint

Just two months after he dissolved the city’s ethics board, Mayor Steve Noble said he will reconvene the committee — with all new members — to hear a complaint involving city officials’ handling of ethics allegations against a former alderman. On Wednesday, July 13 Noble announced that he had appointed a five-member temporary ethics board...
Two wounded in Wednesday night shootings

Two wounded in Wednesday night shootings

The Kingston Police Department is seeking the public’s help with its investigation into gunplay on the night of Wednesday, July 13 which left two people with leg wounds. According to the KPD, officers responding to a 9:35 p.m. call to 70 Henry St. found a 29-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her leg. About...
Hugh Reynolds: After the primary

Hugh Reynolds: After the primary

The first post-primary Siena Institute poll on the local congressional election in November hasn’t come out yet, but if results from the most recent “only poll that counts” mean anything, my take is that Democrat Zephyr Teachout should be installed as at least a five-point favorite over Republican John Faso. Primaries can’t be compared to...
Massive noncompliance with SAFE Act

Massive noncompliance with SAFE Act

In January 2013, as the nation still mourned the Sandy Hook massacre, New York State enacted one of the nation’s strictest gun control laws. But three and a half years later, state records obtained after a lengthy court battle show that a key provision of the New York Safe Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act —...
Hugh Reynolds: Courting controversy

Hugh Reynolds: Courting controversy

The Ulster County Legislature may not be the world’s greatest deliberative body, but it has its moments. And it’s all-local. After limited discussion on the sales tax agreement between the city and the county in May, the major money matter to cross its bow, the solons fell over each other debating bricks and mortar last...
Faso, Teachout win primaries; will face off in fall for 19th Congressional District seat

Faso, Teachout win primaries; will face off in fall for 19th Congressional District seat

Racking up an almost an 5-1 margin over her underfunded and obscure primary opponent, Democrat Zephyr Teachout of Dutchess County will face former assembly Republican leader John Faso of Columbia County in the November elections for congress in the 19th Congressional District. Teachout, who took returns at the Senate Garage in Kingston on Tuesday, ran...
Hugh Reynolds: Primary finish

Hugh Reynolds: Primary finish

If an early June Time Warner News/Siena College poll on the 19th Congressional District primaries holds true, Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso will face each other for all the marbles in the general election Nov. 8. That poll showed Teachout 30 points over Will Yandik and Faso leading Andrew Heaney by 22. Funny...
Many failed to hand in ethics law-required disclosure forms

Many failed to hand in ethics law-required disclosure forms

A review of financial disclosure forms required of senior city officials and members of volunteer boards and commissions found that barely two thirds of them were filed by the May 1 deadline. Among the holdouts are six of 10 members of the Common Council, three department heads — and every member of the recently dissolved...