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Hugh Reynolds: Campaign cash

Hugh Reynolds: Campaign cash

Ulster County Legislature Chairman John Parete’s recently released think piece on campaign finance reform may read like a resolution, but according to its author it is at this point just a collection of ideas. That’s just as well. Any piece of legislation that limits the county executive’s ability to raise campaign funds will die a...
Citizens' groups cancel debate

Citizens’ groups cancel debate

The groups KingstonCitizens.org, Citizen Action New York and Go Beyond Greatness announced Friday, July 31 that they have canceled a planned mayoral debate that had been set for Sept. 8. The debate organizers had hoped to get all three mayoral hopefuls – incumbent Shayne Gallo and challengers Steve Noble and Ron Polacco – to participate...
'No merit' - Judge rejects Gallo bid for party lines

‘No merit’ – Judge rejects Gallo bid for party lines

A state Supreme Court judge Friday, July 31 emphatically rejected Mayor Shayne Gallo’s appeal of a Board of Election’s decision that will deny him two potentially key party lines in next month’s primary. The appeal centers on Gallo’s effort to compete in the Sept. 10 primary for the Independence and Conservative party lines. Gallo, a...
Session works toward outline of Greenline

Session works toward outline of Greenline

What Kingston’s mile-and-a-half-long rail trail will look like and how it will link to the existing street fabric came into sharper focus at the Kingston Greenline community design workshop held at Immanuel Lutheran Church Monday, July 27. Representatives from Saratoga Associates (the Saratoga Springs-based consultancy that’s doing the design), KC Engineering and Hone Strategic presented...
Dogs sought in llama drama

Dogs sought in llama drama

The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office and animal welfare investigators are looking for a pair of dogs, believed to be pit bulls, which attacked llamas in High Falls. According to the llama’s owner, who asked not to be identified, the attack occurred around 1:45 a.m. on July 23 when she was awakened by the shrieks of...
Gallo's ballot-lines hearing set for Thursday

Gallo’s ballot-lines hearing set for Thursday

UPDATE: Judge denies Gallo appeal The state Supreme Court hearing on Mayor Shayne Gallo’s appeal to remain on the Independence and Conservative party lines in November’s election has been scheduled for Thursday afternoon, July 30 before Judge Michael Melkonian. The Ulster County Board of Elections ruled last week that Gallo, a Democrat, had missed the...
Town defies county agency, looks into hauling its own trash

Town defies county agency, looks into hauling its own trash

The Ulster Town Board has officially declined to sign a new contract with the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency, opting instead to look into whether hauling waste from the town transfer station to the agency’s facility might make more fiscal sense. According to Town Supervisor James Quigley III, geography is one of the determining factors...
Hugh Reynolds: Water, water

Hugh Reynolds: Water, water

I expect Kingston voters will overwhelmingly approve a charter change in November that will give their elected officials authority over the sale of water outside city borders. Why stop there? The city gets its water piped from Cooper Lake in Woodstock via a treatment plant in Zena. As demonstrated by the Niagara Bottling battle last...
Quigley: I'm running again

Quigley: I’m running again

Ulster Town Supervisor James E. Quigley III is hoping his on-again, off-again relationship with town government will remain on for another term. After deciding earlier this year to not seek election to a third consecutive term – including suddenly submitting then retracting his resignation letter in late April – Quigley switched gears on Friday, July...
Kevin Cahill clicks ‘like’ on rail-only option up to Glenford

Kevin Cahill clicks ‘like’ on rail-only option up to Glenford

To ride, or not to ride, or maybe to walk. Those are the questions — or at least two of them — surrounding the fate of the Catskill Mountain Railroad for the hearts and minds of railroad enthusiasts, hikers, bikers, politicians, bureaucrats and everyone who wishes to visit or benefit from a trip to the...
Town of Ulster police seek man who approached kids

Town of Ulster police seek man who approached kids

A man who Town of Ulster police say drove up on a couple of kids on Linderman Avenue Extension Wednesday evening and – in a fake Russian-type accent – asked the kids if they wanted to see some puppies he had in his SUV is a man town police want to find. According to the...
Gallo bounced off of Conservative, Indy primary lines

Gallo bounced off of Conservative, Indy primary lines

(Editor’s note: Updated with Steve Noble comment, the Gallo campaign’s pending court appeal and an accurate number of how many signatures Gallo would need to form his own line for the November ballot.) For Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo, the stakes in September’s Democratic Primary contest just got a whole lot higher. A late filing by...