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Gallo: Carnright should've criminally charged Rea

Gallo: Carnright should’ve criminally charged Rea

Mayor Shayne Gallo is standing by his decision to continue three-and-a-half-year effort to oust a former fire chief from the city payroll, calling an alderman’s recent call to return him to duty “misplaced” and a violation of the alderman’s responsibility to safeguard public funds. In his City Hall press conference Monday, June 29 the mayor...
Hugh Reynolds: Four-year hangover

Hugh Reynolds: Four-year hangover

It now appears that Mayor Shayne Gallo will be staking his political career on the Sept. 10 Democratic primary. And well he should. If history is a guide, he who wins that primary wins it all two months later. But history has a way of evolving, and this is no ordinary election year. The primary...
Ismail Shabazz charged with felony gun possession

Ismail Shabazz charged with felony gun possession

A well-known Midtown Kingston community activist is accused of recruiting gang members into a black radical group, selling illegal guns and advocating violence against police in a case with roots in the four-decades long hunt for an alleged cop-killer from an earlier era of American radicalism. But friends and neighbors of Ismail Shabazz say they...
Hugh Reynolds: Interpretive Center inspiration

Hugh Reynolds: Interpretive Center inspiration

Long, long after the celestial event, it has been revealed that the original idea for the soon to be dedicated Maurice Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center at Mount Tremper came, literally, from on high. According to Ulster Publishing publisher Geddy Sveikauskas, he and then-assemblyman Maurice Hinchey were hiking in the majestic hills around Mount Tremper some...
City’s comprehensive plan takes giant step toward adoption

City’s comprehensive plan takes giant step toward adoption

Jim Noble has a style for dealing with a group of people who talk a lot and have a lot of good ideas. He lets them talk. It usually works. For the past four years, the veteran Kingston politician has been chairing Kingston’s steering committee revising the city’s comprehensive plan. On the evening of June...
Esopus Supervisor John Coutant has passed

Esopus Supervisor John Coutant has passed

Details are not yet available, but here’s a statement this morning from County Executive Mike Hein: “It is with deep sorrow that we have learned of the passing of John Coutant, Town of Esopus supervisor, local businessman and friend.  He was a committed long-time public servant and his dedication to his community was profound. On...
Alan Roberts will be the next SUNY Ulster president

Alan Roberts will be the next SUNY Ulster president

SUNY Ulster has named Alan Roberts of Indian River, Fla. as the college’s sixth president, effective July 27. Roberts’ appointment to a three-year contract was approved by SUNY leaders on Monday. Roberts, 52, succeeds Donald Katt, 68, who will retire on Aug. 15 after 47 years with the college. The new president will draw an...
Kingston After Dark: The artist at 70

Kingston After Dark: The artist at 70

It’s moving to hear a song like “Ride Out Any Storm” on activist Tom Chapin’s great new album, 70. Folk elements straight out of the bright light of protest music anchor these songs of determination. You certainly feel Chapin’s continuing vitality. I ask him whether protest can still weather the storm and make peace prevail...
Hugh Reynolds: What happened at The Chateau?

Hugh Reynolds: What happened at The Chateau?

“Do you have any idea what happened last night?” a befuddled Republican committeeman asked me the day after the county committee rejected one and possibly two candidates for Ulster County executive. I had some idea, of course. I was there last week for the carefully contrived finale where party chairman Roger Rascoe rejected nominations from...
Project labor agreement not a good deal for school district, analysis finds

Project labor agreement not a good deal for school district, analysis finds

The Kingston school board has decided against a project labor agreement (PLA) for the $137.5 million “Second Century” Kingston High School renovation plan. An engineer’s study for the district found that limiting construction bids to union contractors could add between $4.73 million and $11.18 million to the project cost. A little over a month after...
Bernardo wants to take on Hein, but doesn't get official GOP nod

Bernardo wants to take on Hein, but doesn’t get official GOP nod

Former legislature chairwoman Terry Bernardo of Rochester says she’ll run for county executive despite being denied the opportunity to have her name placed in nomination at the Republican Party’s annual convention in Kingston on Wednesday night. Bernardo was in the audience with an acceptance speech in hand when party Chairman Roger Rascoe announced that the...
Editorial: Water, business and the moral imperative

Editorial: Water, business and the moral imperative

  Do not, my friends, become addicted to water. It will take hold of you, and you will resent its absence.’ — Immortan Joe Much has been made of the feminist themes running through the thoroughly fantastic movie Mad Max: Fury Road, and rightfully so: the major theme of the film was, in my editorial...