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Hugh Reynolds: Amedore vs. Tkaczyk Part 2

Hugh Reynolds: Amedore vs. Tkaczyk Part 2

The widely expected rematch between Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk and Republican George Amedore for state senate was officially launched at a pizza parlor in midtown Catskill Monday morning. The race is not official until the incumbent officially announces. She will, probably right after the legislature adjourns in mid-June. Attack-dog surrogates will serve up the politics for...
Hugh Reynolds: Absolute suits

Hugh Reynolds: Absolute suits

Ulster’s county comptroller says his authority to audit the finances of any department is, as per the county charter, absolute. In a separate case, the county legislature is claiming its absolute right to hire a county auditor over the county executive’s objections. Other than their claims of absolute authority, these separate situations have something else...
Man charged with murdering own mother

Man charged with murdering own mother

Kingston police have charged a  53-year-old Kingston man with murdering his mother. According to a release posted on the Kingston Police Department’s Facebook page, Mark S. Carpino, 53, is accused of killing his mother, Audrey J. Carpino, 86. According to the release, at about 9:25 Saturday morning, April 5, a routine police patrol was flagged...

‘Suspicious death’ reported on West Chester Street

The Kingston Police Department is investigating what they’re calling a “suspicious death” at a home Saturday morning on West Chester Street, according to a KPD press release posted on their Facebook page. The release stated the victim was “an elderly white female” but did not identify her by name or indicate that a suspect had...
Probe underway in bar fight allegedly involving KPD officer

Probe underway in bar fight allegedly involving KPD officer

Kingston police and Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright confirmed this week that they’re investigating allegations that an off-duty city cop assaulted a man in an Uptown bar. Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti confirmed an incident took place involving an off-duty KPD officer at the Uptown establishment, but would not confirm the officer’s name or...
Mayor or manager? Pros and cons of pols versus pros

Mayor or manager? Pros and cons of pols versus pros

Professional administrators from two Hudson Valley communities came to Kingston this week to discuss the benefits and perils of city manager form of government. The event, sponsored by the group KingstonCitizens.org, featured Beacon City Administrator Meredith Robson and Chuck Strome, New Rochelle’s city manager. Event organizer Rebecca Martin said that she planned the event to...
Hugh Reynolds: The beat goes on

Hugh Reynolds: The beat goes on

Sometimes role reversal can be revealing. Take the case of County Executive Mike Hein and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill. Please. Hein, a former Republican turned Democrat, has set himself up as the taxpayer’s champion, a guy who holds spending and taxes to a minimum. The county’s property tax levy has been almost flat in Hein’s last three...
PIC: Fire on Lucas Avenue

PIC: Fire on Lucas Avenue

Hugh Reynolds: Where's George?

Hugh Reynolds: Where’s George?

After “agonizing” for 15 months and concluding he hadn’t quite been ready for prime time, failed Republican State Senate candidate George Amedore says now that losing by just 18 votes to Democratic unknown Cecilia Tkaczyk in 2012 “really opened my eyes.” Did he mean he was glad he didn’t lose by one fewer vote, which...
The daily danger: Locals prep for rail mishaps

The daily danger: Locals prep for rail mishaps

Each day, thousands of tons of freight rolls through densely populated areas of Kingston and the Town of Ulster on CSX’s railroad tracks. An unknown, but likely increasing, proportion of the cargo is highly flammable, toxic or both. While most area residents rarely think about the risk, local first responders and elected officials have placed...
Editorial: The silence which says quite a bit

Editorial: The silence which says quite a bit

It has come to this, the mayoralty of Shayne Gallo, this sad and funny juncture where the mayor doesn’t want to give a state of the city address and no one can make him. Say what now? Oh, say nothing. That’s the deal now, that’s where we’re at. Let them eat silence. Hard to know...
Mayor flouts city charter in refusing to deliver state of the city address

Mayor flouts city charter in refusing to deliver state of the city address

Breaking with tradition, and the city charter, Mayor Shayne Gallo has told city lawmakers that he will not present an annual state of the city message to the Common Council. Council Majority Leader Matt Dunn (D-Ward 1), meanwhile, saw his opportunity to present a message of his own to the council torpedoed when fellow Democrat...