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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,...
Change in clerks: Cosenza officially out, McDonough moves up

Change in clerks: Cosenza officially out, McDonough moves up

Though the move was made public two months ago, Ulster Town Clerk Jason Cosenza officially stepped down March 9. He’d been in the position since 1998, and has reportedly taken a new job with the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department. In his role as town clerk, Cosenza served under three different supervisors — Fred Wadnola, Nick...
Hugh Reynolds: Early birds

Hugh Reynolds: Early birds

If being first out of the gate means anything, Assemblyman Pete Lopez could be the next congressman from the 19th District. Former assemblyman John Faso, whose number we haven’t called in quite a while, might have something to say about that, even though he says he won’t make a decision until summer. Both are veteran...
Enter a challenger: Steve Noble to grapple with Gallo

Enter a challenger: Steve Noble to grapple with Gallo

Over the past three years, Mayor Shayne Gallo has often inveighed against “party elites” and other perceived political enemies he’s variously dubbed “the Politburo” or “the shadow government.” On Saturday, March 7, in a packed room at Tony’s Pizzeria on Broadway, it appeared that his fulminations had come to fruition as a steady stream of...
‘Riverport’ conceives of a totally remade, and totally cool, Rondout

‘Riverport’ conceives of a totally remade, and totally cool, Rondout

Imagine wedding parties arriving at Kingston Point Park by boat, tourists flocking to an upscale hotel resort built adjacent to the park’s protected and restored wetlands or low-rise live/work units along the Rondout Creek. Maybe a food market, similar to Chelsea Market in New York City, in the cavernous Cornell Building or floating houses moored...
Hugh Reynolds: What does Kevin want?

Hugh Reynolds: What does Kevin want?

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill does not seem of a mind to renew “the Cahill Sales-Tax Crisis” this year. But, more than a few people in that six-story glass building at Fair and Main in Kingston seem to be wondering what he’ll be asking for this time around. Last month, the Ulster County Legislature unanimously approved and...
Conversation’s begun, but bag ban a ways off

Conversation’s begun, but bag ban a ways off

Kingston lawmakers have kicked off a discussion on how to curb the use of single-use plastic bags in the city. But, with lawmakers’ proposals ranging from an outright ban to an educational campaign on the bags’ environmental toll, city residents are unlikely to see major changes anytime soon. “The votes aren’t there now,” said Alderman...
Dissatisfaction with Cuomo common bond among local educators

Dissatisfaction with Cuomo common bond among local educators

With the refusal to supply school districts with aid runs, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s position on educational funding this year is unpopular with many people involved in public education. Cuomo has tied this year’s state funding for public schools to adoption of his “reform” package. Feb. 23’s education forum at the M. Clifford Miller Middle School...