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Hugh Reynolds: Dollars are not enough

Hugh Reynolds: Dollars are not enough

They say money can’t buy you love. Neither, at least in the Hudson Valley, can it buy a Congressional seat, as was demonstrated last year. Recent reports from the Federal Elections Commission show Democrat Sean Eldridge outspent Republican Chris Gibson by better than two-to-one last year, but lost the election by a similar margin. Gibson...
Showdown on West Chestnut

Showdown on West Chestnut

In a lawsuit filed in December, the owner of a former boarding house on West Chestnut Street claims that Mayor Shayne Gallo vowed to oppose any plan to house disabled people at the residence. But Gallo, who denies making the statement, said his objection to reopening the boarding house, formerly known as Chiz’s Heart Street,...
Hein talks accomplishments at Chamber brekkie

Hein talks accomplishments at Chamber brekkie

County Executive Mike Hein’s seventh address before the Ulster Regional Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning, Feb. 19 touched on familiar themes of government reorganization and programs launched during his tenure which began in January, 2009. Hein, a Democrat,  is expected to seek a third term on Nov. 3. Hein characterized county finances under the legislative form...
Town of Ulster declares its own water emergency

Town of Ulster declares its own water emergency

As a result of the ongoing issue with the City of Kingston’s water supply, which the Town of Ulster has been attempting to ameliorate by pumping water into the city system (it usually takes water from it) a state of emergency was declared Friday afternoon by Town Supervisor James Quigley III. Residents of the following...
Reform and dissent: Locals’ issues with Cuomo’s agenda

Reform and dissent: Locals’ issues with Cuomo’s agenda

Late last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration broke with the longstanding tradition of providing school districts across New York State with “runs,” the projected aid increases, based on the governor’s education funding proposal, which district officials use to help shape their own budgets. Administration officials confirmed the school runs were being withheld because the governor’s...
Niagara quits, UCCC prez cites public opposition

Niagara quits, UCCC prez cites public opposition

A California-based water bottling company has dropped a proposal to build a sprawling manufacturing facility in the Town of Ulster that would have taken millions of gallons a year of City of Kingston water and bottled it for sale. Don Katt, president of SUNY Ulster said Friday, Feb. 13 that he received a one-paragraph email...
When it comes to snow emergencies and parking, confusion is king in Kingston

When it comes to snow emergencies and parking, confusion is king in Kingston

It’s 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 in Kingston’s bustling Uptown business district and the question on everyone’s mind is, “Where can I park again?” The snow emergency issued in response to a Monday storm ended 7 p.m. Tuesday evening. Flyers posted on car windows, posts on the city’s website and alerts sent out via an...
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, snow emergency update, EVEN MORE UPDATED

Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, snow emergency update, EVEN MORE UPDATED

TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE: The city is saying the Schwenk Drive parking lot, a.k.a. “The Crater, ” must be cleared by 7 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 so they can remove the snow. They expect it to take a couple of hours. As the snow from the two-day winter storm event continues to fall Monday, there have been...
A less violent year: 2014 crime stats show drop in all major crimes except theft

A less violent year: 2014 crime stats show drop in all major crimes except theft

Crime in Kingston dipped slightly during the first 11 months of 2014, continuing a trend towards a safer city. Nearly as important, said Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti, the public perception of city crime seems to be keeping pace. “That’s definitely the feeling I’m getting when I go to meetings and talk to people,” said...

Hugh Reynolds: Hi ho, Silver, oy vey!

An old miner’s axiom which I just made up posits that where there’s Silver there’s gold. What happens now after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been charged by federal authorities with bribery and mail fraud in connection with his official duties? Silver, shortly after beginning his 21st year as Assembly leader, was accused last week by...
KCSD will have to guess its state aid as it puts together budget

KCSD will have to guess its state aid as it puts together budget

School districts across New York were thrown for a loop last week when Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration declined to provide school runs, the projected aid increases district officials use to help shape their budget proposals. Administration officials confirmed the school runs were being withheld because the governor’s education reform agenda hasn’t been met favorably by...
State of the City speech set for Thursday, Feb. 5

State of the City speech set for Thursday, Feb. 5

Mayor Shayne Gallo will deliver his fourth “State of the City” address next week. According to a press release issued by the mayor’s office, the annual speech will occur on Thursday, Feb. 5 in the Common Council Chambers in City Hall at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.