City government
Reversing Uptown’s one-way streets seen as biz boost

Reversing Uptown’s one-way streets seen as biz boost

Uptown business groups have thrown their support behind a proposal to alter traffic patterns in Uptown Kingston by reversing the flow of traffic on two one-way streets in the heart of the Stockade business district. But others are wary of the proposal’s cost and possible unintended consequences from changing long-established traffic schemes. The plan would...
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...
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...
Hugh Reynolds: Rules of engagement

Hugh Reynolds: Rules of engagement

Can a county legislator be forced to serve on assigned committees? The short answer is no. But that won’t stop some solons from continuing to gnaw on this bone of contention. The controversy, so-called, arose in January when Ulster legislature Chairman John Parete announced his committee assignments. A few legislators protested they hadn’t requested those...
Washington Ave. sinkhole could be filled by Thanksgiving

Washington Ave. sinkhole could be filled by Thanksgiving

The Kingston Common Council’s Finance and Audit Committee has signed off on a $3.3 million effort to fix the Washington Avenue sinkhole once and for all. The 4-1 vote came after a public meeting Monday night in the Council Chambers where representatives from GEA Engineering and Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers outlined the proposal for an...
Instead of homestead? Study looks at impacts of dual tax rate

Instead of homestead? Study looks at impacts of dual tax rate

A draft copy of a report on Kingston’s dual tax system has found that varying tax rates on commercial and residential properties likely have some negative impact on economic development in the city, but not ruinous consequences. But the proportional burden paid by businesses in Kingston appears greater than in most other jurisdictions with a...
UPDATE - city extends snow emergency

UPDATE – city extends snow emergency

UPDATE – On Saturday, the city announced the snow emergency will be extended to Sunday, Feb. 16 at 7 a.m. due to the continuing cleanup from Thursday’s snow and additional snowfall Saturday into Sunday. Wednesday morning, City of Kingston Department of Public Works Superintendent Mike Schupp  announced the snow removal plan in anticipation of Thursday’s...

Friday’s City of Kingston snow removal update!

Here’s a roundup of the various pronouncements from City Hall on the efforts to get the white stuff properly wrangled. The snow emergency is no longer in effect; the city thanks residents for their cooperation. Mayor Gallo and Fire Chief Brown jointly request that city residents help dig out buried fire hydrants. Earlier this afternoon,...
Editorial: Whose department heads are they anyway?

Editorial: Whose department heads are they anyway?

It’s Super Bowl week, and part of that extravaganza extraordinaire is Media Day, where the players are forced, upon pain of a $50,000 fine, to face reporters and answer questions both relevant and as irrelevant as, in one Denver player’s case, whether he thought a unicorn would make a good pet. (Duh, yeah it would!...
Alderman: Mayor shutting down my access to department heads

Alderman: Mayor shutting down my access to department heads

In an angry e-mail, Mayor Shayne Gallo accused a freshman alderman of making “nasty” “disrespectful” and “harassing” demands on department heads and other city officials. Brad Will (D-Ward 3), meanwhile, said Gallo’s e-mail, which was carbon-copied to all department heads and members of the Common Council, was meant to send a not-so-subtle effort to deny...