City government
Police commission cancels Gallo’s last-minute KPD promotions

Police commission cancels Gallo’s last-minute KPD promotions

One of Mayor Steve Noble’s first acts as the city’s chief executive was to undo his predecessor Shayne Gallo’s final personnel decisions — an 11th-hour blitz of promotions in the police department against the wishes of a majority of the police commission. On Saturday, Jan. 2, his second day in office, Noble convened the four-member...
Mayor-elect Steve Noble doing a lot of listening as he prepares for new job

Mayor-elect Steve Noble doing a lot of listening as he prepares for new job

Monkey Joe’s might seem like an odd venue for plotting a transition to power over the first capital of New York State. But for Steve Noble, it’s all he’s got. The 33-year-old mayor-elect is still working at his city job in the Parks & Recreation Department. The coffee roaster is right across the street from...
Wide range of debate on Midtown proposal

Wide range of debate on Midtown proposal

At the beginning of Monday evening’s public hearing on a plan to convert a former doctor’s office on Prince Street in Midtown Kingston into a five-lane shooting range, Kingston planning board chairman Wayne Platte Jr. made a pair of requests: That the evening focus on the “planning and zoning aspects of the project” and that...
Gallo: Parking Grinch or businesses' Santa?

Gallo: Parking Grinch or businesses’ Santa?

Mayor Shayne Gallo said this week he was simply responding to the wishes of business owners when he rescinded an executive order last week granting free parking at all metered spaces in Kingston. The controversy, which aroused allegations of Grinch-like behavior on social media, began on Dec. 9 when Gallo issued the executive order suspending...
Council can override mayor's budget veto on Tuesday, Dec. 15

Council can override mayor’s budget veto on Tuesday, Dec. 15

Mayor Shayne Gallo is going, but he’s not going quietly. With just three weeks left in his term, the outgoing mayor has vetoed the 2016 budget approved by the Common Council and replaced it with his own spending plan — one his successor, Mayor-elect Steve Noble, says will make it nearly impossible carry out some...
Nobles win, so does water referendum

Nobles win, so does water referendum

Steve Noble’s seemingly improbable rise from an obscure Parks & Rec Department employee to the city’s highest elected office culminated in victory on Tuesday where it began in March — in the back room of a Broadway pizzeria. Surrounded by friends, family and supporters at Tony’s Pizzeria, the 33-year-old Democrat took a victory lap moments...
Budget of vengeance: Gallo’s 2016 spending plan eliminates Steve Noble’s job

Budget of vengeance: Gallo’s 2016 spending plan eliminates Steve Noble’s job

On Primary Night last month, stinging from his lopsided loss to a fellow Democrat and city employee, Mayor Shayne Gallo vowed to bring disciplinary charges against Steve Noble for allegedly mishandling grants in the city’s Parks & Recreation Department. A few days later, he backed off. Instead, Gallo used his final recommended budget to simply...
Noble, Polacco offer their economics ideas to Chamber members

Noble, Polacco offer their economics ideas to Chamber members

Before a crowd heavy on small business owners, mayoral hopefuls Ron Polacco and Steve Noble addressed economic issues at a forum sponsored by the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning, including the city’s dual commercial/residential tax system and strategies to retain and attract business. Noble, who’s coming off a bruising primary campaign that...
Ethics board finds Brad Will broke the code and makes him pay

Ethics board finds Brad Will broke the code and makes him pay

He called it an honest mistake, but the mayor and corporation counsel — as well as the city’s ethics board — said he should have known better. Alderman Brad Will (D-Ward 3) has been sanctioned by the Board of Ethics for casting a series of votes related to a project that he was paid to...
Council OKs millions for LED streetlamps but will pay too much, argues alderman

Council OKs millions for LED streetlamps but will pay too much, argues alderman

City lawmakers on Oct. 6 approved borrowing $2.2 million to pay for new, more energy-efficient LED streetlights. But one alderman complained that the city could have done the job more cheaply. The LED lighting proposal has been in the works since last June when the council approved a $15,000 feasibility study by the Latham-based engineering...
Anti-gun violence art goes back up after apparent misunderstanding

Anti-gun violence art goes back up after apparent misunderstanding

UPDATE: According to a source close to the matter, Mayor Shayne Gallo spoke with festival organizers and said the removal was due to a misunderstanding, as he thought the signs were put up by anti-SAFE act people and that he didn’t know the signs were part of an art installation. The mayor, the source said,...
Ward 3 alderman at center of mystery-shrouded ethics proceedings

Ward 3 alderman at center of mystery-shrouded ethics proceedings

A Kingston alderman has been called before the city’s ethics board, but nobody connected with the case will say exactly why. On Tuesday, Sept. 23 the city’s ethics board convened in a conference room at City Hall. Alderman Brad Will (D-Ward 3) arrived, accompanied by an attorney who advised him not to speak with a...