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Letters on Ward 3 primary

Why I’m running for Third Ward alderman As Kingston resident, a small business owner, a board member of the Kingston Land Trust and architect of over 20 years, I am writing to ask for my neighbors’ support in my bid for alderman of the Third Ward in the upcoming primary on Sept. 10. For years,...
Commentary: A City Government for the Future

Commentary: A City Government for the Future

“When you find that change is constant, will you shun complacency?” — J. Harris As a kid, I grew up in a household of “activists.” That’s what my parents were called anyway. It never occurred to me then, or now, that they were anything out of the ordinary. For is it activism or one’s duty...
Mayor: Very bad things will happen if city loses sales tax

Mayor: Very bad things will happen if city loses sales tax

In a last-minute move pushed by Mayor Shayne Gallo, the Common Council on Tuesday night passed a resolution calling on state lawmakers to convene a special session to restore the county’s full 4 percent sales tax. The resolution passed after Gallo addressed the council to warn of dire fiscal consequences if the state Assembly, now...
Mayor Gallo, Diane Reeder differ on benefit concert shutdown

Mayor Gallo, Diane Reeder differ on benefit concert shutdown

Mayor Shayne Gallo said Friday, Aug. 2  that issues of “legality, liability and fairness” led him to pull the plug on a soup-kitchen fundraiser scheduled for this weekend. But Diane Reeder, executive director of the Queen’s Galley, said she believes the action was based on Gallo’s hostility towards her non-profit and other groups that serve...
All Transart House project needs is money

All Transart House project needs is money

Mayor Shayne Gallo said he’s standing by a nonprofit group’s efforts to restore a decrepit but historic home on Henry Street. But, he cautioned, he would not approve any city funding for the project until the nonprofit demonstrated that they had the capacity to follow through on the ambitious but long-delayed restoration job. The Burger-Matthews...
IMPACT grants fund smarter policing

IMPACT grants fund smarter policing

Four local law enforcement agencies will share $249,200 in state funding for innovative policing strategies centered on data analysis and technology. The money is part of a $13.1 million funding package for the statewide Operation IMPACT crime fighting program. The program began in 2005 with a goal of addressing crime in 17 upstate and Long...
Mayor makes bold Midtown plans, calls on everybody to help

Mayor makes bold Midtown plans, calls on everybody to help

After more than a year of public outreach, number crunching and city hall strategy sessions, Mayor Shayne’s Gallo’s revitalization plan for Midtown Kingston is coming into focus. The plan, as outlined in a 24-page document, calls for an ambitious mix of partnerships, city programs and bricks and mortar projects to spur economic development and invest...
Dueling press conferences, swapped barbs in sales-tax dispute

Dueling press conferences, swapped barbs in sales-tax dispute

It was like a presidential news conference in the waning days of the Nixon administration, where Tricky Dick tried to talk foreign policy but the media only wanted to talk Watergate. Assemblyman Kevin Cahill held a press conference at the Governor Clinton Hotel in Kingston Tuesday morning to discuss the “many accomplishments” and “few disappointments”...
Preamble to the Kingston to come

Preamble to the Kingston to come

Editor’s note – our full report on Monday’s comprehensive plan meeting will be in the print edition of the Kingston Times, but for now, here’s the text of the “Vision for Kingston” in the draft of the “Public Visioning Report and Needs Analysis” of the Kingston 2025 comprehensive plan: In 2025, Kingston will be a...
City Hall, KFD working together to fund new, needed vehicles

City Hall, KFD working together to fund new, needed vehicles

In a letter to the Common Council last month, then-Kingston Fire Department chief John Reinhardt warned that the age and condition of the city’s fleet of firefighting apparatus was “on the verge of creating a public safety crisis.” His replacement, Chief Mark Brown, however, said that he is hopeful that a mix of taxpayer-backed bonds...
Hugh Reynolds: Political party time

Hugh Reynolds: Political party time

Ulster County’s major political parties will gather in annual nominating conventions next week, the Republicans on Wednesday, May 29 at Quimby Theater at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, Democrats on Thursday, May 30 at the Garden Plaza Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn) in Kingston. Both events begin at 7 p.m. Party conventions, while sometimes colorful,...
Editorial: Why we wrote that story

Editorial: Why we wrote that story

Can’t we just let the angry mayor story drop? Hope for the best, go back to reporting on other things and at least wait until something new happens to rip off this scab? We’d like to, but we can’t. The mayor’s apology implied that his outburst on Blaber was just due to his fractured relationship...