City government
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...
Safer Kingston: Serious crimes down more than 10%

Safer Kingston: Serious crimes down more than 10%

Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti credited public outreach and new patrol strategies and an Internet-based anonymous tip line for contributing to a decline in serious crime in the city last year. According to statistics compiled by the state Department of Criminal Justice Services based on reports from the KPD “index crimes” — which include murder,...
Here's the snow emergency plan

Here’s the snow emergency plan

We’ve just received the snow emergency removal plan submitted by DPW Superintendent Michael Schupp. Be advised – Because this is expected to be a long drawn out storm, a plan of action has been devised by the DPW Management team to effectively plow city streets and deliver other services (sanitation) based on the current forecast...
Touch of suspense remains in a trio of Common Council races

Touch of suspense remains in a trio of Common Council races

Based on preliminary results, Tuesday’s Common Council election appeared to be a near-total victory for Democrats and a good night for allies of Mayor Shayne Gallo. But with races in three of the city’s nine wards well within the margin of being flipped after absentee ballots are opened, the actual makeup of next year’s council...
Common Council, towns of Esopus and Ulster election results

Common Council, towns of Esopus and Ulster election results

There were some tight races and there’ll be some new faces on Kingston’s Common Council come 2014. According to unofficial results Tuesday night, council Minority Leader Deb Brown will be the sole Republican on the council; the other eight seats will be held by Democrats. Here’s a ward-by-ward breakdown of how the ballots were cast:...
BDSM meets ZBA: Club fails to get variance, but will try again

BDSM meets ZBA: Club fails to get variance, but will try again

An emotional appeal by more than a dozen people who say they’ve found a safe space and a community at a Kingston club catering to “alternative lifestyles” failed to sway the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday night. The board questioned whether the space was actually a sex club, before ruling that the applicants hadn’t...
Greening Kingston’s acres: Better urban agriculture through zoning changes

Greening Kingston’s acres: Better urban agriculture through zoning changes

Once upon a time, Kingstonians kept chickens and grew vegetables in their backyards as a matter of routine daily life. But post-World War II, when the car was king and the federal government was funding the tear-down of neighborhoods as a way to stave off urban decline caused by the building of malls and the...
For firefighters’ union, inaction may be the best action

For firefighters’ union, inaction may be the best action

With contract talks stalled, the head of Kingston’s firefighters union said that his members might opt to ride out Mayor Shayne Gallo’s term in office without a contract and hope he doesn’t get re-elected, rather than seek binding arbitration. In an interview with the Kingston Times, Kingston Professional Firefighters Association President Tom Tiano accused Gallo...
Hugh Reynolds: Hein, Cahill and the TV

Hugh Reynolds: Hein, Cahill and the TV

Ulster County’s summerlong sales-tax controversy between County Executive Mike Hein and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill has made it to Albany television. Cahill appeared on Liz Benjamin’s Capital Tonight report last week. She said Hein has agreed to appear, but he hasn’t confirmed. Benjamin, former county legislature chairman Gerry Benjamin‘s talented daughter, tried to make sense of the...
What’s on the streets? KPD’s Brian Robertson knows

What’s on the streets? KPD’s Brian Robertson knows

Detective Sgt. Brian Robertson has been with the Kingston Police Department for 22 years. He is a detective sergeant for the Special Investigation Unit — a department dedicated to investigating narcotics, homicide, prostitution, vice cases, gambling, human trafficking and more. Robertson is personable, playful, upbeat, fun and easy-going — and covered in tattoos — not...
Red-light cameras pitched as public-safety move

Red-light cameras pitched as public-safety move

City officials are thinking about installing automated red-light enforcement cameras — those things that take pictures of cars running red lights and issue their owners traffic tickets — at two troublesome intersections. But Common Council Majority Leader Tom Hoffay (D-Ward 2) said that he’ll oppose any plan involving a red-light camera company involved in an...