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Snow emergency begins in city at 4 p.m.

Snow emergency begins in city at 4 p.m.

The City of Kingston’s snow emergency for Winter Storm Juno will begin 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 and is set to end 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, according to the city superintendent of public works. During the emergency, no vehicles may be parked on city streets; those which remain will be towed and ticketed. According...
Cooper Lake report: Water’s not there

Cooper Lake report: Water’s not there

A new report commissioned by opponents of a plan to sell Kingston’s municipal water to a private bottling company raises a host of environmental and legal concerns, and recommends the review process be shut down until an up-to-date report on just how much water the Cooper Lake reservoir has to give is finished. Citizens’ groups...

Openness to cop cams, but some concerns too

Following controversial grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Mo. and Staten Island and the following furious protests, city officials here at home plan to hold a community forum next week to discuss police-community relations. One issue expected to be addressed at the Tuesday, Dec. 16 forum at 7 p.m. at New Progressive Baptist Church on Hone...
Niagara Bottling deal could help fund water system fixes, but is it too risky?

Niagara Bottling deal could help fund water system fixes, but is it too risky?

Backers of a proposal to sell City of Kingston water to a national bottling company say revenue from the deal could allow the city to replace and upgrade its century old infrastructure — without passing the costs on to residents. But the plan is already a flop with some in the community, who call it...
Mayor wants Van Allen probe

Mayor wants Van Allen probe

Mayor Shayne Gallo said he wants a more thorough investigation into the actions of Kingston cops in response to a December 2013 traffic accident involving an off-duty KPD detective. Gallo said this week he was spurred to request a more thorough accounting after reviewing the contents of an anonymous letter sent to state and federal...
Bottling biggie wants Cooper Lake water

Bottling biggie wants Cooper Lake water

Bottled-water giant Niagara Bottling wants to build a massive purification and packaging facility near TechCity. The proposed plant would consume as much as 1.75 million gallons a day provided by the City of Kingston Water Department from the city’s Cooper Lake watershed. Rumors about the proposal have circulated for months, but town and city officials...
Balls in the air: Police Commission to take up topic of judge’s arrest

Balls in the air: Police Commission to take up topic of judge’s arrest

Mayor Shayne Gallo said Wednesday, Sept. 10 that he will meet with the city’s police commission next week to discuss the circumstances surrounding the arrest of City Court Judge Lawrence Ball by Kingston Police. Ball was arrested by city cops on Aug. 6 based on a complaint filed by his estranged wife, Ward 6 Alderwoman...
City borrows nearly $1 million more, worsening debt worries

City borrows nearly $1 million more, worsening debt worries

The Common Council voted unanimously Tuesday, Sept. 2 to approve three bonds totaling $857,000 for police equipment and infrastructure repairs or upgrades. While lawmakers agree the spending was necessary, Majority Leader Matt Dunn said there is increasing concern about the rising rate of the city’s debt service obligations. “We need to get creative in ways...
Sinkhole may not get its fill until winter, or later

Sinkhole may not get its fill until winter, or later

Bidding on a major public works project to fix once and for all a sinkhole that has plagued an Uptown Kingston neighborhood for more than three years has fallen behind schedule. The delay means that the project could stretch into the winter months and beyond. The sinkhole on Washington Avenue first appeared in May 2011....
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Hearing officer clears Chris Rea, calls for reinstatement

Hearing officer clears Chris Rea, calls for reinstatement

(Editor’s note: Updates with input from the mayor.) It’s been two and a half years since former Kingston fire chief Chris Rea was suspended without pay. In that time, Mayor Shayne Gallo has repeatedly accused him of misdeeds ranging from keeping pornography on a work computer to charging the city for days he did not...
Were ethics law-mandated financial disclosure statements ever even sent out?

Were ethics law-mandated financial disclosure statements ever even sent out?

City officials have rejected a Kingston Times Freedom of Information Act request seeking financial disclosure forms which, under the terms of the city’s new ethics law, must be filled out by elected officials, appointees to city commissions and high-ranking municipal employees. But five officials who are supposed to report their financial interests under the law...