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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...
Editorial: Another look, maybe?

Editorial: Another look, maybe?

It seems the city’s new ethics board fumbled its first case. We’d like to see them take another look at Mayor Gallo’s hiring George Redder as counsel for the Kingston Local Development Corporation. The matter was brought to the board’s attention by Alderman Brad Will — not one of the mayor’s favorite lawmakers, for sure...
Document offers zero insight on ethics board’s decision

Document offers zero insight on ethics board’s decision

The city has responded to a Kingston Times Freedom of Information Act request by releasing a written opinion of a ruling by the city’s ethics board clearing Mayor Shayne Gallo of any conflict of interest in the hiring of attorney George Redder to work with the Kingston Local Development Corporation. On July 7, City Clerk...
Ethics Board members say mayor cleared of conflict charge, but aldermen wary

Ethics Board members say mayor cleared of conflict charge, but aldermen wary

The chair of the city’s ethics board said this week she provided a written opinion dismissing conflict of interest allegations leveled by Alderman Brad Will (D-Ward 3) against Mayor Shayne Gallo as “baseless.” But, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Kingston Times, city officials claim the report hasn’t crossed...
Ticket blitz: More parking violations written up so far this year than in all of 2013

Ticket blitz: More parking violations written up so far this year than in all of 2013

Citywide, police and parking enforcement staff are on pace to double the number of violations handed out last year for expired meters and other non-moving violations. Meanwhile the apparent ticket blitz has some in one neighborhood complaining of overzealous enforcement. “This year it’s been off the charts,” said Karen Clark-Adin, owner of the Bop to Tottom...