City government
Mayor flouts city charter in refusing to deliver state of the city address

Mayor flouts city charter in refusing to deliver state of the city address

Breaking with tradition, and the city charter, Mayor Shayne Gallo has told city lawmakers that he will not present an annual state of the city message to the Common Council. Council Majority Leader Matt Dunn (D-Ward 1), meanwhile, saw his opportunity to present a message of his own to the council torpedoed when fellow Democrat...
Hugh Reynolds: Rules of engagement

Hugh Reynolds: Rules of engagement

Can a county legislator be forced to serve on assigned committees? The short answer is no. But that won’t stop some solons from continuing to gnaw on this bone of contention. The controversy, so-called, arose in January when Ulster legislature Chairman John Parete announced his committee assignments. A few legislators protested they hadn’t requested those...
Washington Ave. sinkhole could be filled by Thanksgiving

Washington Ave. sinkhole could be filled by Thanksgiving

The Kingston Common Council’s Finance and Audit Committee has signed off on a $3.3 million effort to fix the Washington Avenue sinkhole once and for all. The 4-1 vote came after a public meeting Monday night in the Council Chambers where representatives from GEA Engineering and Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers outlined the proposal for an...
Instead of homestead? Study looks at impacts of dual tax rate

Instead of homestead? Study looks at impacts of dual tax rate

A draft copy of a report on Kingston’s dual tax system has found that varying tax rates on commercial and residential properties likely have some negative impact on economic development in the city, but not ruinous consequences. But the proportional burden paid by businesses in Kingston appears greater than in most other jurisdictions with a...
UPDATE - city extends snow emergency

UPDATE – city extends snow emergency

UPDATE – On Saturday, the city announced the snow emergency will be extended to Sunday, Feb. 16 at 7 a.m. due to the continuing cleanup from Thursday’s snow and additional snowfall Saturday into Sunday. Wednesday morning, City of Kingston Department of Public Works Superintendent Mike Schupp  announced the snow removal plan in anticipation of Thursday’s...

Friday’s City of Kingston snow removal update!

Here’s a roundup of the various pronouncements from City Hall on the efforts to get the white stuff properly wrangled. The snow emergency is no longer in effect; the city thanks residents for their cooperation. Mayor Gallo and Fire Chief Brown jointly request that city residents help dig out buried fire hydrants. Earlier this afternoon,...
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:...