City government
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...

Common Council primary results

Here are some unofficial results in Tuesday night’s voting: Ward 3 Democratic: Brad Will: 79 Andy Champ-Doran: 45 Richard Kelder: 43 Ward 3 Independence: Andy Champ-Doran: 8 Dave Donaldson: 1 (write-in) Ward 4 Democratic: Nina Dawson: 73 Nick Woerner: 45 Ismail Shabazz: 14 Ward 4 Working Families: Nina Dawson: 3 Write-in: 0 Ward 6 Conservative:...

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...