City government
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...
Council OK’s ‘urban agriculture’ study for comprehensive plan

Council OK’s ‘urban agriculture’ study for comprehensive plan

Kingston’s current zoning laws prohibit various forms of agriculture, but now recommendations and goals to promote farming outlined in a study funded by private citizens will likely be adopted in the new comprehensive plan, at least in part. That means some of the city’s vacant lots could one day be transformed into blooming vegetable gardens,...
In speech, mayor recaps successes, foresees more to come

In speech, mayor recaps successes, foresees more to come

Mayor Shayne Gallo sounded many familiar notes Monday, April 28 in a nearly two-hour speech billed as a “state of the city address.” He reiterated pledges to reform the culture of city government to make it more transparent and accountable, address stubborn quality-of-life concerns and use partnerships with other government entities and the private sector...
Parole? Denied: Tim Matthews to stay in prison

Parole? Denied: Tim Matthews to stay in prison

A three-member panel of the State Parole Board has turned down a disgraced former city detective’s bid for early release. The decision means that former Kingston Police detective lieutenant Tim Matthews will spend at least another 10 months in state prison where he is serving a three to nine year sentence for grand larceny. Matthews...
Reversing Uptown’s one-way streets seen as biz boost

Reversing Uptown’s one-way streets seen as biz boost

Uptown business groups have thrown their support behind a proposal to alter traffic patterns in Uptown Kingston by reversing the flow of traffic on two one-way streets in the heart of the Stockade business district. But others are wary of the proposal’s cost and possible unintended consequences from changing long-established traffic schemes. The plan would...
Mayor or manager? Pros and cons of pols versus pros

Mayor or manager? Pros and cons of pols versus pros

Professional administrators from two Hudson Valley communities came to Kingston this week to discuss the benefits and perils of city manager form of government. The event, sponsored by the group KingstonCitizens.org, featured Beacon City Administrator Meredith Robson and Chuck Strome, New Rochelle’s city manager. Event organizer Rebecca Martin said that she planned the event to...
The daily danger: Locals prep for rail mishaps

The daily danger: Locals prep for rail mishaps

Each day, thousands of tons of freight rolls through densely populated areas of Kingston and the Town of Ulster on CSX’s railroad tracks. An unknown, but likely increasing, proportion of the cargo is highly flammable, toxic or both. While most area residents rarely think about the risk, local first responders and elected officials have placed...
Editorial: The silence which says quite a bit

Editorial: The silence which says quite a bit

It has come to this, the mayoralty of Shayne Gallo, this sad and funny juncture where the mayor doesn’t want to give a state of the city address and no one can make him. Say what now? Oh, say nothing. That’s the deal now, that’s where we’re at. Let them eat silence. Hard to know...
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...