City government
What will happen to Wilbur Avenue’s crumbling stone house?

What will happen to Wilbur Avenue’s crumbling stone house?

This week, the fate of the 158-year-old “Booth house,” a rare residential relic of the bluestone industry that once flourished in Wilbur, remained uncertain. The plan by the Kingston Fire Department’s Building & Safety Division to tear down the dilapidated stone building at 116 Wilbur on Feb. 20 got an 11th-hour reprieve after preservations protested....
Letters: Basic fairness; the value of history

Letters: Basic fairness; the value of history

Basic fairness Ulster County is renegotiating its contract with the City of Kingston for the distribution of sales tax revenue. For more than a decade the county has given the city 11.5 percent of the 4 percent county sales tax collected each year, which amounts to roughly $12 million annually. The new formula would cut...
Hugh Reynolds: Fig leaves?

Hugh Reynolds: Fig leaves?

After prompting by some media, Ulster County Exec Mike Hein finally took ownership of the scheme to claw back some $3 million a year in sales tax revenues from the city and the towns. Hein laid his rationale in detail at what will probably be the largest public gathering of the year, the 300-odd attendees...
Hein, Noble battle over sales tax

Hein, Noble battle over sales tax

Taking a firm stand for the first time in public on reducing the city’s share of sales tax revenue, County Executive Mike Hein has charged the City of Kingston with accepting some $8 million from the county in Safety Net welfare relief over the past four years and using it to “mask” a collective spending...
Delay could leave county in control of revenue-sharing, Noble says

Delay could leave county in control of revenue-sharing, Noble says

One week after declaring that he would take a slow, methodical approach to renegotiating a sales tax revenue-sharing agreement with Ulster County, Kingston mayor Steve Noble changed his mind. He said Friday, Feb. 12 that new information has created new sense of urgency on the issue. The five-year-old sales tax agreement, which governs the division...
Midtown gun range on hold after opponents cite 1984 law

Midtown gun range on hold after opponents cite 1984 law

A proposal to build an indoor shooting range and gun store in Midtown Kingston is in limbo after opponents of the plan turned up a 1984 law which forbids, in most cases, the discharge of firearms within city limits. City planner Suzanne Cahill said this week that the proposal by Dr. Adam Soyer to convert...
Hugh Reynolds: Ambush politics

Hugh Reynolds: Ambush politics

Ulster County announces it plans to cut the sales tax share of the City of Kingston from 11.5 percent to 10. May cut towns a third, from 3 percent to 2. Safety Net welfare costs and election takeover costs are cited. Is the county broke? Film at 11! This carefully contrived, cynical negotiating strategy on...
Editorial: Who will stand for Kingston?

Editorial: Who will stand for Kingston?

Mayor Noble is right. The sales tax talks with the county really are “one of the most important negotiations we will enter into,” as he said last week. At stake is a huge chunk of the city’s revenue stream. Entering into play is the possibility that the city will reassert the right to levy its...
Mayor Noble: No rush on sales tax talks

Mayor Noble: No rush on sales tax talks

Kingston Mayor Steve Noble said this week that he won’t be rushed in talks with the county on a new sales tax-revenue sharing agreement. Meanwhile, supervisors in nine of the county’s 20 towns — which also receive a portion of the sales tax revenue stream — are urging the city to stand firm against county...
County seeks sales-tax givebacks from city, town

County seeks sales-tax givebacks from city, town

With a little more than a month until a revenue-sharing agreement is set to expire, a county lawmaker, with the backing of County Executive Mike Hein, is pushing a plan that would funnel more sales tax revenue to county coffers — at the expense of the City of Kingston and Ulster’s other municipalities. But city...
Tinti, three other police commissioners objected to Gallo’s KPD promotions

Tinti, three other police commissioners objected to Gallo’s KPD promotions

Minutes of a November city Police Commission meeting show that then-mayor Shayne Gallo made a series of promotions to settle a long-running union grievance. He made these against the wishes of Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti and three of four commissioners who, the minutes indicated, wanted more time to negotiate with the PBA over staffing...
'He made good copy' - four years on the Gallo beat

‘He made good copy’ – four years on the Gallo beat

(Editor’s note: Below is what’s called a “reporter’s notebook” piece. For those unfamiliar with the term, it denotes a piece of writing where a journalist steps out from behind the usual third-person/inverted pyramid form to offer insights and perspectives in a less-regimented style.) If one were to write an epitaph for the administration of Mayor...