City government
‘Blurred lines,’ bitterness and apparent mayoral fib dim debate prospects

‘Blurred lines,’ bitterness and apparent mayoral fib dim debate prospects

A standoff between Democratic rivals in the mayoral race over when and where to debate means that the pair may never discuss the issues face-to-face in advance of the Sept. 10 primary. Incumbent Mayor Shayne Gallo and city Parks & Recreation Department employee Steve Noble are engaged in an increasingly bitter race for the Democratic...
Noble's rail/trail hearing to be rescheduled

Noble’s rail/trail hearing to be rescheduled

ANOTHER UPDATE: On Monday, Aug. 11, Noble announced he was postponing the forum to a date to be named later, saying more time would allow more people to participate. UPDATE: On Thursday, Aug. 6, Mayor Shayne Gallo announced that on Friday, Aug. 7, he will hold a City Hall press conference to address Jim Noble’s...
Strong support for RUPCO’s Cedar Street proposal

Strong support for RUPCO’s Cedar Street proposal

RUPCO’s proposal to build an affordable housing complex on the site of the former Mid-City Lanes bowling alley at 20 Cedar St., in the heart of Kingston’s Midtown, was unanimously heralded as exactly the development Midtown needs by approximately 15 speakers at the public hearing held by the Kingston Planning Board at City Hall on...
All systems go for water referendum

All systems go for water referendum

Mayor Shayne Gallo said last week that he will, as he promised, sign legislation to authorize a referendum which, if approved, would give elected officials a say on the sale of city water to outside parties. But at least one member of the appointed board which oversees the city’s water supply has expressed concern that...
Swanzey-Noble showdown at Finance Committee meeting?

Swanzey-Noble showdown at Finance Committee meeting?

City Director of Economic Development and Strategic Partnerships Gregg Swanzey says he just wants to keep members of the Common Council updated on his effort to untangle apparent problems with seven grants that could, he says, put the city at risk of losing some $342,000. But Parks & Recreation Department employee and mayoral candidate Steve...
KLDC flips bank, makes bank; King's Inn next on list

KLDC flips bank, makes bank; King’s Inn next on list

The Kingston Local Development Corp. stands to turn a tidy profit on a former bank building in Midtown after a New York City developer made an offer on the vacant property that had been the proposed site of a police station. Meanwhile, at an adjacent parcel once home to Kingston’s most notorious welfare motel, the...
Swanzey says his review of Steve Noble-written grants is finding flaws

Swanzey says his review of Steve Noble-written grants is finding flaws

Supporters of city employee and mayoral candidate Steve Noble say politics are behind allegations that he mishandled grant applications, potentially putting hundreds of thousands of dollars in outside funding at risk. But city Director of Economic Development and Strategic Partnerships Gregg Swanzey, who is overseeing an audit of grants administered by Noble at the behest...
Mayor orders audit of all grants that went through primary opponent’s hands

Mayor orders audit of all grants that went through primary opponent’s hands

Mayor Shayne Gallo has directed a city official to audit all grants managed by Parks & Recreation Department employee Steve Noble, who’s battling Gallo for the Democratic Party nomination for mayor. Gallo said June 24 the examination was prompted by “serious concerns” that by failing to file key documents, Noble had exposed the city to...
Gallo: Carnright should've criminally charged Rea

Gallo: Carnright should’ve criminally charged Rea

Mayor Shayne Gallo is standing by his decision to continue his three-and-a-half-year effort to oust a former fire chief from the city payroll, calling an alderman’s recent call to return him to duty “misplaced” and a violation of the alderman’s responsibility to safeguard public funds. In his City Hall press conference Monday, June 29 the...
City’s comprehensive plan takes giant step toward adoption

City’s comprehensive plan takes giant step toward adoption

Jim Noble has a style for dealing with a group of people who talk a lot and have a lot of good ideas. He lets them talk. It usually works. For the past four years, the veteran Kingston politician has been chairing Kingston’s steering committee revising the city’s comprehensive plan. On the evening of June...
Editorial: Water, business and the moral imperative

Editorial: Water, business and the moral imperative

  Do not, my friends, become addicted to water. It will take hold of you, and you will resent its absence.’ — Immortan Joe Much has been made of the feminist themes running through the thoroughly fantastic movie Mad Max: Fury Road, and rightfully so: the major theme of the film was, in my editorial...
City Democratic convention: The Nobles get the nods

City Democratic convention: The Nobles get the nods

Convening at the Best Western hotel Wednesday evening, the Kingston Democratic Committee voted to endorse Steve Noble over incumbent Shayne Gallo for mayor and incumbent Jim Noble over challenger Jeanette Provenzano for alderman-at-large. In the weighted voting system used to tally the balloting among city committee members, Steve Noble, a city environmental programs manager and...