City government
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...
Police commission cancels Gallo’s last-minute KPD promotions

Police commission cancels Gallo’s last-minute KPD promotions

One of Mayor Steve Noble’s first acts as the city’s chief executive was to undo his predecessor Shayne Gallo’s final personnel decisions — an 11th-hour blitz of promotions in the police department against the wishes of a majority of the police commission. On Saturday, Jan. 2, his second day in office, Noble convened the four-member...
Mayor-elect Steve Noble doing a lot of listening as he prepares for new job

Mayor-elect Steve Noble doing a lot of listening as he prepares for new job

Monkey Joe’s might seem like an odd venue for plotting a transition to power over the first capital of New York State. But for Steve Noble, it’s all he’s got. The 33-year-old mayor-elect is still working at his city job in the Parks & Recreation Department. The coffee roaster is right across the street from...
Wide range of debate on Midtown proposal

Wide range of debate on Midtown proposal

At the beginning of Monday evening’s public hearing on a plan to convert a former doctor’s office on Prince Street in Midtown Kingston into a five-lane shooting range, Kingston planning board chairman Wayne Platte Jr. made a pair of requests: That the evening focus on the “planning and zoning aspects of the project” and that...
Gallo: Parking Grinch or businesses' Santa?

Gallo: Parking Grinch or businesses’ Santa?

Mayor Shayne Gallo said this week he was simply responding to the wishes of business owners when he rescinded an executive order last week granting free parking at all metered spaces in Kingston. The controversy, which aroused allegations of Grinch-like behavior on social media, began on Dec. 9 when Gallo issued the executive order suspending...