Environment
Push on to amend charter to give public more control over city’s drinking water

Push on to amend charter to give public more control over city’s drinking water

In the wake of a bottling company’s self-aborted bid to construct a plant in the Town of Ulster and use millions gallons from Kingston’s water supply, city lawmakers say they want to establish new rules to give elected officials more control over Kingston’s drinking water. But doing so will require a change in the city...
Conversation’s begun, but bag ban a ways off

Conversation’s begun, but bag ban a ways off

Kingston lawmakers have kicked off a discussion on how to curb the use of single-use plastic bags in the city. But, with lawmakers’ proposals ranging from an outright ban to an educational campaign on the bags’ environmental toll, city residents are unlikely to see major changes anytime soon. “The votes aren’t there now,” said Alderman...
Niagara comes to Red Hook

Niagara comes to Red Hook

Niagara Bottling, poised to undertake a long and likely contentious environmental review of a proposed bottling facility in the Town of Ulster, is expanding its search for water sources to a natural spring in the Town of Red Hook. Minutes from an Oct. 8 meeting of Red Hook’s Conservation Advisory Committee show Town Board member...
Ulster town supe says Niagara plan warrants full-scale environmental review

Ulster town supe says Niagara plan warrants full-scale environmental review

Town of Ulster Supervisor James Quigley III said this week he will recommend a “positive declaration of environmental significance” on Niagara Bottling’s proposal to build a water bottling facility at a vacant parcel near the old IBM campus. If the board agrees at its meeting set for Thursday, Nov. 20, it means the controversial plan...
We’ve got this: Town of Ulster to lead vetting for bottling plant

We’ve got this: Town of Ulster to lead vetting for bottling plant

The State Department of Environmental Conservation has declined to take a lead role in reviewing a plan for a proposed water bottling plant in the Town of Ulster. The decision comes despite pleas from opponents of the plant who had hoped for what they believed would be a more rigorous review by the state agency....
Fortis foes allege eco-misdeeds

Fortis foes allege eco-misdeeds

In pressing the case that the proposed $1.5 billion acquisition of Central Hudson by Canadian holding company Fortis would be bad for ratepayers, Citizens for Local Power (CLP), an Ulster-based grassroots group which has risen to oppose the merger, is pointing to what they say is Fortis’ poor record in dealing with projects in Belize...
World War C: Cicadas are coming

World War C: Cicadas are coming

This might be the ideal summer to finally acquire that long-coveted outdoor furniture at yard sales for next-to-nothing — because after the cicadas emerge from their 17 year-hiatus and start molting, droning and dying all over the place, many of us will abandon anything that has to do with the outdoors. With as much drama...
Commentary: Nothing good about CH-Fortis deal

Commentary: Nothing good about CH-Fortis deal

By Maurice Hinchey I am very concerned about the proposed acquisition of Central Hudson by the Canadian holding company Fortis, Inc. In the interests of New Yorkers and the future of our great state — especially the mid-Hudson region — it should be rejected. In my thirty eight years as an elected public official —...
As public disdain rises, judges pan Central Hudson-Fortis merger

As public disdain rises, judges pan Central Hudson-Fortis merger

On the same day U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer joined with Ulster County Executive Mike Hein to recommend the Public Service Commission (PSC) give the proposed $1.5-billion takeover of Central Hudson by Canadian power company Fortis more scrutiny, two PSC administrative law judges assigned to evaluate the deal wrote that the proposed merger’s minuses outweighed the...
Storm of opposition rising over Fortis’ Central Hudson bid

Storm of opposition rising over Fortis’ Central Hudson bid

The proposed $1.5 billion purchase of Central Hudson Energy Group by Fortis, Inc., a Canadian-based holding company, doesn’t have too many friends willing to speak on its behalf, if the April 18 public hearing held by the state Public Service Commission (PSC) in Kingston’s City Hall was any indicator. All 27 people who spoke at...
Editorial: Energetic encounters

Editorial: Energetic encounters

So, I’m with my fiancée at the home show in Lagrange on Sunday, and we’re talking with someone about solar panels. She’s redoing her house and is interested in solar because a.) she’s a good person and conscientious about the environment and b.) she heats with electricity — not by choice, that’s just how the...
Cornell U. - 10 more days until spring!

Cornell U. – 10 more days until spring!

(Editor’s note: We’ll believe it when we feel it, but here’s a release from some smart people out in Ithaca who claim that winter will actually end.) Samantha Borisoff, climatologist with the NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, discusses the weather pattern that brought the Northeast a frosty March – and how it will give...