Opinion
Hugh Reynolds: Courthouse update

Hugh Reynolds: Courthouse update

It may be a month late — warp speed by government standards — but it appears the ducks are lined up to put the new Family Courthouse at the Business Resource Center in the Town of Ulster. The state Office of Court Administration, citing overcrowding and safety and privacy issues, has been pushing the county...
Letters: Sales tax, shooting range, Chris Gibson

Letters: Sales tax, shooting range, Chris Gibson

The people’s money The money generated by sales — sales tax — belongs to the people who generated it. It is not a political football to be kicked around by this assemblyman or that county executive or this mayor. In the highest-taxed state in the union, when an opportunity presents itself to help the taxpayers,...
Hugh Reynolds: You go, Nyquist

Hugh Reynolds: You go, Nyquist

Up until about a month ago, former New Paltz mayor Tom Nyquist was a familiar, respected elder around his hometown. Thanks to his Kentucky Derby-winning namesake, he’s in the headlines again. Equine Nyquist, named for the Detroit Red Wings hockey player Gustav Nyquist, won the Derby on Saturday, something Tom, the former mayor and county...
Hugh Reynolds: Boys to men

Hugh Reynolds: Boys to men

I want to be fair to Steve Noble, Kingston’s new mayor. But as a Kingston resident I can’t help worrying that the mayor’s team of rookies got outsmarted by County Executive Mike Hein’s squad of cunning veterans. Guile and experience often trump youthful exuberance. Noble brought Corporation Counsel Kevin Bryant and City Comptroller John Tuey...
Hugh Reynolds: Follow the money

Hugh Reynolds: Follow the money

Ulster County is finally on the political map. But not in a good way. Last week it was revealed that upwards of $350,000 was transferred a few weeks prior to the 2014 elections from New York City-based big donors via “Team de Blasio” to the Ulster County Democratic Committee, providing funding for the failed state...
Hugh Reynolds: Primary points

Hugh Reynolds: Primary points

The presidential circus moved on to the next state on Tuesday, but it was nice for New York, for a change, to be part of the proceedings. A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer in our pants. The hotly-contested races produced a degree of interest and participation rarely seen in local elections. Turnout...
Hugh Reynolds: Time to vote

Hugh Reynolds: Time to vote

New York having been a presidential backwater for so many years, “it’s exciting to have candidates visit our state,” in the words of state Sen. George Amedore. As a historical note, should frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump prevail, the next president will come from New York for the first time since 1944. This is...
Hugh Reynolds: Tiiim-ber!

Hugh Reynolds: Tiiim-ber!

Nobody was hurt when a tree fell on Kingston Mayor Steve Noble’s house early last Sunday morning. But I wonder whether the mayor’s second thought, after assuring his family’s safety, might not have been, “Is this Mike Hein’s sales tax counteroffer?” Nobody heard a chainsaw. Almost a month ago, the county executive and mayor jointly...
Letter: Better movies at mall, please

Letter: Better movies at mall, please

I wish that the movie theater at the Hudson Valley Mall would offer move movies beyond the typical, often inane, Hollywood hash. For example, Michael Moore’s latest film, Where to Invade Next, ought to be seen by every American and then discuss. The film offers a tour of several countries’ systems with the purpose to...
Hugh Reynolds: Campaign cash

Hugh Reynolds: Campaign cash

I’ve often wondered about the going purchase rate for politicians. There’s an unprovable two-to-one rule of thumb, for instance, on the reporting of campaign donations as it relates to actual campaign donations. The late Kingston mayor T.R. Gallo once shared a story with me over drinks after golf on this particular style of dancing in...
Editorial: A toast to cooperation

Editorial: A toast to cooperation

As of the completion of the March 24 edition of the Kingston Times (last Wednesday evening, March 23, but still true as of March 29, when I got around to posting this online), the parameters of the sales tax deal between the city and the county remained a “known unknown,” as it were. So it’s...
Letter: Bob Carey on Irish Cultural Center

Letter: Bob Carey on Irish Cultural Center

Good will and community I would like to reflect on the plans for our Irish Cultural Center and emphasize the great passion, integrity and care that have gone into developing the ICCHV in Kingston. The plans have been underway since 2011. The concept for the center has been embraced as a complement to the art...