Opinion
Editorial: Another look, maybe?

Editorial: Another look, maybe?

It seems the city’s new ethics board fumbled its first case. We’d like to see them take another look at Mayor Gallo’s hiring George Redder as counsel for the Kingston Local Development Corporation. The matter was brought to the board’s attention by Alderman Brad Will — not one of the mayor’s favorite lawmakers, for sure...
Hugh Reynolds: The good side

Hugh Reynolds: The good side

The opposite faces of Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, the good and the bad, were on display last week. Since Hein thinks I pick on him too much, let’s begin on a positive note. The formal dedication of the homeless veterans’ facility on Wurts Street in Kingston was a Mike Hein event in the best...
Hugh Reynolds: A rush to judgeship

Hugh Reynolds: A rush to judgeship

With all the speculation over who’s running for the newly created Family Court judgeship in Ulster County, little attention has been given to the fact that even for Albany, this was one helluva rush job. Up until about three weeks ago, nobody except some capital insiders and a few well-connected locals knew there was a...
Hugh Reynolds: All aboard?

Hugh Reynolds: All aboard?

Last week, Ulster County’s executive branch launched another blitz on the Catskill Mountain Railroad, apparently aimed at convincing the legislative branch of the merits of the county’s increasingly expensive legal battle to break its lease with the CMRR. Sources from inside the rare closed-door session where lawmakers were briefed indicated the effort might have been...
Hugh Reynolds: Tuition, please

Hugh Reynolds: Tuition, please

It took almost six years and a nudge from some maverick legislators, but the Hein administration has finally come around to the notion that Ulster County should be increasing its share of support for its community college. And by doing so, it is giving students some relief from tuition charges. The record clearly suggests that...
Hugh Reynolds: She got stung

Hugh Reynolds: She got stung

By now everybody knows irrepressible challenger Sue Zimet plans to continue her primary quest against assemblyman Kevin Cahill, despite suffering a near two-to-one thrashing by the incumbent at last week’s unofficial Democratic nominating convention in Kingston. For the record, Cahill collected 10,252 weighted votes (64%) to Zimet’s 5800 (36%). Rejection by her peers did not...
Truth and Trust

Truth and Trust

Something’s wrong here in Ulster County. On April 15 a man was shot by a sheriff’s deputy after he allegedly stole a car and led a chase through three towns. After ten days, the name of the guy who was shot was released, but we still have not been officially told the name of the...
Hugh Reynolds: A question of priorities

Hugh Reynolds: A question of priorities

According to Ulster County Community College president Don Katt, the two year school graduated 583 last month, its largest class ever. The college may be on the rise, but not so additional financial support from county government — for the sixth year in a row. According to an annual budget proposal released last week, college...
Hugh Reynolds: Calling Mister Roberts

Hugh Reynolds: Calling Mister Roberts

How will a virtually unknown Republican county legislator fare against nine-term incumbent Assemblyman Kevin Cahill in the November elections, if Cahill first defeats New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary? GOP nominee Kevin Roberts would be faced with quickly establishing name recognition outside his Plattekill district and then challenging a...
Hugh Reynolds: On Broadway

Hugh Reynolds: On Broadway

They say the traffic moves real slow on Kingston’s Broadway. But big things, under and at grade, are coming to Kingston’s potholed main thoroughfare, and soon. Central Hudson will be digging up the stretch from Albany Avenue to Henry Street later this spring, and Verizon plans to update its services. After that, city contractors will...
Letters: 'Peak Oil'; 'Stop the bomb trains'

Letters: ‘Peak Oil’; ‘Stop the bomb trains’

Peak oil Peak Oil has arrived. If you are not familiar with the term, it means that worldwide, oil production is at its peak and will begin to decline. This will translate into rising oil and food prices. In the very near future, we may be very sorry to have pulled up train tracks. Now...
Hugh Reynolds: Round one for Cahill, Zimet

Hugh Reynolds: Round one for Cahill, Zimet

It wasn’t Frazier versus Ali, but Assembly primary candidates Kevin Cahill and Susan Zimet did some impressive bobbing and weaving at their first meet-the-candidate face-off before the Ulster County Democratic Women in Kingston this Monday night. There were no clinches. While Zimet, a four-term New Paltz town supervisor and former county legislator, played to the...