Opinion
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...
Hugh Reynolds: Workin’ on the railroad

Hugh Reynolds: Workin’ on the railroad

Like a well-ordered train schedule, the Ulster County-advertised request for proposals (RFPs) came right on time for the future operation of portions of the old D&H railroad. The legislature in 1991 signed a 25-year lease with Catskill Mountain Railroad to upgrade and operate the 38 miles of track from Kingston Point to Highmount. The lease...
Hugh Reynolds: The armored ambulance

Hugh Reynolds: The armored ambulance

Attendees were startled last year when HealthAlliance CEO Dave Scarpino revealed his $88.8 million “ask” for completing the $47 million consolidation of former Kingston and Benedictine hospitals at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast. To the surprise of many, approval was announced last week. They got the money. As a dowry, it will certainly make HealthAlliance,...
Hugh Reynolds: A teaching moment

Hugh Reynolds: A teaching moment

A win is a win is a win, but Zephyr Teachout supporters had to be concerned over her surprisingly narrow victory over a virtually unknown Columbia County fruit farmer at March 3’s Ulster Democratic Committee’s congressional nominating convention in Kingston. Zephyr (for gentle wind) stormed into the convention with what appeared to be a full...
Hugh Reynolds: County’s cash flow getting low?

Hugh Reynolds: County’s cash flow getting low?

One of the questions that keeps coming up in this county-versus-city sales tax controversy is why would County Executive Mike Hein alienate almost every local elected official in the county? One guess is that the county may be facing serious cash-flow issues in the not-too-distant future, like next year. There ain’t no more infirmaries to...