Opinion
Letters: CMRR, Gibson-Eldridge, Niagara Bottling

Letters: CMRR, Gibson-Eldridge, Niagara Bottling

Goodbye, CMRR It is easy to see what side of the train debate Mr. Reynolds supports. Good journalism would hope that fair and unbiased reporting would show not only the benefits for a for-profit railroad company but also the negative impact that this railroad company has had on the many residents who have had to...
Hugh Reynolds: Here comes the judges

Hugh Reynolds: Here comes the judges

Ulster County Democrats have decided on their candidate for Family Court judge, though about 85 percent of their numbers stayed home in this three-way contest won by Saugertiesian Gilda Riccardi. Now it’s time to tie up some loose ends. When the smoke cleared from the Sept. 9 party primary, Riccardi had scored a decisive victory...
Hugh Reynolds: Face to face

Hugh Reynolds: Face to face

Candidate debates, as they’re commonly called, usually only decide an election when one of the candidates does something memorably stupid. But it’s good to see candidates in action, to watch how they perform under pressure, to note their mastery of factual detail. Lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu, for instance, caught grief at a recent event...
Letters: Demilitarize the KPD; Mitchell's agenda

Letters: Demilitarize the KPD; Mitchell’s agenda

Chief confirms ‘New Jim Crow’ is alive in Kingston Kingston residents are outraged by the statements Kingston Police Chief Tinti made to the Kingston Times in its “Serve, Protect but Not Invade” article published Aug. 21, 2014. We condemn his “praying for peace, preparing for war” approach to policing our streets. Militarized police forces escalated...
Hugh Reynolds: How do you spell Torres?

Hugh Reynolds: How do you spell Torres?

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill staffer and New Paltz Town Councilman Dan Torres returned from a brief trip last month to discover to his dismay that he had “signed” a nominating petition for Cahill Assembly opponent Kevin Roberts. “At first I thought it was some kind of joke,” Torres told me when I finally caught up with...
Editorial: Vote for Teachout

Editorial: Vote for Teachout

If you are a registered Democrat in the state of New York, I urge you to make time to get to your local polling place this coming Tuesday, Sept. 9 and vote for Zephyr Teachout for your party’s nomination for governor and Tim Wu for your party’s nomination for lieutenant governor. By doing so, you...
Hugh Reynolds: The crisis which keeps on irking

Hugh Reynolds: The crisis which keeps on irking

For those who didn’t get enough of the Cahill sales-tax crisis last year, connected to the Ulster County Safety Net takeover, there’s a sequel currently in production. The follow-up installment dealing with the county government’s possible assumption of election costs should be in the news in a few weeks. All the props are in place,...
Hugh Reynolds: Choosing a judge

Hugh Reynolds: Choosing a judge

The Democratic primary for Family Court judge in Ulster County this year features two lawyers experienced at Family Court and a newcomer who says his life experience and community involvement will provide fresh perspective. Kevin Bryant and John Beisel of Kingston and Gilda Riccardi of Saugerties presented themselves to party faithful at a forum hosted...
Commentary: Yes on R-275 is a matter of fairness

Commentary: Yes on R-275 is a matter of fairness

By Kevin Smith and Kathy Nolan The Ulster County Legislature is poised to pass a forward-looking policy next Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. on the sixth floor of the County Office Building. This is a critical moment — we urge Ulster County residents to attend the meeting and contact their legislators and ask them...
Hugh Reynolds: Train in vain?

Hugh Reynolds: Train in vain?

Next Tuesday’s monthly Ulster legislature session could be the last roundup for Catskill Mountain Railroad supporters who hope to retain the possibility of a tourist train ride from Kingston to Hurley. On the agenda is a resolution that would permit County Executive Mike Hein’s long-standing plan to rip up the tracks from Midtown Kingston to...
Hugh Reynolds: Money talks. Sometimes it yells ...

Hugh Reynolds: Money talks. Sometimes it yells …

Just when we thought the campaign for Assembly between New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet and incumbent Kevin Cahill was all over but for the shouting, they’re back knocking heads again, this time about campaign contributions. Zimet’s nearly $7,000 raised over the summer hardly measures up to Cahill’s six figures over a longer period, but...
Hugh Reynolds: A lack of sufficient ink

Hugh Reynolds: A lack of sufficient ink

There’s already much hand-wringing, finger-pointing and abject denials in the wake of Susan Zimet’s nominating petitions for state Assembly being rejected by the state Board of Elections last Friday. Losing is never easy. Let’s examine the petition process. For all the declarations, announcements, nominations and acceptance speeches that lead up to it, a candidacy is...