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Hugh Reynolds: Water, water

Hugh Reynolds: Water, water

I expect Kingston voters will overwhelmingly approve a charter change in November that will give their elected officials authority over the sale of water outside city borders. Why stop there? The city gets its water piped from Cooper Lake in Woodstock via a treatment plant in Zena. As demonstrated by the Niagara Bottling battle last...
Hugh Reynolds: Fireworks and peacocks

Hugh Reynolds: Fireworks and peacocks

It would appear from a breathless press release last week from Ulster’s county legislature  that nobody got their fingers blown off, eyes put out or had their hair singed or buildings set afire by fireworks over the Independence Day weekend. That happy outcome came despite dire warnings from firefighters and EMTs against the legislation of...
Hugh Reynolds: Mountain high

Hugh Reynolds: Mountain high

Most things in life are bitter or sweet, this and that, pro and con. Politics is mostly black and white. Even ceremonial occasions, like the grand opening of the Maurice Hinchey Catskill Interpretative Center at Mount Tremper last week, can produce mixed emotions. There was of course, the event itself, long delayed and eagerly awaited....
Hugh Reynolds: Ancient wisdom

Hugh Reynolds: Ancient wisdom

Bill Carey was a New York City cop. He walked a beat in Hell’s Kitchen. One evening he was called to a neighborhood bar to deal with an unruly patron. The bar owner said the man had drunk up his pay. Afraid to face his wife and large brood, he had become disorderly and abusive....
Hugh Reynolds: Four-year hangover

Hugh Reynolds: Four-year hangover

It now appears that Mayor Shayne Gallo will be staking his political career on the Sept. 10 Democratic primary. And well he should. If history is a guide, he who wins that primary wins it all two months later. But history has a way of evolving, and this is no ordinary election year. The primary...
Hugh Reynolds: Interpretive Center inspiration

Hugh Reynolds: Interpretive Center inspiration

Long, long after the celestial event, it has been revealed that the original idea for the soon to be dedicated Maurice Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center at Mount Tremper came, literally, from on high. According to Ulster Publishing publisher Geddy Sveikauskas, he and then-assemblyman Maurice Hinchey were hiking in the majestic hills around Mount Tremper some...
Hugh Reynolds: What happened at The Chateau?

Hugh Reynolds: What happened at The Chateau?

“Do you have any idea what happened last night?” a befuddled Republican committeeman asked me the day after the county committee rejected one and possibly two candidates for Ulster County executive. I had some idea, of course. I was there last week for the carefully contrived finale where party chairman Roger Rascoe rejected nominations from...
Hugh Reynolds: Unconditional condition

Hugh Reynolds: Unconditional condition

  Last month the Ulster County Legislature passed a resolution to appoint a study committee of legislators on the future of the county-owned railroad corridor from Kingston to Highmount. A Nov. 30 deadline was approved along with $30,000 for professional assistance. No conditions were attached. The eight-member committee was charged to hear from all sides...
Hugh Reynolds: Show them the money

Hugh Reynolds: Show them the money

I wasn’t in attendance at last month’s Chamber of Commerce breakfast where guest speaker HealthAlliance CEO Dave Scarpino updated plans for the ongoing consolidation of what used to be Kingston and Benedictine hospitals. But I’ll bet a few folks coughed up their cornflakes when Scarpino said it might cost upwards of $88 million to complete...
Hugh Reynolds: Senator Sinkhole

Hugh Reynolds: Senator Sinkhole

I’ll agree with Kingston Times editor Dan Barton that it’s good to have a United States senator on your side when it comes to funding major public-works projects. All hail the Empire State’s senior U.S. senator, Charles E. Schumer. He knows where the money is. He’s trying to get some for Kingston. Schumer, who has...
Hugh Reynolds: He said what?

Hugh Reynolds: He said what?

There’s sometimes a huge disconnect between screaming headlines and the official explanation. Take “Ulster Accused of Shoddy Medicaid Monitoring, a story in the March 25 Times Herald-Record. A few weeks ago James Nani of the Record wrote a straightforward lead: “A federal inspector says New York State should pay back $6.3 million in Medicaid payments...

Hugh Reynolds: Of politicians and veterans

I don’t normally hear the two words “Vietnam celebration” used together, but I did when my American Legion color guard captain called last week to see whether I was available for that Saturday’s 40th anniversary of the war’s ending ceremonies in Kingston. “Why would anyone want to celebrate the Vietnam War?” I asked. He explained...