Town of Ulster
Anti-hooker operation tallies five arrests

Anti-hooker operation tallies five arrests

A Friday, May 29 undercover sting with cops posing as johns and using websites such as the infamous hooker-hookup site backpage.com resulted in four prostitution arrests – all of out-of-towners – and a man getting busted for pot, the Kingston Police Department and the Town of Ulster Police Department said. According to police, the KPD’s Special...
Ulster cops rescue dog from parked car, charge owner

Ulster cops rescue dog from parked car, charge owner

A dog trapped in an unventilated car at the Hudson Valley Mall on Sunday, May 17, was rescued by Ulster town police after a tip from an alert passer-by. The owner, 24-year-old Joshua Rivera of Palenville, was arrested and charged with confinement of a companion animal in a vehicle during extreme temperatures, a violation under New York...
Massage parlor sting nets six

Massage parlor sting nets six

Six people are facing charges after a multi-agency bust of several massage parlors in the towns of Ulster and Esopus. According to a press release from the Town of Ulster Police, on Tuesday, May 6, the UPD, state troopers and the URGENT task force conducted an undercover operation looking for prostitution in spas in the...
Criminal surveillance, or innocent droning?

Criminal surveillance, or innocent droning?

“Front Row” Dave Beesmer says he was just looking for a potential client for his fledgling drone video business back in July when he recorded aerial footage of a new medical office building in the Town of Ulster. But police saw things differently. Now, the 49-year-old videographer — previously best known as a fixture at...
Quigley quits as Ulster town supervisor, then unquits

Quigley quits as Ulster town supervisor, then unquits

Don’t be surprised if Ulster Town Hall denizens are humming Elvis’s Flip, Flop and Fly this week after Town Supervisor Jim Quigley once again reversed himself on a decision to leave office. Wednesday afternoon, Quigley informed media he was resigning from office, effective at 11:59 p.m. that night. A few hours later after meeting with...
Change in clerks: Cosenza officially out, McDonough moves up

Change in clerks: Cosenza officially out, McDonough moves up

Though the move was made public two months ago, Ulster Town Clerk Jason Cosenza officially stepped down March 9. He’d been in the position since 1998, and has reportedly taken a new job with the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department. In his role as town clerk, Cosenza served under three different supervisors — Fred Wadnola, Nick...
Town of Ulster declares its own water emergency

Town of Ulster declares its own water emergency

As a result of the ongoing issue with the City of Kingston’s water supply, which the Town of Ulster has been attempting to ameliorate by pumping water into the city system (it usually takes water from it) a state of emergency was declared Friday afternoon by Town Supervisor James Quigley III. Residents of the following...
Niagara quits, UCCC prez cites public opposition

Niagara quits, UCCC prez cites public opposition

A California-based water bottling company has dropped a proposal to build a sprawling manufacturing facility in the Town of Ulster that would have taken millions of gallons a year of City of Kingston water and bottled it for sale. Don Katt, president of SUNY Ulster said Friday, Feb. 13 that he received a one-paragraph email...
Cooper Lake report: Water’s not there

Cooper Lake report: Water’s not there

A new report commissioned by opponents of a plan to sell Kingston’s municipal water to a private bottling company raises a host of environmental and legal concerns, and recommends the review process be shut down until an up-to-date report on just how much water the Cooper Lake reservoir has to give is finished. Citizens’ groups...
Bringing out-of-state businesses to New York a win, UCCC’s Katt says

Bringing out-of-state businesses to New York a win, UCCC’s Katt says

The Nutmeg State’s loss is the Town of Ulster’s gain as two of the 13 businesses given state tax incentives through Start-Up NY will be crossing the Connecticut border and laying down roots in the Hudson Valley. Those companies — a manufacturer of a patented waste-to-energy gasification method, and a remanufacturer of mine tailings —...
Niagara-SUNY Ulster alliance could bring bottler huge tax breaks

Niagara-SUNY Ulster alliance could bring bottler huge tax breaks

Niagara Bottling lost out on its bid for more than $10 million in state funding for a proposed plant in the Town of Ulster. But it remains eligible for significant benefits, including a 10-year state tax holiday for employees, through the Start-Up NY program and a partnership with Ulster County Community College. Earlier this month,...
Niagara comes to Red Hook

Niagara comes to Red Hook

Niagara Bottling, poised to undertake a long and likely contentious environmental review of a proposed bottling facility in the Town of Ulster, is expanding its search for water sources to a natural spring in the Town of Red Hook. Minutes from an Oct. 8 meeting of Red Hook’s Conservation Advisory Committee show Town Board member...