Town of Ulster
Bottling biggie wants Cooper Lake water

Bottling biggie wants Cooper Lake water

Bottled-water giant Niagara Bottling wants to build a massive purification and packaging facility near TechCity. The proposed plant would consume as much as 1.75 million gallons a day provided by the City of Kingston Water Department from the city’s Cooper Lake watershed. Rumors about the proposal have circulated for months, but town and city officials...
Prestige Toyota must pay, state attorney general says

Prestige Toyota must pay, state attorney general says

Here’s the text of the press release issued Monday, Aug. 18 by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office announcing Prestige Toyota’s agreement to settle complaints about an improper processing fee: “Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today that his office has reached a settlement with Kingston auto dealer Prestige Automobiles, Inc., doing business as Prestige...
MMA fighter, gym owner face fraud charges

MMA fighter, gym owner face fraud charges

Two Kingston men, one a noted local amateur mixed martial arts fighter, the other the owner of a city fighting gym, were arrested and charged with defrauding a local scrap-metal business. Michael J. Colon, 30, of Kingston, the mixed martial artist, and Thomas A. Finch, 27, owner of the TNT gym in Midtown, were arrested...
Felony charges for drone enthusiast

Felony charges for drone enthusiast

A Lake Katrine man is facing a felony charge after, state troopers say, he flew a camera equipped drone close to examination room windows at a Town of Ulster Medical Facility. But David “Front Row Dave” Beesmer, who’s charged with second-degree unlawful surveillance, said in a Facebook post that the incident was a misunderstanding. Beesmer...
Stopping the loss: For a petty larceny, shoplifting’s a big deal

Stopping the loss: For a petty larceny, shoplifting’s a big deal

For retailers nationwide, it’s a $30 billion a year problem. For Town of Ulster cops it’s a — literally — everyday call. For dozens of “loss prevention” workers at big-box stores on the Ulster Avenue commercial strip, it’s a living. Shoplifters, from impulsive teenagers to well-organized traveling boosting crews, are drawn to the strip which...
Destination unknown: Town wrestles with what to do with the town hall

Destination unknown: Town wrestles with what to do with the town hall

The future of the Town of Ulster’s town hall is still unclear, though town officials and a committee appointed earlier this year to study the issue seem to agree that the sooner something is done about finding a home for the police department, at least, the better. “The town government is functioning and the delivery...
Hudson Valley Mall’s parental escort policy

Hudson Valley Mall’s parental escort policy

It’s Friday night at the Hudson Valley Mall’s food court. There’s a dozen teenagers sprawled out at the tables, laughing, cursing loudly and even roughhousing with one another. Shopping-fatigued mothers cover the ears of their toddlers dozing in the strollers and direct a hairy eyeball to the gaggle of disruptive teens, but eventually gather up...
Highway of terror, or, teaching your teen how to drive

Highway of terror, or, teaching your teen how to drive

The next time you get into your car, remember this. There is an entire subculture of brand-spanking-new 16-year-old drivers with freshly minted learner’s permits wreaking havoc on the roads and traumatizing well-intentioned parents. And no one would ever guess it. My daughter is one of the world’s few collected, mature and responsible teens. She does...
Snow way! District’s days off gone with the drifts

Snow way! District’s days off gone with the drifts

(Editor’s note: The KCSD cancelling school on Friday, Jan. 10, means that a day will have to be taken from Memorial Day break.) Winter is only officially a few weeks old, but thanks to an eventful run of weather, the Kingston City School District has already used up its entire allotment of snow days for...

TaxCity: Former IBM site’s owner suing for lower assessment

The ongoing power struggle between the Town of Ulster and local commercial and light-industrial campus TechCity is still going strong, with the latter recently heading back to court to seek significant assessment reductions for the past three years. With trial court arguments already completed, attorneys representing both sides will have 30 days after the receipt...
Rock-it fuel for girls: Gifts to inspire strength and independence

Rock-it fuel for girls: Gifts to inspire strength and independence

This is a gift-giving suggestion column designed to empower girls. Not to say that gender-neutral gifts aren’t awesome. Huffington Post has been running a column boasting that you can tell whether a toy is for a boy or a girl by the preference of the boy or girl holding it; in other words, if they...
Common Council, towns of Esopus and Ulster election results

Common Council, towns of Esopus and Ulster election results

There were some tight races and there’ll be some new faces on Kingston’s Common Council come 2014. According to unofficial results Tuesday night, council Minority Leader Deb Brown will be the sole Republican on the council; the other eight seats will be held by Democrats. Here’s a ward-by-ward breakdown of how the ballots were cast:...