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Hugh Reynolds: Terry Bernardo’s leap of faith

Hugh Reynolds: Terry Bernardo’s leap of faith

Will she or won’t she was the question circulating among the political class just prior to this week’s Ulster County Republican convention. But a funny thing happened on former legislature chairwoman Terry Bernardo‘s way to the Republican nomination. Robert’s Rules of order and Bernardo’s tactical stumbles left her reading her acceptance speech to a group...
Hugh Reynolds: Parete, the crouching tiger

Hugh Reynolds: Parete, the crouching tiger

“I knew I was going into a hostile thing,” Ulster County Legislature Chairman John Parete said of his scheduled face-off with the Ulster Democratic executive committee at party headquarters on John Street in Kingston last week. Parete emerged the next day from the session bruised but, he said, triumphant. “I didn’t take one step backward,”...
Conversation’s begun, but bag ban a ways off

Conversation’s begun, but bag ban a ways off

Kingston lawmakers have kicked off a discussion on how to curb the use of single-use plastic bags in the city. But, with lawmakers’ proposals ranging from an outright ban to an educational campaign on the bags’ environmental toll, city residents are unlikely to see major changes anytime soon. “The votes aren’t there now,” said Alderman...
Hugh Reynolds: State Senate slugfest

Hugh Reynolds: State Senate slugfest

Can’t say I dashed into the Garden Lounge in Kingston Tuesday morning in breathless anticipation to cover a Chamber of Commerce debate between state Senate candidates Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk and Republican challenger George Amedore. These sessions are usually polite affairs with candidates dancing around each other while spewing familiar talking points. Not this time. Getting...
Riding along as KPD conducts Operation Mop Up

Riding along as KPD conducts Operation Mop Up

It’s 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, and some of the city’s residents are about to have a bad day. A convoy of unmarked cop cars and the Emergency Service Unit’s “heavy truck” is heading up Broadway from Kingston Police Department headquarters on Garraghan Drive en route to locations around the city. Twenty-one people who...
The City has fallen!

The City has fallen!

Here are the latest intelligences from the City, which hath been retaken by the King’s soldiers. The Continentals, giving a spirited fight, were forced by strength of numbers to flee into the mountains. The Mayor, Gallo, was taken, still in his Banyon and Cap, and tried before a Court-Martial for Treason, but due to a...
Gibson a yes on Obamacare defunding

Gibson a yes on Obamacare defunding

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook) voted with the ayes Friday, Sept. 20 as the House of Representatives approved a measure – the “continuing resolution” – that would keep the government running, but defund the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The measure is not expected to pass the Senate, and sets up a showdown between House Republicans...
UPDATED: Congressman Gibson says he'll vote no on Syria attack

UPDATED: Congressman Gibson says he’ll vote no on Syria attack

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, in an interview Tuesday, Sept. 3, stuck by his Aug. 31 statement saying he will vote against authorizing President Obama to use force in Syria and added he will work to convince his fellow lawmakers that diplomacy and humanitarian aid, not military action, is the way to bring fighting there to...
Commentary: A City Government for the Future

Commentary: A City Government for the Future

“When you find that change is constant, will you shun complacency?” — J. Harris As a kid, I grew up in a household of “activists.” That’s what my parents were called anyway. It never occurred to me then, or now, that they were anything out of the ordinary. For is it activism or one’s duty...
Hugh Reynolds: What were the options?

Hugh Reynolds: What were the options?

Is it just around here, or do high-ranking local officials seem to disappear without leaving a trace? County health commissioner Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck flew off to Illinois with hardly a goodbye. I have no idea where social services commissioner Roberto Rodriguez wound up. Economic development specialist March Gallagher at least got an exit interview in...
Hugh Reynolds: Political party time

Hugh Reynolds: Political party time

Ulster County’s major political parties will gather in annual nominating conventions next week, the Republicans on Wednesday, May 29 at Quimby Theater at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, Democrats on Thursday, May 30 at the Garden Plaza Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn) in Kingston. Both events begin at 7 p.m. Party conventions, while sometimes colorful,...
Editorial: Why we wrote that story

Editorial: Why we wrote that story

Can’t we just let the angry mayor story drop? Hope for the best, go back to reporting on other things and at least wait until something new happens to rip off this scab? We’d like to, but we can’t. The mayor’s apology implied that his outburst on Blaber was just due to his fractured relationship...