Book chronicles Kingston's most illustrious street

Book chronicles Kingston’s most illustrious street

The richest man in the county once lived high on Kingston’s “rich man’s” West Chestnut Street. His wealthy neighbors from time to time included at least half a dozen brick barons. And those bricks, along with millions of others produced...
Midtown gun range on hold after opponents cite 1984 law

Midtown gun range on hold after opponents cite 1984 law

A proposal to build an indoor shooting range and gun store in Midtown Kingston is in limbo after opponents of the plan turned up a 1984 law which forbids, in most cases, the discharge of firearms within city limits. City...
Kingston mayor fine with pace of railroad yard cleanup

Kingston mayor fine with pace of railroad yard cleanup

Mayor Steve Noble said this week that he’s satisfied with progress made by the Catskill Mountain Railroad in cleaning up their Cornell Street rail yard and he has no plans to take further enforcement action at the site. Noble added...
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Kingston After Dark: Zire’s War and Life of Agony

Kingston After Dark: Zire’s War and Life of Agony

Greetings, friends, neighbors and houseplants. We are at the three-year mark of my time writing this column for the Kingston Times and it remains a wonderful experience. It means a great deal every week to get to spread the word on artists, venues and events that help keep the energy in our area kinetic and...
Kingston Dems will try to bring sales tax as-is renewal to a vote

Kingston Dems will try to bring sales tax as-is renewal to a vote

Two county legislators from Kingston have introduced legislation to end a standoff between the city and county over sales tax revenue. But the proposal by Democratic legislators Dave Donaldson and Jennifer Schwartz Berky, which would maintain the current sales tax distribution formula for another five years, faces opposition from Republican legislature Chairman Ken Ronk, who...
KPD officer charged with DWI

KPD officer charged with DWI

An officer with the Kingston Police Department is facing a charge of driving while intoxicated, state police say, after he flipped his car on Lucas Avenue in the Town of Ulster on Sunday. According to state troopers, 36-year-old Nicholas P. Kozack of Stone Ridge was going south on Lucas when he failed to make a left...
Hugh Reynolds: A teaching moment

Hugh Reynolds: A teaching moment

A win is a win is a win, but Zephyr Teachout supporters had to be concerned over her surprisingly narrow victory over a virtually unknown Columbia County fruit farmer at March 3’s Ulster Democratic Committee’s congressional nominating convention in Kingston. Zephyr (for gentle wind) stormed into the convention with what appeared to be a full...
City’s sales tax stance stymies legislative GOP

City’s sales tax stance stymies legislative GOP

One week after a sales tax revenue-sharing agreement between Kingston and Ulster County expired, county legislative leaders say they will not ratify a proposed five-year extension of the pre-existing split. A resolution calling for the 85.5 percent for the county/11.5 percent for the city/3 percent for the towns to continue until 2021 was approved by...
Photo: Chris Rea gets warm welcome on first day back

Photo: Chris Rea gets warm welcome on first day back

Irish Cultural Center backers starting over again with site plan

Irish Cultural Center backers starting over again with site plan

Those behind the proposed Irish Cultural Center of the Hudson Valley (ICCHV) in the Rondout are starting the planning process from scratch, after an attorney for a neighbor of the proposed facility raised serious questions about city officials’ vetting of the project. City Planner Suzanne Cahill met with ICCHV backers on Monday. At the meeting,...
Hugh Reynolds: County’s cash flow getting low?

Hugh Reynolds: County’s cash flow getting low?

One of the questions that keeps coming up in this county-versus-city sales tax controversy is why would County Executive Mike Hein alienate almost every local elected official in the county? One guess is that the county may be facing serious cash-flow issues in the not-too-distant future, like next year. There ain’t no more infirmaries to...
Teachout edges Yandik for Ulster Dems' endorsement

Teachout edges Yandik for Ulster Dems’ endorsement

Zephyr Teachout beat Will Yandik by eight percentage points (54-46) for the county party’s endorsement for Congress in light voting at a convention of Ulster County Democratic committee members at Kingston City Hall Thursday night. According to party clerks who counted the vote, 90 committee members (out of about 220)  cast weighted ballots with 3,434...
Prospects impress at first Stockade FC tryout

Prospects impress at first Stockade FC tryout

Stockade FC took its first step in assembling the roster for its inaugural season on Saturday, Feb. 27 when 30 prospective players showed their grit during an invite-only tryout. The audition process was overseen by Head Coach George Vizvary and his coaching staff, as well as the team’s chairman, Dennis Crowley and its general manager,...
What will happen to Wilbur Avenue’s crumbling stone house?

What will happen to Wilbur Avenue’s crumbling stone house?

This week, the fate of the 158-year-old “Booth house,” a rare residential relic of the bluestone industry that once flourished in Wilbur, remained uncertain. The plan by the Kingston Fire Department’s Building & Safety Division to tear down the dilapidated stone building at 116 Wilbur on Feb. 20 got an 11th-hour reprieve after preservations protested....
Letters: Basic fairness; the value of history

Letters: Basic fairness; the value of history

Basic fairness Ulster County is renegotiating its contract with the City of Kingston for the distribution of sales tax revenue. For more than a decade the county has given the city 11.5 percent of the 4 percent county sales tax collected each year, which amounts to roughly $12 million annually. The new formula would cut...