Push on to amend charter to give public more control over city’s drinking water

Push on to amend charter to give public more control over city’s drinking water

In the wake of a bottling company’s self-aborted bid to construct a plant in the Town of Ulster and use millions gallons from Kingston’s water supply, city lawmakers say they want to establish new rules to give elected officials more...
KPD cracks garden-gnome caper

KPD cracks garden-gnome caper

It didn’t take long for the KPD’s Sherlock Gnomes to bust a pair of Kingston teens who allegedly stole “numerous” lawn ornaments from city yards. According to the KPD, shortly after midnight on Monday, May 18, they received a report...
Jane’s Ice Cream: 30 years of scoops

Jane’s Ice Cream: 30 years of scoops

Kingston has made a comeback as a manufacturing town, albeit on an artisanal small-scale level, producing encaustic paints, pottery wheels and kilns, nut cheeses, cutting boards, quality cabinetry, branded T-shirts, stationery, high-end furniture and other items. Most of these businesses...
KHS reno’s timeline grows, scope shrinks

KHS reno’s timeline grows, scope shrinks

Kingston City School District officials said this week the $137.5 million Kingston High School Second Century Capital Plan will have to go five years deeper into the century in order to get the most out of the state aid funding...
Enter a challenger: Steve Noble to grapple with Gallo

Enter a challenger: Steve Noble to grapple with Gallo

Over the past three years, Mayor Shayne Gallo has often inveighed against “party elites” and other perceived political enemies he’s variously dubbed “the Politburo” or “the shadow government.” On Saturday, March 7, in a packed room at Tony’s Pizzeria on...
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...
Take a spin around Stockade's groove-oriented shops

Take a spin around Stockade’s groove-oriented shops

It’s an unseasonably warm fall Friday in Uptown Kingston and Doug Wygal is about to eat Rick Lange’s lunch. And older gentleman and his wife parked across the street from Wygal’s Rocket Number Nine Records. They’re looking for Lange’s Rhino...
Cyber-weathermen Alex Marra and Bill Potter a match made in the heavens

Cyber-weathermen Alex Marra and Bill Potter a match made in the heavens

Hudson Valley Weather and Mid-Hudson Valley Weather, the region’s two leading do-it-yourself purveyors of forecasts, have merged. Alex Marra, the man behind Hudson Valley Weather, announced this summer that the laid-back-dude voice of Mid-Hudson Valley Weather, Bill Potter of Pine...
From Nieuw Nederland to New York

From Nieuw Nederland to New York

Slaves in the early Dutch colonial era (circa 1625-1664) were treated rather better than those under English captivity, according to Ulster County historian Anne Gordon. Though quite restricted, they were allowed to marry, congregate, attend religious services with whites, and...
When there was a wall: Kingston’s stockade

When there was a wall: Kingston’s stockade

Accurate descriptions of Kingston’s original stockade, built between 1658 and 1677, have eluded historians for centuries. And no wonder. The definitive 1695 original “Miller map” of the area went to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean after its creator’s ship...
Waves of immigrants shaped Kingston’s diverse culture

Waves of immigrants shaped Kingston’s diverse culture

First in trickles, then in droves, the Dutch (obviously), Germans and Irish first, then the Italians, Poles and many others, came to Kingston. Different people from different places with different cultures and religions settled in ethnic enclaves with their own...
Kingston’s most soulful street angel

Kingston’s most soulful street angel

Kevin “K” Sampson has been walking the streets of Kingston since he was toddling. He never fails to offer a smile and a wave for anyone willing to receive it. Sampson is most often seen strolling the streets of Uptown,...
In other news
Gallo to announce re-election bid today; Noble going grass-roots for campaign team

Gallo to announce re-election bid today; Noble going grass-roots for campaign team

Mayoral candidate Steve Noble says he’ll rely on a corps of dedicated, albeit politically untried, volunteers in his effort to oust incumbent Democrat Shayne Gallo. “We’re really doing this as a grass roots campaign,” said Noble who announced last week that he would challenge Gallo for the Democratic nomination for mayor in September’s primary. “The...
At Ellipse, Michelle Elise transforms old stuff into new greatness

At Ellipse, Michelle Elise transforms old stuff into new greatness

To everything there is a season. But what happens after its season is over, and it gets flung into the $1 sale bin? Then sold at a garage sale for 15 cents? Then tossed into the to-be-donated box and shoved into the attic corner? More and more designers have been taking pleasure by imagining a...
Art as fresh as spring itself this month in Kingston

Art as fresh as spring itself this month in Kingston

March came in like a lion — the blast of cold weather has a local correlation in the blowing away of conventional boundaries between sculpture, painting, photography and ceramics that’s an underlying theme of two of this month’s art exhibitions. At the Gallery at R&F and KMOCA, the surfaces and forms of the paintings, sculpture...
Hugh Reynolds: Sunny days

Hugh Reynolds: Sunny days

Throw open the doors! Let in the fresh air! It’s “sunshine week” in Albany. Well, maybe not. As we speak, the three or four men in a room are, as usual, secretly hammering out the loose ends of a state budget due a week from next Wednesday. Good-government types may posture before the TV cameras,...
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...
Letters: Kingston Corridor bus, Meg Carey rebutted, crime against humanity

Letters: Kingston Corridor bus, Meg Carey rebutted, crime against humanity

Kingston Corridor shuttle bus More and more the development of the Rondout waterfront calls for a shuttle bus service along the Kingston Corridor to make it accessible from any point along Kingston’s Main Street, as designated by the Main Street Manager program under Nancy Donskoj. Defined as a two bus service with 15 minute inter-service...
Hugh Reynolds: Early birds

Hugh Reynolds: Early birds

If being first out of the gate means anything, Assemblyman Pete Lopez could be the next congressman from the 19th District. Former assemblyman John Faso, whose number we haven’t called in quite a while, might have something to say about that, even though he says he won’t make a decision until summer. Both are veteran...
‘Riverport’ conceives of a totally remade, and totally cool, Rondout

‘Riverport’ conceives of a totally remade, and totally cool, Rondout

Imagine wedding parties arriving at Kingston Point Park by boat, tourists flocking to an upscale hotel resort built adjacent to the park’s protected and restored wetlands or low-rise live/work units along the Rondout Creek. Maybe a food market, similar to Chelsea Market in New York City, in the cavernous Cornell Building or floating houses moored...
Hugh Reynolds: What does Kevin want?

Hugh Reynolds: What does Kevin want?

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill does not seem of a mind to renew “the Cahill Sales-Tax Crisis” this year. But, more than a few people in that six-story glass building at Fair and Main in Kingston seem to be wondering what he’ll be asking for this time around. Last month, the Ulster County Legislature unanimously approved and...
Dissatisfaction with Cuomo common bond among local educators

Dissatisfaction with Cuomo common bond among local educators

With the refusal to supply school districts with aid runs, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s position on educational funding this year is unpopular with many people involved in public education. Cuomo has tied this year’s state funding for public schools to adoption of his “reform” package. Feb. 23’s education forum at the M. Clifford Miller Middle School...
Hugh Reynolds: Dollars are not enough

Hugh Reynolds: Dollars are not enough

They say money can’t buy you love. Neither, at least in the Hudson Valley, can it buy a Congressional seat, as was demonstrated last year. Recent reports from the Federal Elections Commission show Democrat Sean Eldridge outspent Republican Chris Gibson by better than two-to-one last year, but lost the election by a similar margin. Gibson...
Kingston After Dark: Land of plenty

Kingston After Dark: Land of plenty

My mother always said that the Catskills were the closest she’d found to a place as beautiful as Wales. Given the chance to interview platinum selling Welsh-born-turned-Hudson-Valley-native songstress Donna Lewis, I figured this might be a good icebreaker. “She’s right, I have to say, I think that’s why I felt very at home here,” Lewis...