Reversing Uptown’s one-way streets seen as biz boost

Reversing Uptown’s one-way streets seen as biz boost

Uptown business groups have thrown their support behind a proposal to alter traffic patterns in Uptown Kingston by reversing the flow of traffic on two one-way streets in the heart of the Stockade business district. But others are wary of...
Paul O’Neill explains why jury duty is not a pain, but an opportunity

Paul O’Neill explains why jury duty is not a pain, but an opportunity

Right around lunchtime in Uptown, you’re likely to bump into Commissioner of Jurors Paul T. O’Neill.  You’re always in for a rosy exchange of pleasant schmooze, clever wit and perhaps some smart snark if you’re so inclined. O’Neill is seamlessly...
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...
The daily danger: Locals prep for rail mishaps

The daily danger: Locals prep for rail mishaps

Each day, thousands of tons of freight rolls through densely populated areas of Kingston and the Town of Ulster on CSX’s railroad tracks. An unknown, but likely increasing, proportion of the cargo is highly flammable, toxic or both. While most...
Rich Cahill Jr. explores the Lindbergh kidnapping in new book

Rich Cahill Jr. explores the Lindbergh kidnapping in new book

Lifelong Kingstonian Richard Cahill has spent half a lifetime investigating a dead subject: the 1932 kidnapping and killing of 20-month-old Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh. Recently, the attorney, ex-alderman and two-time mayoral candidate published his...
Washington Ave. sinkhole could be filled by Thanksgiving

Washington Ave. sinkhole could be filled by Thanksgiving

The Kingston Common Council’s Finance and Audit Committee has signed off on a $3.3 million effort to fix the Washington Avenue sinkhole once and for all. The 4-1 vote came after a public meeting Monday night in the Council Chambers...
Kilty by association: Shamrock Run to include world-record attempt

Kilty by association: Shamrock Run to include world-record attempt

Don’t be startled if you at some point next month see a mass of men and women in skirts and sneakers bolting down Broadway with numbers on their chests. Wait a minute. They’re! Not! skirts! as any properly pleated, plaid-donning Celt...
Wine, the universe and everything

Wine, the universe and everything

A few months ago, Michael Drapkin and his wife, Theresa, bought the former Madden’s Fine Wines & Spirits on lower Broadway in Kingston’s Rondout and renamed it the Kingston Wine Co. The store, located in a handsome 19th-century storefront, officially...
NY SAFE, a year later

NY SAFE, a year later

One year after state lawmakers, urged on by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, passed one of the nation’s most restrictive gun laws, impacts from the NY SAFE Act continue to reverberate through the state’s courts, legislature, law enforcement and shooting sports community....
Willy’s world

Willy’s world

“Uncle Willy” Guldy has been everyone’s favorite wacky, star-spangled uncle since the ’70s. That’s when he threw himself his annual birthday party and invited every kid in Rosendale to come feast on his birthday cake and ice cream, no forks...
Anybody wanna buy a school? Actually, yes

Anybody wanna buy a school? Actually, yes

The Kingston City School District has received bids on three of their former elementary schools, two of which were shuttered over the past two years as part of a comprehensive redistricting plan which sought to address declining student enrollment. Frank...
Tenant vs. landlord: The eternal battle

Tenant vs. landlord: The eternal battle

It’s freezing. Your car tire blew out and so you had to get a new one so you can get to work, but you had to take that money out of the rent. You’ve been late with the rent a...
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...
‘Farm Hub’ to train new crop of local growers

‘Farm Hub’ to train new crop of local growers

Gill Farm’s sweet corn, for decades a mainstay of summertime meals in the Hudson Valley, is no more. But a nonprofit group is betting that the 1,255-acre tract along the rich bottomlands of the Esopus Creek can nurture something even...
TaxCity: Former IBM site’s owner suing for lower assessment

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...
Lunette lodestar: Ford to have historical display dedicated to him

Lunette lodestar: Ford to have historical display dedicated to him

Edwin Ford will be afforded a high honor indeed for a Kingston city historian — or any Kingstonian — when he is included next spring in the Common Council’s hall of city notables and events depicted in the 23 lunettes...
What’s it gonna be, Kingston? Yes or no?

What’s it gonna be, Kingston? Yes or no?

After years of planning and months of pitching, voters in the Kingston City School District on Tuesday will get the final say on the proposed $137.5 million renovation plan for Kingston High School. An informal poll undertaken by the Kingston...
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,...
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Accused killer in DEP shooting has Friday court date

Accused killer in DEP shooting has Friday court date

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection worker accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his coworker is due in Ulster County Court Friday, Feb. 7. David N. Reese, 53, of Gilboa was arrested without incident at the scene of the Monday morning shooting. Police were called to the DEP headquarters at...
Kingston’s homeless describe struggle to keep warm in a cold city

Kingston’s homeless describe struggle to keep warm in a cold city

As the temperature turns from chilly to icy to deadly, Kingston’s homeless population must contend with a city where places to warm up have become increasingly scarce. Last month, the Queen’s Galley soup kitchen shut down, closing off one of the few places where people could hang out and stay warm from the early morning...
Hugh Reynolds: Should Hein primary Cahill?

Hugh Reynolds: Should Hein primary Cahill?

Had enough of charming exchanges between County Executive Mike Hein and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill? Hold on. Wouldn’t it sell some newspapers if this very odd couple could face off in a Democratic primary later this year? Hein and Cahill didn’t much like each other even before the Hein-described “Cahill sales tax crisis” blew up last June....
Editorial: Whose department heads are they anyway?

Editorial: Whose department heads are they anyway?

It’s Super Bowl week, and part of that extravaganza extraordinaire is Media Day, where the players are forced, upon pain of a $50,000 fine, to face reporters and answer questions both relevant and as irrelevant as, in one Denver player’s case, whether he thought a unicorn would make a good pet. (Duh, yeah it would!...
Alderman: Mayor shutting down my access to department heads

Alderman: Mayor shutting down my access to department heads

In an angry e-mail, Mayor Shayne Gallo accused a freshman alderman of making “nasty” “disrespectful” and “harassing” demands on department heads and other city officials. Brad Will (D-Ward 3), meanwhile, said Gallo’s e-mail, which was carbon-copied to all department heads and members of the Common Council, was meant to send a not-so-subtle effort to deny...
Editorial: What do you call illiberal liberalism?

Editorial: What do you call illiberal liberalism?

The way it should be in this country is this way: You’re free to hold whatever beliefs you like, but you must obey the laws, even the ones you hate, passed by people you don’t agree with. That is to say, there should be no such thing in America as what Orwell famously termed “thoughtcrime.”...
Safer Kingston: Serious crimes down more than 10%

Safer Kingston: Serious crimes down more than 10%

Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti credited public outreach and new patrol strategies and an Internet-based anonymous tip line for contributing to a decline in serious crime in the city last year. According to statistics compiled by the state Department of Criminal Justice Services based on reports from the KPD “index crimes” — which include murder,...
Kingston After Dark: Real craft

Kingston After Dark: Real craft

This cold weather thing got you down? Well, I am trying to deal with it just like the rest of you. Unless you are a snowboarding maniac who loves bitter wind chill, this is the pits! Then again, growing up I used to always promise myself I wouldn’t endure another New York winter and yet...
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...
With GOP's help, John Parete is elected county legislature chair

With GOP’s help, John Parete is elected county legislature chair

With unanimous support from Republican legislators, Democrat John Parete of Olive was elected the 13th chairman of the Ulster County Legislature Tuesday night. Parete defeated Hector Rodriguez of New Paltz by a 13-10 vote, with Democrats Richard Parete of Stone Ridge (his son) and David Donaldson of Kingston (and Parete) joining the 10-member Republican minority....
Breaking bad spells: Ione’s new anthology collects stories of healing

Breaking bad spells: Ione’s new anthology collects stories of healing

In the early 1970s, Ione — then known as Carole Bovoso — was a freelance writer, Village Voice contributor and poetry editor when she went to Egypt on assignment for a travel story. “When I set foot on the land I felt something so powerful, which I never felt before,” she said. The next year,...
Frank Cardinale letter: Voters' will being subverted by GOP

Frank Cardinale letter: Voters’ will being subverted by GOP

As the chairman of the Democratic Party of Ulster County I am extremely concerned that the will of the voters is at risk of being subverted. Last month the people of Ulster County exercised their constitutional right to vote. At the county level, the result of this election was 12 Democratic county legislators, 10 Republicans...