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,...
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Hugh Reynolds: Term limits

Hugh Reynolds: Term limits

Every once in a while, usually after a series of public scandals, some good government group or other advances the idea of term limits. The logic is simple. Absolute power, which can come with seniority, corrupts. It takes new people years to learn crooked ways. But corruption is only one facet of what is a...
Niagara quits, UCCC prez cites public opposition

Niagara quits, UCCC prez cites public opposition

A California-based water bottling company has dropped a proposal to build a sprawling manufacturing facility in the Town of Ulster that would have taken millions of gallons a year of City of Kingston water and bottled it for sale. Don Katt, president of SUNY Ulster said Friday, Feb. 13 that he received a one-paragraph email...
When it comes to snow emergencies and parking, confusion is king in Kingston

When it comes to snow emergencies and parking, confusion is king in Kingston

It’s 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 in Kingston’s bustling Uptown business district and the question on everyone’s mind is, “Where can I park again?” The snow emergency issued in response to a Monday storm ended 7 p.m. Tuesday evening. Flyers posted on car windows, posts on the city’s website and alerts sent out via an...
Letters: Niagara Bottling, Hugh Reynolds' allegedly bad attitude, rail/trail cooperation

Letters: Niagara Bottling, Hugh Reynolds’ allegedly bad attitude, rail/trail cooperation

Impoverished and soiled The Niagara Bottling proposal is complex and has problems at multiple levels. The problem is larger than plastic water bottle waste. Water is a survival need which humans must meet to exercise their inherent right to life. It’s a public and municipal resource. That comes before its being a revenue source. At...
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, snow emergency update, EVEN MORE UPDATED

Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, snow emergency update, EVEN MORE UPDATED

TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE: The city is saying the Schwenk Drive parking lot, a.k.a. “The Crater, ” must be cleared by 7 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 so they can remove the snow. They expect it to take a couple of hours. As the snow from the two-day winter storm event continues to fall Monday, there have been...
Hugh Reynolds: Guns and butter

Hugh Reynolds: Guns and butter

From his speech before the chamber of commerce in Kingston last week, it was hard to believe U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson might be running for governor in three years or so. Gibson announced last month an interest in statewide office, saying this would be his last of three terms in the House. At the chamber...
A less violent year: 2014 crime stats show drop in all major crimes except theft

A less violent year: 2014 crime stats show drop in all major crimes except theft

Crime in Kingston dipped slightly during the first 11 months of 2014, continuing a trend towards a safer city. Nearly as important, said Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti, the public perception of city crime seems to be keeping pace. “That’s definitely the feeling I’m getting when I go to meetings and talk to people,” said...
Kingston After Dark: Amazing grace

Kingston After Dark: Amazing grace

The beat goes on, they say. I was still reeling from the sudden death of my former landlord and Kingston legend Victor Ruzzo when I got the call from my sister, Cambria Evans, that our father, Thomas Vink-Lainas, had passed away. Suddenly my thoughts went from feeling bad for Victor’s daughter Ashley and her nice...
Vive le Kevin: Quilty talks Europe, the community and living well locally

Vive le Kevin: Quilty talks Europe, the community and living well locally

You don’t know you are going to laugh as hard as you do when you first sit down with Kevin Quilty. When you first sit down with him, you notice a well-put together, intelligent, polite, organized, cultured, polished and very professional man. Soon, you’re bubbling over chatting about late Baroque tapestries and Parisian flatware, and...

Hugh Reynolds: Hi ho, Silver, oy vey!

An old miner’s axiom which I just made up posits that where there’s Silver there’s gold. What happens now after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been charged by federal authorities with bribery and mail fraud in connection with his official duties? Silver, shortly after beginning his 21st year as Assembly leader, was accused last week by...
Editorial: Precipitation manipulation

Editorial: Precipitation manipulation

In thinking about all the upset caused by this week’s blizzard that wasn’t, especially all the outrage directed at the weathermen for making everybody freak out about “historic” snow totals that got dumped on New England instead of us, I was reminded of the best movie I saw last year: “Nightcrawler.” In case you missed...
KCSD will have to guess its state aid as it puts together budget

KCSD will have to guess its state aid as it puts together budget

School districts across New York were thrown for a loop last week when Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration declined to provide school runs, the projected aid increases district officials use to help shape their budget proposals. Administration officials confirmed the school runs were being withheld because the governor’s education reform agenda hasn’t been met favorably by...