Were ethics law-mandated financial disclosure statements ever even sent out?

Were ethics law-mandated financial disclosure statements ever even sent out?

City officials have rejected a Kingston Times Freedom of Information Act request seeking financial disclosure forms which, under the terms of the city’s new ethics law, must be filled out by elected officials, appointees to city commissions and high-ranking municipal...
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...
Ticket blitz: More parking violations written up so far this year than in all of 2013

Ticket blitz: More parking violations written up so far this year than in all of 2013

Citywide, police and parking enforcement staff are on pace to double the number of violations handed out last year for expired meters and other non-moving violations. Meanwhile the apparent ticket blitz has some in one neighborhood complaining of overzealous enforcement. “This...
Poor dear

Poor dear

An Uptown Kingston coffee shop got some unexpected and unwelcome business when a young deer plowed through a glass door and proceeded to trash a storeroom before it was collared and hauled off by police and city Department of Public...
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...
Council OK’s ‘urban agriculture’ study for comprehensive plan

Council OK’s ‘urban agriculture’ study for comprehensive plan

Kingston’s current zoning laws prohibit various forms of agriculture, but now recommendations and goals to promote farming outlined in a study funded by private citizens will likely be adopted in the new comprehensive plan, at least in part. That means...
In speech, mayor recaps successes, foresees more to come

In speech, mayor recaps successes, foresees more to come

Mayor Shayne Gallo sounded many familiar notes Monday, April 28 in a nearly two-hour speech billed as a “state of the city address.” He reiterated pledges to reform the culture of city government to make it more transparent and accountable,...
Area cops, medics now using Narcan anti-OD kits

Area cops, medics now using Narcan anti-OD kits

It’s a situation that plays out almost daily in Ulster County — a 911 call reports an unconscious subject. Cops or firefighters arrive to find a person, usually young, barely breathing. Used syringes or empty glassine “decks” at the scene...
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...
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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Editorial: Prayer, town boards and changing times

Editorial: Prayer, town boards and changing times

When I heard about the Supreme Court ruling (just barely) that it was kosher for a town board in upstate New York to open its meetings with prayer, even if that prayer was to a specific god, or son of, my mind immediately went back to another town board in upstate New York that nearly...
Ulster DA may seek cooperation with Dutchess cops

Ulster DA may seek cooperation with Dutchess cops

In response to a surge in Ulster crimes with links to Poughkeepsie, Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright said that he’s exploring the possibility of forming a task force to link law enforcement efforts on both sides of the Hudson. The proposal is still in its earliest stages but Carnright said a series of violent...

PHOTO: Ulster’s fallen comes home

Wafting in: Medical marijuana makes progress in New York

Wafting in: Medical marijuana makes progress in New York

Back in January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo broke New York State’s decade-long stalemate over medical marijuana by announcing that he’d dusted off a never-implemented 1980 law allowing up to 20 hospitals to prescribe the plant to seriously ill patients. Since then, the governor’s office has remained silent while the state health department drafts regulations to guide...
Hugh Reynolds: Suddenly, Susan

Hugh Reynolds: Suddenly, Susan

I’ll confess that New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet, who declared her candidacy for state Assembly against Kevin Cahill on Tuesday morning, baffles me. I can live with her machine-gun delivery, her tendency to complicate the simplest of things, the fact that when you ask her the time she’ll tell you how to make a...
Hugh Reynolds: Freedom of Assembly

Hugh Reynolds: Freedom of Assembly

I suppose the good news for Assemblyman Kevin Cahill is that potential opponents so far have only one issue on which to run. But that one issue is a doozie. Cahill is being held directly responsible for the “loss” of $3.2 million in sales tax receipts in December and January after he blocked the county...
Kingston After Dark: It's so easy

Kingston After Dark: It’s so easy

I can remember going shopping with my family years ago when Sears was still in the Uptown plaza. I was about nine or 10 and wandered away from my folks to the entertainment wing. Does anyone remember those kinda budget globes that had purple light in them and the electricity would go to your finger...
Kingston Catholic kids connect with NASA to explore science

Kingston Catholic kids connect with NASA to explore science

Believe it … or not? Kingston Catholic School opens a window to space every single day.  In fact, Principal Jill Albert communicates regularly with NASA and students are helping to explore the impact of zero gravity on osteoporosis through studying the development stages of butterflies. Believe it … Or not? Believe it. Thanks to the...
Destination unknown: Town wrestles with what to do with the town hall

Destination unknown: Town wrestles with what to do with the town hall

The future of the Town of Ulster’s town hall is still unclear, though town officials and a committee appointed earlier this year to study the issue seem to agree that the sooner something is done about finding a home for the police department, at least, the better. “The town government is functioning and the delivery...
Parole? Denied: Tim Matthews to stay in prison

Parole? Denied: Tim Matthews to stay in prison

A three-member panel of the State Parole Board has turned down a disgraced former city detective’s bid for early release. The decision means that former Kingston Police detective lieutenant Tim Matthews will spend at least another 10 months in state prison where he is serving a three to nine year sentence for grand larceny. Matthews...
Hugh Reynolds: Picture Perfit

Hugh Reynolds: Picture Perfit

We’re speaking here of Ulster County IDA board member Steve Perfit, this week’s man-in-the-barrel in the seemingly never-ending saga of the Park Point/SUNY New Paltz student housing project. Perfit, a commercial real-estate broker, is being accused of conflict of interest in voting in favor of a half-million-dollar Pilot (payment in lieu of taxes) deal last...
Lyric Blanch gets full scholarship to play basketball for St. Michael’s

Lyric Blanch gets full scholarship to play basketball for St. Michael’s

Lyric Blanch, a 17-year-old senior point guard on Kingston High School’s girls’ varsity basketball team signed a letter of intent this week to continue playing the game at the collegiate level when she moves on to St. Michael’s College in the fall. Blanch will receive a full athletic scholarship to play basketball for the Purple...