Hugh Reynolds: Ambush politics

Hugh Reynolds: Ambush politics

Ulster County announces it plans to cut the sales tax share of the City of Kingston from 11.5 percent to 10. May cut towns a third, from 3 percent to 2. Safety Net welfare costs and election takeover costs are...
County seeks sales-tax givebacks from city, town

County seeks sales-tax givebacks from city, town

With a little more than a month until a revenue-sharing agreement is set to expire, a county lawmaker, with the backing of County Executive Mike Hein, is pushing a plan that would funnel more sales tax revenue to county coffers...
Sheriff’s office looking to get a drone in the sky

Sheriff’s office looking to get a drone in the sky

Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum says his department is ready to join the growing list of police agencies which employ aerial drones for everything from reconstructing traffic accidents to resolving armed standoffs. “We’re looking into it,” said Van Blarcum...
'He made good copy' - four years on the Gallo beat

‘He made good copy’ – four years on the Gallo beat

(Editor’s note: Below is what’s called a “reporter’s notebook” piece. For those unfamiliar with the term, it denotes a piece of writing where a journalist steps out from behind the usual third-person/inverted pyramid form to offer insights and perspectives in...
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Special holiday editorial: Following the Christmas of the drone, the horrifying year of the drone

Special holiday editorial: Following the Christmas of the drone, the horrifying year of the drone

(Editor’s note: This originally appeared in print in our Holiday Gift Guide a few weeks ago.) Get ready to start defending your airspace. This Christmas season, it’s estimated that 1 million drones will be given as gifts, the vast majority of which, I am predicting, will be from people with questionable judgment to people with...
Gallo: Parking Grinch or businesses' Santa?

Gallo: Parking Grinch or businesses’ Santa?

Mayor Shayne Gallo said this week he was simply responding to the wishes of business owners when he rescinded an executive order last week granting free parking at all metered spaces in Kingston. The controversy, which aroused allegations of Grinch-like behavior on social media, began on Dec. 9 when Gallo issued the executive order suspending...
Andrew Heaney, Millbrook businessman and political neophyte, is running for Congress

Andrew Heaney, Millbrook businessman and political neophyte, is running for Congress

Businessman Andrew Heaney, with roots in Long Island and Queens and now a Dutchess resident, allows that his quest for the Republican nomination for Congress might be considered “a little preposterous” at this stage of his life, what with young children and a new startup. He nevertheless believes his candidacy would give voice to what...
Hugh Reynolds: Putting out the fires

Hugh Reynolds: Putting out the fires

Five East Kingston firefighters stood at the back of the meeting room in full turnout gear, quietly listening to the discussion at a public hearing last week that might well determine the fate of their company. Their two trucks, their engines running, were parked outside. One firefighter looked barely college age (members can be recruited...
Council can override mayor's budget veto on Tuesday, Dec. 15

Council can override mayor’s budget veto on Tuesday, Dec. 15

Mayor Shayne Gallo is going, but he’s not going quietly. With just three weeks left in his term, the outgoing mayor has vetoed the 2016 budget approved by the Common Council and replaced it with his own spending plan — one his successor, Mayor-elect Steve Noble, says will make it nearly impossible carry out some...
KPD charges teen as Midtown shooter

KPD charges teen as Midtown shooter

Kingston police Wednesday night arrested the man they said pulled the trigger during the Monday, Dec. 7 altercation on a Midtown street that ended with gunfire which left one man wounded and residents of a nearby senior housing complex rattled. The incident occurred around 2:10 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 when Kingston police responded to...
KPD probes Bruyn Ave. shooting

KPD probes Bruyn Ave. shooting

The Kingston Police Department is saying there’s no danger to the public after a 2:10 p.m. shooting on Monday, Dec. 7 left a 24-year-old male wounded. According to a press release from the KPD, officers responded to a reports of a man being chased by “several individuals with a gun.” When they got to the...
Railroad panel sets Dec. 14 as due date for U&D corridor plan

Railroad panel sets Dec. 14 as due date for U&D corridor plan

The legislature’s special Rail Corridor Committee, appointed last April, has given itself a fast-track Dec. 14 deadline to file formal recommendations with the full legislature on the future of county-owned Ulster & Delaware railroad corridor. The nine-member committee faces not only a tight deadline — the last regularly scheduled meeting of the legislature is Dec....
Hugh Reynolds: Travels with Shelley

Hugh Reynolds: Travels with Shelley

The felony convictions of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, now suddenly former assemblyman, had to send cold chills through the Dean Skelos camp, where the former majority leader of the state Senate was, along with his son, on trial across Foley Square in Manhattan federal court on similar bribery and influence-peddling charges. To the pundits...
Larissa Walker, defender of bees and butterflies, got her start in Kingston

Larissa Walker, defender of bees and butterflies, got her start in Kingston

Kingston High School alumna Larissa Walker, now the pollinator campaign director and a policy analyst for the Center for Food Safety in Washington D.C., says the freedom and variety of opportunities her alma mater offered allowed her to become successful. She said what she learned in Kingston fortified her stance against chemicals and practices that...
Van Blarcum won't back down from 'please carry' stance

Van Blarcum won’t back down from ‘please carry’ stance

A day after his controversial call to arms set off intense debate over the role of armed citizens in maintaining public safety, Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum is standing by his statement encouraging all properly licensed handgun owners and off duty police officers to carry weapons. “It’s something I believe in,” said Van Blarcum...
Soccer made in Kingston: Semi-pro Stockade FC starts play at Dietz next year

Soccer made in Kingston: Semi-pro Stockade FC starts play at Dietz next year

Soccer’s steady rise in popularity here in these United States will take on a decidedly local flavor next year when the Kingston Stockade Football Club begins playing in the Northeast Region of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). The expansion Stockade FC, with its name and logo referencing the historic wooden stockade fence protecting the...