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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State of the City speech set for Thursday, Feb. 5

State of the City speech set for Thursday, Feb. 5

Mayor Shayne Gallo will deliver his fourth “State of the City” address next week. According to a press release issued by the mayor’s office, the annual speech will occur on Thursday, Feb. 5 in the Common Council Chambers in City Hall at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Snow emergency begins in city at 4 p.m.

Snow emergency begins in city at 4 p.m.

The City of Kingston’s snow emergency for Winter Storm Juno will begin 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 and is set to end 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, according to the city superintendent of public works. During the emergency, no vehicles may be parked on city streets; those which remain will be towed and ticketed. According...
Hugh Reynolds: Fooling with fueling

Hugh Reynolds: Fooling with fueling

Vladimir Lenin promised peace and land, Herbert Hoover promised a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage. And County Executive Mike Hein came up in his seventh state of the county address last week with free fuel for owners of electric vehicles. What a guy. In offering owners of electrically powered vehicles...
Cooper Lake report: Water’s not there

Cooper Lake report: Water’s not there

A new report commissioned by opponents of a plan to sell Kingston’s municipal water to a private bottling company raises a host of environmental and legal concerns, and recommends the review process be shut down until an up-to-date report on just how much water the Cooper Lake reservoir has to give is finished. Citizens’ groups...
Hugh Reynolds: Forward ... march!

Hugh Reynolds: Forward … march!

People ask me, as if I knew, why Congressman Chris Gibson decided to leave the House after only three terms. Dunno. After dropping that bombshell on the first day of what will be his final term, Gibson disappeared into a black hole somewhere between Washington and his hometown of Kinderhook. Go figure. One of the...
Will Kingston High renovation help transgender students?

Will Kingston High renovation help transgender students?

As the Kingston City School District moves forward on its Second Century renovation plan for Kingston High School, a school board trustee is asking whether the remade KHS will make provisions for transgender students. Early in December, the Shenendehowa Board of Education voted 4-2 for a policy change which allows transgender Shenendehowa High School students...
Investigation continues in West Chestnut Street possible suicide try

Investigation continues in West Chestnut Street possible suicide try

Police are investigating whether a suicide pact was behind a case of carbon monoxide poisoning that left a Kingston woman near death and her partner charged with promoting a suicide attempt. Kingston cops responded to a home on West Chestnut Street around 8:20 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 12 after family members asked them to check...
Letters: Our lovely city; Please reconsider PLA; Growing the pie

Letters: Our lovely city; Please reconsider PLA; Growing the pie

Your lovely city and your Greenline project Last summer on my way to a conference in upstate New York, I stopped in to visit an old friend who now lives in Kingston and she suggested we spend the day driving the beautiful countryside and visiting the city by introducing me to a project that she...
Hugh Reynolds: The legend of Mario Cuomo

Hugh Reynolds: The legend of Mario Cuomo

The passing of former New York governor Mario Cuomo brought lots of memories for those of us in the media who had the privilege, or the burden, of covering him during his dozen tumultuous years (1983-94) in the office. For many, Cuomo, out of office for almost 20 years when he died, was but a...
Bringing out-of-state businesses to New York a win, UCCC’s Katt says

Bringing out-of-state businesses to New York a win, UCCC’s Katt says

The Nutmeg State’s loss is the Town of Ulster’s gain as two of the 13 businesses given state tax incentives through Start-Up NY will be crossing the Connecticut border and laying down roots in the Hudson Valley. Those companies — a manufacturer of a patented waste-to-energy gasification method, and a remanufacturer of mine tailings —...
Gibson bowing out after this term

Gibson bowing out after this term

Dropping an unexpected political bomb on the Hudson Valley, U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, who won re-election last November by about 30 percentage points, announced Tuesday, Jan. 6 that he would not run for re-election in 2016. Gibson’s move set off a surge of speculation that the two-term congressman has his eyes on statewide office. In 2018,...
Al Nace a man of wide interests, from boxing to art to helping

Al Nace a man of wide interests, from boxing to art to helping

Allen Nace is a punner and proud of it. When not indulging in what many view as “the lowest form of wit,” Nace is partaking in the highest form of work: he’s HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley’s administrative director of community rehabilitation service, which covers addiction treatment services and education locally. He’d also volunteered at...