Swanzey-Noble showdown at Finance Committee meeting?

Swanzey-Noble showdown at Finance Committee meeting?

City Director of Economic Development and Strategic Partnerships Gregg Swanzey says he just wants to keep members of the Common Council updated on his effort to untangle apparent problems with seven grants that could, he says, put the city at...
KLDC flips bank, makes bank; King's Inn next on list

KLDC flips bank, makes bank; King’s Inn next on list

The Kingston Local Development Corp. stands to turn a tidy profit on a former bank building in Midtown after a New York City developer made an offer on the vacant property that had been the proposed site of a police...
Ismail Shabazz charged with felony gun possession

Ismail Shabazz charged with felony gun possession

A well-known Midtown Kingston community activist is accused of recruiting gang members into a black radical group, selling illegal guns and advocating violence against police in a case with roots in the four-decades long hunt for an alleged cop-killer from...
Push on to amend charter to give public more control over city’s drinking water

Push on to amend charter to give public more control over city’s drinking water

In the wake of a bottling company’s self-aborted bid to construct a plant in the Town of Ulster and use millions gallons from Kingston’s water supply, city lawmakers say they want to establish new rules to give elected officials more...
KPD cracks garden-gnome caper

KPD cracks garden-gnome caper

It didn’t take long for the KPD’s Sherlock Gnomes to bust a pair of Kingston teens who allegedly stole “numerous” lawn ornaments from city yards. According to the KPD, shortly after midnight on Monday, May 18, they received a report...
Jane’s Ice Cream: 30 years of scoops

Jane’s Ice Cream: 30 years of scoops

Kingston has made a comeback as a manufacturing town, albeit on an artisanal small-scale level, producing encaustic paints, pottery wheels and kilns, nut cheeses, cutting boards, quality cabinetry, branded T-shirts, stationery, high-end furniture and other items. Most of these businesses...
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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Letters: The Junior League's perspective; Albany's foibles; bomb trains

Letters: The Junior League’s perspective; Albany’s foibles; bomb trains

The Junior League’s perspective The Junior League of Kingston is a women’s volunteer organization, and does not take a political stance on any issue; its membership, which continually strives to do positive work in the community, is saddened to be portrayed so negatively through comments found on social media, political websites and through other modes...
Hugh Reynolds: Mountain high

Hugh Reynolds: Mountain high

Most things in life are bitter or sweet, this and that, pro and con. Politics is mostly black and white. Even ceremonial occasions, like the grand opening of the Maurice Hinchey Catskill Interpretative Center at Mount Tremper last week, can produce mixed emotions. There was of course, the event itself, long delayed and eagerly awaited....
Ferry to Rhinecliff launches Sunday

Ferry to Rhinecliff launches Sunday

Starting with limited service this Sunday, July 12 and revving up to a full weekend schedule on Friday, July 19, the Kingston-Rhinecliff ferry is back. According to a press release issued Friday, July 10, ferry will operate between the Rhinecliff river dock, easily and directly accessible from the the Amtrak Station via Dutchess Terrace, and...
Swanzey says his review of Steve Noble-written grants is finding flaws

Swanzey says his review of Steve Noble-written grants is finding flaws

Supporters of city employee and mayoral candidate Steve Noble say politics are behind allegations that he mishandled grant applications, potentially putting hundreds of thousands of dollars in outside funding at risk. But city Director of Economic Development and Strategic Partnerships Gregg Swanzey, who is overseeing an audit of grants administered by Noble at the behest...
Action sequence: Locals seek support for movie

Action sequence: Locals seek support for movie

The Kingston-Ulster Airport last month was the backdrop for the shooting of a scene for a trailer for the upcoming indie feature “They All Drank the Water.” Written by Marlboro resident and chainsaw sculptor Bruce Bayard and directed by ex-Saugertesian Stephen W. Tenner, the film is in need of some community support before it can...
Mayor orders audit of all grants that went through primary opponent’s hands

Mayor orders audit of all grants that went through primary opponent’s hands

Mayor Shayne Gallo has directed a city official to audit all grants managed by Parks & Recreation Department employee Steve Noble, who’s battling Gallo for the Democratic Party nomination for mayor. Gallo said June 24 the examination was prompted by “serious concerns” that by failing to file key documents, Noble had exposed the city to...
Editorial: Neutral party for Noble grants probe

Editorial: Neutral party for Noble grants probe

The world’s biggest salt mine, in case you didn’t know, is in Goderich, a town in southern Ontario. It is capable of producing some 9 million tons of salt a year. And it is with all the salt in Goderich the people of Kingston should take any investigation of the job competence of Steve Noble,...
Kingston After Dark: Dramatic Times

Kingston After Dark: Dramatic Times

While I am tempted, of course, to open things loudly by proudly trumpeting the historic establishment of marriage equality across the nation, I’d like to set a more somber tone by asking you to take a moment to, after your jubilation, remember that these changes have been a long time coming. Real “Christians” aren’t supposed...
Multiple charges in Wall Street attack

Multiple charges in Wall Street attack

According to Kingston police, a 22-year-old man burglarized and assaulted Wall Street resident on Sunday, July 5. Bryant “BJ” Williams, 22, allegedly forced his way into Wall Street residence and assaulted a 38-year-old man. Another resident, a 21-year-old woman, had an order of protection against Williams, police said. After she called to report the assault,...
Hugh Reynolds: Ancient wisdom

Hugh Reynolds: Ancient wisdom

Bill Carey was a New York City cop. He walked a beat in Hell’s Kitchen. One evening he was called to a neighborhood bar to deal with an unruly patron. The bar owner said the man had drunk up his pay. Afraid to face his wife and large brood, he had become disorderly and abusive....
Gallo: Carnright should've criminally charged Rea

Gallo: Carnright should’ve criminally charged Rea

Mayor Shayne Gallo is standing by his decision to continue his three-and-a-half-year effort to oust a former fire chief from the city payroll, calling an alderman’s recent call to return him to duty “misplaced” and a violation of the alderman’s responsibility to safeguard public funds. In his City Hall press conference Monday, June 29 the...
Hugh Reynolds: Four-year hangover

Hugh Reynolds: Four-year hangover

It now appears that Mayor Shayne Gallo will be staking his political career on the Sept. 10 Democratic primary. And well he should. If history is a guide, he who wins that primary wins it all two months later. But history has a way of evolving, and this is no ordinary election year. The primary...