Posts tagged "Tom Hoffay"
City Hall, KFD working together to fund new, needed vehicles

City Hall, KFD working together to fund new, needed vehicles

In a letter to the Common Council last month, then-Kingston Fire Department chief John Reinhardt warned that the age and condition of the city’s fleet of firefighting apparatus was “on the verge of creating a public safety crisis.” His replacement, Chief Mark Brown, however, said that he is hopeful that a mix of taxpayer-backed bonds...
Hugh Reynolds: Political party time

Hugh Reynolds: Political party time

Ulster County’s major political parties will gather in annual nominating conventions next week, the Republicans on Wednesday, May 29 at Quimby Theater at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, Democrats on Thursday, May 30 at the Garden Plaza Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn) in Kingston. Both events begin at 7 p.m. Party conventions, while sometimes colorful,...
Hugh Reynolds: Uptown’s perennial problems

Hugh Reynolds: Uptown’s perennial problems

My first Kingston Uptown Business Association meeting last week in at least 20 years gave me the distinct impression that not much had changed except for some new faces around the table. Board members, earnest and intent as ever, were discussing most of the problems and issues I recalled the last time I sat through...
Once again, Uptown parking an issue

Once again, Uptown parking an issue

Ward 2 Alderman Tom Hoffay is calling for the city to address Uptown’s chronic parking shortage, paying for the improvements by installing meters at now-free municipal lots. But Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo said that he’s opposed to new parking meters and that any discussion of parking lot improvements needed to take municipal lots in Midtown...
Aldermen set to OK 2013 city budget tonight

Aldermen set to OK 2013 city budget tonight

Leaders of the Common Council say that they don’t anticipate major changes to Mayor Shayne Gallo’s proposed 2013 budget. But the council, set to vote on it tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 4, could take action to shift a greater share of the city’s tax levy from commercial to residential property owners. Gallo’s budget, released on Oct....
Congressional cage match

Congressional cage match

In the face of ugly numbers in a non-partisan Siena poll and unsettling cracks in his Democratic Party base, Julian Schreibman is going on the attack as he seeks to portray incumbent Congressman Chris Gibson as a Medicare-gutting, anti-abortion radical Republican. It’s a message the onetime federal prosecutor and Ulster County Democratic Committee chairman hopes...

Editorial: My best Hugh Reynolds imitation

Hugh’s taking a few weeks off to soothe his fevered brow before things really start getting politically and budgetarily serious around here, so I will do my best to fill the void. It will be tough to match the master. Here we go! Hey, Mr. Sheriff and Mr. Comptroller, can’t we all just get along?...
Kingston senior residence says it can’t afford taxes

Kingston senior residence says it can’t afford taxes

If managers of the Hudson Valley Senior Residence at 80 Washington Ave. are experiencing that sinking feeling these days, it’s not just from the street collapsing out front. The senior facility, next  to George Washington School on the border of Uptown and Midtown, is home to about 40 elderly clients. It is in what some...
Mayor, lawmakers grapple over new ethics standards

Mayor, lawmakers grapple over new ethics standards

The leader of the Common Council’s Democratic majority said that he’s open to compromise on a controversial ethics law that Mayor Shayne Gallo claims was designed to keep political power in the hands of political party elites. But Tom Hoffay (D-Ward 2) also said he plans to stand his ground on provisions in the law...
Council working to restore cleanup crews

Council working to restore cleanup crews

City lawmakers are working to restore a “clean streets” — as in less strewn with trash — program which, unnoticed by them, was cut from the 2012 budget by former mayor James Sottile. Each weekend, work crews from the county’s Community Service Program have turned out on Kingston streets to clean up litter and haul...
The red goats are coming … back?

The red goats are coming … back?

Four months after the mysterious appearance of red goats spray-painted on planters in Uptown Kingston sparked a spirited debate about the line between art and vandalism, a city commission is exploring options to decorate the much-maligned street furnishings, including bringing back the now-iconic red goats. The white concrete planters were installed last year as part...
Tom Hoffay, Deb Brown taking over city’s legislative branch

Tom Hoffay, Deb Brown taking over city’s legislative branch

Along with six new members, the Kingston Common Council will have two new caucus leaders when it convenes for its first session of 2012 on Jan. 3. Tom Hoffay, who just won his second full two-year term representing Uptown’s Second Ward, will lead the council’s seven-member Democratic majority. Deborah Brown (R-Ward 9) will take the...