Posts tagged "Tom Hoffay"
'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 a less-regimented style.) If one were to write an epitaph for the administration of Mayor...
Hugh Reynolds: Full to the rafters

Hugh Reynolds: Full to the rafters

“Happy days are here again!” sang former mayor Jim Sottile as he danced out of City Hall following the inauguration of Mayor Steve Noble on New Year’s Day. It was an expression not only of joy and achievement, but also of relief. The bad old days of Shayne Gallo were officially over. Winners write history....
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 Broadway, it appeared that his fulminations had come to fruition as a steady stream of...
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 the proposal’s cost and possible unintended consequences from changing long-established traffic schemes. The plan would...
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...