All posts by Geddy Sveikauskas

One-time injection of $70 million in federal support boosts local governments

One-time injection of $70 million in federal support boosts local governments

Three Ulster County local political figures sat in dark jackets early Monday afternoon in sweltering heat at the Ulster County Community College outpost on Mary’s Avenue in Kingston to celebrate what the American Rescue Plan means for local governments. Two, county executive Pat Ryan and Kingston mayor Steve Noble, were major beneficiaries of the long-awaited federal direct support. Ryan’s county government could now count on $34.49 million in federal funding, half of which has already been received and the other half promised in a second tranch a year from now. Noble will get an additional $17.3 million. And the county townships will get about $18.6 million more.

Edutainment pioneer Steven Schragis celebrates a new chapter in a varied career

Edutainment pioneer Steven Schragis celebrates a new chapter in a varied career

Last year, Schragis was concerned about the fate of his One Day University. What pivot could he make to ensure the continued survival of his innovative and hitherto successful national adult education enterprise? He had one inescapable problem. “…. A world where large crowds couldn’t gather was a world that couldn’t support our business,” Schragis wrote recently. “Or so I thought.”

Fast-growing manufacturing firm moving to the Town of Ulster

Fast-growing manufacturing firm moving to the Town of Ulster

Brooklyn-based lighting manufacturer RBW Studio plans to purchase a 98,000-square-foot building on Boice’s Lane in the Town of Ulster where it will employ 50 people doing office and manufacturing work. The deal is very close to completion, and there appear to be no major obstacles to its consummation.

For Ulster’s Democratic Party, what’s past is prologue

For Ulster’s Democratic Party, what’s past is prologue

Twenty years after the passing of former Kingston Mayor Frank Koenig, an important figure in local Demoratic politics, Kelleigh McKenzie said she was seeking to restore the county Democratic committee as the link to the neighborhoods. The new grass-roots party structure she hopes to strengthen will be a return to politics at the granular level, with each of the county’s wards and election districts as its building blocks.