All posts by Geddy Sveikauskas

Community preservation

Community preservation

Ulster County is now signed on to a state law that allows it to levy a 2 percent tax on certain property sales to preserve aspects of community character. We’re talking about real money. One possible local use is to help protect open space.

Volunteering is still alive and well in the Hudson Valley

Volunteering is still alive and well in the Hudson Valley

America has always been a society of joiners, and it was in that spirit that Ulster County executive Pat Ryan last Friday signed resolutions at the historic Volunteer Fireman’s Hall on Fair Street in Kingston to authorize up to $6.2 million in bonding for construction of a public safety training center on Ulster Landing Park in the Town of Ulster.

Movin’ on up

Movin’ on up

Two Kingston projects years in the making marked significant milestones this week, taking important steps toward their larger ambitions. In doing so, they provided clues about the new directions toward which the Ulster County economy is evolving. They are harbingers of change.

A watchdog that bites

A watchdog that bites

The Empire Center plays a significant watchdog role bringing transparency to government. It combs through public information and makes it available to the public. Its information-gathering and analysis perform a vital role. Somebody has to do it.

Beautiful city

Beautiful city

Driving around Newburgh last August, New York Magazine writer Simone Kitchens got the sense that some kind of change was going on. Many newcomers, “drawn to the incredibly affordable, stately housing stock and growing creative communities,” were moving in, she said. Might Newburgh have the potential to become the next Hudson, “the onetime working-class town where antique lamps now go for $7000?”