Voters will go to the polls next Tuesday, April 30 to choose a county executive for the remainder of 2019. Democrat and former 19th District congressional hopeful Patrick Ryan will face Ulster County Conservative Party Chairman Jack Hayes, running on the Republican line. The winner of the special election will fill the vacancy left when Mike Hein resigned in February to take a post in the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo. Another election in November will choose a county executive for a full four-year term.
Two members of Kingston’s Historic Preservation Landmarks Commission have resigned in protest after Mayor Steve Noble decided to replace two fellow commissioners on the volunteer board that oversees preservation efforts in the city.
As the city’s planning board is working to decide just how extensive the environmental review for the Kingstonian should be, an engineer for the developers of the site said this week he believes his bosses will pull the plug on the $53 million proposed residential, commercial and parking project if planners demand they produce a full environmental impact statement.
Ulster County’s next executive could come into office flying into financial headwinds, according to a memo from the county’s budget director. Challenges include: lower-than-expected sales tax revenue, a $1 million shortfall in jail boarding fees and $200,000 in unexpected costs associated with the April 30 special election for county executive.
As affordable housing issues take center stage in Kingston with a series of public hearings and heated debate over a major market-rate apartment complex being pitched for the heart of Uptown Kingston, a local activist group has published a study arguing that evictions in the city are reaching rates not seen since the housing crisis a decade ago.
Battle lines were drawn in the matter of the city’s most divisive development proposal in years when more than 200 people turned out for a public hearing Wednesday night on the proposed Kingstonian project. While members of the city’s business community came out strong in support of the proposed housing, parking and retail complex in the Stockade District, affordable housing advocates and other activists called for the city’s planning board to reject the $52 million project, claiming that it would fuel gentrification and lead to Kingston’s poorest residents being pushed out of their homes.
An East Kingston woman who reported an incident of racial harassment at a Town of Ulster Walmart has been fired from her job because of language she used in the aftermath of the alleged incident.
A shakeup at a city commission charged with maintaining Kingston’s historic character has led to two resignations from other volunteer boards, and accusations that the changes are part of a politically motivated purge to help clear the way for a major building project in Uptown Kingston.
A pioneering African-American Kingston cop and onetime police commissioner will be honored with a ceremonial street renaming and a plaque at
City lawmakers voted Tuesday to approve funding to replace a section deteriorated section of the Pike Plan canopy in Uptown Kingston. The council did not weigh in on the long-term fate of the system of covered porticos which shelters sidewalks on Wall and North Front streets.