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Ryan vs. Hayes for Ulster County Executive on Tuesday

Ryan vs. Hayes for Ulster County Executive on Tuesday

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.

Kingstonian gets a raucous hearing at City Hall

Kingstonian gets a raucous hearing at City Hall

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.