All posts by Jesse J. Smith

A new 508-acre Hudson River park for Kingston?

A new 508-acre Hudson River park for Kingston?

A proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo would create a new state park on a rugged patch of land along the Hudson River straddling the City of Kingston-Town of Ulster border. But whether the proposed 508-acre park becomes a reality depends on voters’ approval in November of a $3 billion bond intended to preserve and restore natural resources, fight climate change and boost New York’s tourist economy.

Retiring Ulster County Judge Don Williams reflects on 40 years in law enforcement

Retiring Ulster County Judge Don Williams reflects on 40 years in law enforcement

Despite his reputation for toughness, Williams has also worked to make his vision of punishment — followed by redemption and reform — manifest in efforts to assist addicts and help the formerly incarcerated reintegrate into society. As he prepared to step down from the bench at year’s end, Williams sat down with Ulster Publishing for the first time since his election as county court judge to talk about his 40-year career in Ulster County’s criminal justice system.

Democratic senate candidate Jeff Collins folds tent, joins Hinchey campaign

Democratic senate candidate Jeff Collins folds tent, joins Hinchey campaign

Woodstocker Jeff Collins announced last week that he would end his bid for the state Senate’s 46th District seat and throw his support behind fellow Democrat Michelle Hinchey. Collins’ withdrawal and incumbent state Sen. George Amedore’s announcement earlier this month that he would not seek a fourth term leaves Hinchey, for now, the sole announced candidate in the race.