A former board member of the Kingston Land Bank — a nonprofit that works closely with the city to acquire, rehabilitate and market vacant homes — has resigned. In her resignation letter and remarks to the Kingston Times Callie Jayne described a dysfunctional operation that has made little meaningful progress towards its goals and has yet to actually take title to a single property — or even formally incorporate as a nonprofit — in the 18 months it has been in existence.
While some came to a packed reading room February 20 to implore the library board not to continue the contract with architect Stephen Tilly for a new building, many spoke in support of Jeff Collins, whom trustees voted unanimously to appoint to replace Jill Fisher on the board. Collins, who recently ended his state Senate Campaign to help Michelle Hinchey get elected to represent the 46th District, must run in the October board and budget election to stay on as a library trustee.
After once saying the proposed residential-commercial-parking complex “will have adverse effects to the Kingston Stockade District,” state officials in a Feb. 14 letter wrote that after developers made changes to its design, the Kingstonian will have “No Adverse Effect” on Uptown.
Police Chief Egidio Tinti and other city officials will be at City Hall Wednesday, March 4 to answer questions and hear feedback regarding the recent spike in gun violence in Kingston.
Kingston police responded to a report of shots fired on a residential street downtown on Monday, Feb. 24. The incident comes as the city faces a spike in violent crime that includes three unsolved homicides and multiple instances of gunplay on city streets.
The work was long awaited for many…and a ﬁrst act of a much longer production yet to unfold as New York City grapples with decades of aging infrastructure over the coming years.
The campaign to bring Verizon Wireless service to Shandaken is heating up. A change.org petition from Shandaken Town Clerk Joyce Grant to the NYS Public Service Commission and Governor Cuomo is, at this writing, closing in on a 1000-signature goal. Virtually every business in the bustling Shandaken hamlet of Phoenicia has a print version, too.
Hopes for rent regulation in Kingston are, for the time being, dashed after a study determined that the city’s rental vacancy rate is too high to declare a “housing emergency” under the state’s Emergency Tenants Protection Act.
Opioid deaths in 2019 in Ulster dropped 41 percent in 2019 with only 33 compared to 2018’s 56, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan and the Ulster County Department of Health announced Feb. 18.
About this time last week, the village of New Paltz issued its “do not drink” advisory for municipal water. Just over four days later it was lifted after remediation efforts yielded “no detectable signs of petroleum compound” in the drinking water. Here’s an updated look at what happened and what to expect going forward.