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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.

Local lawmakers, environmental groups blast EPA’s decision on Hudson River cleanup

Local lawmakers, environmental groups blast EPA’s decision on Hudson River cleanup

For decades, General Electric plants in Fort Edward and Hudson Falls, both located in Washington County, north of Albany, dumped toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into the Hudson River. A costly and long-sought cleanup began in 2009. This morning, EPA Region 2 Administrator Pete Lopez announced that General Electric had met the cleanup requirements outlined in a 2006 agreement, though he said that doesn’t mean the company couldn’t be called upon to fund further cleanup in the future.

New local organization created to aid ICE detainees

New local organization created to aid ICE detainees

In New Paltz, people being detained by agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sometimes doesn’t go unnoticed. Hundreds of people have written letters in support of Luis Martinez, or shown up to events in his support. Friends of Matthew Rojas rallied to hire an attorney to represent him. Thousands of dollars were raised for Joel Guerrero, the first resident known to have been detained regarding his status as a resident of the United States.