This week for Faces of Kingston I am pleased to present a discussion with Hillary Harvey, a leading light in both community discourse and general good energy.
The county’s proposed campaign finance reform law, which would allow candidates for countywide office or county legislature to tap into a $75,000 fund per year in county money for their campaigns prompted more than a dozen speakers, over half of whom were in opposition and emphatic about their positions, and about 50 onlookers at the county legislature’s public hearing on the proposed law on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Key members of the Common Council have expressed support for an activist group’s push for major changes to the makeup, training and operations of the city’s police commission. But the City Charter — and ongoing contract talks with the Kingston PBA, the union representing the city’s cops — could complicate the effort.
In my opinion, every Ulster County voter should have questions regarding the election that took place Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 in our county.
Here’s the issue with DA Carnright’s statement that cops are handcuffed in trying to make Midtown Kingston safer. Blacks really do experience enough casual, reflexive racism from law enforcement officers to make them understandably fearful that racism permeates the criminal justice system.
Recent rail crossing closures in the Town of Ulster have caused headaches for residents and businesses, especially those that culminate in dead ends. Town officials don’t dispute freight rail company CSX’s claims that the renovation and repair work is necessary, but they have issues with how the work is announced and performed.
Kingston police say one person died and three others suffered non-fatal overdoses after using what cops believe is cocaine laced with the deadly opioid fentanyl.
District Attorney Holley Carnright said this week that he believes a lack of proactive policing in Midtown Kingston and an increase in anti-police sentiment has complicated law enforcement’s efforts to address violent crime and drug trafficking in the neighborhood.
Matthew Pleva has both a recognizable face to many in Kingston and a portfolio of memorable, creative work that’s some of the best stuff Kingston has to offer. Pleva is a very interesting guy and it was a pleasure to get to interview him after having it on my “must do” list for a few years now.
In the latest chapter of the tortured saga of TechCity, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan on Monday, Nov. 4 announced a county takeover of two tax-delinquent parcels at the former IBM Kingston site following a summary judgment by County Judge Donald A. Williams.