Who will be the next owner of a large building on the former IBM campus in the town of Ulster, and to what use will it be put? One county official and a member of the public asked for more transparency on these and other questions at a January 11 public hearing held by the Ulster County Legislature, which is in the process of seeking a buyer for the property that came into the county’s hands following a foreclosure in November of 2019.
“Legislator Donaldson has shown through his actions his willingness to look at all sides of an issue and use those discussions to come to consensus agreements,” said Legislator Brian Cahill, who nominated him.
As an aesthetic experience, traveling the Hudson River Brickyard Trail is a time-trip through two centuries of the valley’s industrial past, rather than a sojourn in pristine wilderness. As long as you don’t expect manicured parkland, you’ll have a fine time.
The spring semester at SUNY New Paltz will be similar to fall, offering a mix of in-person, hybrid and fully online classes, with testing and quarantine required for students and faculty before entering campus. While not much has changed in that regard, the grind of pandemic-related restrictions seems to be taking its toll on students. Citing the distractions of world events, less engaging nature of remote learning, and lack of in-person clubs and socialization, many are altering their plans. Some have decided to plan for an earlier graduation, others have had to switch to a part-time schedule and others dropped out completely.
Ulster County’s main distribution hub for Covid-19 vaccines is the Kate Walton Field House at Kingston High School. It’s capable of delivering 45,000 doses per month. But so far, capacity fall exceeds supply.
The Kingston Common Council is considering zoning changes designed to create more affordable housing in the city. The changes would amend a number of different sections to the city’s zoning code. It would adopt a new section titled “Affordable Housing,” which would allow the planning board to deny site plan approval for development if the applicant does not comply with a number of different requirements for affordable housing.
As we approach a full school year disrupted by the virus, the grind of shifting schedules and remote learning seems to be taking its toll on local students and parents. Kingston, which has been fully remote since early December, had planned to resume hybrid instruction this week, but instead opted to push that date back to January 19.
A Kingston man was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident that sent a man to the hospital.
Widely known in Ulster County and beyond as the prime pioneer of the Repair Café movement in the Hudson Valley, Wackman, age 69, died suddenly on Friday at his home in Kingston of an apparent heart attack.
Kingston Mayor Steve Noble’s 15-minute pre-recorded state- of-the-city address, shown at the January 5 Common Council meeting, touched on how Covid-19 has affected the city, Kingston’s housing situation, parks and recreation, police reform and the city’s long term sustainability plan.