Boyer has spent 15 years as an assistant and senior assistant public defender in Ulster and Dutchess counties. More recently, she served as principal law clerk in the State Supreme Court. The lone nay vote on the appointment came from Legislator Mary Beth Maio, who cited Boyer’s support for bail reform.
In the sole local race up for a vote in the Town of Rosendale on Election Day 2020, Democrat Carrie Wykoff is running unopposed for a seat on the Town Board. She is already the interim appointee to the seat recently vacated by John Hughes; this election is to fill out the remaining year of Hughes’ term.
Kingston mayor Steve Noble’s proposed 2021 budget would freeze the city’s tax levy for the sixth year in a row, with a small decrease in the tax rate for propertyowners. The budget includes no layoffs of city employees, a $1.3-million decrease in spending, and an increase of funding for parks, infrastructure and community support.
While the Saugerties and Onteora school districts recently welcomed students back into the classroom in hybrid educational models, the Kingston and New Paltz districts were inching closer to putting their own plans into action. Each district is finding it has its own set of unique challenges. Though all are developing safety and cleaning protocols based on Covid-19 state guidance, they are finding no one-size-fits-all solution.
Topics include: Frost Valley YMCA opens outdoor and virtual learning center; Rapid Covid test coming; NYSSMA selects four New Paltz Students for virtual performance; Catskill Center to host Fall Gala virtually; and more.
Topics include: Woodstock Library bond issue; Funding SUNY and CUNY; Combat climate change; Support for farmers; and more.
The bridge connecting downtown Kingston to Connelly and Port Ewen, which has been closed since late September, is the only safe way in this area for a pedestrian to cross the Rondout Creek. If it’s not going to be reopened to vehicle traffic, writes a reader, it should be made into a pedestrian walkway.
Work patterns have changed. Huge numbers of jobs have been rendered virtual, shifted commutes from hours and minutes to the seconds it takes to get from one’s kitchen to whatever you’re calling an office.
The Hudson Valley in general, and recently Ulster County in particular, have gotten national attention for the precipitous rise of the cost of housing. But the mass exodus of buyers from the New York City area to upstate covers a lot more ground than that. Delaware County, the forgotten, sleepy area the size of Rhode Island, has been white-hot, too.
After being dominant from Georgia to Maine for thousands of years, this “keynote species” of the Catskills in particular had succumbed to Asian blight in the first decades of the twentieth century. (Asian chestnuts were imported because they produce fatter nuts. These brought blight to which the older, squatter Asian species was – and is – immune.)