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After the Hein-quake, what next?

After the Hein-quake, what next?

County Executive Mike Hein’s surprise announcement last week that he’s stepping down to take a post in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, along with a quirk in the county charter, has upended Ulster County’s political scene as candidates emerge for a novel  back-to-back electoral contest to succeed him.

Kingston mayor to address city Jan. 8

Kingston mayor to address city Jan. 8

Noble is likely to touch on 2019’s zero-growth budget, a pending merger between Ulster County Area Transit and Citibus and last month’s passage of a municipal ID law sought by immigration rights advocates. Noble can also point to millions in new grant funding and the expected redevelopment of a city-owned parking lot Uptown into a mixed-use residential and commercial hub dubbed “The Kingstonian.”