Ten days after the long-planned merger of Kingston’s Citibus system with Ulster County Area Transit, county officials say ridership is up so far. But some users of the newly unified bus systems say the service changes have left them high and dry.
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Among the most significant changes is a proposal to introduce “Medication Assisted Treatment” to the Ulster County Jail. MAT programs, which include the use of opioid substitutes like methadone and Suboxone have been proven effective in reducing deaths from opioid overdose and reducing addicts’ dependence on street drugs. But, until recently, corrections officials have almost universally resisted their introduction into jails and prisons.
On Friday, July 12 a nationwide protest called Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps “will bring thousands of people across the United States to detention camps across the country, into the streets and at Congressional buildings to protest the inhumane and dehumanizing conditions,” according to organizers.
In a historic legislative session last month, New York lawmakers passed a long-bottled flood of progressive bills covering everything from early voting to rent control. But legalized recreational marijuana failed to make the cut, despite support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and strenuous efforts by Democrats in the state’s two houses.
The new owners, who’ve come under criticism in their other complexes, promise improvements at the 267-unit Stony Run complex on Hurley Ave.
Three men accused in the December 2018 murder of a man during an alleged marijuana robbery may get separate trials after prosecutors said in court this week they planned to use texts between two of the codefendants to make their case.
Every January, state lawmakers convene for their annual legislative session accompanied by lobbyists for everything from banning cat declawing to new gun control measures. For 13 of those sessions, Kingston resident Claudia Corrigan D’Arcy has showed up to push a proposition at once both simple and controversial — a law that would allow adoptees to have the same access to their birth certificates as any other New Yorker.
A State Supreme Court justice approved the pistol permit over the strenuous objections, on the grounds of the killer’s repeated run-ins with town police, of Sheriff Juan Figueroa, Sheriff’s Chief Civil Administrator John McGovern and Saugerties Police Chief Joe Sinagra.
UCAT will now be operating modified CitiBus routes. All City of Kingston bus service on the Red, Blue and Yellow (formerly the A, B and C) routes will be free of charge to passengers until the end of the year.
In February, after Kingston Republicans failed to find a nominee to challenge Mayor Steve Noble, it appeared that the incumbent Democrat might have a free ride to a second term. Four months later, Noble has gone from no opponents to three.