Small businesses across the region and New York State will be able to apply for up to $50,000 in COVID-19 recovery grants as part of a new $800 million dollar state program starting Thursday, June 10.
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The main state-run mass vaccination site in the Mid-Hudson region will begin to transition operations from the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz to a mobile vaccination trailer at the SUNY Ulster campus parking lot in Stone Ridge, effective tomorrow. Second-dose appointments made for the fairgrounds site will be honored until it closes completely June 29.
Three Ulster County local political figures sat in dark jackets early Monday afternoon in sweltering heat at the Ulster County Community College outpost on Mary’s Avenue in Kingston to celebrate what the American Rescue Plan means for local governments. Two, county executive Pat Ryan and Kingston mayor Steve Noble, were major beneficiaries of the long-awaited federal direct support. Ryan’s county government could now count on $34.49 million in federal funding, half of which has already been received and the other half promised in a second tranch a year from now. Noble will get an additional $17.3 million. And the county townships will get about $18.6 million more.
“We have had on the drawing board for many years to make improvements to our waterfront in downtown Kingston,” said Kingston Mayor Steve Noble. “And we recognize through the transportation work that we’ve done that we have gaps to be able to connect people from our downtown business district out to Kingston Point and, now, beyond to the new state park that’s being created.”
At 3:30 am on May 21, Andy Neiman was deeply distressed. He pleaded with his sister Emily Asher Abramson to take him to Poughkeepsie’s MidHudson Regional Hospital. They arrived an hour later and Neiman was promised a bed in the psychiatric unit by 4 p.m. that afternoon. At 9 p.m., Andy was still waiting in the emergency room. At that point, he walked out of the hospital and hasn’t been seen since.
A total of 47 firearms were turned in to law enforcement at a gun buyback event in Kingston on Saturday as part of a program meant to reduce gun violence.
For the first time since September, Ulster County went 24 hours without recording a single new case of Covid-19.
Some local businesses are requiring masks for all, some only for unvaccinated customers (though no one is checking).
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In contrast to last summer, almost all of the local municipal pools will be filling their watering holes and opening up the gates to campers, bathers, competitive swimmers, families, singles, seniors – all eager for some Vitamin D, poolside lounging, lap-swimming and healthy outdoor activity.