Ulster County is now signed on to a state law that allows it to levy a 2 percent tax on certain property sales to preserve aspects of community character. We’re talking about real money. One possible local use is to help protect open space.
Kingston Times | Opinion
“The harms of unaffordable cash bail are unequivocal: people lose their jobs, homes and families while detained,” writes Ulster County district attorney candidate David Clegg. “Even worse, innocent people sometimes plead guilty just to get out of jail.”
We would get along if you left, with hardly a hitch — but your quality of life is infinitely improved by living with us. There is no place prettier, more scenic, no place with more art happening (at least not without the backdrop of skyscrapers and all that accompanies them). You have learned what we have known all along — there truly is no place like home. And now we need your help. I mean to say that we genuinely need it.
Maybe badly buffeted Norwegian Air will experience a resurgence. Maybe it’ll thrive again. Maybe it’ll survive only in another form under another ownership. Maybe it’ll go bankrupt.
“In joining New York Dreamers like myself, community leaders, and constituents for dinner to celebrate this monumental step forward, Rep. Delgado reaffirmed his commitment to the immigrant community in his district,” writes a reader.
Two readers have different views of a proposal to regulate public art.
“Isn’t it fair and reasonable that the City of Kingston, with its burgeoning arts scene, now wants to create a policy for the future that is clear and fair to all who want to create public art in Kingston?” asks a reader.
“It is certainly within the city’s purview to regulate artwork installed on city property,” writes a reader. “But to create a further barrier to creation and expression on the facade of a privately owned business or home seems deeply misplaced to me.”
“These bills aim to support tenants in the enjoyment of their homes,” write the mayor of Kingston and two aldermen. “They serve to clarify the relationships and duties between landlord and tenant while also ensuring that tenants can safely call their house their home.”
A coalition of progressive Kingston groups writes that the Kingstonian project, a large mixed-use development proposed for the Stockade District, should receive what’s known as a “positive declaration,” which means it has the potential to have a significant environmental impact. They singled out the project’s lack of affordable housing as a problem.