The Bluestone Wild Forest, three miles west of Kingston off route 28, comprises 3000 acres of hemlocks and oak, laced with 29 miles of gently rolling hiking and mountain biking trails, lakes, ponds and old quarries, making it ideal for fishing, hunting, trapping, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Within its borders lies one of the only publicly accessible lakes in the Catskills, Onteora Lake, a swimming and paddling mecca for nearby Woodstock residents. Now nature lovers find themselves at odds with a businessman who plans to build a steel and concrete fabrication plant adjacent to the forest and just 100 meters from the lake.
Kingston area | Politics & government
Mayor Steven T. Noble announced yesterday that the city’s State of Emergency will be lifted on Sunday, June 20 at 4 p.m. The designation, issued March 13, called for cutbacks in some city services, limited public access to City Hall and the closed recreation centers and other programming.
The Ulster County Board of Elections will move into a new headquarters at 79 Hurley Ave. currently occupied by the Daily Freeman newspaper by 2022. Staff from the paper will move to another location in Kingston.
The Kingston Common Council will see two Democratic Party primary elections, highlighted by Ward 3, where incumbent Reynolds “Rennie” Scott-Childress will face off against former Alderman Brad Will, who he was appointed to replace five years ago.
In District 6 of the Ulster County Legislature, incumbent David Donaldson is seeking a 14th term, with a challenge from Philip Erner.
Voting in five Ulster County towns as well as parts of the City of Kingston begins Saturday, June 12, for Democratic voters to select candidates to hold the Democratic Party line in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
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.
“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.”
The Kingston planning board last week unanimously approved a permit amendment for the Hutton Brickyards property at 200 North Street in Kingston. The move will allow the owner to move forward with additional hospitality facilities, including new cabins, a restaurant, a spa and a new entrance and parking lot at Lindsley Avenue.
Plans call for all electricity to come from renewable sources by 2040, retrofitting 1000 homes per year by 2025, and expanding training programs for growing jobs like solar panel installer.