‘All tenants in Kingston live in precarious conditions… They can lose their homes in the blink of an eye…’
Kingston area | Politics & government
Ulster Town Supervisor James E. Quigley III will receive no discipline following an investigation into what he himself described as a “rant” against a Black neighbor that included mentions of ‘him living in ‘Whitty’s (sic) Neighborhood’ and ‘Black Lives Matters (sic).’
The Ulster County Legislature voted 13-9 on September 14, to continue to contract with HealthAlliance parent WMC Health for pathology services, but not before several legislators, using the meeting as a forum, expressed outrage over the healthcare conglomerate moving inpatient mental health services out of Kingston.
With the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kingston Common Council last week voted to return to virtual committee and regular meetings after two months of conducting business in person.
A public hearing on changes at the Kingston-Ulster Airport at 1161 Flatbush Road in the town of Ulster in late August raised concerns from a pair of local residents about an increase in air traffic, particularly helicopters. “This was originally an airport for general aviation,” said area resident Stewart Dean. “It’s turning into an airport for heavy commercial use.”
A house at 188 Wrentham Street has come under scrutiny by neighbors and councilmen in the Town of Ulster for its display of large vulgar political signs which use profanity to target Democrats including President Joseph Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who left office this week.
A federal program set up in January to help New York state tenants pay rent and utilities during the pandemic has been mired in delays and risks losing some of the funding Washington intended to see in landlords’ pockets.
According to last year’s decennial census, Ulster County’s population decreased from 182,493 on April 1, 2010 to 181,851 on April 1, 2020 — a loss of 642 souls. At the municipal level, Esopus gained the most during the decade, adding 507 people. With a population reduction of 769 people, Shawangunk lost the most.
With the COVID-19 pandemic again on the rise locally and across the country, the Town of Ulster last week reaffirmed its mask policy to unvaccinated employees and visitors to town buildings.
State and local leaders say they look forward to a new chapter in New York State government after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation Tuesday, a week after a scathing independent investigation commissioned by State Attorney General Letitia James found the governor allegedly harassed multiple women over a seven-year period from 2013-2020.