Monday, December 27, 2010

Supervisor James Quigley (video)

Town Board Sets Date for Organizational Meeting
The Town of Ulster 2011 Organizational Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 30th at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the Ulster Town Hall, 1 Town Hall Drive, Lake Katrine.

Press Release: EarthCam Launches 2011 with First-Ever 3D New Year's Eve Webcast from Times Square

Plus More Than 35 Other World Spots Online
New York, December 27, 2010 -- EarthCam, the world's premiere webcam network, will once again exclusively webcast its 15th annual New Year's Eve Times Square interactive celebration live from New York City and, for the first time anywhere, in 3D. will also webcast from selected locations around world.
EarthCam will deliver the world's largest party in Times Square directly to visitors live in 3D via its interactive New Year's website. Viewers will have two ways to view the festivities in 3D. The first way will be with the traditional method viewed with glasses where the two lenses are different colors, such as red and blue. The second way will be for those with a new 3D television. Read more.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010


December 16, 2010

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Ulster County Public Health Director Dr. La Mar Hasbrouck will be at the Queen’s Galley Soup Kitchen, this Monday, December 20th at 11:00 am, to launch Ulster County's “Vaccines for the Vulnerable” campaign. The Ulster County Health Department will also be offering free vaccinations for Queen’s Galley clients.

The “Vaccines for the Vulnerable” campaign is designed to provide free, seasonal flu vaccinations to Ulster County residents, 19 years of age and older, who are uninsured and otherwise  unable to pay for a vaccination.

In addition to the Queen’s Galley event, Ulster County’s “Vaccines for the Vulnerable” campaign will provide free season flu vaccines, while supplies last, to eligible Ulster County residents at three locations:  two in Kingston and one in Ellenville.

Following are the details of the times and dates of the clinics:

Monday 12/20: 2:00 pm - 4:00pm, at the Ulster County Department of Health Clinic, 230 Aaron Court, at the Willowbrook Office Complex, Kingston, NY  12401

Tuesday 12/21: 2:00pm - 4:00pm, at the Ulster County Department of Health Clinic, 50 Center Street, Ellenville, NY 12428

Wed.  12/22:  4:00 pm - 6:00pm, at the Ulster County Department of Health Clinic, 230 Aaron Court, at the Willowbrook Office Complex, Kingston, NY  12401

For More Information: Ulster County Public Health Department 

In the News: For Immediate Release December 15, 2010 - From The Office of Ulster County Executive Mike Hein


Kingston, NY – Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, Alderman-at-Large James Noble, Kingston Professional Firefighters Union President Tom Tiano, City of Kingston Fire Chief Rick Salzman, Chairman of the Ulster County Legislature Chairman Fred Wadnola and Minority Leader Jeanette Provanzano met today at the Ulster County office building where a letter of intent to consolidate the City of Kingston fire dispatching with Ulster County emergency dispatching was signed.  The county will now be performing the emergency/fire dispatch function for the City of Kingston. 

Ulster County will be paid $75,000 to provide emergency dispatch for the City. This will save an estimated $80,000 for the City of Kingston in 2011 with savings escalating going forward.  Without this agreement, Kingston’s budget called for $209,000 in the 2011 budget to provide this function.  In addition, one City of Kingston dispatcher will be hired by Ulster County to a position which was already slated to be filled in the Office of Emergency Communications/Emergency Management. 

“I want to commend City of Kingston officials and the Firefighter’s Union for helping to make this a reality,” said Ulster County Executive Mike Hein.  “At its core this is about governments changing to protect taxpayers. I believe that shared services are the future of local government.  We must continually look for innovative ways to deliver vital services while saving taxpayers money.  In today’s difficult economy, we have a responsibility to streamline government and protect taxpayers.” 

“I applaud this effort to save more money for the taxpayers of Ulster County and the City of Kingston,” said Ulster County Legislature Chairman Fred Wadnola.  “In a year where we approved a balanced budget with no county tax increase, I am pleased to have another positive announcement so soon.” 

“I am pleased to see the county and city working together to share services and save taxpayer dollars,” said Minority Leader Jeanette Provanzano.  “I thank County Executive Hein for providing the leadership required to make this deal a reality.” 

“This concept of making of making government more efficient through consolidation has been something I have been striving for a long time,” said Legislator David Donaldson. “I wholeheartedly support the County Executive in continuing his efforts to help reduce taxes in both the City of Kingston and Ulster County.” 

“It is my top priority to find long-term savings for the residents of the City of Kingston,” said City of Kingston Mayor James Sottile. “It is my great hope we can identify additional where we can partner with other levels of government to save money for the people of Kingston.  I will continue to work with County Executive, County Legislature and Common Council to take advantage of these opportunities.” 

“The City of Kingston has been searching for areas where we can collaborate with Ulster County to save money,” said City of Kingston Common Council Alderman-at-Large James Noble. “This agreement is a great way to streamline government and maintain a high level of service delivery.” 

“After many years of talk about such a consolidation, it has finally happened and that is a great thing for the Kingston taxpayers,” said City of Kingston Alderman Hayes Clement. 

“I am pleased with the partnership between the City of Kingston and Ulster County,” said City of Kingston Professional Firefighters President Thomas Tiano.  “This agreement will ensure the continuation of a necessary service while at the same time ensuring the employment of one of our members.” 

“The City of Kingston and Ulster County have found a way to share services which will ensure that the cities’ First Responders will maintain a rapid and efficient dispatch service while saving taxpayers money,” said City of Kingston Fire Chief Rick Salzman 

The letter of intent between the City of Kingston and Ulster County is a first step.  Independent authorizing resolutions must be passed by the Ulster County Legislature and the City of Kingston Common Council to finalize this agreement. 

The consolidation of the City and County dispatching functions was a recommendation of the Summary Report written by Dr. Gerald Benjamin and Joshua Simons for the Ulster County Intergovernmental Collaboration Study.  It is also one of many shared service projects Ulster County has recently taken part in with local municipalities. 

Photo Attachement 1:   From Left to Right:   Alderman-at-Large James Noble(seated), Kingston Professional Firefighters Union President Tom Tiano,  Legislator David Donaldson, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, Minority Leader Jeanette Provanzano, Chairman of the Ulster County Legislature Chairman Fred Wadnola, City of Kingston Fire Chief Rick Salzman, 9th Ward Alderman-Hayes Clement (seated)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

YouTube -TheKingstonNews's Channel: (Videos) Kingston Public Access Tv meeting on 12/09/2010

City of Kingston collects approximately $367.000 dollars per year in franchise fees. The Franchise Fee as a Line Item on the Subscriber Bill.

(video 2) John Simek, Chairman of Kingston Area Public Access speaks about Time Warner Cable: Brenda Parks, Director of Public Affair.

(video 3) KAPAC Commission files a petition with the NYS Public Service Commission as described in 16NYC895.4 seeking a ruling on the applicability and implementation of all parts of 16NYC895.4.

The following commissioners were present: (City of Kingston. 4) John Simek, Clark Richters, Joe DiFalco, Anthony Watson (Town of Esopus .1) Brian Barnes.

Commissioners absent: (Town of Ulster .1) Ron Markisenis (Town of Kingston .1) Ann Marie Harms (Town of Hurley .1) Judy Alexander (Rosendale .1) Vacant (Marbletown .1) Vacant (City of Kingston. 1) Vacant.

Kingston Area Public Access is a public, education and government access channel serving the City of Kingston, the Towns of Esopus, Hurley, Kingston, Marbletown, Rosendale and Ulster. KPA's locally produced programming is carried on Time Warner Cable channel 23.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Common Council Caucus on 12/6/2010 (videos) local laws - Hotels licensing and Dog licensing

Common Council Majority Leader Bill Reynolds, D-Ward 7,  Alderman Charles Landi, D-Ward 3, Alderman Robert Senor, R-Ward 8, Alderman Hayes Clement, D-Ward 9

Second reading and vote of local law #9 of 2010 of the common council of the city of kingston, new york, adding a new chapter 277, licensing of hotels, motels, inns, rooming houses and boarding houses of the city of kingston.

Second reading and vote of local law #7 of 2010 of the common council of the city of kingston, new york, amending chapter 151 of the code of the city of kingston with regard to dog licensing.

12/7/2010. City Council Meeting. Location: City Hall. Start: 7:30 PM For information about MUNICIPAL MEETINGS

Friday, December 3, 2010

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Kathy Mihm Retiring As Commissioner of Elections

Kingston, N.Y. –After more than 33 years of public service, Kathleen Carey Mihm is retiring as Democratic Ulster County Elections Commissioner, effective December 31, 2010.

Mihm, a lifelong Democrat and Kingston native, has provided 33 years of public service to Ulster County, with positions that included Village Clerk of Rosendale, County Legislator for two terms, Deputy Board of Elections Commissioner for 23 years, and clerk to the Ulster County Legislature.

“It has been a wonderful and rewarding career,” said Mihm. “No matter the change, the Board of Elections’ mission has been and will continue to be serving the voting public in a bipartisan manner. The Board has many important roles to play, most importantly that every vote eligible should and will be counted no matter what.”

County Democratic Chairman Julian Schreibman added, “Kathy has served the Democratic Party with honor and distinction. She is a person you can count on through thick and thin and I wish her only the very best on her well deserved retirement.”

During her tenure the Board of Elections was instrumental in roll-out of a new voter information website,, and the introduction of new voting machines, that were used this past fall.

Mihm, a mother of two grown children and grandmother of four, added, “I adore my lovely children and grandchildren. I look forward to traveling and spending time with all of them.”