Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo

Yearning For FiOS

Aug 13, 2015

Despite what you may have heard from civic leaders, upstate New York areas currently not served by Verizon FiOS won't be getting the high-speed internet service soon. And maybe, not at all.

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According to President Barack Obama, more than 90 percent of households headed by a college graduate have Internet access, while fewer than half of low-income households have similar access. The president says the "digital divide" puts these individuals at a disadvantage by limiting their educational and economic opportunities because the Internet is increasingly needed to find a job, finish homework or keep in touch with family and friends. The mayors of a handful of upstate cities agree, and are taking action.

Kingston Mayor To Formally Announce Re-Election Bid

Mar 16, 2015

The City of Kingston’s incumbent mayor will launch his re-election bid next week.

Flooding Task Force Issues Findings For Kingston

Nov 20, 2013
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A task force has come up with recommendations for the city of Kingston, New York on how to develop an action plan to make the city’s waterfront more resilient in the face of future storms.

Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo appointed the Waterfront Flooding Task Force in December 2012 to study and recommend actions in response to severe flooding on the Rondout and Hudson River waterfront from Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. He says the following has emerged.

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Environmental group Riverkeeper is accusing City of Kingston officials of violating New York’s new Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law. Kingston’s mayor disagrees.

Tracy Brown, a water quality advocate for Westchester-based Riverkeeper, describes New York State’s new law.

She says in the case of Kingston, the discharge into Twaalfskill Brook, a tributary of Rondout Creek, was reported to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation by July 8, but not to the public until July 16, and via a press release. Here’s Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo.

He adds:

Kingston Mayor Readies Plans for Midtown

Jun 25, 2013
WAMC/Allison Dunne

A midtown revitalization plan is underway in Kingston, and it is part of an initiative the city’s mayor is undertaking to address cultural tourism, economic development, and quality of life issues.

Two Catholic Schools In Kingston Will Stay Independent

Apr 25, 2013
Joel Kramer

The New York Archdiocese has decided to allow two Catholic schools in Ulster County to remain open and separate. The move comes after one of the schools had been slated to close.