Ulster County

Trash Fest Comes To An Ulster County Town

Jun 3, 2016
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An Ulster County town will host its first Trash Fest beginning this weekend. And part of the month-long festival includes discussion about cutting down on plastic bags.

A Catskills swimming hole has gotten so popular that the state has enacted emergency regulations to protect the area.

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The day after results from water samples at Ulster County facilities showed elevated levels of lead, Kingston city officials released their most recent water testing results. The tests show the problem is not at the source.

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One day after results from a test of drinking water at Ulster County facilities showed elevated levels of lead, Kingston officials released their own results.

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A report issued by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows sales-tax collections for 2015 dropped in 30 of New York’s 57 counties outside New York City. While two Hudson Valley counties fit this profile, one bucked the trend well beyond its neighbors.

Ulster County had the third highest increase in sales-tax collections outside New York City last year. Brian Butry is a spokesman for the state comptroller.

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Ulster County has a new designation that will allow it to receive federal assistance in the fight against drug trafficking and the heroin epidemic.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer Thursday announced that the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy has designated Ulster County a federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA.

“So this is great news for Ulster County. I pushed hard for it,” said Schumer. “They applied the first time; they didn’t get it. They came to me. We worked with them on their application and praise God they got it.”

Ulster County Legislator Christopher Allen was arrested on Friday on an assault charge in connection with an alleged incident that occurred on Friday, September 18.

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America's ongoing debate over the Confederate flag has stirred conflict in the Catskills.

The topic during Thursday morning’s breakfast at a county Chamber of Commerce in New York is casino gambling. The speaker wants to see a few casinos built in the Catskills.

Seniors Express Concern For Programs

Oct 10, 2013
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KINGSTON – Ulster County Executive Michael Hein assured senior citizens that the county has their backs covered.  He addressed the annual public hearing on Wednesday concerning the needs of county seniors.

Hein assured them that despite the federal government shutdown, he will make sure the meals on wheels program and others will be protected.

“The county is committed to shielding programs like meals on wheels to ensure the federal shutdown doesn’t have a negative impact on the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens,” the county executive said.

Ashokan Watershed Conference Looks At Resilience

Apr 27, 2013
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An annual conference in New York’s Ulster County takes place Saturday. Presenters will speak about how to maintain healthy watershed communities and streams.

New School-Safety Committee Seeks Public Comment

Jan 14, 2013
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In light of widespread concern surrounding school safety following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Ulster County officials are seeking comments from the public about how best to make the county’s schools safer places. School administrators are also in on the discussion.  

KINGSTON – Ulster County Legislature Chairwoman Terry Bernardo does not necessarily believe the state’s two percent tax cap is bad for local governments.

What is impeding them is the fact that not all governments are on the same budget clock, and that should be changed in the new year, Bernardo said.

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With the storm that began Wednesday, Hudson Valley emergency services personnel, power companies, and local government officials are keeping a close watch.  In Ulster County, there is a new way to get information about storms and other emergencies. 

Two Counties Share a Service to Save Money

Dec 20, 2012

Two counties in New York’s Hudson Valley will be sharing a legal service that officials say could save the counties’ taxpayers more than 300-thousand dollars a year. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro say their counties are starting a one-year pilot program to share legal defense counsel. And here’s why:  when a Public Defender’s Office is disqualified from representing a client because of a legal conflict, a private attorney is assigned.  The private attorney then bills the County according to rates established by New York State.

Whenever a government charter is revised, elected officials pay close attention to determine how they could be affected by the changes. That seems to be the case in Ulster County, New York, where the charter revision commission has finished its work, and now it’s time for public hearings and a vote. One commission member issued a warning to the county legislature saying the charter revisions should not fall prey to political whims, but the chair of the revision commission, Cynthia Lowe, says that was just one persons opinion. She spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

One year ago today, Tropical Storm Irene moved into the northeast leaving flooding and destruction on a scale rarely seen in the region.

Homes and farmland were washed away, bridges and roads were destroyed, and trees and power lines were leveled leaving hundreds of thousands of people without service for days , and even weeks .

21 state, county and municipal leaders have signed a letter calling on New York State to fine New York City 13-point-5 million dollars for sending turbid waters into the Lower Esopus Creek... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

The 21 leaders sent a letter to the State Department of Environmental Conservation, which must decide whether to allow the releases of muddy water to go on...  those opposed to the releases argue they damage ecosystems in the Lower Esopus and hinder business and recreational opportunities for communities situated along the Creek.

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"Is There a Regional Agenda for the Hudson Valley?" - that's the theme and title of a conference held today at SUNY New Paltz - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports

Elected officials joined business and municipal leaders exploring new ideas - in a spirit of working together toward economic growth -The conference was hosted by CRREO, the New Paltz Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO), and sponsored by The Advocacy Coalition of the Hudson Valley.

NEW PALTZ, NY (WAMC) - Homeowners experiencing property damage from New York City's leaking Delaware Aqueduct will have the option to participate in a buy-out, now that an agreement has been signed between the City's DEP and Ulster County. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.
 

Officials say the buy-out is the first step in finding relief for the flood victims Town of Wawarsing Supervisor Scott Carlsen points out the aqueduct tunnel has been leaking for at least 30 years.