Ulster County

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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.

Delaware County Fair

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.

Kingston Daily Freeman

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. 

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