Ulster County New York

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KINGSTON – Homeowners may soon be required to make their burglar alarms less sensitive. A new law is being studied in Ulster County that would penalize people for false alarms. The matter came before the county legislature’s Law Enforcement and Public Safety Committee Tuesday night, and sparked lengthy discussion.

Committee Vice Chairman Kenneth Ronk said he does not want to fine anyone, but rather authorize to fine them as a deterrent to excessive alarms.

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KINGSTON – The Ulster County-owned Golden Hill Health Care Facility was transferred Wednesday to the private Golden Hill Planning Corporation. The company is owned by local businessman Dr. Anthony Bacchi, as well as Edward Farbenblum and Martin Farbenblum, who are experienced nursing home operators.

The facility will remain open, providing care for its residents, retaining jobs and placing the property back on the tax rolls.

The company paid $11.25 million for the facility.

Courtesy of NYS Assemblyman Kevin Cahill

KINGSTON – State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston) addressed the ongoing Ulster County sales tax dilemma at his Kingston office Tuesday afternoon.   The briefing was attended by two deputy county executives who took exception to Cahill's position.

Last week, county and local officials slammed Cahill for tying up the sales tax extension bill with competing legislation.

On Tuesday, the assemblyman was critical of the way they attacked him.

DA Won’t Prosecute New Paltz Mayor

Jun 25, 2013
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KINGSTON – Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright will not criminally prosecute New Paltz Mayor Jason West for voting in the village after he moved out.

West told Carnright that he had consulted an attorney to determine if he could still vote if he was living outside the village.

“That attorney, apparently not well versed in the Election Law, advised the mayor that since he was only temporarily out of the election district and intended to return there he could lawfully vote,” the DA said.