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DEC Officer Saves Bald Eagle in Upstate New York

Some may complain, but New York during the winter is absolutely beautiful and has some perks. One of those perks is being able to take a front seat to nature. From the end of December through February New Yorkers are watching for eagle migration. Here in the Hudson Valley, Bowdoin Park is a popular


Kingston schools, election board reach compromise on voting machines

Before last week, it seemed inevitable that the Kingston City School District would have to purchase voting machines ahead of the budget vote and School Board elections in May, with the only variable how much money they’d wind up spending. But following a compromise between the two parties, the dist


Commissioner O'Neill: Second suspect arrested in connection with robbery that led to death of NYPD detective

RICHMOND HILL, Queens (WABC) -- A second suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with the the robbery of a T-Mobile store that led to the friendly-fire death of NYPD detective Brian Simonsen, Police Commissioner James O'Neill confirmed Saturday.


Cahill says 'time has come' to legalize marijuana in New York state

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Assemblyman Kevin Cahill says some his own family members who suffered from advanced cancer didn’t use marijuana to relieve pain because it was illegal. “I have had other members of my family who said that, in spite of the fact that it was illegal, they would use it — and sure enoug


Saw Kill Watershed Community meeting Feb. 20 in Red Hook

RED HOOK, N.Y. — The Saw Kill Watershed Community will have its monthly community information meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The meeting, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Elmendorph Inn, 7562 North Broadway, will feature a presentation on tracking salamander migration, an update on eel migration studies o


Man in upstate New York gets life without parole for killing 2, wounding 1

WATERLOO, N.Y. — A man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend and a man, as well as wounding a second woman in an upstate New York village.


Uptown Grill passes into Kingston diner history

“You look good,” an old friend said to Tom Koskie. “I looked so bad before?” replied Koskie. The old friend was reacting to the news that Koskie and his business partner, Steve Oulouris, had decided to close the Uptown Grill diner after about four and a half years in business. The doors of the diner


Father, Son Jailed After Local School Shooting Threat Probe

A Hudson Valley father and son were sent to jail following an investigation into a school shooting threat. On Thursday, Bruce Chargois of Saugerties was sentenced to six months in the Ulster County Jail. Chargois apologized to his family, the Saugerties community, and Saugerties High School where he


Rt. 209 will close for shooting of Ruffalo’s HBO miniseries

The Ulster Town Board last week backed a request by HBO to shut down four miles of Route 209 for three separate days between April and June for the filming of a miniseries based on Wally Lamb’s best-selling 1998 novel I Know This Much is True.


June primary pushes candidates to get early start on Woodstock town races

A first-time candidate and two incumbents are vying for two seats on the Town Board, triggering a Democratic primary this June, provided all acquire the requisite amount of petition signatures.


Homeless man convicted of murder in death of former Woodstock man

CATSKILL, N.Y. >> A Greene County jury on Friday convicted a homeless man in the death of a former Woodstock resident whose remains were found buried at a house in Catskill on Feb. 6, 2018.


Sex Offender Reports Move From Poughkeepsie to Hyde Park

A registered sex offender convicted of sexually abusing a teenage girl has changed addresses in Dutchess County. The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services issued an alert this week to Dutchess County residents regarding the residency of 30-year-old Anthony Ferdon, who has moved from a


Historic Huguenot Street launches seasonal series of nature/culture hikes

A hardy bunch of nature buffs braved the ice and windy subzero temperatures this past Saturday morning for an invigorating walk along Historic Huguenot Street and the Nyquist-Harcourt Sanctuary, led by the engaging Justin Wexler, who specializes in folklore and land use among the indigenous people o


Father in Saugerties weapons case gets six months in jail; judge moved by apology

KINGSTON, N.Y. — The Saugerties man who hid a cache of weapons from police investigating online posts by his son that praised the Columbine High School killers was sentenced Thursday to six months in Ulster County Jail.


Appointed Greenport judge’s ethics scrutinized

GREENPORT — Attorney Barry Sack was appointed interim town justice Feb. 6 on the heels of concerns about his ethics and financial background and criticism surrounding how officials filled the position.


Saugerties village considers zoning change to allow new townhouses

The Saugerties village board scheduled two public hearings prior to its next meeting next Tuesday, February 19. One will propose a new scheduled for tax exemptions for seniors. The other will discuss a proposed zoning change on Teetesel Street.


Saugerties police ended 2018 with budget surplus, chief says

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. — The Saugerties Police Department generated more than $171,000 in revenues in 2018 and ended the fiscal year with a surplus in its budget, the chief says. In a 2018 year-end report, Chief Joseph Sinagra said his department had a budget of $2,568,939 and generated $171,249.98 in rev


High School Girls Basketball: Kingston falls to Newburgh

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — Kingston High's girls basketball team played better Thursday, but still absorbed its 14th loss of the year, falling to Newburgh Free Academy 57-47. Gabby Palladino scored 19 points and Alaysia Williams added 11 to lead the Goldbacks.


Zack Short starts spring as non-roster invitee with Cubs

KINGSTON, N.Y. — All professional baseball teams routinely invite a group of their best prospects to major league camp as non-roster players. It's a chance to be seen and compete for a roster spot.


Kingston to issue two surveys about Uptown canopies

KINGSTON, N.Y. — The city plans to release two different surveys to solicit feedback about the fate of the Uptown sidewalk canopies known as the Pike Plan. Mayor Steve Noble told the Common Council's Finance and Audit Committee on Wednesday that his office, at the request of council members, initial