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Kingston, NY, United States

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Past articles by Pauline:

State slams Monticello Fire District for "unrealistic' budgets

MONTICELLO - A new state audit took the Board of Commissioners for the Monticello Fire District to task for repeatedly adopting "unrealistic budgets" which auditors claimed contributed to unwarranted tax levy hikes for the district of 15,300 residents.According to the report by the State Comptroller's Office, the unrealistic budgets resulted in an increase in fund balance of 21 percent or $1.6… → Read More

Report: Monticello developer, associate donated $600K to Trump committee

MONTICELLO - The developer behind the controversial project in Monticello known as Thompson Education Center stepped into the national spotlight on Wednesday.Sherri Li has become one of the biggest contributors to President Trump's fundraising committees.According to USA Today, Li and a business associate, Lianbo Wang, who are both from Long Island, recently donated $600,000 to Trump Victory.… → Read More

Sullivan hemp-growing project is first of its kind in NY

HURLEYVILLE - Leafy green cannabis plants are growing in the fields of The Center for Discovery, but they are actually a variety of cannabis known as hemp, → Read More

Hippodrome Theatre building torn down

LOCH SHELDRAKE — The building on State Route 52 that once housed the Hippodrome Theatre had stood for almost 100 years. Now it is gone, demolished this week."It was always something to look at, and back in the day it was beautiful," said Phillip Kalanick, a 21-year-old Loch Sheldrake resident.In recent years, the former theater and the old drugstore next door became eyesores.The Town of… → Read More

Sullivan County to intervene in compressor application

MONTICELLO-The Sullivan County Legislature voted uanimously on Thursday to seek "intervenor" status from the the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) so that the county can have a say in the Millennium Pipeline Company's continuing efforts to upgrade and expand the East end of its system. That expansion includes Millennium's proposal to build a new compressor station off Route 55 north of… → Read More

SUNY Sullivan offers grants for job training

LOCH SHELDRAKE-Business owners interested in receiving funding to train their workers can apply to SUNY Sullivan for workforce development training grants, → Read More

DEC offers exams for falconry, wildlife rehab and dog tracking

Exams to become a state licensed falconer, wildlife rehabilitator or a leashed tracking dog handler will be offered on Friday, August 11, the New York → Read More

Suspects in N.J. home robbery awaiting lawyers

MONTICELLO - The Friday arraignment for the four fugitives wanted for a home robbery in New Jersey was adjourned until Monday in Sullivan County Court.Judge Frank LaBuda said the proceeding had to be rescheduled because most of the defendants showed up without defense lawyers.Sullivan County Sheriff's deputies arrested the four men in Bloomingburg on Wednesday, following a two-hour long standoff… → Read More

Free meals for kids on summer menu

NEWBURGH — Free meals will be available daily to nearly 41,000 low-income kids in the mid-Hudson when the 2017 Summer Food Service Program launches on Wednesday, according to the New York State Department of Education.The program is available to those who are 18 and under. It's being made possible through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure that low-income children will continue to… → Read More

Fired SUNY Sullivan dean spent big at Walgreens, records show

LOCH SHELDRAKE — It was the spending of SUNY Sullivan Dean of Students John Agnelli III at Walgreens, Walmart and CVS stores from Monticello to Long Island that led to grand larceny charges, Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell said.Agnelli, 42, was charged with grand larceny on March 3 after separate investigations by the community college and state police. The investigations revealed… → Read More

Silver out as Liberty superintendent

LIBERTY — Superintendent Bill Silver had about a year left on his contract, but the Liberty School Board voted 6-3 on Tuesday night to oust him from the job that he has held for more than four years.The three dissenting votes were cast by Daniel Parkhurst, board Vice President Jennifer Desrochers and Philip Olsen, who was away on business but participated via Skype.Parkhurst called the board's… → Read More

Sullivan Renaissance spruce-up program boasts $250K first prize

FERNDALE - A $250,000 capital grant secured by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther for this year's Sullivan Renaissance's Golden Feather Award was announced Monday.It's the largest state grant of its kind to be awarded as the first prize in the nonprofit organization's annual beautification and community development contest.Gunther, D-Forestburgh, expects it will raise the stakes in the competition,… → Read More

Region's grads prefer SUNY schools

The vast majority of mid-Hudson graduating high school seniors appear to be heading to the state's four- and two-year colleges, but school officials say → Read More

Liberty schools chief Silver faces ouster vote

LIBERTY — A special meeting will be held Tuesday so the Liberty Board of Education can vote on whether to terminate the contract of Superintendent Bill Silver."There is substantial support for this among the board members," school board member Marta Illing said Friday. "It is not being done lightly. But you'll need to come to the meeting to get the real story directly from the board. It is a… → Read More

Girl, 17, dies after being struck by car

TOWN OF ULSTER - A 17-year-old girl died after being struck by a car on Lucas Avenue in the Town of Ulster on Thursday afternoon, according to the Ulster → Read More

Ex-Kingston woman pleads guilty to welfare fraud

KINGSTON - Former Kingston resident Jenna Fabbie, 33, was extradited from Florida and entered a guilty plea to third-degree welfare fraud, a felony, the → Read More

Liberty resident infected with Zika virus

LIBERTY - A Liberty resident was recently infected with the Zika virus after traveling to South America where the virus is common, Sullivan County Public → Read More

Sullivan County Legislature wants discrimination settlement to be reviewed

MONTICELLO - The Sullivan County Legislature called Thursday for prosecutors to review the $575,000 settlement in the discrimination lawsuit brought by → Read More

Bloomingburg residents seek resignations

BLOOMINGBURG - Angry community residents called for the resignations of Bloomingburg Mayor Russ Wood and Village Trustee Rivkah Mosesson at Thursday night's Village Board meeting. Some members of the audience took the three-member board to task for supporting Chestnut Ridge developer Shalom Lamm, who earlier this week pleaded guilty to voter fraud in the 2014 village election. Co-conspirator… → Read More

Mamakating supervisor calls plea 'vindication,' calls on Village of Bloomingburg to dissolve

MAMAKATING - Chestnut Ridge developer Shalom Lamm's guilty plea to voter fraud in federal court on Tuesday is "vindication," Mamakating → Read More