Paul Brooks, Times Herald-Record

Paul Brooks

Times Herald-Record

Contact Paul

Discover and connect with journalists and influencers around the world, save time on email research, monitor the news, and more.

Start free trial

  • Unknown
  • Times Herald-Record
  • NationalMortgageNews

Past articles by Paul:

55 Plus: Stay ahead of the scammers and tricksters

The cell phone rings. The call looks local.First mistake: I answer it.“To lower your credit card interest rates, press 9.”Second mistake: Who doesn’t want lower interest? I go for it.A guy with a foreign accent picks up. No name.“Give me your credit card number and I will lower the interest rate for you,” he says.I reply: “You called me. Don’t you have it?”Click. He hangs up.I call him back at… → Read More

Ryan, Hayes clash on Ulster issues in race for county executive

PORT EWEN – Pat Ryan pops a forkful of tomato-and-cheese omelet into his mouth, looks up, slides out of the booth at the Port Ewen Diner and sticks → Read More

Ulster County, sheriff pay tribute to Marine Sgt. Ryan

KINGSTON — Fourteen years had failed to dim the memories of the shattering moments when Marine sniper Eddie Ryan’s parents first met Juan Figueroa. On Thursday, Chris and Angie Ryan collided with Figueroa in a flurry of hugs at the doors of the two-story, marble-floored rotunda on the edge of Kingston where Figueroa works. As Eddie, a blanket spread across him, watched, a damp April chill… → Read More

Developer waiting for funds to revitalize foreclosed Catskills hotel

The money for a proposed $300 million sports complex at a foreclosed famed New York Catskills Mountain hotel was not produced by a March 22 deadline. → Read More

'Welcome to Marwen': Kingston beating victim's life story debuts in theaters

KINGSTON — Mark Hogancamp stood on the porch of his trailer only hours before his life story would unfold on the silver screen for what could → Read More

Film, theater director Julie Taymor visits Woodstock Film Fest

WOODSTOCK – A piece of the director Julie Taymor story is missing. Perhaps it is too soon to name it.On Saturday, Taymor sat in a plush chair on the raised stage at the Kleinert Center in Woodstock.Film critic and author Thelma Adams sat across from her, a sheaf of questions in hand.Microphones crisscrossed the space in front of them as 100 or so people clutched their Woodstock Film Festival… → Read More

Hein, legislators wrestle for Ulster ethics board control

KINGSTON — Ulster County Executive Mike Hein is expected to veto the county Legislature's bid to grab control of the county Board of → Read More

Brothers charged after beating and robbing driver

FALLSBURG - Two brothers from Glen Wild who tried to hide out from police face felony charges of beating and robbing a guy who had given them a ride in → Read More

Knife-wielding Hudson Valley man threatens ex-girlfriend

SAUGERTIES – A Kingston man broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home, stole her cell phone to keep her from calling for help and threatened her with a knife, according to police. Derek T. McGraw, 38, of Kingston broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home on Route 32 in the town of Saugerties through a window Tuesday afternoon. There he took her cell phone to prevent her from calling for help when he… → Read More

Ulster County man charged with making fraudulent charges at Sam’s Club

TOWN OF ULSTER – Joseph P. Olen, 38, of Kingston, faces felony charges that he made fraudulent charges at the Sam’s Club here while employed → Read More

Vietnam traveling wall stops in Saugerties

SAUGERTIES — Al Bruno slings his big left arm around Robert Sickler. The crowd slides past. The silvery names of the 58,318 dead glisten in → Read More

Vietnam Memorial replica coming to Ulster

KINGSTON — A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Washington, D.C., will come to Ulster County on Thursday.The first Medal of Honor winner of the Vietnam War will kick off the four-day visit. Col. Roger Donlon, who was wounded four times in a battle in Vietnam on July 6, 1964, will be the keynote speaker during the opening ceremony at Cantine Field in Saugerties at 11 a.m.… → Read More

Rap battle between Faso, Delgado heats up

KINGSTON - Eighteen clergy in the 19th Congressional District are calling on incumbent John Faso to retract his attack on Antonio Delgado, the hip-hop → Read More

Cops: Ellenville man violated protection order, faces several charges

ELLENVILLE — An Ellenville man faces multiple charges after fighting with police, resisting arrest, injuring an officer and violating an order of protection, according to Ellenville police.Village police stopped John Garrett, 52, on Route 209 while searching for a man reported to have broken into the residence of his estranged girlfriend in violation of an order of protection, a press release… → Read More

Schumer: NASA to send astronaut to Starwalk event on Walkway

HIGHLAND - An astronaut from NASA will take part Sept. 7 in a "Starwalk" event at the Walkway Over the Hudson, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Wednesday. Schumer donned a Starwalk T-shirt and cap during a visit to the Walkway last week. He said then he was sending a letter to NASA asking for an astronaut to join a Starwalk event. It worked. Schumer's press release does not name the astronaut who will… → Read More

Ulster house fire helped unravel pot operation

MARLBOROUGH — First it was a fire. Then it was the lights that would not go out when the electric power was cut off.Along the way it was two dead dogs and secretive neighbors coming and going in the dark of night.In the end, police found $800,000 worth of marijuana and an indoor pot growing network hidden in six new houses across two towns in Ulster and Orange counties.That is the back story to… → Read More

One of immigrant children separated from family reported to be in Kingston

KINGSTON – One of the children separated from his or her family at the southern border of the United States under President Donald Trump’s → Read More

Hamlet of Wallkill teen drowns in Rondout

HIGH FALLS – A hamlet of Wallkill teen drowned in the Rondout Creek Tuesday afternoon. Christopher Pelaez, 17, was pronounced dead at Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley in Kingston despite efforts by ambulance and hospital medical personnel to revive him, according to a press release from the Ulster Sheriff’s Office. Officers got a 911 call about 11:45 a.m. for a water emergency in the area of… → Read More

Upstate man found guilty in drug possession

KINGSTON A jury deliberated two hours to come back with a guilty verdict against a Rochester, N.Y., man charged with two felony counts of criminal → Read More

NYC's toxic construction debris litters mid-Hudson

A river of toxic debris flows up the Thruway. It spills onto the back roads of the Hudson Valley and gets dumped on the sly into woods, wetlands, fields → Read More