Sunday, November 15, 2009


1) The City of Kingston Fire budget is about 40 % HIGHER than the City of Poughkeepsie Fire budget.

2) The City of Kingston Water and Sewer charges are about 40 % HIGHER than the City of Poughkeepsie Water and Sewer charges.

3) The City of Poughkeepsie has a population of 30,000 and the City of Kingston has a population less than 25,000.

4) The City of Poughkeepsie’s 2010 budget calls for NO TAX INCREASE, while the City of Kingston 2010 budget calls for about a 10 % TAX INCREASE.

Are you SHOCKED by the above facts? These facts are HURTING you and your children by FORCING them to move elsewhere. What can we do about it?

Call your Alderman at the phone numbers below and tell them to look at the suggestion to convert one fire station from paid to volunteer.
First Ward

Al Teetsel

(845) 331-4862

189 Fairview Ave.

Second Ward

Thomas Hoffay


160 Tremper

Third Ward

Charles Landi


20 Arlmont Street

Fourth Ward

Shirley Whitlock

(845) 338-3739

89 Prospect Street

Fifth Ward

Ann Marie DiBella

(845) 331-7570

116 Fair Street

Sixth Ward

Ron Polacco


170 O'Neil Street

Seventh Ward

William P. Reynolds,

Majority Leader


181 Clifton Avenue

Eighth Ward

Robert Senor

(845) 339-2955

63 Crane St.

Ninth Ward

Michael Madsen

(845) 399-9644

61 Brewster Street


Anonymous said...

For that 40% difference in fire budgets, the Kingston Fire Dept. uses calls such as lockouts and non-emergency medical calls to inflate their calls. Ask what percentage of their calls are fires. You will be very surprised at the answer.

Take out all of the non-emergency calls and you are pretty close to the Town of Ulster's call numbers. They handle those calls with all volunteers and a cost to the tax payer of 1.7million or so. Not to mention that huge numbers of city residents volunteer in Town of Ulster and other departments because they are made to feel like second class citizens in Kingston. You need some serious attitude changes in management if you ever hope to have volunteers in Kingston again.

Interesting isn't it.

Anonymous said...

After years of enforcement of building codes - the risk of fire is less. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Time to cash in.