Government & Politics

Red Hook Moves One Step Closer to Becoming an Audubon Certified Sustainable Community


The Town of Red Hook, thanks to the ambitious work of more than a dozen residents, has moved one step closer to earning designation as a sustainable community by Audubon International. As part of the project, the Town on Saturday debuted an innovative project:  a small outdoor art gallery in a box near Key Bank in the village of Red […]

Michelle Hinchey Won’t Run for Congress in NY-19, Pat Ryan Says He Still Might


Just a day after hinting she was considering a run for the 19th congressional district, held by outgoing Rep. Antonio Delgado, State Sen. Michelle Hinchey (D-46) said she has decided against mounting a bid for the seat.  “For the strength of our party & the future we need here in NYS, I have decided to stay in the Senate & […]

Democrat Michelle Hinchey Also Eyes Run For Delgado’s House Seat in NY-19


State Sen. Michelle Hinchey (D-46) hinted today, as Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan did several days ago, that she would consider a run against Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro to fill out the balance of the term of Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-19). Delgado will step down from his seat in the coming month after Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Tuesday […]

Hochul Taps Delgado to Be Next Lieutenant Governor, Throwing 19th District Congressional Race Wide Open


Rep. Antonio Delgado of Rhinebeck, who is serving his second term in Congress (D-19), has been tapped to be the next lieutenant governor of New York State, throwing the 19th district Congressional race wide open. Delgado’s appointment means that neither of the top two elected officials in New York State government will have been selected for their offices by the […]

Kingston-Area Mother and Her Dog Killed After Being Struck By Amtrak Train Near Rhinecliff Sunday


A 36-year-old mother trying to retrieve her dog was fatally struck by a southbound Amtrak passenger train as she crossed the tracks just north of the Rhinecliff train station late Sunday afternoon, New York State Police said. The woman’s 7-year-old daughter may have witnessed the incident. Carrie A. Gemmell of Kingston ran onto the train tracks near Slate Dock Road […]

Red Hook Seeks a $100,000 Grant for a Pedestrian-Cyclist Path To Link Rec Parks East and West


Joggers, dog walkers, cyclists, and the disabled would enjoy safe and easy access between Red Hook’s Rec Park West and East if the town wins a $100,000 grant to help pay for construction. The Town Board voted Wednesday to apply. The grant application, to be submitted to Dutchess County’s Municipal Investment Grant Program, seeks to create a 10-foot-wide asphalt path […]

Boundaries of Local Congressional District, Featuring Delgado v. Molinaro, Up In Air – Again – After High Court Throws Out Redistricting Maps


The race for New York’s 19th congressional seat, which includes Red Hook and Rhinebeck and is now held by Rep. Antonio Delgado, just got more complicated, as New York’s highest court yesterday struck down the redistricting maps for Congress and State Senate drawn by State Democrats.  In a 4-3 decision, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that the […]

Man Falls From Ladder Painting Aerodrome Hangar, Is in Critical Condition with Severe Head Injuries


A 60-year-old construction worker who fell roughly 20 feet from a ladder Wednesday evening while painting an airplane hangar at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome was in critical condition at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie last night, Red Hook police said.  The identity of the man, who is a Cold Spring resident, was not released. However, Red Hook Police have confirmed […]

Red Hook Town Board Seeks Public Input On Multi-Million-Dollar Grant Application For Farms, St. Margaret’s Home and Red Hook Responds


A push to win Covid relief money for the town of Red Hook is gaining steam, after the Red Hook Town Board moved last night to set a public hearing on a grant application proposal that would seek at least $2 million from a federal money pot to repair farmworker housing, renovate St. Margaret’s Home, and bolster Red Hook Responds’ […]

Village of Red Hook Passes $2.16-Million Status Quo Budget for 2022-2023


The Village of Red Hook Board of Trustees last night passed a $2.16-million budget for 2022-2023 that provides slight salary increases for police and highway department workers and is a slim decrease from the current budget of $2.19 million.  “I’m excited that the budget is complete and passed,” Village Mayor Karen Smythe told The Daily Catch this morning. The financial […]


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