In this week's show:
- The Kingston Library hosted its second Kingston! Meet Yourself program with Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa and Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti. It's an informal program presented by the Library's Community Engagement Committee, with the aim of connecting residents with local leaders for insightful discussions on a variety of topics. It's held every fifth Tuesday of the month (when there are five Tuesdays in a month). This week's conversation was a nuts and bolts discussion of the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office and the Kingston Police Department, but it was also an inside look into the job of law enforcement. The two discussed changes throughout their careers, and they highlighted the inherent stresses and priorities of the job, as well as answered questions about of-the-moment issues like Police Commission reform, the opioid crisis, and recent homicides in Kingston. Watch the livestream on Radio Kingston's Facebook page.
- Early voting in Ulster County began on October 26th and it’s been running each day at seven super polling sites throughout the County. According to Democratic elections commissioner Ashley Dittus, so far, as of yesterday, 3,219 people have voted early in Ulster County which translates to 2.74% of the total voters. So far, most of those are Democrats. Learn more about where you can vote early this weekend here. Early voting ends Sunday, November 3rd. The general election is on Tuesday, November 5th, and voters can only vote at their designated polling place.
- On October 30th, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Senator Jen Metzger’s bill to expedite implementation of uniform primary hours, allowing all New York voters the opportunity to vote from 6 am to 9 pm in the 2020 Presidential primary.
- On October 29th, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan and County Clerk Nina Postupack announced a new program that will take County Government on the road to directly bring resources to residents across the County. The Mobile County Government unit will go to every region of Ulster County quarterly and will provide services from the County Clerk’s Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) van as well as from other County Departments. A schedule including the dates and times of these Mobile County Government sessions will be forthcoming.
- Mayor Noble announced yesterday that the City of Kingston has issued a request for proposals (RFP) from qualified consultants to replace the City's land use and planning regulations. This project will result in a complete replacement and modernization of the City’s current zoning code to provide clarity, improve overall functionality, and achieve greater sensitivity to the fabric and character of Kingston by implementing a form-based code city-wide. Proposals in answer to the RPF must be delivered to the City of Kingston Purchasing Department by Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 11:00am. For those wishing to bid, please contact Brian Woltman in the City of Kingston Purchasing Department at firstname.lastname@example.org for the most up-to-date RFP.
- What is the true purpose of the Common Council's public hearing on the Mayor's proposed 2020 budget? And if the true purpose of the public hearing on the budget is to hear from an engaged, informed public, then how does the current process support that? Host Hillary Harvey offers an editorial on what she sees as a flawed process, if the goal is a process that's truly transparent and inclusive of informed civic engagement. The Common Council's Finance Committee will meet again on November 4th at 6:30p to discuss the Kingston Fire Department and Building Safety Budget, on November 6th at 6:30p to discuss the Parks & Rec budget, on November 18th at 6:30p to discuss the City Hall budget, and on November 25th at 6:30p to wrap up budget discussions before the December 3rd vote. View the City's calendar here.
- Founder Judith Enck and Digital Director Eve Fox of Beyond Plastics discuss plastic pollution and the connection between plastic and the climate crisis. We also talk about Ulster County legislation, initiatives, and things concerned citizens can activate on. Find the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency's management plan here. Read more about the Beyond Plastics campaign to ban the Plastics Trifecta, and find their petition against plastic pollution here.
- Recently, actress Jane Fonda moved to Washington DC in order to be closer to the epicenter of the fight for the climate. She sites the youth climate strikes as well as Reverend Barber’s Moral Mondays and Randall Robinson’s often daily anti-apartheid protests, and pledges to, every Friday through January, lead weekly demonstrations on Capitol Hill to demand that action by our political leaders be taken to address the climate emergency we are in. This is Fire Drill Fridays, and each week they take on a new focus of the climate crisis. On Thursday, October 31st, an online teach-in featured Eve Ensler and Emira Woods to discuss this week's focus: women and climate. Watch the livestream on Facebook. And join them next week when they discuss climate and the military.
- Coming up this week: Tuesday, November 5th, is election day! We’re doing live coverage here on Radio Kingston on election night as the results come in. Manuel Blas and I will on the road, broadcasting live from the election watch parties in Kingston, and Warren Lawrence and a team will be here at the station, analyzing results and conducting interviews. So tune in 9-11p on Tuesday, November 5th.
Music in today's show was by Grandmaster Flash, who is performing at UPAC on Friday, November 8th, at 7p. The Source theme song is Fragments by Thievery Corporation.