Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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Kingston’s Citibus merger with UCAT tabled

KINGSTON – The Kingston Common Council Tuesday night tabled the merger of its Citibus service with Ulster County’s UCAT system.

Fifth Ward Alderman William Carey felt there was apprehension by council members to the county having unilateral control of future bus routes.

“I’m not against that; but, I think we need to somehow still have some say in routes going forward because Kingston is the big city in the county, the county seat is in the City of Kingston and it’s a little bit more complicated than just some of the more rural areas,” said Carey.

Eight of the nine council members voted to delay a merge vote. “If things change in the city, and the needs become different than they are now, I think a lot of us would still like the city to have some say,” Carey said. 

Mayor Steven Noble, who has been working with County Executive Michael Hein to secure the merger by July, said he does not feel derailed by the tabling, maintaining there is still plenty of time to meet the projection and address the common council’s concerns.

“We’ve got plenty of time between now and July 1st,” said Noble. “The County Legislature hasn’t taken the initiative up yet; and so, we believe we’ll still be talking about it more in February and then voting in March- we’ll still be right in the same time frame that the county is on.”  

This item will be sent back to the city’s Finance Committee, which will meet next Wednesday. If it passes committee, it could arrive on the common council’s agenda as soon as March; however, if it does not pass committee, could be carried over to the next regular meeting of the council.


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