City, county at odds over road ju­ris­dic­tion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Ariél Zangla azangla@free­manon­line.com ArielAtFree­man on Twit­ter

City law­mak­ers want to make “Glen Street Ex­ten­sion” a oneway road to re­duce traf­fic go­ing to and from the Golden Hill Health Care Cen­ter, but a county of­fi­cial says they do not have the ju­ris­dic­tion to do so.

Dis­cus­sion about the vol­ume of traf­fic on Glen Street in the city has come to the Com­mon Coun­cil’s Gen­eral Gov­ern­ment and Pub­lic Safety Com­mit­tee on sev­eral oc­ca­sions over the past few years. On Wed­nes­day, the com­mit­tee voted to make “Glen Street Ex­ten­sion” a one-way road, which would al­low traf­fic to exit the Golden Hill com­plex and travel down that stretch of road to Glen Street it­self. The change would pre­vent mo­torists from tak­ing Glen Street to en­ter the com­plex.

The com­mit­tee’s vote was made de­spite ques­tions from some mem­bers about their ju­ris­dic­tion over the ac­cess road.

Glen Street res­i­dent Matthew Colan­gelo, who has spear­headed ef­forts to ad­dress what he says is an ex­ces­sive amount of traf­fic on his road go­ing to and from Golden Hill, said the ac­cess road was not prop­erly cre­ated and the state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion has no record of it. He added that in an April 7 let­ter, Ul­ster County Leg­is­la­ture Chair­man Ken Ronk told him it was a city mat­ter.

In the let­ter, Ronk wrote he had been “as­sured that any changes to the traf­fic flow pat­tern of, or ac­cess to, Glen Street lies firmly with the city.”

On Fri­day, Ronk said he was re­fer­ring to Glen Street it­self, not the county prop­erty. Deputy County Ex­ec­u­tive Robert Sud­low also said Fri­day that the ac­cess road in ques­tion is a county road. He said Golden Hill has an ease­ment for that road and the county has re­peat­edly said the com­plex should have an ingress and egress from it.

City As­sis­tant Cor­po­ra­tion Coun­sel Daniel Garten­stein said Fri­day that “Glen Street Ex­ten­sion” does not ex­ist. He also said the road in ques­tion is part of the Golden Hill com­plex and owned by the county.

Garten­stein said the mat­ter will be dis­cussed dur­ing a Com­mon Coun­cil cau­cus meet­ing Mon­day, but he ex­pects it will not be moved to a vote by the full coun­cil dur­ing its meet­ing Tues­day.

“I can­not un­der­stand why there is such re­luc­tance to ad­dress and fix this well-known and dan­ger­ous pub­lic safety is­sue,” Colan­gelo said in an email Fri­day af­ter­noon. “It seems like any­time there is progress, at­tempts are made to pre­vent it, and I, along with the res­i­dents of Glen and Mar­ius Street, can­not un­der­stand why.”

The Golden Hill Health Care Cen­ter was run by Ul­ster County be­fore be­ing taken over by a pri­vate com­pany in June 2013.

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