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Hugh Reynolds: Election roundup

Hugh Reynolds: Election roundup

The barnburner campaign I had hoped for in the 103rd Ulster-Dutchess Assembly district, Kevin Cahill versus Kevin Roberts, has been something of a fizzle. It seemed as though all the elements were in place, Cahill as villain, Roberts as accuser. Cahill set the stage last year, said his detractors, by holding up sales-tax extension for...
Susan Zimet drops out of Assembly race

Susan Zimet drops out of Assembly race

New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet announced on Monday that she has given up her Democratic primary challenge to Assemblyman Kevin Cahill after the New York State Board of Elections (BOE) rejected about a quarter of the signatures she had submitted on nominating petitions. Zimet fell just 35 signatures short of the minimum of 500...
Hugh Reynolds: Zimet got stung

Hugh Reynolds: Zimet got stung

By now everybody knows irrepressible challenger Sue Zimet plans to continue her primary quest against assemblyman Kevin Cahill, despite suffering a near two-to-one thrashing by the incumbent at last week’s unofficial Democratic nominating convention in Kingston. For the record, Cahill collected 10,252 weighted votes (64%) to Zimet’s 5800 (36%). Rejection by her peers did not...
Park Point gets IDA tax break

Park Point gets IDA tax break

The Ulster County Industrial Development Agency has unanimously approved a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) schedule for a developer to build student/faculty housing for SUNY New Paltz. Under terms of an offer proposed at the agency’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, Wilmorite Development of Rochester will pay $522,000 a year in town, county and school...
Democrats take slim majority in Ulster County

Democrats take slim majority in Ulster County

Ulster County Democrats have taken back the majority in a county legislature they lost in 2007. Unofficial returns on election night show Democrats with twelve of the 23 seats and the Republicans with eleven, with all 163 election districts reporting. Republicans currently hold a twelve to eleven majority. Legislature chairman Terry Bernardo is leading a...
Out of step

Out of step

Apparently legislature minority leader Dave Donaldson didn’t get the memo that last week’s Ulster County organizational meeting was for the purpose of swearing in legislators, not swearing at them. Not that firebrand Donaldson used bad language. He didn’t have to. Donaldson, in an anti-Republican rant against GOP chairman Terry Bernardo, shocked some legislators, amazed others,...
Hugh Reynolds

Hugh Reynolds

’Tis days before Christmas, so here goes the list. Remember, readers, it can’t be all-inclusive. For those bent — or relieved — about being left out, there’s always next year. And now, for the naughty and nice: For Elliott Auerbach: Two and a half men. For Bill Darwak: Senior rates for Kingston Times For Julian...
Sojourner: Her life is highlighted in Senate House lecture

Sojourner: Her life is highlighted in Senate House lecture

One of the controversies over the proposed Dwight Eisenhower memorial in Washington was the monument committee’s plan to depict the future general and president as a Kansas farm boy, from whence he sprang. The committee charged with creating a statue of abolitionist icon Sojourner Truth faced similar issues, ultimately deciding on an image closer to...
At New Paltz event, the Democratic candidates differ markedly in style

At New Paltz event, the Democratic candidates differ markedly in style

Based on applause following their 90-minute debate at the Woodland Pond senior-citizen complex in New Paltz on Monday, Julian Schreibman’s moderate approach to issues resonated more with the elderly audience than Joel Tyner’s sharp attacks on his opponent and at times moderator Gerald Benjamin. The two candidates for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the...
Turnover brings tossup

Turnover brings tossup

In the biggest shake up in the 44-year history of the Ulster County Legislature, twelve incumbents will not be running this year while another eleven have entered primaries to keep their seats. Key to all this turmoil was the 2006 decision by voters to downsize the legislature from 33 to 23 members. Rather than running...