Politics
Zephyr Teachout speaks at SUNY New Paltz anti-fracking rally

Zephyr Teachout speaks at SUNY New Paltz anti-fracking rally

Gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout and her running mate for lieutenant governor Tim Wu made a stop on their “Whistleblower Tour” this past Friday to speak at a rally against fracking at SUNY New Paltz. Teachout, a professor of Constitutional Law at Fordham University, announced at the rally that she had just received the endorsement of...
Susan Zimet Assembly run donor has Wildberry Lodge tie

Susan Zimet Assembly run donor has Wildberry Lodge tie

Questionable petition signatures alone didn’t sideline New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet’s state Assembly dreams. According to campaign finance reports, Zimet raised $6,949 in her now-ended challenge against Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, and two large campaign contributions came from local landowners. Samuel Plesser — who owns the 57-acre lot where Wildberry Lodge is slated to be...
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...
New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet announces Assembly run

New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet announces Assembly run

Democrat Susan Zimet has announced her intention to challenge nine-term incumbent Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston, for the 103rd District for state Assembly. Currently the town supervisor in New Paltz, Zimet also served in the Ulster County Legislature from 2003 to 2011. Zimet began her political career in the 1990s as an activist fighting against a proposed...
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...
Zimet, Torres, Logan, Marx and Katz nominated by New Paltz Democrats

Zimet, Torres, Logan, Marx and Katz nominated by New Paltz Democrats

A packed Democratic caucus this past Monday night resulted in the incumbent Democratic supervisor Susan Zimet winning her party’s nod to appear on its ballot line, securing 178 votes to Republican challenger Randall Leverette’s 78 votes. There were two other contested races. One was for town highway superintendent, between two Democrats: incumbent Chris Marx and...
Residents asks New Paltz Village Board to take action and remove Jason West as mayor

Residents asks New Paltz Village Board to take action and remove Jason West as mayor

Village resident and former New Paltz village trustee Vici Danskin asked that the Village Board take “immediate action to relieve Jason West of the position of mayor,” after board members reviewed a file that she provided them alleging that the mayor committed voter fraud. Mayor West admitted to living outside of the village temporarily, while...
New Paltz Village Board votes to make mayor’s position part-time; West threatens to resign

New Paltz Village Board votes to make mayor’s position part-time; West threatens to resign

Routine budget talks in the Village of New Paltz quickly devolved into a heated conversation on April 17, when discussion turned to a potential $13,000 raise for the mayor. Mayor Jason West had proposed to raise the mayor’s salary to $48,000 a year, up from $35,000. Trustees instead voted to roll back their own raises...
Can Schreibman catch Gibson for Hinchey seat?

Can Schreibman catch Gibson for Hinchey seat?

In the face of ugly numbers in a non-partisan Siena poll and unsettling cracks in his Democratic Party base, Julian Schreibman is going on the attack as he seeks to portray incumbent Congressman Chris Gibson as a Medicare-gutting, anti-abortion radical Republican. It’s a message the onetime Federal Prosecutor and Ulster County Democratic Committee Chairman hopes...
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...
Frank Skartados and John Forman to face off in special election

Frank Skartados and John Forman to face off in special election

Two men are gearing up to do battle for the hearts and minds of voters before March 20’s special election for the 100th Assembly District. Former Assemblyman Frank Skartados, D-Marlborough, is running against Dutchess County Legislator John Forman, R-Beacon, for a seat once held by Tom Kirwan, who died on Nov. 28, 2011. If either...
Hinchey’s exit to change region’s relationship with Washington

Hinchey’s exit to change region’s relationship with Washington

After nearly four decades of government service in Albany and Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey announced last week that he would not seek another term in Congress. The longtime lawmaker’s departure is likely to have major implications both in Washington, where Hinchey was a reliable mainstay of a dwindling corps of progressive liberal Democrats,...