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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,...
Hinchey to retire

Hinchey to retire

  U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, congressman for our area since 1993, was scheduled to announce his retirement Thursday, January 19 at 1 p.m. at the same place he launched his first House bid 20 years ago — the Senate House in Uptown Kingston. He’ll serve the remainder of his term. Shortly after the blog Politico...
Zimet, Barry, Gallucci, Bacon, Mazzaccari and Marx win in the Town of New Paltz

Zimet, Barry, Gallucci, Bacon, Mazzaccari and Marx win in the Town of New Paltz

The Democrats have once again taken the helm of the New Paltz Town Board. After a 15-year hiatus from the job, former two-term supervisor Susan Zimet easily moved into her old seat as her opponent, three-term incumbent Toni Hokanson, pulled out of the race to secure a full-time job in the private sector. Hokanson secured...
Gardiner voters pick Zatz, Reynolds, Wiegand, Blatchly and Haynes

Gardiner voters pick Zatz, Reynolds, Wiegand, Blatchly and Haynes

Election night turned out to be a happy occasion for Gardiner Democrats who gathered to watch the returns at the home of Town supervisor candidate Carl Zatz. The Dems swept every contested race in the town, prevailing over their Republican/Conservative/Independence Party opponents. Former County legislator Tracey Bartels ousted incumbent District 16 legislator Jack Hayes by...
Voters go bipartisan in Lloyd, elect Hansut

Voters go bipartisan in Lloyd, elect Hansut

Voters in Lloyd elected a mixed slate of two Republicans and one Democrat to the Town Board on Tuesday night. According to the Ulster County Board of Elections, former county legislator Paul Hansut will become the new supervisor. He earned 1,168 votes to his rival Jon Decker’s 809. “Obviously, I’m happy that I won,” said...