Hugh Reynolds Commentary

Brenda prevails

With three Democrats breaking ranks and joining a solid Republican minority, Republican Brenda Maloney was appointed to fill her late husband Jim Maloney’s seat in the county legislature, with but one vote to spare. Democrats Joe Maloney of Saugerties, Laura Petit of Esopus and Hector Rodriguez of New Paltz voted with ten Republicans to provide the winning margin. A minimum […]

Special session – Tricky situation

The Ulster County Legislature will meet in special session at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation. But first, legislators will decide who will fill out the late Jim Maloney’s term until the end of the year. Just kidding about homage to the Trickster, but it was an unforgettable night when they piped […]

Seeking synergy

Lisa Cutten’s thoroughly predictable emergence as the Republican candidate for county comptroller was seen in some quarters as oh-so cleverly contrived by GOP leadership. Or was it just another case of necessity being the mother of invention? As noted herein, Cutten, after being stomped 64-36 at the June Democratic nominating convention by March Gallagher, had no place to go. Especially […]

And the winner is…

Former Kingston mayoral candidate Andi Turco-Levin has won the Republican-Independence nominations for county legislature in Ulster-Kingston District-4, replacing the late Jim Maloney on the November ballot. Meanwhile, the board of elections reports that Lisa Cutten, who lost the Democratic nomination for county comptroller to March Gallagher on June 27, has been designated by Republicans as their candidate in November. Recall, […]

Generous John


The Times Herald Record reports that former state Sen. John Bonacic has donated $500,000 from campaign funds to the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan counties. But before anyone nominates the 10-term Republican from Orange for sainthood, let us remember that none of this came out of his own pocket. “Campaign funds,” by definition are derived from lobbyists, special interests […]


Maloney dies

Ulster County Legislator Jim Maloney, R-Town of Ulster, has died after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Maloney, who also served as Town of Ulster assessor, died shortly before dawn on Thursday. He was 61. “We’ve been friends since high school,” Town supervisor Jim Quigley said of Maloney. “This is a very sad day for our town. Personally, I will […]

Gone girl

Forget Baby Jane. What ever happened to Lisa Cutten?

A tight lid of secrecy has been clamped down on the fate of Lisa Cutten, former Democratic candidate for county comptroller. Cutten was last seen slinking from the June 27 Democratic nominating convention which endorsed March Gallagher for comptroller by an almost 2-1 margin. Over the weekend following the Thursday evening convention, word started to leak out that Cutten was […]

Not standing Pat

I didn’t think it possible, but Ulster County executive Pat Ryan seems to be getting more publicity than Mike Hein ever did. And Hein really, really worked hard at it. County exec only since June 7, Ryan gets front page coverage to die for. Hardly three days go by when I don’t see a group photo-op with young Ryan signing […]

You had to be there

What were they thinking? As predicted herein (an easy call), the Ulster County legislature on Tuesday night unanimously approved $6.2 million in funding to build a county fire training center in the Town of Ulster. But not before moving the issue on the floor from the “non-consent” folder to “consent.” Consent portends a unanimous vote agreed to by Republican and […]

Fire away!

Sometimes even the best of causes take forever. Take the Ulster County fire training center. First raised by volunteer fire forces as a priority around the time man went to the moon and the original Woodstock put an obscure art colony beneath Overlook Mountain on the wrong map, two generations of firefighters will see their hopes and dreams realized when […]

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