Hugh Reynolds Commentary

Maloney fights back!

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“Bustin’ rocks in the hot sun. I fought the law and the law won.” Bobby Fuller Four, 1960. The Ulster County ethics board didn’t sentence maverick legislator Joe Maloney to hard labor, but they did fine him $7,000 – half his annual legislative salary – in a closed-door session, for violation of the county’s ethics code. To wit, the five-member […]

Looking forward

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My preview column ordinarily appears in the first or second edition of the new year. This year, we’ve already had two major news items occur (an over ride of an Ulster County Executive veto and the announcement that said County Executive will be leaving his post) and those items bumped the preview column. So here it is. In the coming […]

Hein takes early retirement

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Around noontime Saturday – weeks earlier for insiders – the shocking news broke that county Executive Mike Hein had been nominated by Gov. Cuomo as director of the state Office of Temporary Disabilities Assistance. Hein, who seemed to be gearing up for his fourth run for office this November, instead will ride the next fast horse out of town to […]

Looking back on ’18

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Historians may look on 2018 as a year of profound change. As mid-term elections go, the year just ending was historic in terms of voter turnout, almost at the level of presidential elections. The blue wave, featuring a host of newcomers and returnees, buried some 40 incumbent Republican congressmembers and a bunch of state senators. Less noticed was an October […]


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