Hugh Reynolds Commentary

The morning after

This may take a while! With every possible advantage – double-digit enrollment, tons of money and a credible candidate – Ulster County Democrats still managed to lose, on paper, a race for district attorney that should have been in the bag from day-one. And the margin – just three votes in favor of Republican Mike Kavanagh over Democrat Dave Clegg […]

Campaign trails

The Trump effect – I probably should have seen this coming, but it appears anti-Trump sentiment among liberal Democrats may have a profound effect on our local elections. “Send a message to Trump. Vote Democrat!” is the fullthroated rallying cry heard from the Catskills to the Hudson and points north and south. Who knew all that Washington insanity would lap […]

DA race: From Shabazz to Kaboom

“Paid for by the New York Justice & Public Safety PAC,” an attribution printed on mailers supporting Dave Clegg for district attorney sounds innocuous enough. Who doesn’t support justice and public safety? The Democratic candidate does for sure. Every pro-Clegg PAC flyer has that message prominently featured in its upper left-hand corner. Republican Mike Kavanagh is also for “justice and […]

Tuesday night football

Kicking the football past election day, the Ulster County Legislature won’t act – if it acts at all – on censuring New Paltz legislator Hector Rodriguez until after the Nov. 5 elections. Rodriguez, a 13-term Democrat, was credibly accused last February of inappropriate conduct against four or five women – the number varies – and abuse of office and was […]

Three on a match

Kingston’s three-way race for mayor seemed something of a laugher back last summer when almost nobody was paying attention. Not now, as the days dwindle down to a Nov. 5 faceoff between Democratic incumbent Steve Noble, Republican challenger Ellen DiFalco and independent party candidate Vince Rua. Conventional wisdom would suggest that an incumbent with a better than 3-2 enrollment advantage […]

Numbers, please

A nd now the baseball scores: 5-2, 4-3, and a 2-0 shutout! It’s an old joke, which is not to make light of Ulster Count executive Pat Ryan’s first official budget presentation, Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Maritime Museum in Kingston, only to say, you gotta tell ‘em what the budget is. Ryan did give his hand-picked audience of about […]

Stocking stuffer

Item: Ryan plans to sell TechCity Really? The only problem is the county doesn’t own TechCity. The half-vacant former IBM plant in the Town of Ulster has been owned by Westchester businessman Alan (“I am not the Messiah”) Ginsberg for more than 20 years. And while it’s “on the market,” Ginsberg can’t be forced to sell to anyone. The county […]

Hinchey relaunch

If the election for state senate in the 46th district was held on Monday on the lawn of the Senate House in Kingston, Democratic candidate Michelle Hinchey would win by about 99-1. Or so sayeth the sooths. But it was Monday, Sept. 23, a bright, warm day where about 100 Democrats (and maybe one Republican spy) gathered to hear fellow […]

Economic development high priority for Ulster

The door had barely hit the underperforming economic development director Suzanne Holt in the butt when her successor was announced last Monday. Clearly, for the Pat Ryan administration, approaching its 100th day in office next week, building the county’s long-dormant economy is a top priority. But did they consider all the options? Veteran county employee Lisa Berger got the nod. […]

Chasing Antonio

Ulster Executive Pat Ryan probably won’t catch Rep. Antonio Delgado in their informal town hall meeting race, but at least he’s trying. Delgado, with a four-month head start, and almost four times as many constituents, currently leads 22-12. Democrat Ryan, who took office on June 7 and is on the ballot for a full four-year term in November against Republican […]

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