Hugh Reynolds Commentary

Going, going…

County legislators like to talk about the “profound transitions” we’re going through now, what with the certainty of three county executives in less than as many months. Under the radar, there’s machination going on in the legislature itself over another succession saga, albeit still in the speculation stage. Recall, a few weeks ago when comptroller Elliott Auerbach was rumored to […]

Dante’s GOP

Ulster County’s rapidly-dwindling Republican Party has not engraved the words “Despair. All ye who enter here” over their Kingston headquarters, but they might after counting last week’s candidate petition filings. It’s been a helluva year for the GOP and it seems to be getting worse. With a minimum of 750 signatures required on county-wide nominating petitions, Democrats filed a total […]

Smoke gets in their eyes

I love a happy ending, but sometimes the sausage making can get ugly. Case in point, the county’s decades-long delayed but suddenly fast-tracked fire training center in the town of Ulster. The saga goes back some 40 years, say firefighters, but gained momentum when former county executive Mike Hein took on the project for his signature reelection theme Campaign-19 a […]

Open borders

Up in the hills of Olive and Shandaken, even unto Denning and Hardenburgh, whispers of Ulster County legislator Kathy Nolan’s alleged “Delaware County residency” are once again making the rounds. “Old news” to some, it was nonetheless worth another listen. Unlike on the Rio Grande, there are open borders between Ulster and Delaware counties. Signs on the main roads indicate […]

Going… going…

I’m beginning to wonder how much more county legislator Hector Rodriguez, credibly accused of “inappropriate behavior” toward a number of women over several years, can take. More to the point, how much more can the Democratic majority in the legislature take of Hector? Four months ago, Rodriguez, an eight-term senior Democratic legislator from New Paltz, was on the cusp of […]

Nature and taxes

One of the worst examples of 20th century industrial desecration is the former Hudson Cement/Tilcon property on the Hudson River bank at Kingston’s northern border with the Town of Ulster. Limestone was discovered on the 500- acre site toward the end of the 19th century, leading to a booming cement industry that thrived until the 1970s when it abruptly ended. […]

See-saw week for Republicans

It’s been a see-saw week for Ulster County Republicans trying to find a candidate to challenge the already formidable Democratic candidate for the Ulster County Executive’s post. After scheduling a convention, announcing a candidate, losing the candidate, cancelling the convention then having not one but two different candidates (neither of whom is a Republican) step forward, Republic Chairman Roger Rascoe […]

Republican candidate surfaces


Approaching the 11th hour, Ulster Republicans may have come up with a candidate for county executive in next month’s special election. But Tiffany Christiana, 40, of Country Club Estates in the town of Ulster, has gotten off to a rocky start in her would-be political career. A candidate for one of two openings on the Ulster Town Board at Tuesday’s […]

Dot’s all, Joe

Riddle of the day: If fightin’ Joe Maloney of Saugerties fell in a forest and nobody was around, would he still make noise? Probably. Maloney, who won’t be running for a second term, will go out flailing at the establishment windmills he came into office to expose, embarrass and maybe change. Good luck with that. After 14 months in office, […]

Dump here? Never!

Most of us beyond a certain age can remember that resounding war cry when Ulster County attempted, and failed, to locate a county landfill at Winston Farm just west of the Thruway exit in Saugerties. Protest songs were written” “Dump, dump the garbage mega-dump!” Murals were painted on buildings, fists were raised in the air, pitchforks, too. It could happen […]

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