Hugh Reynolds Commentary

And the winner is…


It was a three-horse race at the top of the stretch where an old nag called Reluctant Dave nosed out Why Not Me Again? and One Trick Pony for chairman of the Ulster County legislature for this year. In an almost straight 13-10 party vote, former chairman Dave Donaldson, Democrat of Kingston, was the surprise winner in a derby that […]

And the winners are…


Last week, I promised some more predictions on upcoming elections, but honestly, folks, it’s been slim pickings. For sure, voter interest will peak for this year’s presidential campaign – and let’s hope that local boards of election are up to the challenge – but locally, there’s only a handful of real races. Democrat Antonio Delgado of Rhinebeck will be seeking […]

The roaring twenties


So, here we are at the advent of a new year, not just a new year, but a new decade, the roaring twenties, lots of new people with different ideas on how to deal with, let’s face it, old problems. But first, a look back. Last year, in terms of local politics, can be summed up in a word, or […]

Does size matter?


Apparently, it matters in the Ulster County Legislature, now apparently committed to reducing its membership from 23 to 21. A working majority of fifteen legislators turned out for a public hearing on Tuesday night where two representatives from the League of Women Voters urged caution. League reps weren’t against downsizing, necessarily, they just wondered at the rush. The legislature is […]

Changing of the guard


Ulster County will welcome seven new legislators and two “retreads” come January 1, more than a third of the 23-member body. Returning Democrat Brian Cahill of Ulster served two terms a decade ago before his defeat by Republican Jim Maloney. Maloney died in June and was replaced by his wife, Brenda. Returning Democratrunning as-Republican John Parete, served not only as […]

Number please


I thought the fat lady was about to enter stage-left (where the majority of Ulster voters come from these days) when Democrat Dave Clegg took what appeared to be a commanding 148-vote lead over Republican Mike Kavanagh last week. But they kept counting and she did not sing. With 2,275 absentee votes tallied, there remain 200 affidavits in the hopper; […]

Egg on their faces


Make that an omelet! To absolute public consternation and surprise and no little rage, five Ulster County legislators voted – in effect – for sexual harassment at Tuesday’s night’s regular monthly meeting. Two were women. Detractors cited “process” as their reason for denying the legislature unanimous rejection. At issue was the unprecedented formal censure of a county legislator, Democrat Hector […]

Frivolous pursuit


Saugerties legislator Joe Maloney, once derided as a “clown” by former county executive Mike Hein for his frequent and pointed criticisms of Hein’s campaign finance practices, can leave office with head high at the end of next month. State supreme court justice Richard Mott not only reversed and dismissed Maloney’s conviction last year by a Hein-appointed county ethics board’s conflicts […]

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 […]


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