Hugh Reynolds Commentary

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 […]

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