Hugh Reynolds Commentary

Taking care of business


Coming off a landslide victory over a mismatched challenger, county executive-elect Pat Ryan has about six weeks before he officially occupies the corner suite in the county office building. But he won’t wait that long. Bright and early Thursday morning Ryan has an appointment with acting county exec Adele Reiter for some serious OJT. If anybody can act as mentor […]

Not so special election

With Democrat executive candidate Pat Ryan holding what may be an historic advantage in fundraising over Republican Jack Hayes and a scorched earth ground game, Democrats will be looking for a clean sweep at the polls this November. In some ways this brief sprint to a preliminary decision was disappointing. (The verdict on a full, four-year term will be rendered […]

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 […]

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