Budget must encourage people to stay in NYS

President Trump and Governor Cuomo are in a war of words again – certainly not breaking news. This time around the back and forth centers on the upstate economy with President Trump advising upstate residents to move out. The president’s actual words to people who feel things aren’t going their way, “If New York isn’t gonna treat them better, I […]

Maloney fights back!


“Bustin’ rocks in the hot sun. I fought the law and the law won.” Bobby Fuller Four, 1960. The Ulster County ethics board didn’t sentence maverick legislator Joe Maloney to hard labor, but they did fine him $7,000 – half his annual legislative salary – in a closed-door session, for violation of the county’s ethics code. To wit, the five-member […]

Looking forward


My preview column ordinarily appears in the first or second edition of the new year. This year, we’ve already had two major news items occur (an over ride of an Ulster County Executive veto and the announcement that said County Executive will be leaving his post) and those items bumped the preview column. So here it is. In the coming […]

Hein takes early retirement


Around noontime Saturday – weeks earlier for insiders – the shocking news broke that county Executive Mike Hein had been nominated by Gov. Cuomo as director of the state Office of Temporary Disabilities Assistance. Hein, who seemed to be gearing up for his fourth run for office this November, instead will ride the next fast horse out of town to […]

Looking back on ’18


Historians may look on 2018 as a year of profound change. As mid-term elections go, the year just ending was historic in terms of voter turnout, almost at the level of presidential elections. The blue wave, featuring a host of newcomers and returnees, buried some 40 incumbent Republican congressmembers and a bunch of state senators. Less noticed was an October […]

Be it resolved for 2019

Among the best parts of starting a New Year is the ideal opportunity it creates for hitting re-start on many aspects of our lives. As we use this (and the next) edition of the News to look backward at last year and forward to the next, we can see lots of moments when we – as individuals and as a […]

Historic veto bears scrutiny

Commentary Pundits were calling the Ulster legislature’s override of Mike Hein’s veto on term limits historic, and so it was. Hein, who took office on Jan. 1, 2009, almost made it through his first decade without having the legislature reject the half a dozen or so vetoes he had issued in the last decade. And then on Tuesday night, December […]

Happy Holidays from the News

As we put the Christmas edition of the News to bed, it seems like the perfect time to tell you, each and every reader, how much you mean to those of us who labor weekly on this paper. Continuing a weekly process that began in 1863; keeping it fresh, interesting and relevant to more than 6,000 readers a week is […]

Christmas gifts for 2018


With apologies to Maria Carey, I don’t want a lot for Christmas. I won’t even ask for snow. I’d just like a Christmas List for all the folks I know. This being my third newspaper to publish the holiday Christmas List, some history is in order. It started with the Daily Freeman some 30 years ago as a way to […]

Scarpino was good for hospital

Anyone directly involved with the operation of Margaretville Hospital for much of the last two decades knows that Dave Scarpino, the President and CEO of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, will be greatly missed when he retires at the end of the month. Scarpino has been a friend, a supporter, a coach, and sometimes a prodding parent for the hospital […]

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