New faces enter the herd


To the surprise of almost no one, the county legislature unanimously approved county executive Mike Hein’s $329 million budget for next year last week. Even Hein’s severest critic, outspoken freshman Democrat Joe Maloney of Saugerties, a man Hein once called a “clown,” was on board. One would think that among 23 legislators, twelve from the opposition caucus, somebody would have […]

No Rap on Antonio


Recall during the congressional unpleasantness, that winning Democrat Antonio Delgado thrice (at the least) said that if elected, he would vote for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Last week in Democratic caucus he voted for her. Before any of our right-of-center readers and web visitors break out the pitchforks and torches, some perspective is in order. There are always two sides […]


The passing of Dean Gitter closes a chapter in the recent history of the mountainous region we call home. Gitter was arguably the most polarizing figure of the late 20th and early 21st century; respected by many and reviled by many as well. A man of great vision, passion, energy, creativity and dogged persistence, Gitter did nothing half-way. He dreamed […]

Dean’s dream


Among golfers, it’s not considered polite to discuss politics during a round. That’s why they have 19 holes. But nobody’s ever called me Mr. Manners. Catskill impresario Dean Gitter, then in his late 60s, his wife Lynn and I were playing at hilly Windham maybe 15 years ago when I just had to raise the question. “Dean,” I said as […]

The rich get…


Post-election news that Amazon will build a new facility in Queens, with $1.5 billion in government grants, “at no cost to taxpayers” has us once again at each other’s throats. One would think that the possibility of creating 25,000 high-paying jobs would engender universal huzzahs, but it hasn’t. The deal, conducted in deepest secrecy between Amazon, New York State and […]

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