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Hein takes early retirement

Commentary

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 […]

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Why a wall



To the Editor: There never has been so much controversy about a project coasting about $5 billion. The project is a complete wall along the border between Mexico and the United States. One has to wonder what the big deal is about spending $5 billion or $25 billion when we consider, Iraq/Afghanistan wars $2.4 trillion (Government Accounting Office) and Syria […]

Looking back on ’18

Commentary

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 […]

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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 […]


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