Election 2012

Hugh Reynolds: New gig for Kevin Cahill

Being transformed from Reddy Kilowatt to the Aflac duck, which is to say from being chairman of the Assembly Energy Committee to Insurance, may seem a lateral move. But it could also be another step up the ladder for Kingston’s Kevin Cahill. Cahill apparently sees it that way. “It’s a promotion,” he said from his...
Hugh Reynolds: Landslide Tkaczyk

Hugh Reynolds: Landslide Tkaczyk

I’m not sure which bad metaphor to use after state Senate candidate Cecilia Tkaczyk finally triumphed by a few votes over heavy favorite George Amedore last week: Cecilia, you’re breaking (his) heart, or C.C. Rider, see what you have done now. Maybe C.C. is better since those who can pronounce neither her last nor first...
After Ulster count, Tkaczyk edges Amedore

After Ulster count, Tkaczyk edges Amedore

Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk was elected state senator from the 46th District Friday morning with a 69-15 victory over Republican George Amedore after challenged ballots were counted at the Ulster County Board of Elections Friday morning. Amedore, a former assemblyman from Rotterdam, took a 35-vote advantage into the court-ordered count. But he was beaten by more...

This just in: Court clears way for vote count in Amedore-Tkaczyk race

The state’s highest court, by a 4-1 margin, has agreed to allow the counting of 99 contested ballots in the state Senate race between Republican George Amedore and Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk. The decision rejects an appeal by Amedore’s lawyers that an appellate court decision to count the ballots be overruled. Amedore was declared a 37-vote...

Hugh Reynolds: Hein’s budget bulldozer

Former county GOP chairman Mario Catalano hit the nail on the head when he admonished Republican legislators, calling them derelict in their duties in allowing Democratic County Executive Mike Hein to make policy via the budget process. Unfortunately, at least for the dissenting dentist, the majority had already given away the store by the time...

BREAKING: Amedore says he’s won state Senate seat by 39 votes

Assemblyman George Amedore, R-Rotterdam, has issued a press release claiming that at the conclusion of vote-counting in the 46th State Senate District, he has defeated Democratic challenger Cecilia Tkaczyk of Duanesburg by 39 votes. Here’s his statement:   “I want to thank the great people of this 5-county district that have placed their faith and trust...

Hugh Reynolds: Any day now …

Riding the surge of a 61 percent election-night plurality in Ulster County voting, Democratic state Senate candidate Cecilia Tkaczyk has narrowed the gap to 111 votes over Republican George Amedore. More than a month after the election, the cliff-hanging contest in the 46th state Senate district is still not over. Last week a judge began...

Hugh Reynolds: O’Halloran the bucketman

Pity Dave O’Halloran, southern Ulster resort operator and the county Industrial Development Agency (IDA) board chairman dealt the unhappy hand of attempting to negotiate between County Executive Mike Hein and arch-enemy Independence Party Chairman Len Bernardo on an IDA tax deal. A comedy/tragedy in at least a dozen acts, the roots of rancor between Hein and Bernardo extend...
Hugh Reynolds: Community college brain drain

Hugh Reynolds: Community college brain drain

I’m not referring hereto the handful of public officials who retire every year, but specifically to Ulster residents who choose to attend community colleges outside the county. We’re all for choice, but in these cases county taxpayers pay a hefty penalty for every student who goes abroad. The sense of the original state legislation that...

Hugh Reynolds: Tuesday night heartbreakers

It happens only every generation or so, that stunning upset they talk about for years and years. Recall Maurice Hinchey beating Clark Bell in 1974, Art Gray upending Dick Schermerhorn in 1988, Cecilia Tkaczyk taking George Amedore to the wire and perhaps beyond in 2012. To be honest, I only picked one of them. I...
Ain’t no party like  a Democratic Party

Ain’t no party like a Democratic Party

Ulster Democrats on election night had something to cheer about, other than the president’s resounding win, even if final results might not be, well, final, for several more days. Surprise front-runner Cecilia Tkaczyk absolutely blitzed Republican favorite George Amedore in the contest for state Senate in the new 46th (and 63rd overall) Senate District. With...
Hugh Reynolds: Acting presidential

Hugh Reynolds: Acting presidential

Well, the most important election in our lifetime, at least in the eyes of candidates, is about to end. We’re probably not much better off than we were four years ago. For some, slight improvement will be plenty enough. For others, time for a change. The prospect of a few newbies, maybe a new president,...