Politics
Local voting for president marred by polling problems

Local voting for president marred by polling problems

Last week’s presidential primary election was marked by confusion and contention as hundreds of independent voters barred from casting ballots by New York’s closed primary system showed up anyway, impelled by an election-eve legal maneuver and social media-spread rumors that the polling places would be open to all, regardless of party affiliation. “This one was...
Sanders, Trump the winners in Ulster

Sanders, Trump the winners in Ulster

In Ulster County at least, Bernie Sanders scored a landslide win in the Democratic primary for president over Hillary Clinton in Tuesday night, according to the board of elections. On the Republican side, Donald Trump won a huge victory in Ulster, taking 63 percent of the total GOP vote. With all 79 county polling places...
High turnout expected at April 19 GOP primary vote

High turnout expected at April 19 GOP primary vote

Disappointed once by Barack Obama, Clark Bell, Woodstock’s former Republican assemblyman, says that in next Tuesday’s Republican primary he’s going with “the only adult in the room” — Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Bell, 82, a three-term assemblyman (1969-74), supported Obama in 2008. He calls frontrunner Donald Trump “a gadfly with no substance” who would be...
Clinton-Sanders race pits progressives against party stalwarts

Clinton-Sanders race pits progressives against party stalwarts

On the Democratic side, the presidential primary has set the region’s robust grassroots progressive base backing Bernie Sanders against establishment figures and Hillary Clinton partisans like County Executive Mike Hein and Ulster County Democratic Committee Chairman Frank Cardinale, making for an unusually bitter intra-party brawl. The grassroots vs. establishment split is evident in a Google...
Editorial: A toast to cooperation

Editorial: A toast to cooperation

As of the completion of the March 24 edition of the Kingston Times (last Wednesday evening, March 23, but still true as of March 29, when I got around to posting this online), the parameters of the sales tax deal between the city and the county remained a “known unknown,” as it were. So it’s...
Sara Niccoli, Montgomery County mom and farmer, seeks to oust Amedore

Sara Niccoli, Montgomery County mom and farmer, seeks to oust Amedore

“Regular people, mothers and [sheep] farmers like me, need to step up.” That’s why Sara Niccoli, Democratic supervisor of the Town of Palatine in Montgomery County, says she’s running for state Senate. Ulster is the largest county in the five-county 46th Senate District, currently represented by first-term Republican George Amedore of Rotterdam. Niccoli was in...
Columbia County farmer vies for congressional seat

Columbia County farmer vies for congressional seat

He’s descended from 19th-century immigrant Slovak iron miners, but Will Yandik says running for Congress will be “the hardest thing I’ve ever done.” Yandik, 38, a Columbia County farmer, part-time journalist and Town of Livingston councilman, is running in the New York 19th Congressional District Democratic Party primary, which includes all of Ulster County and...
Teachout edges Yandik for Ulster Dems' endorsement

Teachout edges Yandik for Ulster Dems’ endorsement

Zephyr Teachout beat Will Yandik by eight percentage points (54-46) for the county party’s endorsement for Congress in light voting at a convention of Ulster County Democratic committee members at Kingston City Hall Thursday night. According to party clerks who counted the vote, 90 committee members (out of about 220)  cast weighted ballots with 3,434...
Teachout is in for Congress

Teachout is in for Congress

Zephyr Teachout, the noted progressive who mounted a serious challenge to Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary, announced Monday she will seek the Democratic line for the 19th Congressional District seat. “Throughout my career, I’ve never been afraid to stand up for ordinary citizens whose voices are drowned out by special interests, big...
Auerbach rules out bid for Congress

Auerbach rules out bid for Congress

Ulster County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach announced over the weekend that he will not seek the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 19th District. “I love what I do. I love where I live. I love the people around me,” Auerbach said. Auerbach, 63, a former Ellenville mayor, is serving his third term as comptroller. County...
Congressional update: Enter Teachout?

Congressional update: Enter Teachout?

June 28, primary day for the race for New York’s 19th Congressional District, is just about half a year from now, but the process is warming up. While Ulster County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach, who’s expressed interest in the Democratic line after County Executive Mike Hein decided to keep his hat on his head last month,...
Andrew Heaney, Millbrook businessman and political neophyte, is running for Congress

Andrew Heaney, Millbrook businessman and political neophyte, is running for Congress

Businessman Andrew Heaney, with roots in Long Island and Queens and now a Dutchess resident, allows that his quest for the Republican nomination for Congress might be considered “a little preposterous” at this stage of his life, what with young children and a new startup. He nevertheless believes his candidacy would give voice to what...