Politics
This fall’s big race: Incumbent Gibson faces a well-heeled but young (and not-from-here) Eldridge

This fall’s big race: Incumbent Gibson faces a well-heeled but young (and not-from-here) Eldridge

The local race for Congress pits a relative newcomer to the Hudson Valley with deep pockets and a progressive agenda who’s battling the “carpetbagger” label against an incumbent who’s positioned himself as a bipartisan bridge-builder, but who critics call just another vote in an increasingly radicalized Republican House caucus. In an era where gerrymandering has...
Mayor or manager? Pros and cons of pols versus pros

Mayor or manager? Pros and cons of pols versus pros

Professional administrators from two Hudson Valley communities came to Kingston this week to discuss the benefits and perils of city manager form of government. The event, sponsored by the group KingstonCitizens.org, featured Beacon City Administrator Meredith Robson and Chuck Strome, New Rochelle’s city manager. Event organizer Rebecca Martin said that she planned the event to...
NY SAFE, a year later

NY SAFE, a year later

One year after state lawmakers, urged on by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, passed one of the nation’s most restrictive gun laws, impacts from the NY SAFE Act continue to reverberate through the state’s courts, legislature, law enforcement and shooting sports community. The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 got through on the...
With GOP's help, John Parete is elected county legislature chair

With GOP’s help, John Parete is elected county legislature chair

With unanimous support from Republican legislators, Democrat John Parete of Olive was elected the 13th chairman of the Ulster County Legislature Tuesday night. Parete defeated Hector Rodriguez of New Paltz by a 13-10 vote, with Democrats Richard Parete of Stone Ridge (his son) and David Donaldson of Kingston (and Parete) joining the 10-member Republican minority....
Frank Cardinale letter: Voters' will being subverted by GOP

Frank Cardinale letter: Voters’ will being subverted by GOP

As the chairman of the Democratic Party of Ulster County I am extremely concerned that the will of the voters is at risk of being subverted. Last month the people of Ulster County exercised their constitutional right to vote. At the county level, the result of this election was 12 Democratic county legislators, 10 Republicans...

With YouTube video, Sean Eldridge makes House bid official (Updated)

Sean Eldridge, CEO of Kingston-based investment concern Hudson River Ventures and spouse of Facebook multimillionaire Chris Hughes, posted a YouTube video late Sunday night formally announcing his campaign for the Democratic nomination for next year’s New York’s 19th Congressional District race. Eldridge, a Shokan resident, has been holding fundraisers for months toward an expected Congressional...
Gibson a yes on Obamacare defunding

Gibson a yes on Obamacare defunding

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook) voted with the ayes Friday, Sept. 20 as the House of Representatives approved a measure – the “continuing resolution” – that would keep the government running, but defund the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The measure is not expected to pass the Senate, and sets up a showdown between House Republicans...
Hugh Reynolds: Whack and roll

Hugh Reynolds: Whack and roll

Mostly because they can’t help themselves, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill keep on fighting their war of words over sales-tax legislation. Last week’s exchange of nasty letters was mostly, metaphysically speaking, about the shape of the meeting table should they ever get together in the same room. There was one interesting...
Quigley’s (almost) everybody’s pick

Quigley’s (almost) everybody’s pick

The Town of Ulster’s Republican caucus last week saw Supervisor James E. Quigley, III, move one step closer to keeping his seat for a third two-year term. Republicans also chose first-time candidate Andrew Stavropoulos and incumbent Councilman John Morrow to fill out the party slate in November. Both town GOPers and Democrats passed on re-nominating...
UPDATED: Congressman Gibson says he'll vote no on Syria attack

UPDATED: Congressman Gibson says he’ll vote no on Syria attack

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, in an interview Tuesday, Sept. 3, stuck by his Aug. 31 statement saying he will vote against authorizing President Obama to use force in Syria and added he will work to convince his fellow lawmakers that diplomacy and humanitarian aid, not military action, is the way to bring fighting there to...
Dueling press conferences, swapped barbs in sales-tax dispute

Dueling press conferences, swapped barbs in sales-tax dispute

It was like a presidential news conference in the waning days of the Nixon administration, where Tricky Dick tried to talk foreign policy but the media only wanted to talk Watergate. Assemblyman Kevin Cahill held a press conference at the Governor Clinton Hotel in Kingston Tuesday morning to discuss the “many accomplishments” and “few disappointments”...
Hugh Reynolds: All about the Benjamins

Hugh Reynolds: All about the Benjamins

With their condemnation of corruption in state government before the League of Women Voters in New Paltz last week, political sage Gerry Benjamin and his daughter, Capital District YNN-TV host Liz Benjamin, were preaching to the choir. Fact is, their act would probably have played well anywhere but in Albany. The distinguished duo blamed most...