Opinion
Hugh Reynolds: Primary finish

Hugh Reynolds: Primary finish

If an early June Time Warner News/Siena College poll on the 19th Congressional District primaries holds true, Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso will face each other for all the marbles in the general election Nov. 8. That poll showed Teachout 30 points over Will Yandik and Faso leading Andrew Heaney by 22. Funny...
Letters: Sales tax pact, trail vs. rail

Letters: Sales tax pact, trail vs. rail

A bad deal The new sales tax agreement that was approved by the City of Kingston’s Common Council and Ulster County Legislature is a document which seems fair and equitable at first blush. However, after you peel away the layers, beyond 2017, the City will forfeit a portion of sales tax receipts. Kingston stands to...
Hugh Reynolds: Inside the numbers

Hugh Reynolds: Inside the numbers

Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout was understandably “overwhelmed” when asked about a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll released last Tuesday that showed her 30 points ahead of her primary opponent, Will Yandik. Taken about a month before the June 28 primary, the poll seemed to give Teachout an insurmountable lead against the underfunded and...
Hugh Reynolds: Orange (jumpsuit) money

Hugh Reynolds: Orange (jumpsuit) money

The elephant in the room at last week’s Ulster County Democratic convention was the specter of an ongoing federal investigation of a money-laundering operation allegedly run through that party committee in 2014. Figures are not yet exact, but published reports indicate some $375,000 from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to elect a Democratic...
Hugh Reynolds: Up the GOP

Hugh Reynolds: Up the GOP

As Ulster County Republican conventions go, the May 26 turnout at La Mirage in Port Ewen was the best in years. Almost three out of every four committee members, middle-aged to elderly, attended, feisty and ready to rumble. There were few surprises — this was a Republican gathering, after all. Esopus town Councilman Kyle Barnett’s...
Hugh Reynolds: Silence on specifics

Hugh Reynolds: Silence on specifics

The Ulster County Legislature’s 18-4 approval of the sales tax agreement between the county and the City of Kingston was a foregone conclusion. Some called it the “Mike Hein sales-tax agreement,” citing the county executive’s influence and avid promotion of the pact among legislators. That Pete Loughran split with fellow city legislators Dave Donaldson and...
Hugh Reynolds: Courthouse update

Hugh Reynolds: Courthouse update

It may be a month late — warp speed by government standards — but it appears the ducks are lined up to put the new Family Courthouse at the Business Resource Center in the Town of Ulster. The state Office of Court Administration, citing overcrowding and safety and privacy issues, has been pushing the county...
Letters: Sales tax, shooting range, Chris Gibson

Letters: Sales tax, shooting range, Chris Gibson

The people’s money The money generated by sales — sales tax — belongs to the people who generated it. It is not a political football to be kicked around by this assemblyman or that county executive or this mayor. In the highest-taxed state in the union, when an opportunity presents itself to help the taxpayers,...
Hugh Reynolds: You go, Nyquist

Hugh Reynolds: You go, Nyquist

Up until about a month ago, former New Paltz mayor Tom Nyquist was a familiar, respected elder around his hometown. Thanks to his Kentucky Derby-winning namesake, he’s in the headlines again. Equine Nyquist, named for the Detroit Red Wings hockey player Gustav Nyquist, won the Derby on Saturday, something Tom, the former mayor and county...
Hugh Reynolds: Boys to men

Hugh Reynolds: Boys to men

I want to be fair to Steve Noble, Kingston’s new mayor. But as a Kingston resident I can’t help worrying that the mayor’s team of rookies got outsmarted by County Executive Mike Hein’s squad of cunning veterans. Guile and experience often trump youthful exuberance. Noble brought Corporation Counsel Kevin Bryant and City Comptroller John Tuey...
Hugh Reynolds: Follow the money

Hugh Reynolds: Follow the money

Ulster County is finally on the political map. But not in a good way. Last week it was revealed that upwards of $350,000 was transferred a few weeks prior to the 2014 elections from New York City-based big donors via “Team de Blasio” to the Ulster County Democratic Committee, providing funding for the failed state...
Hugh Reynolds: Primary points

Hugh Reynolds: Primary points

The presidential circus moved on to the next state on Tuesday, but it was nice for New York, for a change, to be part of the proceedings. A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer in our pants. The hotly-contested races produced a degree of interest and participation rarely seen in local elections. Turnout...