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Hugh Reynolds: The good side

Hugh Reynolds: The good side

The opposite faces of Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, the good and the bad, were on display last week. Since Hein thinks I pick on him too much, let’s begin on a positive note. The formal dedication of the homeless veterans’ facility on Wurts Street in Kingston was a Mike Hein event in the best...
Hugh Reynolds: A rush to judgeship

Hugh Reynolds: A rush to judgeship

With all the speculation over who’s running for the newly created Family Court judgeship in Ulster County, little attention has been given to the fact that even for Albany, this was one helluva rush job. Up until about three weeks ago, nobody except some capital insiders and a few well-connected locals knew there was a...
Hugh Reynolds: All aboard?

Hugh Reynolds: All aboard?

Last week, Ulster County’s executive branch launched another blitz on the Catskill Mountain Railroad, apparently aimed at convincing the legislative branch of the merits of the county’s increasingly expensive legal battle to break its lease with the CMRR. Sources from inside the rare closed-door session where lawmakers were briefed indicated the effort might have been...
Hugh Reynolds: Tuition, please

Hugh Reynolds: Tuition, please

It took almost six years and a nudge from some maverick legislators, but the Hein administration has finally come around to the notion that Ulster County should be increasing its share of support for its community college. And by doing so, it is giving students some relief from tuition charges. The record clearly suggests that...
Hugh Reynolds: Calling Mister Roberts

Hugh Reynolds: Calling Mister Roberts

How will a virtually unknown Republican county legislator fare against nine-term incumbent Assemblyman Kevin Cahill in the November elections, if Cahill first defeats New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary? GOP nominee Kevin Roberts would be faced with quickly establishing name recognition outside his Plattekill district and then challenging a...
Hugh Reynolds: On Broadway

Hugh Reynolds: On Broadway

They say the traffic moves real slow on Kingston’s Broadway. But big things, under and at grade, are coming to Kingston’s potholed main thoroughfare, and soon. Central Hudson will be digging up the stretch from Albany Avenue to Henry Street later this spring, and Verizon plans to update its services. After that, city contractors will...
Hugh Reynolds: Round one for Cahill, Zimet

Hugh Reynolds: Round one for Cahill, Zimet

It wasn’t Frazier versus Ali, but Assembly primary candidates Kevin Cahill and Susan Zimet did some impressive bobbing and weaving at their first meet-the-candidate face-off before the Ulster County Democratic Women in Kingston this Monday night. There were no clinches. While Zimet, a four-term New Paltz town supervisor and former county legislator, played to the...

Hugh Reynolds: Parete pulls the plug

It’s just as well that Ulster County Legislature Chairman John Parete cancelled a special legislative session for Tuesday night with former Nevele casino pointman (but still CEO) Michael Treanor. Given the secretive nature of politicians and developers, we’ll probably never know all the details of the Mike Treanor affair, but what we do know it...
Hugh Reynolds: Suddenly, Susan

Hugh Reynolds: Suddenly, Susan

I’ll confess that New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet, who declared her candidacy for state Assembly against Kevin Cahill on Tuesday morning, baffles me. I can live with her machine-gun delivery, her tendency to complicate the simplest of things, the fact that when you ask her the time she’ll tell you how to make a...
Hugh Reynolds: Freedom of Assembly

Hugh Reynolds: Freedom of Assembly

I suppose the good news for Assemblyman Kevin Cahill is that potential opponents so far have only one issue on which to run. But that one issue is a doozie. Cahill is being held directly responsible for the “loss” of $3.2 million in sales tax receipts in December and January after he blocked the county...
Hugh Reynolds: Picture Perfit

Hugh Reynolds: Picture Perfit

We’re speaking here of Ulster County IDA board member Steve Perfit, this week’s man-in-the-barrel in the seemingly never-ending saga of the Park Point/SUNY New Paltz student housing project. Perfit, a commercial real-estate broker, is being accused of conflict of interest in voting in favor of a half-million-dollar Pilot (payment in lieu of taxes) deal last...
Hugh Reynolds: Amedore vs. Tkaczyk Part 2

Hugh Reynolds: Amedore vs. Tkaczyk Part 2

The widely expected rematch between Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk and Republican George Amedore for state senate was officially launched at a pizza parlor in midtown Catskill Monday morning. The race is not official until the incumbent officially announces. She will, probably right after the legislature adjourns in mid-June. Attack-dog surrogates will serve up the politics for...