County Beat
Hugh Reynolds: Choosing a judge

Hugh Reynolds: Choosing a judge

The Democratic primary for Family Court judge in Ulster County this year features two lawyers experienced at Family Court and a newcomer who says his life experience and community involvement will provide fresh perspective. Kevin Bryant and John Beisel of Kingston and Gilda Riccardi of Saugerties presented themselves to party faithful at a forum hosted...
Hugh Reynolds: Train in vain?

Hugh Reynolds: Train in vain?

Next Tuesday’s monthly Ulster legislature session could be the last roundup for Catskill Mountain Railroad supporters who hope to retain the possibility of a tourist train ride from Kingston to Hurley. On the agenda is a resolution that would permit County Executive Mike Hein’s long-standing plan to rip up the tracks from Midtown Kingston to...
Hugh Reynolds: Money talks. Sometimes it yells ...

Hugh Reynolds: Money talks. Sometimes it yells …

Just when we thought the campaign for Assembly between New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet and incumbent Kevin Cahill was all over but for the shouting, they’re back knocking heads again, this time about campaign contributions. Zimet’s nearly $7,000 raised over the summer hardly measures up to Cahill’s six figures over a longer period, but...
Hugh Reynolds: A lack of sufficient ink

Hugh Reynolds: A lack of sufficient ink

There’s already much hand-wringing, finger-pointing and abject denials in the wake of Susan Zimet’s nominating petitions for state Assembly being rejected by the state Board of Elections last Friday. Losing is never easy. Let’s examine the petition process. For all the declarations, announcements, nominations and acceptance speeches that lead up to it, a candidacy is...
Hugh Reynolds: All aboard

Hugh Reynolds: All aboard

A special committee of the Ulster County Legislature has called on the Catskill Mountain Railroad to drop its suit against the county in exchange for the county abandoning its effort to immediately terminate its lease with the railroad. The 25-year lease expires in May 2016. Kingston’s Dave Donaldson chairs the five-member legislative committee, which after...
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...