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Hugh Reynolds: Fooling with fueling

Hugh Reynolds: Fooling with fueling

Vladimir Lenin promised peace and land, Herbert Hoover promised a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage. And County Executive Mike Hein came up in his seventh state of the county address last week with free fuel for owners of electric vehicles. What a guy. In offering owners of electrically powered vehicles...
Hugh Reynolds: Forward ... march!

Hugh Reynolds: Forward … march!

People ask me, as if I knew, why Congressman Chris Gibson decided to leave the House after only three terms. Dunno. After dropping that bombshell on the first day of what will be his final term, Gibson disappeared into a black hole somewhere between Washington and his hometown of Kinderhook. Go figure. One of the...
Hugh Reynolds: The legend of Mario Cuomo

Hugh Reynolds: The legend of Mario Cuomo

The passing of former New York governor Mario Cuomo brought lots of memories for those of us in the media who had the privilege, or the burden, of covering him during his dozen tumultuous years (1983-94) in the office. For many, Cuomo, out of office for almost 20 years when he died, was but a...
Hugh Reynolds: Some serious guessing ahead

Hugh Reynolds: Some serious guessing ahead

Shortly after dusk on Election Day in 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as was his custom, greeted neighbors and friends from the balcony of his Hyde Park home. “As you know,” he said, “I don’t make predictions about elections. But this I can predict with certainty: The next president of the United States will be from...
Hugh Reynolds: Holiday wishes

Hugh Reynolds: Holiday wishes

Here it is again, folks, the non-inclusive but by no means exclusive holiday list. Not everybody makes it every year; I’ve never been on it. It saves a lot of postage. So for all those who have been naughty or nice, may your days be happy and bright. For Bill Carey: Toni Sawyer’s paint brush....
Hugh Reynolds: Niagara falls?

Hugh Reynolds: Niagara falls?

As of this writing, nobody outside its corporate offices knows for sure whether Niagara Bottling will locate a new plant in Lake Katrine after being turned down last week for state funding. According to sources close to the scene, the deal between Niagara and the Town of Ulster was one of those XYZ arrangements, as...
Hugh Reynolds: All aboard?

Hugh Reynolds: All aboard?

With apologies to Johnny Cash‘s “Folsom Prison Blues,” did Ulster County Exec Mike Hein hear the train a’ comin? How else to explain why Hein suddenly switched gears late Monday afternoon and agreed to allow tourist trains to continue to run from Kingston Plaza to Hurley Mountain Road? For more than two years Hein has...
Hugh Reynolds: They liked Mike

Hugh Reynolds: They liked Mike

One of the questions following Ulster County Exec Mike Hein’s designation last month as one of the nine top public officials in the country by Washington-based Governing Magazine was whether he nominated himself. How else, wags wondered, would a national publication with a circulation of about 80,000 find an official to honor in a place...
Hugh Reynolds: Pay raise, anyone?

Hugh Reynolds: Pay raise, anyone?

Pundits are agog over the possibility of state legislators voting themselves a raise in special session next month. Paid a base salary of $79,500 for sessions that typically last six months a year, our state-level solons have not had a raise since 1999. There are some who believe the legislature should offer taxpayers a refund,...
Hugh Reynolds: And they're off

Hugh Reynolds: And they’re off

“Comptroller Expenses Scrutinized.” That was the lead headline in last Sunday’s Daily Echo. As we used to say in the business, they should have saved that type from the last story about Ulster County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach’s budget. And the one before that. The beat goes on. Those expenses in question have to do with...
Hugh Reynolds: Things are looking up

Hugh Reynolds: Things are looking up

By now, former Democratic Congressional candidate Sean Eldridge should be starting to figure out what he’s going to do with the next part of his young life. Taking a miserable 35 percent of the vote against Republican incumbent Chris Gibson on Nov. 4 must have been a shattering outcome for him. How bad was it?...
Hugh Reynolds: Where's the fizz?

Hugh Reynolds: Where’s the fizz?

The barnburner campaign I had hoped for in the 103rd Ulster-Dutchess Assembly district, Kevin Cahill versus Kevin Roberts, has been something of a fizzle. It seemed as though all the elements were in place, Cahill as villain, Roberts as accuser. Cahill set the stage last year, said his detractors, by holding up the 1 percent...