Posts tagged "Terry Bernardo"
Hugh Reynolds: The new legislature

Hugh Reynolds: The new legislature

Heading into Election Day, Democrats were pretty sure of taking the majority in the 23-member Ulster County Legislature. They did. Minority Leader Dave Donaldson was magnanimous in victory after rather easily turning back a challenge by Republican John Quigley. “The kid [he’s 21 years old] worked. I’ll give him that,” Donaldson said of his fallen...
Hugh Reynolds: Calling all candidates!

Hugh Reynolds: Calling all candidates!

The jury won’t be in for less than three weeks, but I have found the highly touted single-member system of electing Ulster County legislators at best disappointing. Recall the heady days of 2005-06, when the Democrats, who hadn’t elected a majority in the county legislature in almost 30 years under the Republican-controlled multi-member at-large system...
Hugh Reynolds: Political party time

Hugh Reynolds: Political party time

Ulster County’s major political parties will gather in annual nominating conventions next week, the Republicans on Wednesday, May 29 at Quimby Theater at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, Democrats on Thursday, May 30 at the Garden Plaza Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn) in Kingston. Both events begin at 7 p.m. Party conventions, while sometimes colorful,...

Hugh Reynolds: Baby, you can drive our car

In the normal course of events, Ulster’s county exec can afford to ignore the occasional critiques on his operation by the annoying terrier one floor below. That terrier would be independent watchdog Comptroller Elliott Auerbach, who treats taxpayer wallets like a territorially minded canine treats cars. Last week, Auerbach issued his latest report on county...
Hugh Reynolds: Payroll, please

Hugh Reynolds: Payroll, please

In one of the more obscure footnotes to a routine January meeting (other than 45 gun advocates expressing themselves) Ulster County’s legislature passed a resolution asking the county executive to begin sharing personnel information. Specifically, the legislature would like to be kept apprised monthly of all hirings, firings and retirements. Under the current system, legislators...
Hugh Reynolds: In your face

Hugh Reynolds: In your face

It may go down as a brief footnote in county history, if it’s remembered at all, but last week a committee of the Ulster County Legislature actually challenged the county executive, and it appears that, for the time being, it got away with it. That Ulster County Executive Mike Hein reacted with swift retribution suggests...

Hugh Reynolds: Dancin’ Dave is out of step

Apparently county legislature Minority Leader Dave Donaldson didn’t get the memo that last week’s Ulster County organizational meeting was for the purpose of swearing in legislators, not swearing at them. Not that firebrand Donaldson used bad language. He didn’t have to. Donaldson, in an anti-Republican rant against legislature Chairwoman Terry Bernardo, shocked some legislators, amazed...

Hugh Reynolds: Two retirements

Two of Ulster County’s iconic political figures, Congressman Maurice Hinchey and Judge Mike Kavanagh, will retire next month, between them ending almost three-quarters of a century on the public stage. By chance and durability, I was around to cover both. A few hundred words won’t do either justice. Assemblyman Kevin Cahill said more in his introduction of the next speaker...

Hugh Reynolds: O’Halloran the bucketman

Pity Dave O’Halloran, southern Ulster resort operator and the county Industrial Development Agency (IDA) board chairman dealt the unhappy hand of attempting to negotiate between County Executive Mike Hein and arch-enemy Independence Party Chairman Len Bernardo on an IDA tax deal. A comedy/tragedy in at least a dozen acts, the roots of rancor between Hein and Bernardo extend...

Hugh Reynolds: Wrath of the IDA

It seems the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency is finally getting hard-nosed about underperforming recipients of county-sponsored tax breaks and low-interest loans. At its meeting this month, the IDA board identified nine organizations (out of 45), including a Kingston church, that it said hadn’t lived up to job-creation forecasts made on their IDA applications. Melinda...
Hugh Reynolds: Lies, damned lies and campaigns for office

Hugh Reynolds: Lies, damned lies and campaigns for office

It was Winston Churchill, a fair country fibber in his own right, who said at the height of World War II, “In time of war (or politics), when truth is so precious, it must be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” A previous British prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli, is supposed to have put it more...
Reynolds: Hein outmaneuvers Gallo

Reynolds: Hein outmaneuvers Gallo

Kicking off their summit last week with an exchange of insults, Mayor Shayne Gallo and County Executive Mike Hein then got down to the real business of saving face on one hand and advancing an ambitious plan to consolidate county government and enhance educational opportunities in the city. Flies on the wall report it got...