Posts tagged "Terry Bernardo"
Hugh Reynolds: Their day in court

Hugh Reynolds: Their day in court

Some predicted the 17-year running battle between developers of the Resort at Belleayre in Shandaken and regionally-based environmentalists might wind up in court. And now it’s headed there. In one of his last acts before leaving office, former DEC commissioner Joe Martens signed off on what had long been pilloried by critics as a “mega-resort,”...
Hugh Reynolds: Wild times for the county legislature

Hugh Reynolds: Wild times for the county legislature

The Ulster County voting machines had barely cooled down when county legislators started jockeying for control of next year’s legislature. Democrats and Republicans each elected 10 of their own, with three wild cards in play on Nov. 3. “It could be the wildest election in years,” predicted Dave Donaldson of Kingston, who wheeled and dealed...
Hugh Reynolds: The Hein victory

Hugh Reynolds: The Hein victory

A win is a win is a win, as they say in politics. But some wins are better than others. As polling places shut down shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday night, most pundits thought that Republican Terry Bernardo achieving 40 percent of the vote for Ulster County executive would constitute a moral victory against incumbent...
Hein gets another term as county executive

Hein gets another term as county executive

With all 163 election districts reporting, Democrat Mike Hein had an unofficial lead of 4,462 votes (54.9 percent) over Republican challenger Terry Bernardo (42.2 percent) in the race for county executive. Green Party candidate Hunter Downie trailed with 960 votes. Excluding the still uncounted absentee ballots, Hein had 19,201 votes to Bernardo’s 14,739. Voting was...
Hugh Reynolds: Mayoral moves

Hugh Reynolds: Mayoral moves

I’m not sure Kingston mayoral candidates Steve Noble and Ron Polacco changed any minds at this week’s Chamber of Commerce debate, but Noble made a better case for himself. Noble was in any case a good deal more specific with plans and programs. Polacco was more the sloganeer from four years ago. Polacco didn’t come...
Hugh Reynolds: Executive action

Hugh Reynolds: Executive action

What with kissing dogs, garbage collection, electric cars and a host of other issues, it’s been a busy campaign week in the race for Ulster County executive. With the usual fanfare, Democratic candidate Mike Hein signed legislation creating an animal abuse registry to protect animals against human predators. If a photo of a dog happily...
Hugh Reynolds: John Faso will run

Hugh Reynolds: John Faso will run

Time is beginning to run short for Republican candidates seeking to succeed retiring GOP Congressman Chris Gibson next year. Republican party chairs from the 11-county 19th Congressional District will meet in Coxsackie on Dec. 9 to iron out the rules for an expected June 24 primary. Petitioning for both parties begins in February. Party conventions...
Hugh Reynolds: Parking violation?

Hugh Reynolds: Parking violation?

One of the more curious, and troubling, incidents involving an elected official took place the afternoon of Sept. 18 in the parking area of a Tannersville swimming hole where Ulster County Legislator Chris Allen, D-Saugerties, was accused of assaulting a female Hunter-Tannersville school teacher over access to a parking space. The story was certainly newsworthy...
Hugh Reynolds: Campaign cash

Hugh Reynolds: Campaign cash

Ulster County Legislature Chairman John Parete’s recently released think piece on campaign finance reform may read like a resolution, but according to its author it is at this point just a collection of ideas. That’s just as well. Any piece of legislation that limits the county executive’s ability to raise campaign funds will die a...
Hugh Reynolds: Water, water

Hugh Reynolds: Water, water

I expect Kingston voters will overwhelmingly approve a charter change in November that will give their elected officials authority over the sale of water outside city borders. Why stop there? The city gets its water piped from Cooper Lake in Woodstock via a treatment plant in Zena. As demonstrated by the Niagara Bottling battle last...
Hugh Reynolds: Interpretive Center inspiration

Hugh Reynolds: Interpretive Center inspiration

Long, long after the celestial event, it has been revealed that the original idea for the soon to be dedicated Maurice Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center at Mount Tremper came, literally, from on high. According to Ulster Publishing publisher Geddy Sveikauskas, he and then-assemblyman Maurice Hinchey were hiking in the majestic hills around Mount Tremper some...
Hugh Reynolds: What happened at The Chateau?

Hugh Reynolds: What happened at The Chateau?

“Do you have any idea what happened last night?” a befuddled Republican committeeman asked me the day after the county committee rejected one and possibly two candidates for Ulster County executive. I had some idea, of course. I was there last week for the carefully contrived finale where party chairman Roger Rascoe rejected nominations from...