Posts tagged "Terry Bernardo"
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...
Hugh Reynolds: Terry Bernardo’s leap of faith

Hugh Reynolds: Terry Bernardo’s leap of faith

Will she or won’t she was the question circulating among the political class just prior to this week’s Ulster County Republican convention. But a funny thing happened on former legislature chairwoman Terry Bernardo‘s way to the Republican nomination. Robert’s Rules of order and Bernardo’s tactical stumbles left her reading her acceptance speech to a group...
Bernardo wants to take on Hein, but doesn't get official GOP nod

Bernardo wants to take on Hein, but doesn’t get official GOP nod

Former legislature chairwoman Terry Bernardo of Rochester says she’ll run for county executive despite being denied the opportunity to have her name placed in nomination at the Republican Party’s annual convention in Kingston on Wednesday night. Bernardo was in the audience with an acceptance speech in hand when party Chairman Roger Rascoe announced that the...
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...