Legislator Tracey Bartels (I-Gardiner), chairwoman of the investigation into the nearly $40 million dollar cost overruns at the new county jail, wants Jonathan Sennett to be the next Ulster County District Attorney.
"The legislature's investigation went through tens of thousands of documents. In the event that the grand jury investigation impaneled by current Ulster County District Attorney Donald A. Williams is not finished before the end of the year, it is essential that this probe be carried forward by the most capable and unbiased candidate," said Tracey Bartels ,the non-enrolled county legislator who led the Special Committee to Investigate Matters Regarding the Pre-Planning, Planning, and Construction of the Ulster County Law Enforcement Center.
Bartels said of the three candidates for Ulster County District Attorney, Jonathan Sennett is best positioned to carry forward the research and evidence gathered by her investigation and the ongoing grand jury investigation. Taxpayers deserve a district attorney who will conduct the investigation in an unbiased manner that will not be influenced by long-established personal or professional relationships, said Bartels.
Bartels is a two-term county legislator from Gardiner who is not seeking a third term. This endorsement is not politically motivated. We need to get to the truth in the biggest financial blunder in the history of Ulster County. I believe Jonathan Sennett will pursue justice until it is served f or the people of this county," said Bartels. Sennett said that voters across the county have expressed outrage to him over the jail project. "Ms. Bartels' endorsement is a great honor. She spearheaded the legislature's investigation in a thorough, professional and non-partisan manner. Prosecution at all levels must be non-partisan," said Jonathan Sennett.
Sennett is also endorsed by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton and Governor Eliot Spitzer. CSEA Local 856, Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation and SEIU Local 200United have endorsed Sennett.