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Ulster County is Cahill Country. You should of asked him if he is running for County Executive. We need Cahill to lead this County.
It would be a shame to lose cahill in the state legislature. Who could replace him? But on the other hand, he would make a great county executive. Tough choice he has to make there.
I hope Kevin Cahill runs for County Executive also. That way we can elect someone qualified to be our State Assemblyman. Cahill has sat there for the last 10 years and did nothing for the people. When the County Legislature asked him for additional mortgage tax to help fix their problems he said no. When the County Legislature asked him for additional Hotel Tax to help fix their problems he said no. But instead the County was forced to raise property taxes on their residents and business’. Kevin in not the Assemblyman he promised he would be. He does not talk to have of the elected leaders in this county or for that matter the Daily Freeman. That will be difficult to run for let alone be the County Executive if you can play nice in the sand box. So Kevin, please do what your ego is telling you to do RUN FOR COUNTY EXECUTIVE.
He talks like a politician. We don't need any more politicians. We need leaders. He is not a leader.
the last i heard, donaldson and his crew were out there spouting the very low, below COLA, minuscule property tax increase. that tells me that the legislators should be happy with that decision. they were able to present a reasonable budget without new taxes. it also tells me that the other taxes were definitely not needed. ill take a person who doesn't raise taxes blindly, over someone who uses them as a crutch any day of the week. now that is my friends, is leadership. run for exec kevin.
As if the freeman matters. Who cares about that rag? If Blaber is covering Cahill, he is golden!
I wonder how folks caught up in the sub-prime mess would feel about a mortgage tax right now?If you want to talk about leadership, ask the hospitals. Who brought home almost $50 million dollars to keep them both open? Too bad the visionaries putting together the county budget decided to put the future of health care and the local economy at risk by selling out to Empire Blue Cross for a one shot budgetary gimmick. We'll by lucky if we have any doctors left in Ulster by the end of the year.
I would be very happy to have Blue Cross Blue Shield. As I understand it, this is the first time ever health care costs actually did not go up in Ulster County.You can't have it both ways...cost efficiencies are a good thing in a county where taxes are burying the working class.
It said who COULD. That moron in Ulster certainly could NOT! A legend in his own mind at the age of 20 whatever. Would he move out of Mommies house then? What a jerk.
Blue Cross Blue Shield is a for-profit share holder oriented operation. They are the Wal-Mart of health insurance. By designating Empire as the only choice of insurance providers for Ulster employees they have given them enough market share to make them the only game in town. Maybe your premiums stay in check for the next year, but you can't ignore the high cost of their low prices.When Wal-Mart pressures their suppliers to deliver goods at the cheapest costs possible, what do we get? Lead paint in children's toys and poison in our pet food. What happens when we apply those pressures to health care providers? They either stop accepting new patients, retire or set up clinic-like operations where we stop getting the standard of care we need.If we limit health care options in Ulster County, those dollars and jobs go elsewhere to Albany, Westchester or across the river. The health care industry is one of the few things we have going for us . What business is going to want to come here if we don't have the docs to take care of their employees? The out-migration of patients is going to be the death knell of the future of Ulster County. If our primary care physicians don't accept the paltry sum Empire is offering for their services that is exactly what will happen.We absolutely must find a way to control the costs of health care, but lowering and limiting the standard of care is not the way to do it.
6:41 PM said - "I wonder how folks caught up in the sub-prime mess would feel about a mortgage tax right now?"You obviously don't understand how a mortgage tax is assessed. First, it is paid by the buyer. Second, it does not kick in until the price goes over a certain threshhold. For example, if the threshhold is $250,000, then the tax is assessed on any amount over that price. So a house sold for $300,000 would mean the buyer pays a tax on $50,000. It is really more significant for high- priced houses and properties, thus it is paid mostly by the wealthy. In short, it is a progressive tax.
11:45 - I think you are the one who does not get it. You are talking about a Real Estate Transfer tax that has a built in home price exemption. These taxes can be levied on either the buyer or seller depending on how the tax is structured in the law. If done correctly this levy can be applied in a progressive manner which I believe is what Kevin was asking the county to do all along.The county asked for a mortgage tax that did not include an affordable housing option. Even if it did, people buying expensive homes would simply take out multiple mortgages to avoid paying the tax.The main reason the county wanted this tax was to cash in on all those people refinancing their mortgages during the housing boom. Every time they used their house like an ATM the county would be there to take a cut. Back to the sub-prime mess. Now that the bubble has burst, the bulk of the people refinancing their mortgages are doing so in order to hold onto their homes. These are the families that would have gotten hit with your so-called progressive mortgage tax. Like the health insurance decision, this was another shortsighted budgetary gimmick. It is a good thing Kevin was able to look past the next election to do what was right for the county.
11:45 Wrong!!! The mortgage tax, as it stands right now, is a flat 1/2% of the amount being borrowed. If someone borrows $100,000 the tax is $500, $200,000 the tax is $1,000 and so on. Increasing the tax from 1/2% to 3/4% would do nothing other than to increase the amount of the tax paid for EVERYONE. Nothing progressive about that. Increasing this tax is nothing other than government being too lazy to get off their fat ass and find a real solution to the problem. Their answer is to place the burden on those who are looking to live, work and raise their families here. Welcome to Ulster County.
to 8:41 AM & 9:24 AM - I was wrong and I stand corrected. I confused the Real Estate Transfer Tax with the Mortgage Tax.The RE Transfer Tax is a good idea, the Mortgage Tax is a BAD idea.Thanks for pointing out my error.
I hope Cahill runs for County Exec. The company Hein keeps (Spada and Oliveri) and his supporters (Sottile, et al) leave a lot to be desired - they're not Democrats. Hein was a life-long Republican and didn't become a Democrat until two years ago when the Dems took the majority in the legislature. Cahill would win the county nomination; if Hein took him to a primary, Hein would lose. Go for it, Kevin!
Kevin Cahill would lose in a Democratic primary. I hope he goes for it. we will finally be rid of him and his vindictive style.
Exactly who would beat Kevin? I can not think of anyone who would. Kevin has the name recognition and experience to win. If Hein was smart, he would reach out to Cahill and team up as the comptroller candidate. It is his only chance if Cahill runs.A Cahill and Hein ticket is unbeatable.
No way would Kevin lose - the word would get out about Hein - he's a slumlord and his cronies are corrupt. Kevin is certainly arrogant, but I've never known him to be vindictive (if he has been, do tell - I am curious).
The fact that Cahill won't talk to his local newspaper, which is read by many of his constituents, speaks worse about Cahill than it does the Freeman. Cahill must think he's the Bill Clinton of local politics.
If I were Cahill, I would not talk to them either. Unlike most politicians, Cahill has the balls to tell them to stick it up their ass when the constantly misreport events and issues. He does not care that they will not publish his name.
The Freeman is not a newspaper,it is a tabloid being unscrupulously printed in newspaper format. Yellow journalism to be kind. I think this issue about the tax is silly. If I'm going to buy a house at $200,000,and the tax on the mortgage is $1000 or $1500 who cares? It's a one time cost that pales in comparison to other closing costs. Countrywide scams $7000 out of it's customers on half that amount. Now there's a criminal enterprise.
7:32 Taxes are never silly if you are the one who has to pay them. Supply and demand should control the market place. If you don't like Countrywide's closing costs go look at Ulster Savings, Rondout Savings, Sawyer Savings, Ulster Federal Credit Union, MidHudson Valley Federal Credit Union and so on. Shop around and pick the best deal you can find. Don't like the mortgage tax, too bad, its the first (not last)of many, many taxes you will have to pay for the privilege of owning property in Ulster County. Finally, Ulster County isn't supposed to be a company in the business of making a profit. Countrywide is.
10:46-You give Countrywide too much credit. They're not exactly making money. I pay more taxes than anyone on this blog. I'm glad to pay to clean up the appalachian hillbilly republicans. I love to see their homes spring up "for sale" signs as they flee. Then I laugh at how they can't sell because they're too greedy and resort to renting to social service recipients. Hmm, that's another good tax idea! Slumlord tax! Ha ha ha, make them all rent their red state homes to come back to avoid MORE tax. And you folks thought high taxes were just a coincidence. So naive.
Can anyone list the legislation Cahill has authored that has made our lives better, safer or healthier?
I like that buyer protection against scanner mistakes. I don't know if he wrote it,and I haven't got the heart to use it, but it sure sends a message.
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Nice list! I doubt the inquirer was serious enough to actually read them though. I don't think there's any doubt that Kevin is a capable politician. He's definitely a thinking person, not just a stuffed suit. Does he want to stay down here instead of moving up? I know we have a shortage of thinkers around here but putting the best at the highest level always seemed to be the most effective way to govern.
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