Monday, June 09, 2008
Rosendale Sup. Pat McDonough Endorses Hein for Exec
Ulster County voters have a unique opportunity this Fall as we implement the
long-awaited charter form of government. The new County Executive will be
the chief fiscal officer of the county, a $325 million operation with 2,000
employees. I'm excited at the prospect of supporting a candidate who will
prioritize progressive ideals within a financially responsible structure.
After recognizing fundamental differences with his former party, and
suffering deep disillusionment with them, Michael Hein has come to embrace
the broad spectrum of ideas and positions under our Democratic umbrella.
Contrary to popular spin, Democrats are concerned with fiscal responsibility
in a more realistic way than "conservatives." Basically, we recognize the
importance of investing in our future. We apply a cost and benefit analysis
to every issue (rather than just a cost analysis), whether the costs and
benefits are financial, cultural, societal, or otherwise.
By working in tandem with Legislature Chairman Dave Donaldson and Ways and
Means Committee Chair Al Lomita, Michael Hein has blended true Democratic
principles into a working and workable financial plan for .
Responsible support for education through UCCC, performance based funding
for the UC Development Corporation, creation of the UC Department of the
Environment, pursuing a plan for shared responsibility with municipalities,
and being the first to fund the Hudson Valley's solar initiative, are just a
few of the ways he has been able to do this by collaborating closely with
the UC Legislature.
What impresses me the most when speaking with Michael about these and other
initiatives, is his deep understanding that every action involves county
taxpayers and employees. He gets it that a budget includes workers trying
to make a living and provide for their families, that protecting the
environment improves the quality of life for everyone, that supporting
economic development means opportunities for the next generation who would
like to remain in the communities where their parents and grandparents once
By seeing the big picture, and still recognizing the impact on each
individual, Michael Hein has demonstrated the leadership and sensitivity
which will carry Ulster County into the future. I am proud to endorse him
as our first Ulster County Executive.
Patrick McDonough, Supervisor
Town of Rosendale
Posted by Jeremy Blaber at 12:24 AM