Tuesday, December 30, 2008


For personal and professional reasons I am shutting down this blog. It has been an absolute honor and privilege to have done the first political blog in Ulster County, which lasted for more than three years!

I enjoyed doing this blog and had a lot of fun with it. I hope that many of my loyal readers enjoyed it as well, even if you did not always agree with my views! I would like to thank Bill Reynolds, Hugh Reynolds, Rich Parete, Roger Rosenbaum, Josh Sommers, Elliott Auerbach, Jon and MariAnn Sennett, as well as everyone else that inspired this blog and encouraged it's existence as a place for current political news.

Maybe someday in the not so near future it will make a comeback in some fashion. Below are some of the campaigns that I covered and participated in that really made the blog worth it.

Thanks for reading!!!

-Jeremy Blaber


Eliott's victory is something I am very proud of. The guy put his heart and soul in that race and it was by no means a sure thing. Elliott had to fight for his life for the Dem nomination and than go up against the good ol' boys in the general election. At the end of the day Elliott was outspent like 7:1. Elliott ran a true grass roots campaign and never once went negative or jeopardized his integrity. His victory proves that the voters are not as stupid as we think... (credit my Uncle Alderman Crespino for famously coining that quote) and that all the money his opponent threw into the race could not buy Elliott's experience, qualifications or integrity.

The night Elliott won the Dem convention!!!!
The best campaign slogan ever!
Anything for a vote!
Elliott and Judy with dignitaries from Ireland


This is another race that I am very proud of..while Jon was not successful this time he will be in 2011. The guy put in everything he had and without bringing up bad memories we all know why he is not DA. I went into that race thinking I knew all there was to know about Ulster County politics and finished realizing how little I did know. It was the best learning experience and by far the greatest campaign I ever participated in.
Harry Tuman said if you want a friend in politics get a dog, it's so true but Jon is def an exception to that saying, I met Jon at his first fundraiser in New Paltz and learned so much from him, not just about politics but about life. Jon became my best friend and role model, I love him and his family and I am so grateful for everything he has done for me and taught me.

After Jon won the convention

Sennett with Eliot Spitzer during better times for the former Gov
How can I forget putting in those stakes in the frozen ground with Madsen all over the county
Jon at the fair

Holley takes a rare moment to campaign last year

2011 is only a few years away my friend!


Jim Sottile's campaign in 2007 was really a cake walk..I am glad he won.

Sottile takes the oath with our new full time Dem Judge Gilpatric!!!!


Paul Van Blarcum's campaign was really what set the ground work for Dems to get elected county wide in Ulster. Paul ran a flawless campaign from start to finish and beat his opponent 2:1 despite being outspent by the same margin. Sheriff Van Blarcum has went on to become a great Sheriff and makes this county proud every day!

Our great Sheriff!
Van Blarcum with than Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, again during better times

A Few Quick Predictions For the Road

While I have been focusing heavily on county stuff the past year in a half, my heart has always remained in Kingston politics where I got my start. Here are a few predictions for the common council in 09

Ward 1 - For the first time in living memory, this ward will go Democratic. Alderman Teetsel has lost his way with the party and failed to be a voice for Ward 1. If Linda Provanzano runs it's over before it starts but either way this ward goes blue.

Ward 2- The GOP finally wise up and run a candidate other then Phil but it's not enough, Hoffay is strong and will coast to a second term

Ward 3- Landi in a landslide

Ward 4- Shirley Whitlock is untouchable

Ward 5- If DiBella runs she wins but we see this ward as up for grabs

Ward 6- Ron Pollocco has nothing to worry about, he will coast to a second term and then run for Mayor

Ward 7 Majority Leader Reynolds is the Teflon Alderman

Ward 8- Alderman Senor loses his bid for reelection :(

Ward 9- Alderman Madsen pulls out an easy victory

Common Council goes 6-3 Dems

I also see Jim Sottile recovering from the missteps of 2008, the guy has a lot of heart and has taken some unfair criticism from members of his own party. Those fences need to be mended, once that is done Hiz Honor will have no trouble in 2011.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Elliott Auerbach and Mike Hein Swearing In, Jan 1st


Elliott Auerbach

Monday, December 22, 2008

Molinaro Stands Up for Greenway Community Council

State Assemblyman Marc Molinaro has told Governor David Paterson that he opposes a proposal to eliminate the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council and Hudson River Valley Greenway Heritage Conservancy.

Under the governor’s budget proposal – in which he wants to eradicate the $15.4 billion state deficit – he called for the transfer of the two agencies’ liabilities, assets, and responsibilities to the Department of State.

“For more than a decade, as Village of Tivoli mayor and Dutchess County legislator, I saw firsthand the tremendous benefits these relationships have had on the residents of the entire Hudson Valley,” Molinaro said in a letter to the governor.

“The Greenway’s success in spurring inter-municipal cooperation and regional planning is a model for cost savings and consolidation at the local level,” Molinaro said.

“The bottom line,” said the Republican assemblyman, is that, “I do not believe that a savings of less than $100,000 (assuming the loss of federal revenues for the management of the National Heritage Area and re-assignment of Greenway staff) is sufficient reason for elimination of these highly functional and successful organizations shifting the responsibility to the Department of State.”

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Blaber News Person of the Year : Assemblyman Kevin Cahill

2nd Year running, Kevin Cahill named Blaber News Person of the Year.

Full write up to follow

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Blaber News' Third Annual and FINAL Person of the Year VOTE NOW

I am once again asking for your help in selecting Blaber News' third annual and final person of the year. Blaber News' person of the year must be an active member of the community that has made significant contributions to making Ulster County a better place to live work and raise a family.

Voting will go on for a week and the winner will receive the Blaber News Person of the Year plaque, and a full page write up on Jeremyblaber.com

Vote on the right side of the blog and feel free to use the comment section to write in a nominee that may not be on the list.

Full descriptions of the nominees will be done in the next day or so but for now here are the nominees and the specific reason to why they were nominated:

Mayor Jim Sottile- For his unwavering support of the long dormant Kirkland Hotel, even when it was an unpopular idea that hurt him with labor in his 2007 election. The Kirkland had it's grand opening April 11th of this year.

Comptroller elect Elliott Auerbach- Elliott Auerbach was elected Ulster County's first Comptroller in the closest election in Ulster County's history. Auerbach ran a true grass roots campaign being outspent by his opponent more than 5:1, despite this, Elliott never went negative or jeopardized his integrity or the integrity of the office that he was seeking. His election is truly historic.

Executive elect Mike Hein- Mike Hein was elected to be the first Executive of Ulster County in a landslide, running a well organized campaign and focusing on his great successes as county administrator. Hudson Valley Business magazine stated that " Mike Hein has delivered more reform in his two years as administrator than the previous 29 combined."

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill-
- Kevin Cahill who was the 2007 Blaber News Person of the Year, was recently reelected to another term in the state assembly winning almost 70% of the vote. Cahill is a tireless advocate for Ulster County and is the new chair of the Assembly's energy committee.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Comptroller Elect

Auerbach Wins Comptroller Race!!!!

The people of Ulster County have elected Elliott Auerbach to be their first County Comptroller. I can't tell you how happy I am, Elliott is going to be an excellent Comptroller and will make this county proud!

I also think that a tremendous amount of credit should be given to Jim Quigley, who ran a great campaign and is a true gentleman. We had our disagreements but I have the utmost respect for the guy.