Monday, March 31, 2008
Below is a list of people that have been rumored to of been interested for the two top county spots.
County Executive :
full disclosure : I am supporting Mike Hein for County Exec
Mike Hein (announced)
Pr0 : Is currently doing the job now and has an extremely impressive track record of cutting wasteful spending.
Con : New to the political scene
Sue Zimet ( all but has announced)
pro- Has already proved elect-ability county wide
Con- Will have trouble uniting the County
Pro- Currently is the executive of Ulster County
Con - will have a difficult time campaigning county wide.
William Berardi (announced)
Pro - Extremely well educated individual with strong ties to the community.
Con - A harsh critic to the point where he turns people off.
County Comptroller :
Kingston Majority Leader Bill Reynolds (front runner)
Pro : Chair of the Kingston Finance Committee, has worked to develop multi-million dollar municipal budgets as a Kingston Alderman for the past 17 years. Currently works for the NYS Comptroller's office
Con -- None I can think of.
Pro- Do not know enough about the individual
Con - Do not know enough about the individual
Another candidate that would change the dynamic of this race may run but it's to soon to even float the idea out there.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Rich Cahill today ripped in to GOP party boss Jean Jacobs on his blog. In a post on his blog about Anne Marie DiBella he wrote this :
"She [Anne Marie] needs to be beaten in 2009. Hopefully, my party can come with a real candidate this time and not just run Jean Jacobs again. "
It's clear the former Mayoral candidate is saying that Ms. Jacobs is not a real candidate. That's pretty harsh criticism and it's highly unusual for Rich Cahill to attack his party's leader. Which brings validity to the rumors going around that Cahill is looking to challenge Jean Jacobs for the Chairmanship in June.
Dr. Jon R. Cohen, who sought the lieutenant governor nomination only to back out when it was headed to David Paterson, was tapped by Paterson last week to serve as his senior advisor.
Before Governor Spitzer had picked David Patterson to run as Lt. Governor, I backed and worked for Dr. Cohen in his short bid for the job. I think Dr.Cohen will do an excellent job as Governor Paterson's senior advisor. He's a really great guy that has a tremendous amount of energy and compassion for New York.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Ward 1- As far as I am concerned the seat is vacant. Their elected representitive is missing in action.
Overall Rating = F
Ward 2 Alderwoman Ringwood - Jennifer has done a tremedous job fighting for the quality life issues of the 2nd Ward and beyond. Ringwood's latest iniciative to ban smoking on City Property is right on target. Also her willingness to comprimise and work with members across the aisle is refreshing. I am very sorry to see her leave.
Overall Rating = A
Ward 3 Alderman Landi- Alderman Landi has been pretty quite his first few months but I am impressed with what I have observed thus far. I do disagree with his vote against transart. Like him or hate him he knows his stuff and is an effective Alderman
Overall Rating = B
Ward 4 Alderwoman Whitlock - The clouds have been lifted in the trobled fouth ward and replaced with sunshine and an active Alderwoman that cares about the issues that matter in the ward and puts in the time to make sure they are addressed. The 4th ward could not ask for a better representitve than that of Alderwoman Whitlock
Overall Rating = A
Ward 5 Alderwoman DiBella - As hard as it admit this, Anne Marie is an effective lawmaker. In large part to Anne Marie's leadership, the county no longer houses Kingston's homeless at the King's Inn like animals. Anne Marie has also supported important initiatives such as the smoking ban. DiBella's vote in favor of granting Trans Art's extension with the City t speaks volumes. Even though she was against the transfer originally, her vote shows the ability to see the big picture in restoring a city eye sore.
Overall Rating = A
Ward 6 Alderman Polacco - Ron has had an impressive first start. He clearly is head and shoulders above his Republican colleague. Polacco who is in his first term, is not having any trouble adjusting to the job and seems to know what he is doing. I do however disagree with his votes not to fund the police and fire department budgets for 2008.
Overall Rating = B
Ward 7- Majority Leader Reynolds - Bill is far beyond his office and is being held back as Kingston's Seventh Ward Alderman. Don't get me wrong, there is no one better to represent the Ward but our County and State could use him more.
Overall Rating= A+
Ward8 Alderman Senor - Like Landi, Senor knows the job and has been doing it long enough to know when to pick and choose his battles. Why he would throw himself out to the wolves by picking a fight with CSEA over personal cell phone use is beyond me. The City has more important issues to deal with.
Overall Rating= A
Ward 9 Alderman Madsen - I saw Alderman Madsen raking leaves on city owned property the other day, the next day he was picking up trash. Madsen continues to tirelessly work by example by taking pride in his ward and community. I also like the fact that Madsen has started a program on kpa tv and a blog to better interact with residents of the ninth ward.
Overall Rating = A
The day after major Hillary Clinton fund-raisers sent a letter to Nancy Pelosi about the role of superdelegates in the nominating process (as in, please stop taking the Obama campaign's position on it), two Hillary Clinton supporters from New Jersey are circulating a petition, addressed to Howard Dean, asking that Florida and Michigan delegates be reinstated "immediately."
"If they are not reinstated by early April," the petition says, "we ask the Democratic National Committee to show cause why they should not be reinstated and establish a mandate for two full revote primaries for June."
Friday, March 28, 2008
County Administrator Mike Hein, Supervisor Woerner and Deputy Supervisor Craig Artist
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I went to the press conference today and was completely unimpressed. There was a six foot long table set up of thousands of pages of jury deliberation that will never be made public. The D.A. said here is our extensive work it's all here, we paid 10 thousand to print this alone but you (the taxpaying public) will never see their findings.
The investigation, which to be fair started way before Holley Carnright took office, was a farce. A 20 million dollar over budgeted jail fiasco, hundreds of thousands to investigate the misuse of funds and the result : Harvey Sleight, the buildings and grounds supervisor, was indicted on a misdemeanor. Now I clearly think Mr. Sleight was in over his head and the charge is probably a legitimate one. However, Mr.Sleight did not go to the bathroom without permision from the legislative Chairman. It is very clear this guy is being thrown out to the wolves.
A disappointing end to a dark chapter in Ulster County's history.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Dominic Carter: You have?
David Paterson: Yes
Dominic Carter: Marijuana?
David Paterson: Yes
Dominic Carter: Cocaine?
David Paterson: Yes
Dominic Carter: You used cocaine governor?
David Paterson: I'd say I was 22 or 23, I tried it a couple of times, yes.
Dominic Carter: When is the last time that -- is that the only time you've tried cocaine, governor?
David Paterson: Yeah, around that time, a couple of times and marijuana, probably, when I was about 20. I don't think I've touched marijuana since the late 70s.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Governor Paterson was joined by Thompson, former Mayor Ed Koch, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión and Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi at the Rev. Al Sharpton's Lenox Ave. headquarters.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Micheal Hein, Democratic candidate for County Executive has launched his campaign website today. It can be viewed at www.heinforexec.com, bookmark it and check back often for updates. A link to the site has also been added to my links section below.
The laws and rules committee headed by Alderwoman Anne Marie DiBella has made the right decision in backing Ringwood's proposal. While I think this legislation does not go far enough it's a good start and a fair compromise. I'm confident that the full council will approve the ban into law in April.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Jeremy talks with (from left) Under Sheriff Frank Falutico, County Administrator Mike Hein and the Gillons
Jeremy with the Sennetts
A picture of the crowd
Ulster County Legislator Susan Zimet (left) and Shannon Schreibman (right)
Monday, March 17, 2008
Today we begin the Patterson administration. Governor Spitzer's tenure ends disappointingly to say the least, a man elected with a mandate to clean up Albany is taken down by a scandal he could not overcome. To be fair, putting the prostitution thing aside, Eliot was doomed on day one, the poor guy never stood a chance. Albany insiders including members of his own party fought him tooth and nail on every bit of reform...in the end the dirty politics of Albany were no match even for the f'ing steamroller. Albany chewed him up and spit him out after only a year in office.
Governor Paterson will have a different approach, he knows how the game is played and is a veteran of the system. Not to say he won't be a reformer, I just think that he knows how to approach reform in a more diplomatic way.
One thing to look forward under Paterson is that he will mover New York in a more progressive manner. Patterson's predecessor was a moderate Democrat that even supported things that were directly against Democratic values such as the death penalty.
Governor Paterson is :
* Pro- Choice
* Against the Death Penalty
* Favors Universal single payer Health Care
* Equal Rights for Same Sex Couples
* Everyone living in NY having the right to vote
* Opposed the Iraq War
I look forward to the Paterson administration and hope that members of the legislature will work with our Governor and that are new Governor will work with the legislature. Governor Paterson is now the leader of New York state and will be looked upon to move business forward and to start the healing process. I wish him the best of luck.
* Student Safety - Every student deserves to learn in a safe and friendly environment. Now more than ever we must focus on making all of our school a safe place to learn. The safety of every student in the district will be a top priority.
* Advanced Civics Program - An advanced high school civics program will give students a look at their local government first hand. Students will work directly with their local officials on a county, city or town level. I also would like to have students involved with their school board.
* Property Tax Reform- Too many hard working families can't afford the way schools are funded through property taxes. Many seniors are property-rich and income-poor. Taxpayers are being taxed out of their homes where they have lived their entire lives, and raised their families. As your school board Representative I will fight tirelessly to find alternative ways to fund public education.
* Closing the Kingston High School- To insure the safety of all students we must do away with the open high school campus on Broadway. When elected I will work with Superintendent Gretzinger to work out a way to make it a closed campus. The concerns for local business owners must be addressed as well. I will give invite restaurateurs access to the cafeteria in the high school to sell lunch on premises.
* The Carnegie Library - I am pleased to hear that the district is finally in the process of restoring this great building. I will take an active role in its restoration. We all know what can happen when a building is restored-
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Joe Ruggiero former Supervisor of the Town of Wappinger's and current Democratic Chairman of Dutchess County,has decided not to seek reelection as chair. Mr. Ruggiero announced that he will instead be accepting a job in state government. The position will be made public in a few days. Mr. Ruggiero came very close to becoming County Executive last year, narrowly losing to Republican Bill Steinhouse.
I have always been thoroughly impressed with Mr. Ruggiero and I'm confident that he will do well in his new role in state government, whatever that role may be. More details as they develop.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tune in tonight at 8:30 pm as I welcome Ulster County Legislator Rich Parete. Feel free to call in 338-4562
Alderman Ringwood announced today a compromise to her smoking ban that she has worked on with fellow Alderman Robert Senor. The new ban would prohibit people from smoking within 50 feet of playgrounds, pavilions and Kingston Point Beach. It would also ban smoking within 50 feet of all municipal building entrances.
This is a fair compromise and frankly a no brainier. The Common Council has a responsibility to their constituents to pass this legislation as soon as possible. As a candidate for the Kingston School Board, I personally am happy to see this legislation being moved forward. A lot of children in the Kingston School District use our city parks and should not subjected to the danger of second hand smoke.
Kingston's laws and rules committee will meet next week to discuss this further.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Below is a link to one of Ashley's new song...hit the play button to listen
While the last two days have focused on a sad and disappointing day for New York State, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about a new public integrity initiative started by our new rising star in state government, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
Project Sunlight is an effort by Andy Cumo's office to promote your right to know and to monitor governmental decision-making. This website - the first of its kind in New York - allows you to easily access statewide government information that until now has been scattered and difficult to retrieve.
The website includes information on all of your state representatives, registered lobbyists, and a detailed member item map. This is a great step forward in transparency for New York state government. Attorney General Cuomo has consistently stepped up to the plate for the benefit of NYers since taking office a little over a year ago.
View Website here ------> Project Sunlight
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I just got off the phone with Senator John Bonacic and we had a very insightful conversation about the current state of affairs surrounding the Spitzer scandal. I thank Senator Bonacic for taking time to speak with me.
Senator Bonacic referred to the Spitzer situation that today is a sad day for New York State and said it couldn't of happened at a worse time. "It's not a Democratic or Republican issue said Bonacic, we're in the middle of a budget cycle and state government has to continue to move forward." Senator Bonacic expressed his sorrow for the Governor's family, I know Silda and have met his children and I had a great relationship with them.
Senator Bonacic also talked about possible criminal charges the Governor may face. "As a former prosecutor, I know the law and I know what Governor Spitzer is facing, they have him on wiretaps and he has admitted wrong doing. By transporting this woman across state lines he violated the Mann act, which is a felony. I would think right now Governor Spitzer is trying to work out a plea bargain to keep his law license said Bonacic."
While Senator Bonacic was quick to point out the many enemies that Spitzer has made over the years by being what he called a "lightning bolt", he did not feel that the Governor was targeted in any way.
Senator Bonacic feels that the Governor should resign his position. "I just do not see a scenario where Governor Spitzer could continue to lead."
Under Senate rules, if Gov. Spitzer resigns Lt. Governor David Patterson would automatically be elevated to Governor and the Lt. Governor's seat would remain vacant. Joe Bruno, the Majority Leader of the senate will become acting Lt. Governor.
Senator Bonacic described the relationship with Lt. Governor David Patterson and the GOP controlled Senate as cordial and thought that the tone of the government would improve under a Governor David Patterson.
Monday, March 10, 2008
In 2006, I was ready to vote in my first gubernatorial election the majority of Democrats were backing Spitzer and I liked what he had to say but wanted to make up my own mind and initially and privately backed Tom Suozzi, a Nassau County Executive that was running against the then AG in a Democratic primary. However, in the primary I ended up voting for Eliot Spitzer after going to a NY1 debate and being thoroughly impressed with Spitzer's way of speaking and his plan for the future of NY. His vision for the future inspired me and made me proud to be a NYer and I knew that this was the man that I wanted to lead this great state.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Money Raised So Far :
$ 5000.00 Town of Ulster
$ 500.00 Supervisor Nick Woerner
$ 250.00 Councilman Eric Kitchen
$ 500.00 Private Donor
With a bare bones budget of $9000.00, only $2750 is needed to keep KPA open this year... make sure that you call your local township and ask them to support your local access station.
The Kingston Parade went very well today, the weather cleared up and the sun came out. The KHS band did a fantastic job! I handed out flyers detailing ideas for the Kingston School Board and I would like to thank all the people that I had the opportunity to meet today.
Below as usual, is a list of the notables at the parade that I saw today...sorry if I missed anyone.
Elected Officials :
City - City Judge James P. Gilpatric ( who ran the Shamrock run) Council President James Noble, Alderman Anne Marie DiBella, Alderman Shirley Whitlock, Alderman Mike Madsen, Alderman Bob Senor, Alderman Ron Polocco, Alderman Al Teetsil
County- Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum,County Clerk Nina Postupack, Chairman David Donaldson, Majority Leader Brian Cahill, Minority Leader Glenn Noonan, County Legislator Peter Loughran,County Legislator Frank Dart,County Legislator Al Lomita
State - Assemblyman Kevin Cahill
School Board - Matt McCoy
Federal- Congressman Maurice Hinchey
Candidates - Mike Hein, Ulster County Executive Jeremy Blaber, Kingston School Board
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, Dan Ahouse, Sue Zimet and Jonathan Sennett all did a great job speaking to the group and encouraging them to get involved. The amount of interest and involvement in this group is a real showing of the ability of the Democratic party to attract young voters into the process and this is just the beginning.
Assemblyman Cahill gives an enthusiastic speech to a group of Young Dems
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Excerpt from a letter written by Assemblyman Cahill :
Consistently, Mr.Blaber demonstrates an eagerness to become a positive force for change on many fronts. His concern for his community and his willingness to work towards the common good are attributes that are increasingly absent in our population.
As a public official, I understand the long hours and personal sacrifice required to effectively serve in an elected capacity. I believe Jeremy Blaber exhibits the drive, energy and compassion such a role requires. I wish him the best in his endeavors.
I'm very proud to have the support of a public servant that I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for.
Assemblyman Marc Molinaro will be on my show tonight at 8:30pm. Assemblyman Molinaro will be talking about state issues and some of the issue that are going on in the Assembly. Make sure to call and tune in to what should be a great show!!!
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
With the new reval that was recently completed, all of Kingston's properties are available with the click of a mouse. Just log on to http://www.oarsystem.com/ny/kingston/main.asp and type in an address and the financial information on your property or that of your neighbors is available at your fingertips.
It's a site worth checking out.
THE COMEBACK KID
Hillary was 11 down and did the unthinkable and brought Obama's momentum to a screeching halt. While both Clinton and Obama both have a long way to go to capture their party's nomination, the voter's were clear that they want this race to continue. Winning Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island despite being outspent by millions of dollars show the strength of Hillary Clinton and her campaign.
This is a huge comeback for Hillary Clinton and i am confident now more than ever, Hillary will be our party's nominee.
I also want to point out that my predictions for the primary (found below) were 100%
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
The reason the committee sent the proposed law back to committee were due to questions on how to enforce the law. While I agree it will be hard to impose the $100 fine that has been set up if someone was caught smoking, but like Alderman Landi said it's symbolic and sends a message to the community. Furthermore, the majority of people that read a sign that says "no smoking", won't smoke!
Alderwoman Ringwood's tenure has focused heavily on improving the quality of life for residents of Kingston and it's a slap in the face to her legacy to pass this off because of questions of enforcement. It's the job of legislators to make laws that will benefit their constituents........ not to enforce them. The Common Council should pass this law and the enforcement will fall into place.
BTW- I'm an occasional smoker.
End of Bush Party! Friday, March 7th 6-10PM
End of Bush Party!
Friday, March 7th
(Open Bar 7-8 p.m.)
(next to Muddy Cup)
Students $5 / Community members $8
Music by:Tulula, the and other bands
Speakers:Dan Ahouse for Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, Legislator Susan Zimet and Jonathan R. Sennett
for more info contact: UCYoungDems@gmail.com
living up to his campaign slogan..."Leading the Way." Hein is launching
a cable TV ad blitz on CNN over the next three days to raise his
visibility among fellow Democrats who will be tuned in to watch the presidential
primary results from the Texas and Ohio."We need the right person with proven skills to lead Ulster County to a charter form of government in January 2009. The goal of the cable TV spots that will air locally is let voters know about my candidacy," said
Mike Hein has been Ulster County administrator for the past two years.
Working in close collaboration with the County Legislature, Hein was
able to deliver the first administrator's budget that cut spending.
Hudson Valley Business, a weekly business newspaper, recently
"Hein's wizardry has resulted in more reforms than happened over the preceding 20
Hein, who announced his candidacy for the post of county executive last
December, has 18 years of business and financial experience in the
private sector. Hudson Valley Business also said that Hein has delivered an
"...enormous turnaround from the crisis the county found itself in two
I have day-to-day experience of being the chief budget officer for 300
million dollar organization with 2,000 employees. Those are irrefutable
credentials. There will be no on-the-job training needed," said Hein.
Hein was born and raised in Ulster County. "We have so much opportunity
and promise ahead of us in Ulster County. I am ready to lead the way to a
more efficient, cost-effective government. The cable TV spots are a signal
that I am in this race for the long haul," said Hein.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
If Obama is the nominee I will support him 100 percent but if this Country does not elect Hillary Clinton as our next President then we're really being short changed.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
A resolution proposed by Minority Leader Glenn Noonan and the GOP caucus also says any mandated positions that need to be filled should come before the Legislature a month ahead of time.
Maybe Noonan and his caucus should of thought of these great money saving ideas when they were in the majority, proposing 39% tax hikes and spending millions of dollars on frivolous things like a new jail.
This resolution is nothing more then political grandstanding. The GOP should stop with their posturing, Noonan can run for County Executive on his own time.
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