Blaber News and Commentary is back and we will be covering a variety of issues from NYC politics, my adventures as a community organizer with the Working Families Party and of course Ulster County Politics.
We will start tonight with some local stuff:
UC CLERK RACE-
I have thought long and hard about Ms.Postupack's candidacy and simply can't get behind it and I do not know how any fair minded Democrat could. Nina is a Conservative Republican that was trained by Al Spada and the principals and ethics or lack there of that he practiced during his tenure. I do not think for one second that Nina is anything but an honest person who I actually like but philosophically I simply can't support.
Very simply, we need a clerk that is unencumbered by politcal favors and the Ulster political machine, someone that will bring fresh ideas to the office and someone that shares our progressive values. The pressure that certain potential candidates are getting for even thinking about running for this post is very disturbing. Anyone that doubts this is happening just ask yourselves why the Democratic party, which is the majority party in this county, have not had a single candidate announce?? I can tell you it is not because we do not have qualified candidates.
The people of Ulster County deserve a choice not a coronation of Ms. Postupack. Nina was given a free ride four years ago and has served a full term, it's now time for her record to be brought before voters and judged in a competitive race and many Republicans feel the same way...kudos to them.
I also remind potential candidates that no longer does the Kingston insiders club run the county. Everyone is so Kingston centered to the point that they think certain candidates are untouchable. That simply is not the case, any candidate is beatable and Nina is extremely vulnerable having never run a contested race in her life.
There is a strong candidate who's name keeps popping up and while I am not sure if he is interested in running, I hope that he runs,he has strong name recognition and would make the race a horse race that brings home the office of the county clerk to the Dems.
UC COUNTY JUDGE
We think Kossover has the inside track to the Democratic nomination and that is a good thing. Kossover is a seasoned trial attorney that will bring his many years of experience to the bench with him. Other candidates that have thrown their name out are Wendy Ricks, Gilda Riccardi and a few others but we think Kossover will clinch the nod in a walk.
On the GOP side Kavanagh Jr., Petro and a few other names have been thrown around and we think this race will be one the Dems will win but it will be very competitive.
The Dems will retain the legislature and we will go into more detail at a later date. At least three Dems and two Republicans are going to retire and a lot of new faces will be joining the UC Legislature in 2010
Town Of Ulster Supervisor Race:
Nick Woerner has announced for reelection and is in no trouble of losing his seat unless the candidate is Jim Quigley. If Quigley runs for Supervisor than it will be the most watched Supervisor race in the county. Neither candidate can be taken lightly and each will spend over 100k on their race. It will likely get nasty and personal and in the end all I can say is I am glad I am two hours away.
Kingston Common Council:
Ward 1 - Al Teetsil if he runs will probably win and I really do not think it's appropriate to go to far into this race at this point.
Ward 2 - Tom Hoffay works hard for the ward and is practically a full time Alderman, he should and will win in a walk. His support for Nina is disturbing though.
Ward 3- Charlie Landi has a lock on the ward and I do not see any serious challenges
Ward 4 Shirley Whitlock is another candidate that is really great. Her work to bring serious issues effecting Midtown to the forefront are important. Shirley may have an opponent but will have no issue with reelection.
Ward 5 - Anne Marie DiBella could be in a tough fight but not if the candidate is Jean Jacobs, nothing against Jean but the people have spoken twice.
Ward 6 Pon Polocco will defiantly face a challenge in his bid for reelection. We like Ron but see this race as one of the most competitive.
Ward 7 Bill Reynolds will defiantly have an opponent but whats the point? The veteran lawmaker is top notch and will coast to an 8th term, tying my Uncle Tony as the longest serving Alderman in Kingston's history..ironically also an Alderman from the great Seventh ward.
Ward 8- Come January 1st 2010 the eighth ward will have a new Alderman. We support Rob Kinnin for this post but recognize any candidate can take out Robby Sottile.
Ward 9 Mike Madsen faces a primary challenge from political newcomer Mark Halwick and will easily fend off that challenge and go on to win reelection in the heavily Democratic 9th ward.
Enough for now much more later.................................
TOP POLITICIANS TO WATCH IN 09-10
1. Jonathan Sennett --DA run or maybe our new public defender if all goes well for Andy?
2. Len Bernardo-- In his new role as Independence Party Chair makes him a force for Dems and Repubs
3. Elliott Auerbach - Will be making big reform in Ulster County and use the office of the Comptroller to hold everyone accountable as he has since Jan 1st
4. Jim Quigley - if he wins the Supervisor's race than his political capital moves up significantly.
5. Mike Hein - has great potential as Exec to make great changes in Ulster County.