It's been a while and I am sorry I have not updated the blog in so long have been extremely busy with work and not a lot of time to blog. I have kept in close contact with my Ulster County sources and there is a lot going on in Ulster County:
Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum now has a GOP opponent, SGT. George Goodwin of the UC Sheriff's office. While Paul will easily beat his subordinate in the general election; I hear the GOP may cross endorse Van Blarcum over the weak Republican candidate.
Elliott Auerbach, the guy that deserves a cross endorsement may face an opponent as well. We hear a "well respected woman" from the Southern part of Ulster County may toss her hat in the ring...I can't get a name on who she is but Elliott has a well oiled machine that will cruise him to victory this November.
Not for nothing but Auerbach has went out of his way to make the office of the Comptroller both transparent and accountable to the people of Ulster County and is the only countywide elected official to reach across the aisle and do the right thing on a daily basis. Mario Catalano should do the right thing and give him the GOP line.
Don Wise, failed candidate for Supervisor and Assembly ( against Hinchey back in the day) has announced that he will be running against the very popular Kevin Cahill in the 101st. While Kevin takes every race seriously and will run a full campaign on the work he has done both as our Assemblyman and as Chair of the NYS Assembly's energy committee he will take out Wise by a 3:1 margin. Putting him in a great position to primary Mike Hein next year for County Executive, if that is something he wanted. No question he would win.
Side note to Don Wise: Please do not use those awful huge yellow signs....such a turnoff
We hear George Phillips who is running against Congressman Maurice Hinchey for the second time may have a GOP primary on his hands. We hear former Assemblyman John Garren is backing Phillips opponent and will be throwing some cash at the race...interesting.
Democratic candidates for NYS Attorney General spoke before the Ulster County Democratic Exec committee last night and from what I hear both Dinalo and Assemblyman Brodsky were on their game. Senator Eric Schniederman and Nassau DA Katleeen Rice (who I support) are also in the running. Rice and Dinalo are the front runners at this point. Although Brodsky is someone that is really impressive...a dark horse in the race.
And finally, I have gotten a lot of comments as to why I took down the Eric Kitchen post, it was out of respect for his wife. I think the point was made and Councilman Kitchen did pay his back school taxes.