We have a three-way race for County Legislature District II between two Republicans and a Democrat. Will the GOP vote be split? Plus, candidates for supervisor and Town Board spar over tax breaks for the Glasco affordable housing development, the Opus 40 preservation effort, and property taxes.
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County Legislature District II
The Ulster County Legislature, which serves as the lawmaking branch of county government and possesses the power of the purse over a $363 million budget, is in a transitional period. Following the passage of the County Charter in 2006, the first county executive, Michael Hein, was elected. The charter also called for a restructuring of the legislature, from a 12-district, 33-member body to 23 single-member districts. The new structure will take effect this year. Prior to the change, Saugerties had four legislators, with two whose districts included portions of the town of Ulster, Kingston and Woodstock.
Beginning with this election, Saugerties will have three legislators, with two districts totally within the town and a third split with the town of Ulster. This week, we’ll concentrate on District II, which includes the village, Malden and Barclay Heights. The reduction in the number of legislators means not all the incumbents will be able to find a spot. In this district, two Republican incumbents are running: Walter Frey and Bob Aiello, who carry the Conservative and Republican nominations, respectively. Also running, newcomer Virginia Luppino, who has the Democratic nomination.
Here are the interviews with the candidates: