Five candidates vie for New Paltz-area seats in County Legislature

The Ulster County Legislature race for newly created Districts 17 and 20 have certainly taken some twists and turns on the way to the ballot box. First there was a behind-closed-doors move to endorse local Democrat Tom Cotton instead of eight-year incumbent Hector Rodriguez by a small cabal of New Paltz Democratic Committee members: a move that resulted in a primary and had Rodriguez winning the District 20 Democratic primary by a margin of three to one. For the first time in years, the New Paltz Republicans put up a candidate for Ulster County legislator: Terence Ward . . .

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