Letters: 10/4-10/11

Gilligan knows the law, the players and the system

As a former 17-year resident of Saugerties – I am proud to say that I have known Ken Gilligan and his family for 17 years. Ken is a “stand-up” guy and a man of integrity and moral fiber. I am proud to call him my friend. I would stand up for him any day of the week as I know he would do the same for me.

Ken has 35 years of experience under his belt. Simply put – He knows the law, he knows the players and he knows the system. He is more than qualified to excel at this position. Ken has a significant, vested interest in the community of Saugerties after calling it his home for more than 24 years.

Although I am no longer a resident of Saugerties (having moved to Wells, Maine in 2011) I still have a daughter and many good friends that reside there. As such – I want nothing but the best for all of them. Regrettably, I cannot cast a vote for Ken. I would like to ask that any of you good folks that may be “on the fence” with regards to the candidates – that you consider supporting Ken Gilligan. I truly believe that Saugerties would be a better town with him as town justice.


Thank you for your consideration.

Michael Hunt
Wells, Maine


Gilligan is qualified and experienced

What a nice turnout for the gathering of supporters for my husband attorney Kenneth Gilligan who is running for Saugerties town justice. It was great meeting and talking with the residents of Saugerties, together with having the support of many of his colleagues our town supervisor, town clerk, a town board member, a past legislator and Mr. Wadnola our past chairman of the Ulster County Legislature. I believe you are making the right choice for our town in selecting the only qualified and experienced person for the town justice.

Sharon Perpetua Gilligan


DeForest: qualified and polite

I am writing this letter in support of Cheryl DeForest. I have known her, along with the DeForest family for a long time. She is intelligent, educated and a true professional, all qualities that make her the best choice to serve our town in the office of receiver of taxes. In addition to her qualifications, Cheryl is a genuinely nice and caring person. In the many years I have known her, she always has a smile on her face and is ready to lend a helping hand. Not only is Cheryl qualified to be our next receiver of taxes, but she possess a polite demeanor, why chose less.

Michele Cavallari-Haines


Schreibman: an advocate for Medicare, women’s health

With the retirement of U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, voters in Ulster County will choose a new congressman for the first time in 20 years. This election is one of the most closely watched contests in the country. We have a local resident of Ulster County, Julian Schreibman, running for congress. He graduated from Kingston High School. The first in his family to go to college, Julian graduated from Yale and Yale Law School, and locally has served as senior assistant district attorney in Ulster County. I have served with Julian on the Marbletown Environmental Commission and I am confident that he would represent our district with the dedication and integrity that we have come to know from Maurice. Maurice has endorsed Julian and that in itself is a strong commendation.

What’s at stake in this election you ask? Chris Gibson—a freshman Tea Party Republican who has voted to criminalize abortion, privatize Medicare, cut off women’s health services, and gut education—is poised to win the election in November and represent us in Congress. Congressman Gibson’s position would end more than 40 years of bipartisan commitment to women’s healthcare.

Julian Schreibman is a strong advocate for woman’s rights and equality, a strong advocate for the environment and firmly behind a hydrofracking ban as mounting evidence suggests fracking poses a risk to our drinking water and the health of our communities. In this tight election with a well-funded incumbent he needs the support of his home county and I hope we will all do our part to find out about his campaign and spread the word that we have a local candidate worth supporting.

The Ulster County Democrats will host Julian Schreibman, Hudson Valley/Catskills Congressional candidate, at a town hall meeting on Oct. 9. Julian will meet with residents of the community, and listen to folks speak about the issues that matter to them most.

Natasha Williams
Stone Ridge


Don’t be fooled by Schreibman

I would like to take this opportunity to express my disgust about the race for the 19th Congressional seat in Washington, D.C. It seems to me that the message Julian Schreibman is sending out is that our current congressman Chris Gibson is solely responsible for the troubles our area is currently facing. Check the record Julian, congressman Gibson is the only congressman in recent memory that time and time again has crossed party lines and voted against the wishes of the parties he represents. I feel congressman Gibson’s record speaks for itself. Julian, I suggest that you and your cronies downstate check the record before you make unsubstantiated comments regarding the congressman. I feel that Chris Gibson is the right person at the right time to effectively continue to represent the newly created 19th Congressional district. As the saying goes “you can fool some of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of time.” You certainly can’t fool me. Vote for Chris Gibson Nov. 6.

Nancy Kelly
Preston Hollow