Parete in opposing pair of primaries

Kathy Nolan and John Parete.

Talk about bringing disparate political parties together. One of the interesting battles facing voters on Primary Day next Tuesday, September 12, involves District No. 22, incorporating the towns of Denning, Hardenburgh, Olive and Shandaken. And a total of three candidates in two races.

How did incumbent John Parete wind up running in both the Republican and Democratic primaries?

A few months back, it seemed for a moment that Parete, a longstanding bar owner in Boiceville who ran Olive’s Democratic Party for decades, would be easily sailing for his fourth term, given that county Republicans had dismissed any challenges to the former legislature chairman and given him their line. But then, within the week, the former Ulster County Democratic Party chair, who’d once helped helm his party to its first legislative majority in decades, lost his party’s caucus to Kathy Nolan of Shandaken, a Catskill Mountainkeeper regional director and former candidate for her town’s supervisor position.


Parete set about getting signatures to force a primary vote against Nolan.

Simultaneously, former GOP town board member Cliff Faintych of Denning, a professional financial advisor with offices across from the county Election Board’s offices in Kingston, got enough signatures to force Parete into a primary on the Republican line.

Last Spring, Faintych’s pitch to be a candidate for his party was rejected by GOP party elders who told him they owed Parete for having helped them during a two year stint when their members helped elect Parete chairman of the county legislature to spite a Democratic majority.

Sooo…In the Democratic primary come Tuesday, Parete is facing an opponent who has pointed out the incumbent’s support for Republican candidates and issue stances, and caucus actions against the party. On the GOP side he’s facing a bonafide Republican with fiscal experience, who found his attempts to face Parete as a Democrat thwarted.

Hand it to the registered Democratic and Republican voters of Denning, Hardenburgh, Olive and Shandaken to decide what’s what, and whether  November’s election sees Nolan or Faintych facing each other or Parete, or the latter simply facing himself.

There are 4 comments

  1. Steven L Fornal

    John Parete “facing himself?” Nope, the man has no scruples. He’s angry and spiteful. He wants power regardless of party. To go against the Dem voters in Ulster County that voted in a Dem majority so he could be chairman of the Legislature tells one all they need to know about this guy.

    Too bad the same anger stance has rubbed off on his son Richard that seems to want to destroy the Dems even as he’s a registered Dem because his home town party didn’t support him.

    The Paretes are a perfect example for instituting term limits.

  2. LeRoy Hogan

    As long as we don’t end up with a puppet of the few rich families in this area in the name of Nolan, I will feel ok.

  3. Steven L Fornal

    Well, well, well… John Parete got beat by Kathy Nolan pretty good re Dem Primary: 426 – 182. Seems she’s not such a “puppet of the few rich families” unless the rich can buy more than one vote up in that neck o’ the woods.

    Plus, it looks like he lost to Faintych by ten votes (no doubt a recount will occur) on the Republican line.

    Hopefully, the revenge-laden Paretes will walk off into the sunset to fester their anger somewhere else rather than ever again take out their petty vengeance on a majority of Ulster County Dems voting for a Dem controlled legislature.

  4. Matthew Frisch

    Re: puppet of a few rich families- Most residents in the area of the proposed resort oppose its excessive size and impact on the community. CHA and the Sierra Club have been fighting the mega-dvlp for 18 years. Kathy Nolan is only the latest chairperson; many have served before her. Opposition to dropping a hamlet-size dvlp on our heads runs pretty deep around here. Sustainable, responsible dvlp is not just the fetish of a few rich families.

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