County Executive-elect Pat Ryan will take office on Friday, June 7 and deliver his inaugural address in a ceremony in the Ulster County Courthouse in Uptown Kingston. The event will take place in the ceremonial courtroom at noon. Democrat Ryan, a former Army officer and security technology entrepreneur, was elected county executive in an April 30 special election in which he beat out Ulster County Conservative Party Chairman Jack Hayes, who appeared on the GOP line.
Ryan ran on a progressive vision for county government that includes a localized version of a “Green New Deal” to help make the rapid changeover to renewable energy countywide, while training residents to participate in the green economy. Ryan has also promoted “equitable development” to include the county’s poorest residents in economic growth and criticized federal enforcement of immigration law locally.
Upon his inauguration, Ryan will become the second county executive in Ulster County history. His predecessor, Mike Hein, stepped down in February to become the commissioner of the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
Ryan will fill the remainder of Hein’s term, which expires on Dec. 31. In November he faces a rematch with Hayes for a full-four year term in office.