After years of delay, Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week dropped $8 million in a capital development grant at the state-owned Belleayre Ski Center at Highmount.
While the controversy over the proposed Resort at Belleayre continues in court, the seemingly settled issues of capital funding at the (unrelated, or is it?) state-owned Belleayre Ski Center at Highmount have once again erupted in public dispute.
Damned media! Ulster County Executive Mike Hein served up an estimated 4,000 words on dozens of subjects at his ninth annual state of the county address last week in New Paltz. What did most of the media pick up? Only a passing gotcha, complete with fuzzy Muppets graphics of two tired old bad apples who had the gall to question several executive initiatives over the past few years.
Local officials are expressing “disappointment” that a $75 million Belleayre Unit Management Plan (UMP) adopted five years ago for the state-owned Belleayre Ski Center at Highmount has yet to be implemented.
In 2015, Bill de Blasio’s Campaign for New York, since disbanded, was called to task for funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars through upstate Democratic committees in a failed attempt to elect a Democratic state senate. One of those county committees, to the tune of some $350,000, was Ulster County. Some locals dared call the activity money-laundering, charges denied by county Chairman Frank Cardinale, who said his committee acted entirely within the law.
Newly minted U.S. Rep. John Faso of Kinderhook works the chamber-of-commerce breakfast crowd like a campaigning politician. Which of course, he is.
“They talk about repeal and replace. I prefer reform.”
The pending takeover of the bankrupt Hudson Valley Mall is shaping up as another of those good-news-bad-news scenarios. The result could be a leaner, cleaner mall, with perhaps a major food store and expanded theaters. But the town is likely to take a huge hit on property taxes.
County legislators voted 17-6 on a $12.2 million bond issue to finance a new Family Court facility in the Town
“In order to come up with a reasonable replacement, we’ll need to negotiate with Democrats. I think the biggest mistake made in 2010 was that legislation was enacted without any bipartisanship participation.”