Say what you will about retiring the Republican state senators John Bonacic and Bill Larkin, but they brought home the bacon.
I wonder whether Andrew Cuomo had any idea before he took the stage at Sunday’s “blue-wave” Democratic rally in Kingston that his two-time running mate, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, would be accused of multiple instances of abusing women the next day. And resign a day later.
Bonacic’s retirement announcement last week did not come as a huge surprise to those who follow these things. He’s been inching toward the door for at least the last two terms, allowing speculation to foment before returning to the lists. He will be 76 in June. His signature achievement after 20 years in the House of Lords was the opening this year of the near-billion-dollar Resorts World Catskills in Sullivan County.
Congressional candidate Erin Collier will remain on the ballot for the June 26 Democratic congressional primary by just 201 nominating petition signatures, according to the state Board of Elections.
Those who try to figure out how power flows in Ulster County government might find the following of interest. Let’s call it the last autopsy.
The Patrick Ryan congressional campaign has challenged more than 90 percent of the almost 2500 nominating petition signatures submitted by fellow candidate Erin Collier’s congressional campaign to the state board of elections.
Several weeks ago I filed a column item tagged “Everyone Loves Nina,” a send-up in my mind on the long-running TV comedy, “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Therein, tongue-in-cheek, I then described county legislature Democratic minority leader Hector Rodriguez of New Paltz as “an Hispanic terrier named Hector.” That was ill-considered and hurtful. I apologize.
Gubernatorial candidate Marcus Molinaro’s enlistment of former congressman Chris Gibson as his campaign manager may have come as a surprise to some, given Gibson’s retirement from politics for family reasons two years ago.
Three candidates will be competing to fill the remainder of former assemblyman Pete Lopez’s term at special election on April 24. The seat will be on the ballot for a full two-year term on November 6.
If number of signatures obtained and donations are any indications, some favorites are emerging in a crowded field. The primary, open to all registered Democrats, will be held June 26.