As if Ulster County taxpayers doling out $77.8 million a year in county property taxes weren’t enough, County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach revealed last week that some $2.2 million goes to line-item vacancies.
Congressman John Faso knows all the rules. Over a 30-year career, he may have invented some. But he has repeatedly defied and/or ignored the cardinal rule. Faso has allowed opponents to define him as a lily-livered wimp afraid to confront his constituents face to face.
Like the cobra and the mongoose, these guys need each other. Put another way, what fun is politics if there’s nobody to hate?
What politician in his or her right mind wants to take on the county’s volunteer fire establishment?
Not to take the side of Congressman John Faso — Boo! Hiss! Impeach! — but I wonder why his proposal for the state taking over the local share of Medicaid hasn’t gotten more traction. The short answer could be politics.
How much should a town supervisor make?
Judicial discretion can take some curious turns. I wasn’t surprised when state Supreme Court Judge Richard Mott opted for the low-hanging fruit in the case of Elliott Auerbach versus Michael Hein and the Ulster County Legislature.
The Ulster County exec held a health care forum, in which he rallied an already indignant crowd against “heartless” Republicans, while our congressman risked an unpopular vote.
Though the anti-Faso resistance is mobilizing in Ulster County, the congressman won the race thanks to the solidly Republican north, and it surely looked kindly on his health care vote.
Personally, in choosing between the comptroller and the academic on one side and the rest of county government on the other, I find the angels on the side of Auerbach and Benjamin— but angels don’t vote.