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.
Last November, about midway through the annual county budget adoption process, Ulster County comptroller Elliott Auerbach alerted legislature chairman Ken Ronk to what some might have considered a startling development.
Congressman Faso has decided that large town hall meetings are unproductive, staged and a waste of his own and everyone’s else’s time. I think he’s wrong on every count. These rallies may not represent all the voices of a bitterly divided people, but they are people and they have voices.
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.