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.
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.
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.
If the Democratic candidates challenge the signatures of rivals, it could narrow the field, which increases the number of votes needed to win. What to do?
Pat Ryan steals a march on the crowded Democratic field by holding a “town hall” event as a candidate. But it’s still early, and the gun issue will play far differently outside of Ulster in November.
SUNY Ulster’s latest southern foray has ended more with a sigh than a bang. College officials say there wasn’t enough interest in the Marlborough area to justify establishing a small satellite at a former grade school.
Remember that famous Sherlock Holmes clue, “The dog didn’t bark?” It applies to a recent proposal to designate the Office of Economic Development, currently part of the Planning Department, as a separate department.
The all-male congressional six-pack’s worst nightmare came roaring out of Cooperstown this week with Erin Collier’s announcement she’s entering the overcrowded Democratic fray for Congress.
It seems state Republicans are beating the drums (again) for Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro. They want him to run for governor against Andrew Cuomo. No knock on Molinaro, but I sense desperation among Republicans.