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I’m done choosing silence  

I’m done choosing silence  

In this op-ed, Ulster County comptroller-elect March Gallagher acknowledges she was one of the unnamed women in the investigation of county legislator Hector Rodriguez for inappropriate behavior, and that she did not speak out until now because she needed Rodriguez’s vote on the budget for her office. “More than a few of my advisors have cautioned me that I risk my reputation by admitting I traded acquiescence for the comptroller’s budget,” she writes. “That, actually, is the whole point. For too long women have had to make horrible tradeoffs in silence. By speaking out I hope to effect change.”

Kingston alderwoman: Law enforcement, do your job

Kingston alderwoman: Law enforcement, do your job

Here’s the issue with DA Carnright’s statement that cops are handcuffed in trying to make Midtown Kingston safer. Blacks really do experience enough casual, reflexive racism from law enforcement officers to make them understandably fearful that racism permeates the criminal justice system.

DA hopeful Clegg: Bail reform needed right now

DA hopeful Clegg: Bail reform needed right now

“The harms of unaffordable cash bail are unequivocal: people lose their jobs, homes and families while detained,” writes Ulster County district attorney candidate David Clegg. “Even worse, innocent people sometimes plead guilty just to get out of jail.”

City people, support your new home

City people, support your new home

We would get along if you left, with hardly a hitch — but your quality of life is infinitely improved by living with us. There is no place prettier, more scenic, no place with more art happening (at least not without the backdrop of skyscrapers and all that accompanies them). You have learned what we have known all along — there truly is no place like home. And now we need your help. I mean to say that we genuinely need it.

Ulster’s next county executive

Ulster’s next county executive

If you have unexpectedly found yourself, as I have, reflecting back on Mike Hein’s tenure as county executive, you might also find yourself jotting down a list of traits you’d like to see in his successor. Here’s mine.