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Early voting starts tomorrow

Early voting starts tomorrow

In New York State, early voting runs for nine days, from October 24 to November 1. Ulster County will hold host voting at five polling places. Unlike on Election Day itself, when voters need to report to a specific polling place in their voting district, during early voting voters can use any polling place.

It’s Michelle Hinchey versus Rich Amedure for State Senate seat

It’s Michelle Hinchey versus Rich Amedure for State Senate seat

State Senate District 46, which stretches from northern Ulster County to the Capital Region, is up for grabs. Democrats, who already have a decisive majority, are hoping 32-year-old Michelle Hinchey, daughter of the late U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, can turn the district blue and achieve a veto-proof supermajority. She supports a slate of progressive legislation, including expanded healthcare, marijuana legalization, and new taxes on the wealthy. On the GOP side, retired state trooper Richard Amedure of Rensselaerville hopes to hold the line. Amedure pledges to advocate for small businesses and family farms, and criticizes the state’s bail-reform and discovery-reform laws as “devastating” to “our communities and law enforcement.”

Voter registration deadline is October 9

Voter registration deadline is October 9

The deadline to register to vote for the 2020 general election is Friday, October 9. You can pick up a voter registration form at the Ulster County Board of Elections, 284 Wall Street, Kingston, as well as any local post office, library, city or town clerk’s office. For more info, or to download a registration form, visit elections.ulstercountyny.gov/voter-registration.

Ulster exec’s budget includes no tax increase or layoffs

Ulster exec’s budget includes no tax increase or layoffs

Ryan’s 45-minute speech on the 2021 budget contained no single mention of two elements by which the county’s financial projections will sink or swim: the necessity of substantial federal aid to cash-strapped local governments, and how this particular local government will manage its budget in case the on-going pandemic delivers a second lethal hit to local; sales-tax revenues in the coming months. Instead, Ryan touted the hold-the-line, no-layoffs budget under the banner of a “people-first” approach to county governance.