Heard Around Our Towns...
There is news, and then there's lots of talk...
In Shawangunk –
The town's Democratic Committee elected its first full slate of officers and formulated a mission for the year at its meeting last weekend, with 22 people in attendance. Among those elected were Chair: Adrienne Gelfand Perine; Vice Chair: Jim Perine; Treasurer: Ute Curley and Secretary: Ginger Fitzgerald. Wow... another town moves into the two party era!
In Ulster County –
While everyone wonders about trash deals and politics, consolidation awards and sales tax, it seems the big battle between HealthAlliance and Empire Blue Shield insurers carries on. A bit messy... and threatening to the 2,500 county and other employees who are needing to head out to other hospitals when in need of care.
In Wawarsing –
Would-be Conservative Party candidate for county comptroller Mike Wendel was working hard to get enough petitions to get on local ballots, despite the party's push to disassociate with him since they found out he's not allowed within 500 feet of his opponent Elliott Auerbach, when he faced more party intransigence at last Friday's Conservative Party caucus at Norbury Hall. After pushing party leadership on what he called their responsibility to get his petitions signed, he asked for resignations from party leadership and has since started talking about running on the state's Reform Party ticket, albeit that party is itself in some confusion since former Guardian Angel Curtis Sliwa assumed its chairmanship in the state.
In Sullivan County –
KUDOs to the county's robust Human Rights Commission on its latest joint project partnering with local & state police and community leaders with a goal to strengthen police-community relations, being activated at community events this summer and hopefully proving a beacon for ways to move our region forward progressively without the sorts of backlash other rural areas keep having across the nation.
In The Region –
You've got to hand it to We Are One-Sullivan. Just like two years ago, they've got most (7 out of 8) Democratic candidates seeking to challenge incumbent Congressman John Faso coming out July 19 to a candidates event starting at 6:15 p.m. at the Liberty Senior Center, 119 North Main Street, Liberty. Call 866 1484 for more information.