Friday, May 20, 2016

Mayor Dissolves Ethics Board

The headline of this article says it all.  The entire Ethics Board has been dissolved by the Mayor with no real explanation.

Frankly, this is an outrage.  It does not pass the smell test.  The Ethics Board made significant findings against a former Alderman and major supporter of the Mayor and he dissolves the Board.

It almost sounds like a scene from a cheap supermarket novel.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Mayor Noble hired a new grants manager.  However, instead of following the contract and placing her at Step 1, he placed her at Step 6.  Having gone through the CSEA process himself, the Mayor was fully aware of the process.  Yet, it was ignored.

Basically, she was paid more than she was entitled under the contract, i.e. a gift of public funds.

In the Freeman article, the Mayor said he knew nothing about the complaints.  I happen to know, however, that CSEA President left multiple messages for the Mayor on this matter that were not returned.

Howard Baul, a higher level union official, is planning to request documentation (I presume through FoIL) about the hiring.  Perhaps he should look at the time records recorded and actual hours worked.  He might find something interesting.  You just never know.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Scandal from NYC to Kingston

The New York State Board of Elections referred a potential criminal matter to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office allegedly involving NYC Mayor DeBlasio and 3 Democratic County Committees including Ulster County.

The allegations are basically that Mayor DeBlasio and his supporters funneled $1.2 million to 3 different Democrat County Committees with the express intent of bypassing individual donor limits for 3 State Senate races.

The limits for donations to a County Committee are much higher than for an individual candidate.  While the amounts donated were within the law, the portion that violates the law is if/when the donation was a sham and was actually directly intended for a particular candidate.

In Ulster County, the candidate was Cecelia Tkaczyk.  One of the most damning pieces of evidence is an email from Matthew Lerch, the Treasurer for Tkaczyk's campaign.  The email was sent to Hayes Clement, the treasurer for the Ulster County Democratic Committee.  The email said, "Has the check for 60K cleared?  Below is our banking info, we need the 60 transferred over ASAP please."

Why is this so damning?  Well, $60,000 is over 5 times the legal limit for a donation for the race.  Moreover, the email shows that the Tkaczyk campaign knew about the donation and knew that the donation was actually intended for them.

The interesting thing will be to see if what if any deals are made with people to build a case against DBlasio and his people.  Hayes Clement and Matthew Lerch are likely small fish and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office is looking to land a whale.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Waiting on NY

Primary results will be known in a few hours.  Should be interesting on both sides.

I cannot help this nagging feeling that an upset could be in the realm of possibility on the Dem side.

Results later.


Sanders destroyed Clinton in Ulster County, but lost the State.

On the Republican side, Trump won big.  Moreover, thanks to the fool Kasich staying in the race, Trump cleared 90 delegates.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Brad Will Resigns

Officially, Brad Will resigned over concerns over possible conflicts of interest with his career.

I find this odd.  I have seen Aldermen recuse themselves on votes.  I did so.  Bob Senor did so.  Others did so.  Why can't Will simply abstain??

Rumors abound about possible "real" reasons for the resignation.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Not Eligible

Some of you may have noticed that Jeremy Blaber posted on this blog on March 3rd declaring his intention to run for Kingston City GOP Chair.  He even posted a link to yet another blog he created for his intended run.

However, I checked with the Board of Elections.  Although Jeremy changed his enrollment, he did it too late.  It will not take effect until after the November elections this year.

So, until that time, Blaber remains an enrolled Democrat and is thus not legally eligible to be a Republican Committeemen let alone City Chair.  You would think an experienced politico would know this, wouldn't you?

Additionally, John Quigley has withdrawn his candidacy for City GOP Chair after speaking with County Chair Rascoe.

Joe Ingarra, a man I like and respect, will be the City Chair.  Joe will do a good job.

 I must admit though that I despise seeing the County Committee take an active role in the selection of City or town chairs.

Joe or John would both do great jobs.  The pick should have been by the City Committee without influence from County.  But, as they say, that's pollybiz.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Conservatives With Kirschner

The City of Kingston Conservative Committee is proud to offer our endorsement to Judge Kirschner in his bid for election to the now full time position of City Judge.

"Judge Kirschner has demonstrated integrity, ethics, and solid judgment in his service as Judge," City Chairman, Richard T. Cahill Jr., said, "his reputation is solid and well earned."