Michael Hein http://wamc.org en Ulster Legislative Meeting In Overnight Recess http://wamc.org/post/ulster-legislative-meeting-overnight-recess <p></p><p>KINGSTON – There is a meeting going on right now, with nobody in attendance. The rare overnight recess by the Ulster County Legislature represents another hurdle in the county’s parliamentary race against time. At stake are millions in county funds.</p><p>Wednesday’s special session of the county legislature is being held over until Thursday afternoon, in a last-ditch effort to forestall the ongoing sales tax extension time bomb.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:20:44 +0000 Hank Gross 82394 at http://wamc.org Seniors Express Concern For Programs http://wamc.org/post/seniors-express-concern-programs <p>KINGSTON &ndash; Ulster County Executive Michael Hein assured senior citizens that the county has their backs covered.&nbsp; He addressed the annual public hearing on Wednesday concerning the needs of county seniors.</p><p>Hein assured them that despite the federal government shutdown, he will make sure the meals on wheels program and others will be protected.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:01:30 +0000 Hank Gross 75289 at http://wamc.org Seniors Express Concern For Programs Cahill Urges Hein To End ‘Inflammatory Rhetoric’ http://wamc.org/post/cahill-urges-hein-end-inflammatory-rhetoric <p>KINGSTON &ndash; State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston) has written to Ulster County Executive Michael Hein urging him to &ldquo;change your tone from the inflammatory rhetoric that has characterized your actions over these last several months and join me in providing the people we represent with the kind of leadership they deserve.&rdquo;<br /> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 12:38:24 +0000 Hank Gross 74898 at http://wamc.org Cahill Urges Hein To End ‘Inflammatory Rhetoric’ Catskills-Hudson Valley To Gain $51 Million A Year If Gaming Approved http://wamc.org/post/catskills-hudson-valley-gain-51-million-year-if-gaming-approved-4 <p>ALBANY &ndash; If voters approve legalized gaming in New York, the Catskills-Hudson Valley region would realize some $51 million a year in new revenue.<br /><br />The state has approved the development of five casinos in four regions of the state with one region winning two facilities and the other three having one each.<br /><br />School aid in the region would increase by $23.6 million while county distribution of new funds would total $27.4 million.<br /><br />Local officials are hoping for one casino in Sullivan and another in Ulster.<br /> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 12:02:41 +0000 Hank Gross 74892 at http://wamc.org Catskills-Hudson Valley To Gain $51 Million A Year If Gaming Approved No Movement In Ulster Sales Tax Crisis http://wamc.org/post/no-movement-ulster-sales-tax-crisis <p>KINGSTON – The clock is ticking, but Ulster County Executive Michael Hein said there is still time for the State Assembly to approve continuation of one percent of the county sales tax, which is set to expire near the end of the year.</p><p>Hein, who has dubbed the situation the “Cahill crisis” because State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D, Kingston) blocked the approval before lawmakers went home this summer, said as a result of the potential loss of $5 million at the end of the year, he is preparing for all financial contingencies as he works up the county’s 2014 budget.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:31:30 +0000 Hank Gross 72740 at http://wamc.org No Movement In Ulster Sales Tax Crisis Hein Keeps Heat On Cahill Over Sales Tax Continuance http://wamc.org/post/hein-keeps-heat-cahill-over-sales-tax-continuance <p>KINGSTON – Ulster County Executive Michael Hein signed legislation on Monday approved by the county legislature that codifies the county’s intention to absorb the cost of the state-mandated Safety Net social services program over a three-year period.</p><p>That hinges on the State Assembly passing the extension on one percent of the county’s sales tax and that does not seem likely until next year. That could cost the county $5 million in revenue not collected in the last quarter of this year.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:57:30 +0000 Hank Gross 70807 at http://wamc.org Hein Keeps Heat On Cahill Over Sales Tax Continuance Cahill Not Optimistic About Seeing Special Session http://wamc.org/post/cahill-not-optimistic-about-seeing-special-session <p>KINGSTON – As the clock keeps ticking, the likelihood of the governor calling a special session of the legislature diminishes and that means any hope of passing legislation to allow Ulster County to keep its sales tax at its current level fades.</p><p>Assemblyman Kevin Cahill said if it does not make it before lawmakers this fall, it will come up early next year. But, county officials say they need the one percent sales tax exemption ASAP or the county will lose about $5 million in revenue.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:56:13 +0000 Hank Gross 70578 at http://wamc.org Cahill Not Optimistic About Seeing Special Session Golden Hill Transferred To Private Company http://wamc.org/post/golden-hill-transferred-private-company <p></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:42:15 +0000 Hank Gross 67972 at http://wamc.org Golden Hill Transferred To Private Company Transfer Of Golden Hill Almost Complete http://wamc.org/post/transfer-golden-hill-almost-complete <p>KINGSTON – The sale of the Ulster County-owned Golden Hill nursing home in Kingston is almost complete.&nbsp; The county is selling it to GH Acquisition Corp. for $11.25 million.</p><p>County Executive Michael Hein said the transfer is in the final stage.</p><p>“We are dealing with the very last components of it before there is a final process of transition,” Hein told MidHudsonNews.com. &nbsp;“We are dealing with the state Department of Health and we expect that to be done any moment.”</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:54:11 +0000 Hank Gross 67379 at http://wamc.org Transfer Of Golden Hill Almost Complete Kingston Voters Okay Sofie Finn STRIVE Proposition http://wamc.org/post/kingston-voters-okay-sofie-finn-strive-proposition <p>KINGSTON – Voters overwhelmingly approved the sale of Sofie Finn Elementary School in Kingston to SUNY Ulster for $300,000. The school will be transformed into an urban satellite campus.&nbsp;</p><p>The proposition's unofficial tally was 2,784 for and 570 against.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 11:46:42 +0000 Hank Gross 65262 at http://wamc.org Kingston Voters Okay Sofie Finn STRIVE Proposition