KINGSTON – State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston) has written to Ulster County Executive Michael Hein urging him to “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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KINGSTON – State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston) addressed the ongoing Ulster County sales tax dilemma at his Kingston office Tuesday afternoon. The briefing was attended by two deputy county executives who took exception to Cahill's position.
Last week, county and local officials slammed Cahill for tying up the sales tax extension bill with competing legislation.
On Tuesday, the assemblyman was critical of the way they attacked him.
POUGHKEEPSIE – Central Hudson and IBEW Local 320 have negotiated a new contract for utility workers, who would become employees of Fortis, Inc. should the buyout of CH Energy Group be approved by the State Public Service Commission.
State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D- Kingston) said it is a good deal for the workers, but the proposed purchase leaves a lot to be desired.
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D- 18) is thrilled with the contract agreement.
Some media reports Monday mention the possibility of imposing a pedestrian fee on Walkway over the Hudson - the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. Walkway connects Poughkeepsie, in Dutchess County, with Highland, in Ulster County, and has become a popular place for both locals and tourists. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on how officials say there will be no such fee.