County Hopefuls Q&A in NP

County Hopefuls Q&A in NP

Ulster County Executive candidate Pat Ryan
Pat Ryan photo by Gloria Waslyn
Ulster County Executive candidate Patrice Courtney-Strong
Patrice Courtney-Strong photo by Gloria Waslyn

By Jane Schanberg

Two contenders for the position of Ulster County Executive will come to New Paltz Village Hall on Thursday, February 14, to meet with the New Paltz Democratic Committee. Democrats Patrice Courtney-Strong and Pat Ryan will answer questions posed by committee members on a variety of topics important to Ulster County.

The two candidates face a special election on February 20 in Kingston, where Democratic committee members from the 20 county committees will vote to select a successor to Mike Hein, who left to join the Cuomo Administration in Albany.

Deputy County Executive Marc Rider, who had also announced his candidacy, dropped out of the race on February 12 and threw his support behind Ryan. One additional candidate, Jeff Moran of Woodstock also intends to run for County Executive but has not appeared before any of the Democratic committees to answer questions and has not participated in public forums.

The Valentine’s Day meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and the two New Paltz candidates for county legislature will speak about their backgrounds and take questions. They are Jim Lelaune, the incumbent county legislator who represents the town, and Eve Walter, the New Paltz Village Planning Board chairman who is running to replace incumbent Hector Rodriguez representing the Village. Rodriguez had decided not to run for re-election.

Ms. Courtney-Strong will be the first candidate face questioning, beginning at 7:45 p.m. She will be followed by Mr. Ryan at 8:30 p.m.

The New Paltz Democratic Committee meeting is open to the public and interested voters are cordially invited to attend.