County Executive Mike Hein released his budget on September 30th (sorry, but I’ve been busy) and it’s another winner for Ulster County despite New York’s fiscal problems. Hein’s budget cuts spending and reduces taxes by 1.1%. Nobody should be complaining, but I bet Terry Bernardo will because history often repeats itself and she voted, as a member of the Legislature, against Hein’s previous budgets that lowered taxes and cut spending.
Meanwhile as Ulster County is lauded by the State Comptroller’s office for its fiscal standing and Hein was busy releasing his budget, Terry Bernardo sent a bizarre email seeking support by asking people if they’ve had enough. No, I’m serious. The subject line of the email is – “Had enough? Let’s fix it.” Here’s a question for Bernardo – had enough of what? Reducing the size of government? Forming public/private partnerships to lower costs to taxpayers? Expanding services while cutting expenses? Reducing taxes? Since she’s a Republican I wonder if she knows what platform she supports. Every registered Republican and Conservative should be dancing in the streets over the Hein administration’s results.
Bernardo’s email stressed the two key reasons why she’s running and they are flimsy, foolish and quite honestly make absolutely no sense to me. The first reason she’s running is so there is a choice. Not because she’s better qualified, more capable or will do a better job. But so there is a choice. And the second reason she is running is because of the plan to rip up the Kingston Plaza railroad track, which Bernardo identifies as a historic treasure. The logic evades me.
Her email also proclaimed that Congressman Chris Gibson endorsed her and I wouldn’t call his comments – at least the ones I heard and read in online news reports – exactly an endorsement. He more or less said that she had a huge task against a strong incumbent and in the days before these comments, Gibson attended another event in Kingston where he publicly commended Hein for his efforts on behalf of Veterans and military service members.
Election Day is November 3rd so thankfully, there are only thirty more days to listen to Bernardo’s babble.