Ulster People Endorses Strong, Rounds & Clegg!

Ulster People for Justice & Democracy is proud to endorse Pat Strong, Byran Rounds, and Dave Clegg

Ulster People for Justice & Democracy is proud to endorse the following candidates for countywide office in 2019, who, if elected, will shift the balance of power and make real change possible:

  • A thriving and inclusive local economy that supports ALL our residents.
  • Protection of the rights and well-being of the most vulnerable among us.
  • A healthy, sustainable environment for now and generations to come.

Pat Strong for Ulster County Executive 

Pat Strong

Pat Strong has shown a dedication to fighting for local jobs, restorative justice, and the environment here for decades. Strong wrote the charter of the Kingston Land Bank that turns abandoned houses into affordable housing and she advocates a county-wide Land Bank to do the same throughout Ulster County. Pat Strong helped establish a program to find housing, employment and services for ex-offenders returning to Ulster County. Since 2003, Strong has led a coalition of 23 municipalities cooperating to become more energy efficient and switch to renewable energy. Driven by her passion for service to our community, Pat Strong is fighting to bring us green jobs, training for employment, and broader social justice. Strong advocates increasing the scope of the new Restorative Justice Center and leading the county to 100% renewable energy with a focus on creating local green jobs. Pat Strong’s past achievements show her fierce dedication to these goals.

Bryan Rounds for Ulster County Court Judge 

Bryan Rounds

Bryan Rounds believes practicing criminal law is his life’s mission. In the twenty-five years Rounds has practiced criminal law, Rounds has both prosecuted and defended every type of crime that would come before the Ulster County Judge. He has argued appeals of criminal cases in both New York’s Appellate Division for the Third Department and the Federal 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, as he is admitted to practice law in New York’s Federal Courts. He has developed a reputation for being an effective, charismatic and compassionate attorney who upholds the highest standards of ethics. Bryan Rounds has a track record that has earned him the enthusiastic endorsement of Ulster People.

Dave Clegg for Ulster County District Attorney

Dave Clegg has an extraordinary career of legal service. After clerking for the NAACP in college, Clegg served for four years as a VISTA volunteer providing legal aid to the Lakota Sioux in Nebraska and South Dakota. In his 37 years here since then, Clegg has served as a defense attorney, Assistant Public Defender for nine years and Chair of the Ulster County Human Rights Commission. Dave teaches college-level classes at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility with the Rising Hope Program. As District Attorney, Dave intends to end cash bail for those charged with misdemeanors unless they are a public safety risk. When elected, Clegg states he will not prosecute low-level marijuana offenses except in extraordinary circumstances. Clegg advocates the use of Drug Court to rehabilitate people addicted to opioids. Dave Clegg is committed to changing from the current emphasis on maximizing convictions to a new system of restorative justice. 

About Our Endorsement Process

Any candidate who wished to seek the group’s endorsement, regardless of party, was asked to complete a questionnaire. An endorsement committee comprised of voting members reviewed the questionnaires. If the responses showed a strong alignment between the candidate’s views and actions and Ulster People’s platform, candidates were invited to interview with the endorsement committee, after which, the committee voted to recommend endorsement (or not). The voting members of Ulster People made the final endorsement decisions. A candidate must receive the support of at least two-thirds of all voting members to receive an endorsement.

At this time, Ulster People has only considered candidates seeking countywide office. We will soon announce the opening of our endorsement process for county legislature candidates. More information may be found at ulsterpeople.org/run-for-office.

So now that we’ve endorsed them, let’s help get them elected!

Join us at an upcoming event to learn how to get involved:

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Press inquiries, contact connect@ulsterpeople.org.

February Voting Members Meeting & Endorsement Vote

Voting Members of Ulster People will convene to vote on possible endorsements in county-wide races (County Executive, DA, and Judge). We will also hear updates from working groups.

This meeting is not open to the public, but those interested in becoming voting members of Ulster People may request an invitation to observe the vote, and learn how to get involved in our working groups. Please email connect@ulsterpeople.org to request an invitation.

We will hold a separate endorsement vote at our March 11 General Meeting for county legislative candidates.

Ulster County Executive Candidate Panel Forum

Since current County Executive, Mike Hein has announced his impending resignation*, there are now three (3) candidates vying for the nomination to run in the General Election November 8th.

At this Candidate Forum, voters will be able to hear from each candidate and submit questions to the candidates.

The public is welcome. Doors will open at 1 pm.

*Should Mike Hein submit his resignation prior to May 8th, there will be a Special Election on a date dependent upon his resignation date. In this case, the Ulster County Democratic Committee will convene for the purpose of selecting a candidate to finish the current term held by Mike Hein, which expires December 31st of this year.

Candidate Websites:

Pat Strong: https://votepatstrong.com/ https://www.facebook.com/votepatstrong/
Pat Ryan: https://www.facebook.com/PatRyanUC/
Marc Rider: https://www.facebook.com/marc.rider.5

How are Your Tax Dollars Being Spent?
https://ulstercountyny.gov/2019budget

What is the Role of the County Executive?

With a Charter form of government in Ulster County, the executive authority is vested in an independently elected County Executive who is responsible for the proper administration of all County affairs. The County Executive is elected to a 4-year term. As the chief executive, some of the County Executive’s authority includes:

Serving as the chief budgetary officer of the County, and as such, preparing and submitting the annual budget, capital program, and accompanying message;
Appointing all department heads and other officers and employees;
Supervising and directing every executive department of County government;
Conducting collective bargaining negotiations with the legally designated bargaining agents of the county employees;
Approving or vetoing in writing every proposed local law, and the appropriate resolutions.

For More Information Contact:
Amee Peterson (845) 943-9767
Ann Brown (845) 866-7584

Regular Session of the Ulster County Legislature

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Regular Session of the Ulster County Legislature

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Regular Session of the Ulster County Legislature

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Regular Session of the Ulster County Legislature

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Regular Session of the Ulster County Legislature

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Regular Session of the Ulster County Legislature

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Regular Session of the Ulster County Legislature

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