Monday, February 11, 2019

 

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Interim Ulster County Executive Adele Reiter sworn in

Reiter meets with senior county staffer, from left, Deputy County Executive Kenneth Crannell
Deputy County Executive Marc Rider and County Budget Director Burton Gulnick

KINGSTON – Adele Reiter assumed command of the Ulster County Executive’s office Monday morning, following Friday’s departure of former Executive Michael Hein.

He started a new job working for Governor Andrew Cuomo as commissioner of Temporary and Disability Assistance, managing a budget estimated at $5 billion per year – over 10 times greater in public funding than his previous responsibility.

County Clerk Nina Postupack administered the oath of office, making the transfer of power official. Reiter will now serve as interim county executive until a replacement is voted in by special election within the next 90 days.

Reiter was Hein’s right hand throughout his 10-year administration. “I was his first appointed official, as second-in-command, and been doing this since day one, I feel pretty comfortable, but it is very strange to be in this office without him,” she said of the transition.

“It’s wonderful to have the familiarity with all these people, who helped make this administration work all these years,” Reiter added. She spent the day meeting with her deputies and department heads. The team’s temporary role is to ensure continuity of government until a new administrator is chosen by the public, as per county charter.

“I have a duty to the people I’ve helped appoint, and a duty to the public, to make sure this government is solid. We’re in the best shape since we took office. I think with good leadership and serious people, we should be able to keep our taxes relatively stable, while increasing the level of services,” Reiter explained.

An attorney, Reiter grew up in Rockland County before moving to Ulster County with her husband of 42 years. She has two daughters and four grandchildren. Previous jobs included assistant district attorney in the Bronx; assistant corporation counsel for the City of Kingston, and five years as the Ulster County deputy treasurer.

 

 


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