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Auerbach wooed for Ulster exec

Auerbach (file)

KINGSTON – Within hours of the announcement that Ulster County Executive Michael Hein has been nominated to a commissioner’s post in the Cuomo administration, the calls started coming in to County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach’s phone. He is being wooed by people on both sides of the aisle to run as Hein’s successor.

Auerbach, a Democrat like Hein, will give the idea serious consideration and said if he does decide to run for county executive, he would seek to address some key issues including significant property tax reform, continuing the challenge of making the county environmentally friendly and growing the job market.

“We have grown our tourist economy but we need to bring back other jobs to Ulster County so that we are multi-faceted and simply relying on tourism as our sole economic driver, so there are a lot of things that face us,” Auerbach said. “I think that we can be innovative and hit the ground running since we have been in county government since the charter change.”

County Democratic Chairman Frank Cardinale said it is too soon for him to speculate as to who will line up to run for county’s top job.

 


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