Tuesday, January 8, 2019



Bartels defeats Ronk for Ulster Legislature chair

Bartels, left, gets a standing ovation from fellow legislators as she walks to the chair

KINGSTON – By a one vote margin, independent Ulster County Legislator Tracey Bartels defeated Republican former Chairman Kenneth Ronk on Monday evening.

The party-line vote was 12 to 11 by the legislature, now with a one-vote Democrat margin. 

Bartels, the second woman to be serve as chair, noted it will be a year of transition in the county and she told her colleagues that she looks forward to working across the political aisle to address issues.

“I commit to working with, and supporting, each and every one of you toward a shared goal for a vision for a future for Ulster County that’s ever improving,” she said. “The chair, I see as a seat among equals and I am committed to that. Working together in the coming year, we can work through a year that is certainly going to be a year of transitions to achieve that shared vision.”

In addition to the new legislative leadership, the county will also have a new leader as County Executive Michael Hein will be moving to a commissioner’s post in Albany.

Ronk, meanwhile, said he would consider a run for county executive.






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