Ulster County to address campaign finance reform in new year

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KINGSTON – Ulster County lawmakers appear to be headed toward establishing campaign finance reform for countywide elected officials.
If adopted, the law would cap contributions at $250 made by vendors who do business with the county, said Legislator Richard Parete, chairman of the Laws and Rules Committee.
“Some legislators would also like it to be extended to challengers,
so it just would not be incumbents, it would be anyone running for countywide
office,” Parete said.  “That is where the people are
disagreeing and hopefully we can resolve it.  Everybody agrees that
we want to come up with something especially in light of everything that
has happened in Albany in the last few months.”
The Ulster proposal is in part based on the local law Orange County legislators approved last year.