Hein takes the oath from Judge Anthony McGinty
KINGSTON – Ulster County Executive Michael Hein’s wife, Christine, held the Bible as he took the oath of office for a third term. Their son, Mickey, stood by their side as Hein was sworn in at a private ceremony in his Kingston office on New Year ’s Eve day.
Hein said his administration has accomplished much, but “there is still a great deal of important work to be done.” That, he said means that he “will continue to work tirelessly to earn the faith and trust that they have placed in me.”
Hein said he has governed balancing fiscal responsibility with social responsibility.
“Making sure that we have sufficient resources so that we can invest in our infrastructure as well as education and a whole host of other needs in our community, and make sure the dollars are there to do that,” he said. “One of the things I am most proud of, we have been able to do that; lower taxes – lower today than they were in 2012; government actually cost less than in 2009 – all while helping our towns by providing significant additional resources.”
Hein said he looks forward to working with the incoming county legislature, which will be controlled by Republicans. The last term had a Democratic majority; the same political party to which Hein belongs.