Ulster County Government leaders look back at “eventful year”

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KINGSTON – In 2022 Ulster County Government made progress on key initiatives and maintained its commitment to serve the residents of the county, its leaders said in a year-end wrap-up.

Among its accomplishments, the county continued into its third year of managing the impacts of the COVID-19 virus as the pandemic turned endemic.

It turned over ownership of the former IBM property in the Town of Ulster, and welcomed the cannabis industry to the region with the groundbreaking of Cresco Labs in Ellenville.

The county demolished the former county jail to make way for affordable housing, triggered an investigation by the state into Central Hudson’s billing practices, and commemorated Juneteenth as a county holiday for the first time.

Other accomplishments included coordinating with federal and state agencies in response to three major climate-related weather events – an ice storm, a tornado and a wildfire, and the county bid farewell to its second county executive, and is welcoming its first elected female county executive on New Year’s Day.