New Paltz had a very strong presence at the Ulster County Democratic convention last night. The two top seats - unanimously endorsed - were granted to a former New Paltzian and a current one. Mike Hein, New Paltz high school graduate, will be the Dems incumbent candidate for County Executive. Attorney Jon Sennett, current New Paltz resident, was nominated for District Attorney.
For county legislature, Sue Zimet was nominated for the new District 17. The local committee, lead by Corrinne Nyquist, chose Tom Cotton as their candidate for District 20, not the incumbent legislator Hector Rodriguez. Rodriguez is not giving up easy, he says he will petition so that there will be a primary for the seat in September. According to Hector, when he asked Nyquist why she was not supporting him, she said it was retribution for his support of Jason West in the recent village mayoralty campaign. (West ousted Tom Nyquist from his multi-term stretch as mayor in 2003.)
And with Joseph Eriole the nominated candidate in District 12, we have another New Paltz pol (sort of), because while 12 is the Plattekill district, Joe lives in the southern tip of the school district and has his law office in the village.
Related note: The local Dem caucus will be in August. Yes, August. I don't have an exact date, will post it as soon as I do.