Housing Emergency in Ulster County: Part 2

July 28, 2022Press

Ulster County comptroller March Gallagher supplied the public with a new breakdown of the state of housing in the county. Though it is the spiritual twin of the 2005 report, this one reads with the brevity and impact of a Polaroid snapshot rather than a pile of pages assembled on the taxpayer dime. Hudson Valley … Read More

Gallagher Releases Short-Term Rental Report

July 28, 2022Press

Ulster County Comptroller, March Gallagher, released a snapshot report on the impact of the short-term rental market on Ulster County. The analysis compares Ulster County to other surrounding counties and finds that 3% of all housing units in the county were being offered as short-term rentals through platforms such as Airbnb as of the end … Read More

Long-term housing stock shrinking in Ulster partially because of short-term rentals, report finds

July 21, 2022Press

“Short-term rentals have profoundly impacted the availability of long-term housing for rent and purchase in Ulster County, contributing to the conditions that create high costs and lack of availability,” said Ulster County Comptroller March Gallagher. “I am pleased that many of our communities have taken on the task of regulating short-term rentals and balancing housing … Read More

Ulster County fund balance exceeds limits, Comptroller March Gallagher claims

July 7, 2022Press

“Fund Balance is a vital cushion that allows County government to prepare for an uncertain future,” Gallagher said in a press release. “Ulster County could see significant revenue declines in sales tax as inflation or a recession impacts consumer spending in 2023 and beyond. It is absolutely imperative that when we exceed the necessary buffer, that we … Read More

The Local Cost of Stewarding NYC’s Water Supply

July 6, 2022Blog Posts

Last week, I submitted comments to New York State about impacts that hosting the New York City Watershed has on our communities, businesses, residents, and municipal governments. I am particularly concerned about the Draft revisions to the 2017 Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD) and the adverse impacts it may have. The Watershed has created an extractive economy … Read More

What Independence Day Means To Me Today

July 2, 2022Blog Posts

This July 4th has me deeply pondering the meaning of freedom and independence, especially given the unprecedented outrageous actions of our rogue Supreme Court this past two weeks. It is now more clear to me than ever that public service and speaking out are imperative. I will fight for your rights and those of our … Read More

Large office building owes over $10 million in back property taxes

June 28, 2022Press

Our finding is the county had no reason not to foreclose. The property really does not have environmental concerns and the fact that the property owners were challenging the tax assessment during certain periods is not sufficient grounds for not foreclosing on the property. Mid Hudson News | 6/28/22