Endorsements

Kirsten Gillibrand United States Senator
"I am pleased to endorse Mike Hein for re-election as Ulster County Executive. He has worked hard for the people and businesses of Ulster County and has a proven record of delivering results.  This includes ensuring no county property tax increases for 2011, increased services for seniors, and helping veterans obtain discounts at participating local businesses. Earlier this year, I was glad to assist his successful efforts to stop the DEP from releasing turbid water into the Lower Esopus. I look forward to continuing to partner with County Executive Mike Hein to create economic opportunities in Ulster County."

Charles E. Schumer United States Senator
“In his first term, Mike Hein has been a leader in streamlining government services and improving the way County government works for the people.  He has turned Ulster County into a premier destination for businesses looking to grow and relocate in New York, while increasing the quality of life. He has made Ulster County a community we can all be proud of to call home.  Whether he is fighting for the environment and the pristine natural landscape of the Catskills, eliminating government waste or delivering a budget with no increase in county property taxes, Mike Hein has proven that is an uncompromising fighter for the common good. There is no better advocate for upstate New York than County Executive Mike Hein.  I am happy to be endorsing him today, in the hopes that he can continue to guide Ulster County through these challenging times.”

Berndt J. Leifeld Town of Olive Supervisor
"As a long-term Supervisor, I can consent that the cooperation between county and small towns has never been better than it is now under Mike Hein’s tenure."

Christopher Cerone Town of Marlborough Supervisor
"As Supervisor of the Town of Marlborough, I have had the opportunity to work with Mike and members of his staff on many levels over the past 16 month. Mike has proven to be a hands on public servant who is continually looking at ways to cut spending, increase revenues and share services throughout the County.  Mike is a dynamic thinker who continually thinks outside the box, and is one of those rare elected officials who gets it.  Mike has worked tirelessly to get the County’s financial house in order and has proven that he is not afraid to make the tough and usually unpopular decisions that need to be made to ensure that every resident of the County can continue to live, work and raise their families in Ulster County.  Having Mike Hein as County Executive has been a tremendous help to the residents of the Town of Marlborough and it is my absolute pleasure and honor to endorse my friend, Mike Hein for another term as Ulster County Executive."

Joe Katz Town of Gardiner Supervisor
"I heartily endorse Mike Hein for re-election as County Executive. It is comforting to know that Ulster County under his leadership is finally in contact and listening to the concerns of the Towns."

Brooke Pickering-Cole Town of Marbletown Supervisor
"Mike Hein is doing a terrific job for all of us in Ulster County.  His attention to keeping communication lines open between the County and local governements is of great value, and we are truly fortunate to have him at the helm."

Jerry A. Fairbairn Town of Hardenburgh Supervisor
"The voters of Ulster County have made two positive decisions in recent years. We voted to change how our County Government operates i.e. we now use a Charter form of administration. Secondly we elected Mike Hein as our County Executive. Mike and his staff have made the transition to our Charter Government nearly seamless. Mike has voiced stern concern to NYC DEP regarding the Esopus turbidity debacle and has no trouble standing tall in Albany for the good of our County. Mike makes himself available to all County and Town officials. While Mike has a positive outlook and works to that end he has no reservations when he tells you that our County, State and Federal Government face tough decisions in these austere times. Mike has made tough  decisions during his first term and I have no doubt that when elected for a second term he will continue to lead us to a better and stronger Ulster County."

Greg Helsmoortel Town of Saugerties Supervisor
"Whenever I have a problem on a County level, I know that I have an ally in Mike Hein.  There is no problem too big or too small that Mike will not offer his professional and sincere assistance with to serve the residents of Saugerties."

Toni Hokanson Town of New Paltz Supervisor
"Despite the fact that I actively campaigned against passing the Charter for Ulster County four years ago, I could not be more pleased with Michael Hein as our first County Executive.  I have the highest regard for Mike.  I believe he a vision for Ulster County that includes fiscal responsibility, economic growth and a high quality of life.  I fully support his efforts to find ways to share services and reduce expenses.  I have found him to be earnest, approachable and responsive.  Mike has my vote in November."

Patrick McDonough Town of Rosendale Supervisor
"As Rosendale Town Supervisor, I have had the good fortune to work closely with Mike Hein in several capacities.  He has established a clear record as a fine communicator and a true problem solver.  Mike is always thinking forward and is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Ulster County.  I am proud to support him for re-election as County Executive."

Leonard M. Distel Town of Wawarsing Supervisor
"Mr. Michael P. Hein has done an excellent job as the Executive of Ulster County. I proudly endorse Mike for County Executive."

Jeff Moran Town of Woodstock Supervisor
"Having had the opportunity to work with Mike Hein over the past few years, I am continually impressed by the dedication, intelligence, and good humor he brings to the challenging job of being Ulster's first County Executive. Mike has coupled his extensive knowledge of the workings of county government with innovative measures to reduce costs and increase efficiencies while maintaining the high level of services our taxpayers expect. He has my enthusiastic support in his campaign for a second term as our County Executive."

Roy Hochberg Ulster County Legislator
"I endorse Mike Hein for re-election as Ulster County Executive.  His efforts, together with those of county legislators, make Ulster County one of the best places for good health, good growth, and an even better and brighter future."

Frank Comando Town of Denning Deomcratic Chair
"To all registered voters,
Why Endorse Mike Hein for re-election as Ulster County Executive?
Mike has been instrumental in intelligently reducing the burden on Ulster County Taxpayers by efficiently administrating Ulster County's financial affairs.
Mike Hein, as the first Ulster County Executive, has proved this position is a  worthwhile government position  that is an asset to all Ulster County residents."

John Carney Town of Hardenburgh Democratic Chair
"I am very pleased to advise you that the Democratic Committee of the Town of Hardenburgh met today, May 9, 2011, and voted to endorse Mike Hein for reelection as Ulster County Executive.
You are doing a great job, Mike!"