When faced with New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) over 100 days of continuous dumping of polluted water from their Ashokan Reservoir into the Lower Esopus Creek, County Executive Hein took aggressive action to protect the people of Ulster County. After the DEP refused to act in the best interests of Ulster County’s residents and businesses, County Executive Hein decided to sue the New York City agency. But instead of waiting for the legal system to act, the County Executive continued to relentlessly pressure DEP to do what was right for Ulster County. He enlisted the support of community groups and elected officials to pressure DEP, until DEP finally announced that it would stop the releases and fund a full study of the impact of their pollution on Ulster County’s waterways.
Sustainable Ulster County
County Executive Hein has proven his commitment to supporting a more sustainable future for Ulster County time and again. Some of his many accomplishments in this area include building up a fleet of hybrid public buses, outfitting the Department of Public Works’ New Paltz Sub-station with Solar Panels and adding a new solar sign at the New Paltz fairground. County Executive Hein recently ordered the complete retrofit of all external lighting in Ulster County’s Golden Hill complex with high efficiency lights. To continue on the path towards sustainability, County Executive Hein commissioned a full energy audit of all county operations. If reelected to a second term, he will continue implementing the sustainability projects identified in the audit, with a goal of making Ulster County an even more environmentally friendly County.
Ulster County Parks
During his first term, County Executive Mike Hein renamed the Ulster County Park at Ulster Landing the Sojourner Truth Park in honor of the famous abolitionist, Sojourner Truth. To ensure that all county residents have access to the this beautiful park on the Hudson River, the County Executive removed the admission fee at this park and constructed an ADA (American with Disabilities Association) approved trail link at Sojourner Truth Park.