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Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

Project Resilience efforts
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The Ulster County executive has announced the next phase of an initiative that began in March as a community fund and local food distribution effort to support residents impacted by COVID-19.

Colleen Laico, from Kingston, NY, a medical professional at the ER at Kingston Hospital, receives her COVID-19 vaccination at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, December 18, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced the formation of Regional Vaccination Hubs to help facilitate COVID-19 vaccinations once Phase 2 of the state's plan begins in early 2021. Regional task forces are part of the process. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with a few county leaders who are on the Mid-Hudson region’s task force.

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Congress has reached a deal on a $900 billion coronavirus relief package. It does not contain direct aid for state and local governments. For the New York State Association of Counties and county executives in the state, that’s a problem.

Ulster County forms Vaccine Distribution Coalition
Courtesy of Ulster County government

The Ulster County executive has announced the formation of a county Vaccine Distribution Coalition.

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Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced that access to county buildings will be limited and more staffing will be remote as COVID-19 cases escalate.

Hudson Valley County Executives, Deputy County Executive, Health Commissioners Hold Briefing On COVID And The Holidays
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday added COVID-19 micro-clusters in three Hudson Valley counties. Earlier in the day, four county leaders and their health commissioners held a briefing to implore the public not to get casual about the virus, especially with the holidays around the corner.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announces a new mobile rapid response team including a rapid mobile testing vehicle, November 16, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

The Ulster County executive held a rare weekend call with county and local leaders on Saturday. Democrat Pat Ryan says it’s time to collaborate even further to let residents know how important it is to stop the spread of COVID-19 as a second wave emerges.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day delivers COVID-19 briefing November 10, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Rockland County Executive Ed Day/screenshot by WAMC, Allison Dunne

As the number of COVID-19 cases rises nationally and in New York, counties in the Hudson Valley are also seeing their numbers increase. One leader says his county is at the beginning of a second wave, while another is hopeful as a drug company with offices in his county is developing a COVID-19 vaccine.

Rendering of planned neighborhood at former jail site in Kingston
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A housing project in Ulster County, New York is moving forward with the selection of a development team and release of preliminary designs. Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan talked about the project during his COVID-19 briefing Thursday.

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With large turnouts for early voting in parts of New York, a county executive in the Hudson Valley wants polling site hours expanded and sites added.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan and Ulster County District Attorney Dave Clegg announce expansion of Restorative Justice Program
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

A restorative justice program in Ulster County is being expanded to young adults. The county executive and district attorney say the new initiative builds upon the success of the county’s restorative justice program.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan Delivers 2021 Budget Proposal at SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge, NY
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In New York, the Ulster County executive delivered his budget address Thursday. He has a number of projects on the list to develop what he calls a people-centered economy.

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Courtesy of Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc.

With so many K-12 school districts set to open after Labor Day, some county executives are trying to help figure out the childcare conundrum. Dutchess County has come up with a childcare scholarship.

Groups Want NYS To Implement Drug Take Back Act

Sep 3, 2020
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A coalition of environmental, public health and other groups is calling on the New York state Department of Health to implement a drug take-back law signed two years ago. The groups say the lack of safe disposal options for unwanted or expired pharmaceutical drugs not only contributes to the drug abuse epidemic and accidental poisonings at home, but also to water pollution.

Seized bags of heroin and fentanyl in Ulster County
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The Ulster County executive has declared a public health emergency due to recent spikes in fentanyl-related deaths. The declaration came the day before county officials arrested a Kingston man on narcotics charges and recovered 10,000 bags of fentanyl and heroin.

(From left to right) Undersheriff Eric Benjamin, District Attorney David Clegg and County Executive Pat Ryan
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

In New York, the Ulster County executive has declared a public health emergency due to recent spikes in fentanyl-related deaths. Fentanyl is 50-times more potent than heroin.

Scenic Hudson Acquires Large Property In Ulster County

Aug 11, 2020
Wetlands at Scenic Hudson’s 303-acre property in Lloyd, Ulster County
Courtesy of Carrie Sutton

A land deal in Ulster County will afford new recreational opportunities while protecting views and preserving wetlands. It’s one of Scenic Hudson’s larger acquisitions.

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The House of Representatives recently passed the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act. Two New York congressmen from the Hudson Valley are behind a number of the measures that were included.

Officials from the Biden for President campaign have tapped a group of New York veterans to launch an organizing group aimed at engaging the more than 830,000 veterans and their families in the state to support Joe Biden for President. A Hudson Valley county executive is one who helped with the launch.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (top); Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan (bottom left); and NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Four county executives participated in a New York State Association of Counties video press conference Thursday to urge Congress to pass a coronavirus stimulus package with direct state and local aid. A House bill passed in May contains billions of dollars’ worth, but Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump reportedly agreed Thursday on a package with no such aid.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan Delivers Virtual Briefing, April 28, 2020
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With the Mid-Hudson Region now in Phase Two of reopening from the coronavirus shutdown, local leaders have been rolling out phases of their economic recovery programs and hoping that businesses and others get back on their feet. Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan continues to push for direct federal aid to the state and local governments as he watches the county budget.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan during a Memorial Day candle-lighting ceremony, held virtually, May 21, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

The Ulster County executive took part in a peaceful protest recently against George Floyd’s death and systemic racism. He was surprised to encounter a military-grade armored vehicle standing at the ready. Democrat Pat Ryan says he had used equipment like this in combat when deployed to Iraq, and he does not want to ever see his community turned into a war zone. Ryan spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about this along with what kind of police reforms he wants to see locally.

Mid-Hudson Region Begins Phase Two Reopening

Jun 9, 2020
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Phase Two of reopening began Tuesday in the Mid-Hudson region of New York. Hair salon and restaurant managers are among those who have been prepping for the day, while a number of residents have been waiting to occupy a barbershop chair or outdoor table at their favorite restaurants.

Ulster County Exec Unveils Housing Initiatives

May 19, 2020
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivers COVID-19 update May 19, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

The Ulster County executive delivered a COVID-19 update Tuesday, announcing a series of initiatives to meet a growing need heightened by the pandemic — housing.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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Two county executives in New York’s Hudson Valley have delivered updates about nursing home COVID-19 testing. Dutchess County has completed testing at two facilities.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivers COVID-19 briefing, May 7, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

During his latest briefing, the Ulster County executive delivered what he called very good news about the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, another testing site is opening in Kingston while a separate facility is offering antibody testing to first responders. Yet despite positive news in many areas, opioid overdoses have increased.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan and NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Holds Small Business Town Hall, April 16, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul joined the Ulster County executive Thursday afternoon for a small business town hall. They took questions as several small business owners wondered if they’ll ever be able to recover from the pandemic.

Kingston City School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan virtual town hall, April 7, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

It has been some three weeks since schools across New York closed. In that time, it’s been a steep learning curve to carry on remotely. We get one view of how it’s been to run a school district during the COVID-19 pandemic from a superintendent in Ulster County.

Kingston City School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan during Facebook Live Town Hall, April 7, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

There are plans to add a COVID-19 treatment bed facility in Ulster County, New York. County Executive Pat Ryan made the announcement during a Facebook Live Town Hall Tuesday with the superintendent of the Kingston City School District.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan holds a virtual town hall
Courtesy of the Office of the Ulster County Executive

The Ulster County executive has a warning about capacity for COVID-19 patients in his county.

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