Campaign ’19 Comes Early Meet the Candidates for County Executive April 17

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April 04, 2019
The departure of Ulster County Executive Mike Hein means there will be a special election April 30th to decide who serves as Ulster County Executive for the remainder of 2019. 

Pat Ryan and Jack Hayes, the two candidates running for County Executive, will be the featured speakers at the next Breakfast Meeting of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce, April 17 from 7:30 to 9:00am, at Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern in Saugerties. The sponsor is Sawyer Savings Bank.

Both candidates live in Gardiner in southern Ulster County.
Ryan, a tech entrepreneur, U.S. Army veteran and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, finished runner-up in a seven-way Democratic primary for the 19th Congressional District seat eventually won by U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado last year. Ryan has not yet held political office.
Hayes, who is retired from the state police and is currently the chairman of the Ulster County Conservative Party, served as town of Gardiner supervisor in 2002-03 and was an Ulster County legislator from 2010-11. He ran unsuccessfully for the state Assembly in 2016.
Regardless of who wins the April 30 special election, the office will again be on the ballot in November for a full four-year term.

Chamber breakfast programs are a great way to network with other local business leaders and stay on top of current events. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more information or to register, call the Chamber at (845) 338-5100 or go online at
Ward Todd, President/CEO
(845) 338-5100