January 1, 2010

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Hein ends first year as county exec with list of accomplishments

Hein, after taking the oath
a year ago

KINGSTON  - Ulster County Executive Michael Hein has concluded his first full year on the job in that post; he was the appointed county administrator prior to that.

He ended his first year with a five page list of his accomplishments. Chief among was an investigation of the county Health Department along with its restructuring and the hiring of Dr. La Mar Hasbrouck to run the agency.

Hein also lists institution of a fleet management program for the county’s vehicles, installation of an automated vehicle locator system and conducting town hall meetings.

He created a “Credit for Success” program with a consortium of eight banks establishing a fund to assist small businesses to gain access to capital.

He lists securing stimulus funds of over $27 million for public infrastructure and transit projects, development of a regional “Ski the Catskills” partnership and assisting the Gillette Creamery with an expansion in Ulster County.

In his first year, Hein’s administration also marketing the county for tourism in New York City, brought municipalities together in a local government efficiency and sharing program, and reduced the county workforce by 100 positions.

On the environmental front, Hein conducted a comprehensive energy audit, installed a photovoltaic solar electric system in a highway substation, brought new hybrid buses into the UCAT fleet, and began using green cleaning products.

While the Democrat county exec didn’t always see eye to eye with the Democratic majority on the county legislature, he may face a tougher time of it in 2010.  The new county legislature will now be Republican controlled.

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