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Ulster County Executive Mike Hein outlines some new initiatives in his 2014 State of the County address. Our Alexandra Weishaupt reports.
STONE RIDGE, N.Y. -- Ulster County Executive Mike Hein delivered the framework for a model of innovation and reform during his State of the County address on Tuesday night.
He said he's building on a foundation.
"That foundation is three consecutive years without raising taxes and we’re coming off the largest reduction in government spending in the history of Ulster County: $23.7 million," explained Hein.
Hein also plans to implement new initiatives.
"An agenda that protects our children with anti-tobacco legislation, and something that really cleans up campaign finance and makes sure that people can regain faith in their government," he said.
The community also heard about plans already underway, including the Patriots Project for homeless veterans, and the creation of an educational corridor in Kingston’s midtown.
Hein said, "Our Strive project that’s going real well and going to put a college campus right next to the Kingston High School making it easier for the inner city youth to access to higher education."
He also maintained his platform of protecting taxpayers and delivering essential services to those in need.
"The majority of our initiative is looking forward to what is a very bright future for Ulster County because we are building on such aggressive actions that we’ve taken in the past," said Hein. "We’re very excited about talking about the future, which is 2014, and how great it’s going to be."