A few years back, before every legislative election in Ulster County, those driving on Lucas Avenue were regaled with an electoral sign planted in front of the Bendelius residence, just south of Route 6.
The sign showed – in effigy – Legislator Sue Cummings behind bars. Ruth Bendelius had it in for Sue Cummings for one reason only: Sue supported the idea of a Casino in Wawarsing. Got it? Sue Cummings + Casino = BAD LEGISLATOR in Bendelius’ book.
Fast forward… Let’s quote from “Nevele group lays out plans for RVBA during morning breakfast” – an article in Blue Stone Press:
County Legislature chair Terry Bernardo (R-Accord), also in attendance, said: “As a resident and business owner and a representative of Wawarsing, I personally support the project.” Bernardo, noting that County Legislative Counsel Langdon Chapman has been named Counsel to the Senate Commission on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, said “I hope to use my connections to help you effectuate your plan.”
Surprise, surprise! Terry Bernardo + Casino = GOOD LEGISLATOR in Bendelius’
new book. A pro-Bernardo sign replaced the anti-Cummings sign, and this endorsement appeared in a campaign ad in Shawangunk Journal:
“Terry Bernardo is our best hope for ensuring that Rochester’s needs are heard and taken care of in the Ulster County Legislature. We enthusiastically endorse her.”
– Alan and Ruth Bendelius, Accord
– Jon Dogar-Marinesco