This headline of the Daily Freeman‘s article came as no surprise: Ulster County Legislature Democrats slam Chairman John Parete over committee assignments
What else would you expect from a situation cooked by Len Bernardo?
Terse comments were exchanged during a Democratic caucus Thursday, a day after Legislature Chairman John Parete, D-Boiceville, appointed Legislator Herbert Litts, R-Highland, to fill a committee vacancy… A number of Democrats were further troubled by seeing the committee elect a Republican chairman, which follows elections of Republican chairs of the Ways and Means and Public Works committees.
Legislator Jeanette Provenzano, D-Kingston, who is on the Health and Human Services Committee, said she could have been appointed chairwoman if the Republican majority wanted to respect the political balance. “In all my (23) years as a Democrat, I find this totally embarrassing for our party,” she said. “I find it totally embarrassing for our agenda.”
Legislator Hector Rodriquez, D-New Paltz, said it was apparent that Parete had not consulted with Democratic leaders before making committee appointments. Rodriquez, who had been the choice for Legislature chairman of most Democratic lawmakers, questioned whether Parete should participate in his own party caucuses. “Apparently, appointments are being made really without consultation with the Democratic caucus,” he said. “If that’s the case, that’s fine. But if it’s not going be made in consultation with the Democratic caucus, then why are you caucusing with us?”
Legislature Majority Leader Donald Gregorius, D-Woodstock, said seeing Parete appointed with Republicans support had put Democrats in the position of being in a “minority majority” and that committee appointments were retribution against some party members. “It was a planned punitive response,” he said, adding that it “leaves a very sour taste in everybody’s mouth.”
Despite Chairwoman Bernardo being sent home by voters, I see another bumpy ride for Ulster County Legislature…
– Jon Dogar-Marinesco