Once defeated, Ryan tries again with $1 less in new proposal
Patricia R. Doxsey reports in the Daily Freeman that the Ulster County Legislature has a rule prohibiting resolutions defeated in committee from being reintroduced for consideration. In July, in July Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan requested the positions of director of recovery and resilience at an annual salary of $126,374; recovery and resilience project manager at an annual salary of $79,875; and assistant director of recovery and resilience at an annual salary of $56,564 to administer the $34 million in American Rescue Plan funds allocated to the county. But that resolution was voted down in the Legislature’s Ways and Means Committee on July 20. So Ryan introduced an identical resolution for the August meeting, but with a $1 reduction in the director’s salary. Legislature Chair Dave Donaldson said he expects to rule the resolution “out of order.... Despite the idea that I support (the creation of the positions), I don’t believe it fits within our rules.” Assistant Deputy County Executive Dan Torres said the administration “resubmitted [the resolution] to allow us to continue the conversation with the Legislature on having staff administer the $34 million dollars of federal funds.” If the legislature does debate the issue, Ryan will have to deal with several members of the Ways and Means Committee who thought the proposed salaries were too high. a href="https://www.dailyfreeman.com/2021/07/28/ulster-county-legislature-rebukes-executives-resolution-to-create-three-positions/">Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.