Ulster Comptroller March Gallagher Re-Elected

KINGSTON – Last week, Ulster County Comptroller, March Gallagher, won re-election to serve her first full four-year term as Ulster County Comptroller. Gallagher was first elected to the position in 2019 when she ran to fill a vacancy.

“I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished over the last two years in terms of improving transparency and accountability in county government,” Gallagher said. “I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Ulster County, and to highlighting quality of life issues such as housing, mental health services, and the cost of hosting the New York City watershed.”

Since Gallagher took office as County Comptroller in January, 2020, her office has made county finances available to the public by creating a Taxpayer Checkbook and lists of all county contracts approved. She released the first ever Ulster County Popular Annual Financial Report, and, under Gallagher’s leadership, the Comptroller’s Office released audits resulting in significant savings for the Ulster County jail and the collection of occupancy tax from short-term rental properties.

She recently released a list of recommendations to the Ulster County IDA, as well as a snapshot of Emergency Housing in the county. She has also been working to uncover potential issues with the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency and its processes.

Gallagher lives in Rosendale and has a long history of public service in Ulster County. She served as Deputy Director of Planning under Ulster County Executive Mike Hein. Prior to that she Chaired the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency, and served on numerous non-profit and economic development boards. As IDA Chair, she brought accountability and transparency to IDA operations including the recapture of tax benefits from underperforming projects. After leaving the county, she served as the Chief Strategy Officer at Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress analyzing infrastructure and healthcare spending in the nine counties of the Hudson Valley. Before her election as Ulster County Comptroller, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley which administers assets of $75 million providing grants for affordable housing, the arts, education, and more.

For more information about March Gallagher, please visit https://marchforulster.com

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