The Committee to Elect Michael Kavanagh offers the following list of Endorsements to the voters of Ulster County, to offer an insight into the qualifications of the two men running for Ulster County District Attorney. We feel that the men and woman who have worked hand in hand with the District Attorney’s office are uniquely positioned to determine who would best serve as our next District Attorney.

Find out how to vote for Mike Kavanagh here.

Maggie Waage
Det. Sgt. Ulster County Sheriff.

Jim Hanstein
Special Agent FBI. R Former Ulster County Jail Superintendent.

Mario Ristivo
Captain, New York State Police Zone 3 Commander. Retired

Wayne Maisch
Detective Sergeant, Kingston Police Department. Retired.

Robert McCrindle, Jr.
Detective Sergeant, Town of Ulster Police Dept. Retired.

Robert Nuzzo
Lt. Colonel, New York State Police. Retired.

Jerry Keller
Chief of Police, Kingston Police Department. Retired.

Jim Michael
New York State Police Major, Troop F. Retired.

Kevin Drescher
Deputy Sergeant, Acting Chief Saugerties Police Dept. Retired.

Paul Van Blarcum
Former Ulster County Sheriff

Joe Synder
Chief of Police, New Paltz Police Department. Retired.

Steve Pavlak
Investigator, New York State Police. Retired.

Matt Klien
Zone Sergeant, New York State Police. Retired.

Scott Herrington
Sergeant, Kingston Police Department. Retired.

Kevin Costello
Lt. BCI, New York State Police. Retired.

Collin Bell
Poughkeepsie Police Department. Retired.

Ruth Boyer
Former Ulster County Public Defender.

Frank Faluotico
Undersheriff Ulster County Sheriff Department, URGENT Task Force. Retired.

Hon. Marsha Weiss
Retired Justice, Town of Ulster

Mark Scarselli
New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Retired

Harry Baldwin
Police Chief of the Town of Woodstock Police Department. Retired

Dan Heppner
Retired Corporation Counsel, City of Kingston

William Moylan
Ret. Det. T/Ulster PD

Cliff Tremper
Lt. Kingston Police Department. Retired.

Ron Lapp
Sergeant, New Paltz Police Department. Retired.

D. Holley Carnright
Former Ulster County District Attorney

John Tobin
Former Ulster County Chief Assistant District Attorney.

Aaron Fitzgerald
Det. Kingston Police Department. Retired.

Pete Kusminsky
Former NYS Police Sr. Investigator Bureau of Criminal InvestigationsGreene County Sheriff

Hon. Matthew Parker,
Justice, Village of Ellenville, Retired.

Wayne Olson
Major Troop F New York State Police, Retired.

Erik Thiele
Detective Saugerties Police Department, Retired.

Anthony Weed
Former Orange County Undersheriff—Capt Ellenville Police Department

J.P. Gromaglia
Lt. Town of Ulster Police Department – Retired.

Paul Hogan
New York State Police Major / Staff Inspector – Retired.

Carmine Goffredo
Sr. Investigator, Criminal Bureau NYSP Retired.

Dan Waage
Former Chief of Police Town of Lloyd Police Department.

Hon. Ronald E. Keilor, Jr.
Former Town of Rochester Justice – New York State Police Sr. Investigator – Retired.

Lori Thiele
New York State Police Investigator – Retired.

Hon. Robert Vosper
Retired, Justice, Town of Rosendale

Hon. Paul L. Gruner
Retired, Ulster County Public Defender

Mike DiBattisa
NYSP Station Commander, Retired Town of Lloyd Police Chief, and Retired Town of Rosendale Police Chief.

Jack Hayes
Sergeant NYSP Retired

Hon. Joe Traficanti
former Deputy Chief Administrator of the N.Y. Courts, former Ulster County Surrogate Court Judge and Assistant DA in Ulster County

Joey Drillings, Esq.
Ulster County Senior Assistant Public Defender

Who are the people who offer these endorsements? They live in our community. Their children go to school with your children. Their spouses work in your schools and your hospitals. In these endorsements they are neither Democrats nor Republicans. Their lives and yours are woven together to form the tapestry of our community. Like you, their paramount concern is the safety of our children and our families, in our schools, our homes and on our streets. Their only goal in voicing their endorsements for Michael Kavanagh – to elect a District Attorney who can get the job done.

Police Chief’s Association of Ulster County, August 11, 2023:

…“ As the District Attorney, one must lead the agency by example, maintain accountability for the agency, and provide a team dedicated to our communities. It is based upon these traits … that the Police Chiefs of Ulster County are endorsing Michael Kavanagh to represent the people of Ulster County as our District Attorney”

Ulster County Deputy Sheriffs’ Police Benevolent Association, June 10, 2023:

… “ Our members believe that you possess the essential skills and qualities to be an effective District Attorney.”

Town of Woodstock, PBA, May 24, 2023:

… “ We know that as a Prosecutor Public Safety is paramount to you and feel that you will oversee the office with comprehensiveness and fairness.”

New York State Police Investigators’ Association, September 12, 2023:

… “ You are steadfast in your commitment to promoting Justice for victims and helping deter violent crime.”

Marlborough Town Police Benevolent Association, June 8, 2023:

…“unanimous endorsement…”

Town of Saugerties Police Benevolent Association, August 19, 2023

Town of Lloyd Police Benevolent Association, September 21, 2023

Ulster County Sheriffs’ Employee’s Association, April 19th, 2023:

…“we fully trust that your election to this office would benefit the people of Ulster County…”

Town of Plattekill PBA, May 16, 2023:

…“ we are confident in your ability to lead the District Attorney’s Office and we look forward to working side by side to further our mission of insuring community safety and honoring the public’s trust.”

New York State Troopers PBA, October 14th, 2023

This universal support has a two-fold message. First, of course, is the vote of confidence for Mike. But the second, equally powerful message is the VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE FOR HIS OPPONENT.

We are proud and humbled by the universal support from our Law Enforcement community.