Hein to fund PAYGo NY effort with his campaign cash

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Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, who has considering runs for higher office, said today he will fund a statewide cost-cutting effort through his campaign account.

Hein, a Democrat who has toyed with running for Congress, said he will take his PayGo initiative across the state to find ways local governments can work together to cut costs.

“It’s about finding those innovation solutions from across the state at all levels of local government that can be replicated to better serve the great citizens of New York,” Hein said at a Capitol news conference. “You see, PayGo is a philosophy built around pay as you go, as a bi-partisan effort to do what’s responsible New York families are doing around kitchen tables every single day.”

Hein, who was re-elected in 2011, said he expects the cost of the effort to be nominal, but he’ll fund it through his campaign account. He had $103,349 in his campaign account as of January.

“What I want to do is make sure that this initiative moves forward and we do it at no cost to the taxpayers, to show that we are all in as well,” Hein said.

Hein said the effort is not about him potentially seeking higher office.

“I’m happy to be the county executive in Ulster County, and I’ve been very fortunate, but I’m also a lifetime New Yorker and I want to make sure our state thrives going forward,” he said.

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