Tracey A. Bartels

2016-2017, Deputy Chairman, Energy and Environment Committee

2014, Chairman, Energy and Environment Committee

2014, Deputy Chairman, Ways and Means Committee

2012 - 2013, Deputy Chairman, Energy, Environment, and Technology Committee

Legislator,
District No. 16 - Town of Gardiner, Town of Shawangunk

Contact Information

Where: 
P.O. Box 386
Gardiner, NY 12525
Phone: 
(845) 255-0804

Legislative Information

Party Affiliation: 
Democrat
Working Families

Background -+

Tracey Bartels is a three-term County Legislator. First elected in 2003, she served from 2004 through 2007 when she declined to run for re-election. After a two term hiatus, during which she pursued her career, traveled extensively and started a family, Tracey came back to the legislature in 2012. "I am thrilled to be back. I found that I truly missed it. It really is a unique honor and a special experience representing your constituents and serving your community."

Tracey graduated from New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts with honors and a degree in Film and Television Production. She is an award winning filmmaker and member of the Writer's Guild of America. Most recently, Tracey worked on a feature length documentary about poverty in the United States.

Tracey is known as a fiscal conservative and an environmental advocate. During her previous terms, Tracey recommended millions of dollars in real cuts, more than any other legislator. Since her return to the Legislature, Tracey has worked hard to fight any tax increases. Last year, county property taxes were actually lowered for the first time in over a decade - no small feat in these economic times. Additionally, over 27 million dollars was cut from county spending - a historic cut, the most significant since the 1600s. This budget cycle proposes no increase. "I don't see this as a time to breathe easy. I will continue to search for efficiencies and cost cutting measures. We have to balance the importance of delivering much needed services against the real financial pressures faced by our tax payers." Tracey supported tax exemptions for seniors, veterans and the disabled.

Tracey believes in open government. She fought to end closed-door meetings on county property - a common practice before her first term. She co-authored the resolution that finally brought an end to closed-door and public light to all county meetings. More recently, she brought forward a resolution that required both that committee meetings be audio recorded and that the audio recordings be posted online for public review. Tracey also was instrumental in creating a property tax bill insert in order that taxpayers know exactly where their money is being spent - the first of its kind in Ulster County.

During all three of her terms Tracey has been a member of the County Environmental Committee in all its changing forms.  Tracey has a long record of being an environmental advocate. She authored a resolution to require that all county funded new construction of public buildings be designed and built to a minimum standard of Leed Silver - now county policy. She moved to dedicate Ulster County an Energy Smart Committee and to have NYSERDA audit county buildings for efficiency. Tracey also authored a resolution seeking requests for proposals on rooftop solar installations. That resolution stalled when she left the legislature. "Solar installations are something I would like to pick back up and examine. Technology has changed and improved. Ironically, had we moved forward with the project at that time, it would have paid for itself by now due to the drastic increase in fuel cost. This is something both environmentally responsible and fiscally sound. We are stewards of this county and should lead by example."

Tracey supported the update of the County's Open Space, something not undertaken since the 1970s. She also brought forward the Ulster County Neighbor Notification Law, setting countywide requirements for commercial and residential lawn pesticide applications. Most recently, Tracey supported the ban of hydrofracking fluid on county roads - something that received unanimous bipartisan support.

"The scenic beauty of Ulster County is what first brought me here, nearly 25 years ago. I am continually awed by the world around me. No matter how many times I look at the ridge, it takes my breath away." It was the place that brought her but the people that kept her here. "I've lived her for 18 years. I started my family here and plan to raise my daughter right here in Ulster County. I can think of no place that I would rather be."

Additional Information -+

Terms Served

2014-2015, 2016-2017

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2017 Attendance

Attended

Meeting of the
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
Meeting of the
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
Meeting of the
Tue, Mar 7, 2017
Meeting of the
Tue, Mar 7, 2017
Mon, Mar 6, 2017
Meeting of the
Wed, Feb 15, 2017
Meeting of the
Wed, Feb 15, 2017
Meeting of the
Tue, Feb 7, 2017
Meeting of the
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

Absent

No absences recorded

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Attendance from previous terms

Attended

2014-2015

Meeting of the
Tue, Dec 15, 2015
Meeting of the
Wed, Dec 9, 2015
Meeting of the
Tue, Nov 17, 2015
Meeting of the
Thu, Nov 12, 2015
Meeting of the
Tue, Nov 10, 2015
Meeting of the
Mon, Nov 9, 2015
Thu, Oct 22, 2015
Meeting of the
Tue, Oct 20, 2015
Meeting of the
Wed, Oct 14, 2015
Wed, Oct 7, 2015

Absent

2014-2015

Meeting of the
Wed, Mar 12, 2014

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2017 Votes

Yes Votes

Tue, Mar 7, 2017 Committee Vote to Postpone Resolution No. 13.1
Tue, Mar 7, 2017 Committee Vote to Postpone Resolution No. 13.1
Tue, Mar 7, 2017 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 72
Tue, Mar 7, 2017 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 73
Tue, Mar 7, 2017 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 74
Tue, Mar 7, 2017 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 75
Tue, Mar 7, 2017 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 76
Tue, Mar 7, 2017 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 77
Tue, Mar 7, 2017 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 78
Tue, Mar 7, 2017 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 79

Abstained

No votes recorded

Vote Not Recorded

No votes recorded

Sponsored legislation from previous terms

  • Authorizing And Directing Charges Against The City Of Kingston For Home Relief Costs
  • Establishing A Policy Against Suspicionless Warrant Checks At The Entrance Of Certain County Buildings
  • Authorizing Distribution Of Mortgage Tax Receipts Pursuant To Section 261 Of The Tax Law
  • Adopting the Ulster County Budget For Fiscal Year Commencing January 1, 2015 And Making Appropriations For The Conduct Of County Government
  • Authorizing Commissioner Of Finance To Make Transfers Of Funds And Budgetary Amendments
  • Levy For Unpaid Water Rents
  • Levy For Unpaid Sewer Rents
  • Approving Completed Tax Rolls And Directing The Execution Of Delivery Of Warrants
  • Ratification Of Tax Rolls
  • Establishing A Tax Stabilization Reserve Fund Of The County Of Ulster Under Section 6-E Of The New York State General Municipal Law

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Votes from previous terms

Abstained

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