About the Executive

With a Charter form of government in Ulster County, the executive authority is vested in an independently elected County Executive who is responsible for the proper administration of all County affairs. The County Executive is elected to a 4-year term. As the chief executive, some of the County Executive’s authorities include:

  • Serving as the chief budgetary officer of the County, and as such, preparing and submitting the annual budget, capital program, and accompanying message;
  • Appointing all department heads and other officers and employees;
  • Supervising and directing every executive department of County government;
  • Conducting collective bargaining negotiations with the legally designated bargaining agents of the county employees;
  • Approving or vetoing in writing every proposed local law, and the appropriate resolutions.

Meet County Executive Patrick K. Ryan

Ulster County Executive, Patrick K. Ryan

Pat Ryan is a fifth-generation Ulster County resident. After graduating from Kingston High School, Pat attended West Point and served two combat tours in Iraq as an Army intelligence officer. After leaving the military, he founded a small technology company, which he grew to over 150 employees.  

Pat lives in Gardiner with his wife, Rebecca, and their two rescue cats.






Executive Staff

Deputy County Executive Marc Rider

Marc Rider

After graduating cum laude from Pace University School of Law, Marc Rider holds a Juris Doctor and Environmental Law Certificate.  He has served as an Ulster County Assistant County Attorney and the Ulster County Director of Purchasing.  He currently resides in Rifton with his wife Natalie and their two daughters.



Budget Department

Budget Director Burt Gulnick

Burt GulnickBurt Gulnick earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Clarkson University. He has been with Ulster County since 1995 and worked in the County Administrators Office as a Management Analyst from 2000 to 2006. In 2006, Burt was appointed Deputy Treasurer, which became the position of Deputy Commissioner of Finance in 2009. He served in that position until 2012 when he was appointed Commissioner of Finance. Burt resides in Kingston with his wife Heather and two children.