Congratulations to Ulster County Executive Mike Hein. He has been named one of the nation’s top state and local public officials of the year, by Governing magazine, the nation’s premier publication covering politics, policy and management for state and local government leaders.

According to a press release from the Ulster County Executive's office, he is one of nine government officials nationwide recognized as “2014 Public Officials of the Year” honored for leadership and excellence and was the only county executive named across the United States.  County Executive Hein is the first public official to be recognized from Ulster County ever.

Governing magazine noted many of Hein’s accomplishments, but highlighted the common sense Municipal Innovation Exchange, a statewide database filled with more than 2,000 innovations; the life altering potential of the Ulster County Patriots Project, the County Executive’s ambitious initiative to help end the tragedy of homeless Veterans in Ulster County that has created a national model; the S.T.R.I.V.E. Project to bring higher education opportunities to inner city youth by re-purposing a vacant elementary school; and the SPEAK App, a suicide prevention smartphone app that was developed and made available to everyone, including other municipalities for free.

“This is a tremendous honor and I am truly humbled to be in the company of other public servants from across our great nation who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the lives of others,” said County Executive Mike Hein.