Tracey Bartels is a 25-year resident of Gardiner and six-term county legislator, currently serving as it’s chairperson. She was first elected to represent Gardiner, Shawangunk and New Paltz in 2003 and served for four years. After a two-term hiatus, Tracey returned to the legislature in 2012 under the newly organized single-member districts, proudly representing all of Gardiner and two districts in Shawangunk.
During her tenure in the legislature, Tracey has fought for transparency and open government. She is an environmental advocate. Tracey is the author and sponsor of Ulster County’s Bring your Own Bag Act which led New York State in banning the use of thin film plastic bags. The law went into effect July 15, 2019 and will effectively remove millions of plastic bags from Ulster County’s waste stream. Tracey also co-sponsored and authored the resolution to end the use of polystyrene foam in take out containers, protecting both the environment and public health. Tracey was a prime sponsor of legislation that required new county construction be built to a LEED silver standard, the Neighbor Notification Law regarding pesticide application, the Sustainable Energy Loan Program, and the county’s Green Fleet Policy.
Long known as a fiscal watchdog, Tracey pays close attention to county expenditures and, together with the County Executive and Legislature, has delivered a balanced budget to Ulster County taxpayers since her return. She also chaired the committee that investigated the cost overruns at the County Law Enforcement facility and recommended policy to prevent a recurrence.
As the Legislative Chairperson, Tracey serves on every legislative committee in an ex-officio capacity. She continues to work on environmental issues, including the long term solution to solid waste management in the county. She is focused on delivering a balanced budget and legislative priorities and policies that address our changing needs as a community, including economic development, affordable housing, broadband expansion, expanded access to recreation, implementation of criminal justice reform, and addressing mental health needs and issues of addiction.
Tracey graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Film and Television Production. She is a member of the Writer’s Guild East and is an award-winning filmmaker. In addition to her work in the arts, she has worked in the fields of medical education and marketing. Today she assists her family with their businesses in Ulster and Orange counties.
Tracey is seeking re-election to continue to advocate for Gardiner and Shawangunk. It has been her great honor to serve her community.