Ulster County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach on Monday threw his support to Democratic county executive candidate Pat Ryan.

Auerbach had initially considered running for the post, which is being vacated by Mike Hein, who was nominated to serve as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

“Pat Ryan will take us into the next decade with his forward-thinking leadership. He understands the importance of working through collaboration, consensus building, and compromise,” said Auerbach. “I look forward to working with him along with the 27 other elected officials who not only represent the county but also the interests of the taxpayers. I am thrilled to join labor, numerous Democratic Committees, and elected official who have all recognized what I have in Ryan’s leadership capabilities.”

The field is indeed clearing somewhat for Ryan, who had run in the wide open primary for the Democratic nomination in the 19th House district last year, losing to Rep. Antonio Delgado.

“The County Executive and Comptroller must work together to ensure that county government functions at the highest level,” said Ryan. “I know that I will have a true partner in Elliott Auerbach. He has a long record of service to our county, and I know him to be a person of great integrity. I look forward to working with Elliott to foster collaboration across county government.”