Tonight ~ Jail Bond Vote at County Legislature Meeting at 6:30pm

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Thank You for Voting • Thank You for Running for Office • Thank You for Your Continued Hard Work and Support

Thank You for Voting
It’s been 24 hours since the polls closed.  The air is filled with good news about the “tsunami” of victories across the country by Democrats, but some on social media are wondering why our performance in Greene County didn’t feel like such a big blue wave.

How did we do?  48 Democratic candidates ran in 74 town races across the county and they won 22.  Two or three additional races are so close that we may also win them, once the absentee ballots are counted.  At the top of our ticket, Julian Schreibman won that all-important seat on the NYS Supreme Court,.  And in Athens, Lee Allen Palmateer won the special election for a seat in the Greene County Legislature that was formerly held by a Republican, narrowing their majority to 8-6.

First, I want to thank all 48 of those candidates, not just for their extraordinary efforts, but for simply stepping up and dedicating 3 months of their lives to meet the voters across our communities.  Many of us are transplants from somewhere else… many of us are telecommuters or retirees who turned a weekend home into a permanent residence.  Republicans love to point out that we often don’t have the roots that they have in the community’s schools, churches, volunteer fire departments, small businesses and municipal employment.  As a result, we have to work harder and smarter to get our message across.

A little history…

Eight years ago, in 2010-2011, Greene County Democrats conducted a weekend-long retreat that brought together long-time “pioneers” and a group of fresh recruits, energized by Obama’s 2008 victory.  We ran for spots on the committee, changed its leadership, then created a long-term plan to win in Greene and put it in motion.

We started with the data on Greene County voter enrollment: only 25% were Democrats and more than 50% were Republicans or Conservatives.  It was clear that the only way we could win was to run candidates who would not only attract Democrats, but also the 25% who belonged to no party, as well as crossover Republican voters.  In 2012, that strategy brought us within one vote of a majority in the County Legislature, but in 2014 we lost ground when Albany passed the SAFE ACT after the shooting in Sandy Hook and gun control became the most powerful “single issue” in upstate NY.  But even with the shifting landscape, we continued to build our coalition, raising money, expanding our infrastructure, and recruiting new volunteers and candidates.

Which brings us to…

This year

We won 22 of the 48 races we contested.  We won the Supreme Court race.  We won the special election for the County Legislature.  Does it hurt to lose?  Damned straight.  But there were very, very few blowouts.  That coalition we set out to forge eight years ago has become a reality.  And in 2017, for the first time ever, Greene County enrolled more Democratic voters than Republicans.

In towns like New Baltimore, Athens and Catskill, we have new leadership.  Strong individuals stepped up to join the committee or become a town chair and all ran competitive or winning races.  In Coxsackie, Democratic candidates ran and won unopposed!  Town Committees are the heartbeat of our party and every town needs a strong and active town chair with a fully functional committee.  If you live in a town where you want to engage and you can’t find a way in, call me, I’ll find a point of contact or we’ll create one.  We’ve also formed strong links to  several groups operating across towns within Greene such as the Mountain Top Progressives, that will welcome you and actively support our candidates.

What’s Next

In every race we’ve run since 2011, we’ve learned and improved. The results of last year’s election activated many voters in Greene County, some new to the mountain or the valley, some lifelong residents, but all appalled with our current leadership.

Once we have the data from this year’s races, we’ll learn from it, share the lessons with all of you,  and start gearing up for 2018.    The entire county legislature will be up for election next year.  There’ll also be a NYS Senate race, an open race to fill Pete Lopez’ seat in the NYS Assembly and, of course, the race for the 19th Congressional District.

There’s a lot of work to be done in the coming year and the Greene County Democratic Committee welcomes any Democrat who wants to turn Greene blue.  We’ll be kicking off 2018 with an event to link interested Democrats with our committee, so stay tuned.

And let me close with another huge thank you to the candidates who ran this year.  We are enormously proud of every one of you.

Sincerely,

Doreen Parsley Davis
Chairwoman, Greene County Democratic Committee
Supervisor, Town of Catskill

Unofficial Election Results Here 

And Here:

Greene County Democratics Election Results ~

Athens:
Lee Palmateer – County Legislator                  589 / opponent : 566
Michael Pirrone – Town Supervisor                561 / opponent : 578 – 17 votes, absentee determined ***
Martin Miller – Town Council                          522 / opponent 1 : 632 – vote for 2
Phyllis Dinkelacker – Town Council               492 / opponent 2 : 555 – vote for 2
David Cole – Town Justice                                459 / opponent : 695

Cairo:
David Gabrielsen – Town Council                   415 / opponent 1 : 992 – vote for 2
Lewis O’Connor – Town Council                     532 / opponent 2 : 902 – vote for 2
Herbert Schwanse – Town Justice                  389 / opponent : 1004

Catskill:
Heather Williams – Town Council                  1079 / opponent 1 : 1220 – vote for 2
Margaret Tomlinson – Town Council              976 / opponent 2 : 1211 – vote for 2

Coxsackie:
Thomas Burke – Town Council                        928
Patrick Kennedy – Town Council                    896
Lawrence Ross – Highway Super                    936

Durham:
Joanne Schindelheim – Town Council    251 / opponents : 68, 156, 296, 391 – vote for 2

Halcott:
Alan White – Town Supervisor                        59
Judith DiBenedetto – Town Council              65
Innes Kasanof – Town Council                        60
Kenneth Williams – Town Justice                  66
Patricia Warfield – Town Clerk                       65
Robin White – Tax Collector                            63
Russell Bouton – Highway Super                   68

Hunter:
Daryl Legg – Town Supervisor                        468 / opponent : 454
Anthony Coiro – Town Council                       311 / opponent 1 : 669 – vote for 2
Douglas Senterman – Town Council              192 / opponent 2 : 607 – vote for 2
John Farrell – Highway Superintendent       646 / opponent : 276
MarySusan Timpson – Town Justice             344 / opponent : 540

Jewett:
Stephen Bardfield – Town Council                83 / opponent 1 : 105 – vote for 2
James Quakenbush – Town Council           140 / opponent 2 : 144 – vote for 2

Lexington:
John Berger – Town Supervisor                  207 / opponent : 118
Michael Barcone – Town Council               222 / opponent 1 : 186 – vote for 2
Garrett Landes – Town Council                  123 / opponent 2 : 102 – vote for 2
Allen Cross – Town Justice                            84 / opponent : 246
Charlotte Jaeger – Town Clerk                    194 / opponent : 138
George Dart – Highway Super                     141 / opponent : 185

New Baltimore:
Jacob Colwell – Town Council                     422 / opponent 1 : 568 – vote for 2
James Eckl – Town Council                          425 / opponent 2 : 608 – vote for 2
Diane Jordan – Tax Collector                       751

Prattsville:
Kristin Tompkins – Town Supervisor         203
Jeremy Marsh – Town Council                    114 / opponent 1 : 147 – vote for 2
Darcy Jaeger Brand – Town Council           111 / opponent 2 : 122 – vote for 2
David Rikard – Town Justice                       172 / opponent : 79
William Sutton – Highway Super               235
Jennifer Traver – Tax Collector                     81 / opponent : 170
Kathleen Sherman – Town Clerk                224

Windham:
Nicholas Bove – Town Supervisor              281 / opponent : 320
Thomas Rowe – Town Council                   175 / opponent 1 : 353 – vote for 2
David Weiman – Town Council                  232 / opponent 2 : 391 – vote for 2

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CD 19 Candidate Forum in Hudson ~ November 12th

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Thank YOU!

Thank You for Voting

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Greene County Democratic Candidates

A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

On November 7next Tuesday, 48 fellow residents of Greene County have stepped up and run for office in many of your communities.

There is no level of government that has a more direct impact on your life.  So while we are angered and frustrated at the federal level and can’t wait to go after that Congressional seat in the 19th, we have 48 people depending on your vote on Tuesday and in return, you will have representation at the level of government with the most impact.  Seems pretty logical, right?

Sadly, we continue to underperform as a nation and in particular as a party in off year elections.  Please do everything you can in your town to turn out the vote in support of our candidates.  In the absence of leadership at the federal level, we find that state and local governments are even more critical to the foundation of our democracy.

Finally, if you won’t be in the county on Election Day, please make every effort to fill out an absentee ballot so that your vote is counted. And most importantly, a huge thank you to our candidates, led by Julian Schreibman for Supreme Court  and to every other candidate from the towns of Greene.  We’re proud of you.

Sincerely,

Doreen Parsley Davis
Chairwoman, Greene County Democratic Committee

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Find Your Voting Location

Find Your Town’s Sample Ballot

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GreeneDems.org 

See our calendar for absentee voter information, or contact:

Greene County Board of Elections:
411 Main St, PO Box 307, Catskill NY, 12414
T:518-719-3550 | F:518-719-3784
Contact: Casey McCarthy: cmccarthy@discovergreene.com
Dawn Metzler: dmetzler@discovergreene.com

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Absentee Voting Extended Hours

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Cairo Democrats Fresh Ham Dinner – Friday, 10/27/17

Cairo Democrats ~ Fresh Ham dinner with all the fixings

Friday,Oct. 27th at the RoundTop Firehouse

Take outs from 4:30. Sit downs from 5-7.

Cost is $17. Per person.

Chefs are the Kuevers.

Tickets…..Mary…622-2263 • Lew…719-5221 •  Terry…291-6110 • Linda….622-9491

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GCDC Annual Dinner 2017 • Special Guest ~ Sean Patrick Maloney of NY18!

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Public Meeting Regarding the Jail

There will be a meeting regarding the county jail on October 5th at 6pm at the Greene County building, enter in rear, room TBD

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Greene County Democratic Party Backs Palmateer for County Legislature Seat

Greene County Democratic Party Backs Palmateer for County Legislature Seat

Cairo, New York, September 14, 2017. – The Greene County Democratic Committee nominated Lee Palmateer to run on the Democratic ticket this November for the Town’s seat on the Greene County legislature, concurring with the recommendation and nomination by the Athens Democratic Committee.

Chairwomen Doreen Davis of the Greene County Democrats and Catherine Censor of the Athens committee said that both committees were thrilled to nominate such a highly qualified candidate whose skills and background allow him to contribute on a number of levels in the legislature. “Greene County is faced with a number of highly challenging issues and I can’t think of a better candidate equipped to make an immediate contribution than Lee Palmateer” said Davis.


The seat was left vacant by the passing a few weeks ago of then-sitting Legislator Gene Hatton; many members of both committees and Mr. Palmateer expressed their respect and admiration for Mr. Hatton. The winner of this fall’s election will serve the remainder of Mr. Hatton’s term, through 2018. An election will be held next November for the full three-year term following.

Mr. Palmateer was born and raised in Athens, and he and his wife Nancy of 30 years raised their three sons in Athens as well. He has been active in the community all his life and has held elected positions as a member of the Coxsackie-Athens School Board and most recently as the Athens Town Supervisor from 2010-2013. Mr. Palmateer currently runs his own law office in Albany focusing on intellectual property law and was a Mechanical Engineer for General Electric earlier in his career. He said that he is “honored to have his party’s support” and “will strive to be the type of representative that the people of Athens deserve and can be proud of.” “I am lucky and proud that I can call Athens and Greene County my home. I look forward to doing my part as we continue down our path to a bright future” he said.

Contact:
Doreen Davis
Phone: 267-218-6827
Email: doreendavis3@gmail.com

Lee Palmateer
Phone: 518-591-4636
Email: lee@palmateerlaw.com

https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/bloomer-palmateer-vie-hatton%E2%80%99s-legislature-seat

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GCDC Annual Dinner ~ October 20th

Buy tickets online!GCDC Save 2017 revise 9_7(1)

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September 12th

There are no Democratic primaries today in Greene County.

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Hunter ~ Meet the Town Candidates – September 11th

Town of Hunter Dems are having a ‘Meet the Town Candidates’ meeting on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7 PM at the Village of Tannersville Hall, Main St (Rte 23A) and Park Lane (adjoining the Firehouse).
Please come and meet the 2017 candidates for all town offices – Supervisor – Daryl Legg; Council: Tony Coiro and Doug Senterman; Hiway Superintendent: John Farrell and Town Judge: Marysue Timpson.

Facebook Event – Click Here

 

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Congressional District 19 Candidate Forum Hosted by Citizen Action NY

 

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19th Congressional District Candidates 2018

CD19 Candidates: 

Brian Flynn – https://www.brianflynn.us/

Antonio Delgado – https://www.delgadoforcongress.com/

Jeff Beals – https://www.bealsforcongress.com/

David Clegg – https://www.facebook.com/pg/CleggforCongress/about/?ref=page_internal

Sue Sullivan – http://suesullivanforcongress.com/

Stephen Brisee – https://stevenbrisee.com/the-candidate/

Patrick Ryan – https://www.patryanforcongress.com/

Gareth Rhodes – https://www.garethrhodes.com/

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Candidate Campaign Training – Thursday, August 24th

Candidate Campaign Training, a ‘how to’ on managing a campaign and being a candidate taught by an experienced professional.

Thursday at 6:30pm at Gallagher’s on Main Street in Cairo

https://www.mapquest.com/us/new-york/business-cairo/gallaghers-banquet-290561978

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Durham Candidate Joanne Schindelheim Meet and Greet – Saturday, 8/26/17

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Mountain Top Progressives Host Congressional District 19 Candidate Forum

Video from the Mountain Top Progressives’ NY19 Candidates Forum in Greene County

https://www.facebook.com/CleggforCongress/videos/461971717521135/

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NY-19 Candidate Forum Hosted by Citizen Action of the Hudson Valley – 8/23/17

“8 Candidates have decided to stand up to run for Congress in 2018. This amount of competition should have John Faso scared to keep voting against his constituents.

Citizen Action of New York is excited to offer an opportunity to ask questions of Democratic Primary candidates, and listen for who among them has a vision for our community that is about people’s priorities, not the priorities of the super rich and righ wing agenda.

We have confirmed Jeff Beals, Steven Brisee, David Clegg, Antonio Delgado, Brian Flynn, Gareth Rhodes, Pat Ryan, and Sue Sullivan.

**No matter who runs in 2018, our work must be to build civic engagement and power in our communities through canvassing, and developing block captains.”
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Mountaintop Progressives is hosting a CD19 Candidate Forum – Tuesday, 8/22/17

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will host a Town Hall in Troy on Wednesday, August 9th ~ Doors at 4:15 ~ Event from 5 to 6:30pm

CAPITAL REGION TOWN HALL
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will host a Town Hall in Troy on Wednesday, August 9th ~

She’ll give brief remarks, then take your questions about everything from health care to the economy.

Staff will also be on hand to answer questions you might have about how the Senator’s office can assist constituents. This is the perfect chance to raise your voice on the issues you care about.

All are welcome to come. You can RSVP ahead of time below or you can same-day RSVP at the event, but space is limited.

Details:
Hudson Valley Community College
McDonough Sports Complex – Gymnasium
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180

Doors open at 4:15pm, event starts at 5:00pm and ends at 6:30pm. First come, first seated.

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Cairo Democrats BBQ at Angelo Canna Town Park – August 17th – 4:30 to 6:30pm

Cairo Democrats are sponsoring a Chicken Barbeque on Thursday, August 17th from 4:30 to 6:30….at Angelo Canna Park. Chicken, baked potato, veggie, dessert ,roll and butter..
All for only $12.00! Tickets available from Terry…291-6110; Linda…622-9491. Or Mary…622-2263.

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An Expert Panel on how the AHCA could affect Health Care in New York State – Hudson, June 26, 2017

What does the AHCA mean for NY State? How did the ACA (Obamacare) help NY State?

An Expert Panel on how the AHCA could affect Health Care in New York State ~ “The House of Representatives recently passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – a bill that, if passed, will leave 2.7 million New Yorkers without health insurance and will roll back protections for women, children and anyone with preexisting conditions. The AHCA would include $7 billion in cuts from New York’s healthcare system – effectively eliminating the Essential Plan, devastating our hospitals, and forcing major staffing cuts during a time when we need more, not less, doctors and nurses.”

Recordings from presentation available here on WGXC (slides and timing on recording below) ~ https://wavefarm.org/wgxc/newsroom/kp2ns4

Please sign: https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/fight-quality-health-care-0

Thank You.

http://www.twcnews.com/nys/capital-region/news/2017/06/26/ny-medicaid-director–right-now-is-the-time-to-fight.html

Recording details:
Intro and thanks, Hudson Hall Rep

2:15 – Jason Helgerson, State Medicare Director

4:30 – Panel Introduction : Slide 3

6:36 –   : Slide 4 (missing – waiting for copy)

7:24 – Stakes are extremely high

8:19 – A Few Facts about the ACA / Obamacare : Slide 5

9:15 – ACA Cut Premiums in Half for New Yorkers : Slide 6

10:15 – ACA Tax Credits : Slide 7 (and see Slide 15)

10:40 – Essential Plan : Slide 8

11:35 – Enrollment in Private Coverage 660% increase, almost one million people benefited : Slide 9

12:21 – Employer Provided Insurance affected, coverage for children to age 26, protections for pre-existing conditions : slide 10

13:50 – AHCA – If you lose insurance, you would be prohibited access to health insurance benefits for 6 months – to artificially drive down perceived premium fees, allow insurance companies avoid catastrophic expenses if you buy it

14:40 – AHCA – Annual or lifetime limits prohibited : slide 11 (missing – waiting for copy)
– Devastating repercussions for New York – All for the wealthiest to get a tax break : Slide 12

15:10 – #1 Cause of Bankruptcy from inability to pay medical bills, ACA fixed this, this will be normal practice with AHCA

16:15 – 1/6th of our population lives will be changed for worse due to AHCA

16:50 – why? Tax cuts for the rich, less to do with health care than their tax cutting agenda

17:15 – AHCA more cost effective for anyone?  Yes, young and healthy, pay less in premiums and higher deductibles (means you pay more money), charge pre-existing condition, elderly and women

18:26 – ACA built on premise that we share the burden, community, collective societal responsibility, healthy contribute to care of sick, not with the AHCA – with AHCA you are on your own, who cares about the sick

19:00 – AHCA Covers Fewer Benefits : Slide 14

20:00 – AHCA – Tax Credits, in reality Insurance would be less affordable for many : Slide 15 (hypothetical scenarios)

22:10 – AHCA – Medicaid cuts total over $7 billion cumulatively over the next four years : Slide 16

21:44 – Medicaid Important Revenue Source for Health Care Industry, Medicaid is the largest revenue source for Health Care Providers in NY State.  Medicare is the 2nd largest, before you get to the Insurance Industry

22:55 – Health Care Providers living on narrow margins, Health Care Access could be threatened, and/or pay more property taxes

23:40 – Right Now – 1 in 3 covered in NY State by Medicaid are Children, 71% of NY State Nursing Home Residents are covered by Medicaid : Slide 17

24:02 – Right Now – 52% of baby deliveries in NY State are covered by Medicaid, 40% of ER, Clinic Visits, Outpatient Surgeries in NY State are covered by Medicaid : Slide 18

24:25 – AHCA – Prevention and Public Health Fund Eliminated : Slide 19

24:57 – AHCA – Impact on Planned Parenthood Health Care Provider : Slide 20

26:12 – Opiod Crisis – $2 Billion in funding in AHCA not nearly enough – substance abuse disorder treatment, insurance companies could once again opt out : Slide 21

28:11 – What Can We Do? – Sign Petition – https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/fight-quality-health-care-0 : Slide 23

29:30 – We can stop this Act from becoming Law

29:40 – Call Faso now!

31:00 – Panelists give their perspectives and then Questions from the Audience

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Young Dems – July 20th • NY 19 Votes Summer Canvass – July 23rd • Rally in the Valley – July 22-23 • GREENE COUNTY YOUTH FAIR 2017 – JULY 27-30

Join in the fun! We have a few events coming up and would like to see you there!!

Happy Summer!

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JULY 20th – 7:30-9:30pm – at HiLo – 365 Main St, Catskill, New York 12414

YOUNG DEMOCRATS ~ Calling all Greene County Young Democrats, progressives, and friends! Are you fired up and looking for ways to get involved? We have the event for you! Come join us on July 20th to learn more about what you can do to make a big impact both locally and on a national level. Legislator Aidan O’Connor Jr. (a fellow Greene County YD) will be sharing a few words on the importance of running for office, and how fellow young Democrats can do so.

We will also be holding a BAF (Bring A Friend) raffle – everyone who attends will get a ticket, but you’ll get an additional ticket for each friend you bring!

Please feel free to message Danielle McMullen on FB for more information. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Join us for the NY19Votes Summer Canvass!

Greene County:
Catskill HQ: 404-406 Main Street, Catskill, NY 12414
Windham HQ: Higher Grounds Coffee, 61 NY-296, Windham, NY 12496​

Stop by the Headquarters to pick-up and return turf sheets and documentation. Need training? Let us know –

Sign-Up Here:

https://actionnetwork.org/events/ny19votes-summer-canvass

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Rally in the Valley

This weekend in Hudson! – July 21-23, Hudson, NY
A FESTIVAL OF ART, EDUCATION, AND ACTION IN SUPPORT OF UPPER HUDSON PLANNED PARENTHOOD.
Rally in the Valley represents a new approach to community-outreach, with inclusive programming designed to engage and inspire. The festival aims to rally public support while raising funds for UHPP. By bringing people together in such a public way, the rally will send a strong political message, and build lasting community relationships.”

www.rallyinthevalley.org/

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Greene County Youth Fair

We will have a booth at the Greene County Youth Fair 2017 – JULY 27-30

Drop by and say hello!

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GreeneDems.org – More Info
GCDC on Flickr – Event Photos
GCDC on Facebook

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Stop the Senate Health Care Bill – Add Your Name

Please sign this petition:

https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/fight-quality-health-care-0

 

 

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Governor Cuomo’s Shared Services Initiative – Greene County

https://www.ny.gov/programs/shared-services-initiative

1s-Summary of first County Wide Shared Services Initiative

 

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3s-Summary of first County Wide Shared Services Initiative

 

4s-Summary of first County Wide Shared Services Initiative

 

5s-Summary of first County Wide Shared Services Initiative

 

Notes from Public Hearing:

Schools 3 so far committed
If find savings, gov match savings – Only get match money in the first yr
Merger expenses can negate savings in the first year
July determine recommendations and send by 7/15(?) see photo below

Town supervisors meet 3 times June 1, 29 and July
Savings may include workforce reduction

Inquired about getting meeting notes, they are not yet ready
Town Supervisors met and came up with :
1 consolidated ambulances- centralized does not have to be every town
2 shared legal svcs most towns contractual pay hrly rate
3 employee training tech/sex harassment/etc
4 merger of cable franchise agreements / raise franchise fees at this time / set up fund to expand internet access from franchise fees
5 grant writers state and foundations
6 animal control
7 consolidated street lights 27 districts in county not pkg lots etc convert to LEDs different ownership some towns own pole others / Central Hudson own bulb or bulb and wire etc., reduce bills? Net savings?
8 town hall heating, water, parks maintenance
Purchasing
IT / engineering etc – 375 computers
Payroll and accounting systems towns piggyback on county systems software
Property code enforcement
Better product by consolidating?
Property tax collection/clerk
Voter referendum for change of already elected clerks
Banks do for free get rid of tax collector and pay at bank
Tax assessor some doing multiple towns already – six years term – referendum for county wide NEED revaluation of home taxes- expensive updated on line mass appraisal- entire county 34000 properties 4-5year project cost $, monumental exercise get a better product?
Snow plowing – and school districts some contract out – can schools be added to road – timing can they-get rid of highway departments-how put together cost analysis- vehicles materials buildings getting to all needed first, fund in advance
Health- 12 mill self insured entity -health care collective consortium current/group purchasing
Tompkins county Ithaca consolidated save 3mill /yr / collective bargaining, would all care stay same? Towns will save money
Approval from state and pre fund
All same plan fund in advance
Records management- shift to online data and central storage and then old data archival effort guidelines for number of years kept, doesn’t need to be on paper
Consolidated courts unified system reduce number of referendum needed complex costs small towns wasting money
Lots of work required
Panelists – Town Supervisors
Come back with more ideas
Towns have to defend decision to not participate / Catskill won’t participate in ambulance consolidation
Home rule – want it so put it on tax rolls for town
Town police overlaps with sheriff and state police
Local towns police Needed?
Where does it make sense and how do you get consensus? Problem with ambulance 3 yrs
?s – Quality reduces? Efficiency? Lose service via consolidation? Money saved vs other negative impacts
80perct of taxes unfounded / government mandate true?
260 miles of county roads to maintain we can’t do all because of low money
Gov mandates without funding… true? (Say’s $ to be paid to counties is in State Budget that is not approved, will the $ get approved? When, after the work is done? Will this $ be removed? Depends on next Governor elected in fall 2018
Anne shared data of school shared services
Use resources better-ex: food service better product bulk purchase so reduced cost
Special ed teacher cover multiple districts
650 sq miles
Schools already doing and savings
Piggy back service
Volume procurement saves money
Once consolidated –
Who do you complain to?
Save money one yr or every year?
Towns come together based on area/logistics?

August

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Questions ….

Who chooses governing org of each group?
How is public involved in decision making?
Next year go thru same exercise – why?
Missed
Two year program
Short time period 45days too tight
Not a collective refund
3rd part comes in to do evaluation

Confusing…
14towns have tax levy -money needed for expenses
Warrant completely colllected

County prints bill town sends and collects it
Towns get money first ?
Who gets refund from State? How divide?

Elections charge back to towns for costs , stop doing

Realtors…

Incentives for 2nd home purchase 2nd home owner taxes reduced?

County chases tax payment

Take away jobs and money going into county?
Assessing properties –
County would have to become assessing authority by referendum on ballot
If county takes over
Assessing is not collection

Start collecting data now
Do biggest cost savings first
Code enforcement use ny state rules but consolidated
Planning board zoning board environmental consolidation?

Is there a mandate for services to be cut from taxes if consolidated?
Not better product just tax reduction?

Where is money coming from?

Subcommittee to cooperate with Columbia county?

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Last Public Hearing on the County Wide Shared Services Initiative

The 3rd of 3 Public Hearings on the County Wide Shared Services Initiative ~ in Windham this Tuesday ~ Please come to this meeting!

Bring ideas of how Greene County can consolidate efforts to improve service and save taxpayers money.

PUBLIC HEARING – County Wide Shared Services Initiative ~ in Windham this Tuesday

June 13 @ 6:30 pm
Greene County Legislature, Public Hearings
Venue
Centre Property
Windham, NY United States

Public HearingGovernor’s Shared Services Initiative

Please come to this public hearing, we need your support.

Thank YOU!

Greene County Democratic Committee

http://greenegovernment.com/event/public-hearing-cwssi-2

https://www.ny.gov/programs/shared-services-initiative

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR:

A thoughtful piece on our challenges and opportunities as we Take Back the House in 2018!  And don’t forget the 74 town races in 2017. Do you have candidates identified in your town?

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/06/10/opinion/sunday/can-democrats-save-themselves.amp.html
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GreeneDems.org – More Info
GCDC on Flickr – Event Photos
GCDC on Facebook

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Public Hearing on the County Wide Shared Services Initiative

This is the 2nd of 3 Public Hearings on the County Wide Shared Services Initiative ~ in Cairo this Tuesday ~ Please come to this meeting!

Bring ideas of how Greene County can consolidate efforts to improve service and save money.

PUBLIC HEARING – CWSSI
June 6 @ 6:30 pm
Greene County Legislature, Public Hearings
Venue:
Greene County Emergency Control and Training Center
25 Volunteer Drive
Cairo, NY 12413 United States
Phone:
518-622-3643
http://greenegovernment.com/event/public-hearing-cwssi

Public HearingGovernor’s Shared Services Initiative

Please come to this public hearing, we need your support.

Thank YOU!

Greene County Democratic Committee

http://greenegovernment.com/event/public-hearing-cwssi 

https://www.ny.gov/programs/shared-services-initiative

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The 3rd meeting will be held in Windham:

June 13 @ 6:30 pm
Greene County Legislature, Public Hearings
Venue
Centre Property
Windham, NY United States

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GreeneDems.org – More Info
GCDC on Flickr – Event Photos
GCDC on Facebook

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Want to Run for Local Office?

Want to Run for Local Office?
74 Local Elections in November 2017 ~
GCDC_Local_Elections 2017

Find what office to run for and contact your Town Chair here ~ http://greenedems.org/?page_id=39

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PUBLIC HEARING – GOVERNOR’S SHARED SERVICES INITIATIVE ~ May 30 @ 6:30 pm

Please come to this meeting if you are available, public participation is needed.

http://greenegovernment.com/event/public-hearing-governors-shared-services-initiative

https://www.ny.gov/programs/shared-services-initiative

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Latest Reports on the Impact of the Republican’s American Health Care Act

Devastating.

There is no other way to describe the latest reports on the impact of the Republican’s American Health Care Act. 23 million people would lose their health care according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, states would lose $834 billion in federal funds for their Medicaid programs and in New York, 2.7 million people would be left without health coverage.

That’s 1 in every 7 New Yorkers who would be shut out of potentially life-saving medical careAnother 7 million New Yorkers who rely on Medicaid and other services created under the Affordable Care Act would also be put at risk.

And all this comes with a hefty price tag – a loss of nearly $7 billion in health care funding in New York alone.

Fewer people covered and much greater cost for taxpayers is a prescription for disaster.

ACHA graphic

But the bad news doesn’t stop there. The AHCA would also defund Planned Parenthood, strip away access to reproductive health services, and deny low-income New Yorkers tax credits used to lower insurance costs.

Their bill will deny millions of Americans access to critical health programs like maternity and pediatric services, opioid addiction treatment, and protections for people with pre-existing conditions. It would set our country back to the darkest days of the Great Depression when getting sick was a financial death blow.

In New York, we don’t look back and we’re not going to let this Congress take us back to the days when going to a doctor meant going broke. So please, reach out to your member of Congress and make your voice count.

Think of your friends and family. Think of yourself. Now think of a country where health care is unaffordable and unattainable for you and the people you love.

That’s not who we are as New Yorkers. If you feel the same way, please join us in sending a message to Congress. 

In unity,

Andrew Cuomo

 

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Want to run for local office?

Talk to your Town Chair, we are setting up interviews for potential Candidates in 2017 and 2018 ~

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Faso Lied to this Constituent with a Brain Lesion

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Spring Canvass!!! Sunday, May 7th ~ Headquarters in Catskill

NY 19 Votes Spring Canvass

Sign Up ~ Show Up! You don’t have to live in Catskill or Windham to participate. Come to the training in Catskill or Windham, and then go to your neighborhood or town to canvass. It’s easy!  Canvassing now will help all our candidates this November, and next November.

Join us and help make our NY 19 Votes Spring Canvass as powerful as possible. Let’s continue to register and engage voters across the district! Sign Up!  http://bit.ly/NY19SpringCanvass

GREENE COUNTY: Information will be the same in both locations
Catskill: 466 Main Street, Catskill, NY 12414
Windham: Higher Grounds Coffee, 61 NY-296, Windham, NY 12496 – (518) 734-4120

May 07, 2017 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Host Contact Info: resistancevotereg@gmail.com
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Site Canvassing:  On May 7th along with knocking doors we’ll be training and sending canvassers to bus stops, shopping plaza parking lots, parks and everywhere there is heavy foot traffic to talk to voters and folks who need to register to vote.

Neighborhood Team Leaders— We’re seeking dedicated volunteers and teams to adopt neighborhoods and canvass those neighborhoods throughout the entire election cycle.  Neighborhood Team Leaders will receive extensive training to listen to, learn from, then energize and activate their neighborhood electorate in November.

Let us know where you would like to canvass in advance, we’ll have the lists ready for you.

https://actionnetwork.org/events/ny-19-votes-spring-canvass

on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1308585082522154/

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Thank You for participating in the Salute to FDR!

Thank you for participating in the 2017 Salute to FDR.  We appreciate your efforts, and your support!

Thank You CD 19 Candidates:  Brian Flynn, Sue Sullivan, Antonio Delgado, Steven Brisee, Patrick Ryan, and Jeffrey Beals.  

The money raised at this event will be used to support Democratic Candidates in the 76 local races in Greene County in 2017. Want to Run?

2017 Salute to FDR Photos on Flickr and on Facebook

Photographs of the event – links:

On Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155140355888971.1073741841.55065498970&type=1&l=463985d862

On Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHskW8JUcb

 

 

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Greene County Broadband and NY “Broadband for All by 2018” ~ April 2nd, 2017

Updates coming soon…

For more information, please contact Beth Schneck at bSchneckPhoto@gmail.com – updates coming soon.

The Broadband Program Office has made Round III RFP guidelines available and will begin accepting applications for broadband funding on the Consolidated Funding Application portal starting on June 6, 2017, and applications must be submitted by August 15, 2017. The New NY Broadband Program sets as a requirement for service a goal of 100 Mbps download speeds, with 25 Mbps acceptable in the most remote and rural areas.
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https://www.nysbroadband.ny.gov
https://www.ny.gov/programs/broadband-all
https://www.fcc.gov/reports-research/reports/broadband-progress-reports/2016-broadband-progress-report
https://www.greenegovernment.com/news-press/greene-county-isps-broadband
https://www.greenegovernment.com/news-press/nys-phase-ii-grants-to-bring-broadband-to-4391-unserved-and-underserved-greene-county-homes-and-businesses
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http://www.ottcommunications.com/regional-broadband-approaches/

Columbia County Information as reference – ConnectColumbiaCounty.com :
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Greene County Jail Information ~ April, 22nd 2017

Greene County is planning to build a new county jail. A meeting was held in New Baltimore to update voters on the jail project and ask questions. Speakers:  Shaun Groden, Greene County Administrator, Bill Lawrence, chair of Greene County Legislature Committee on Public Safety, and Lori Torgersen and Pat Linger, members of the Committee on Public Safety. Lori Torgersen is chair of a new committee on alternatives to incarceration.

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Audio Feature: April 18 Greene County jail information meeting

Apr 20, 2017 12:02 am • Staff

The New Baltimore Democrats held an information session about the proposed new Greene County Jail Tue. April 18. Under the proposal, the county would build a new jail in Coxsackie, moving from next to the county courthouse in Catskill. County administrator Shaun Groden, and county legislators William Lawrence (R-Cairo), Lori Torgersen (D-Windham-Ashland-Jewett-Prattsville), and Pat Linger (R-New Baltimore) were scheduled to attend. The exact cost of the new jail has yet to be determined, but previous reports put the price tag at nearly $70 million, plus the cost of the interest on the bond. The information meeting was held at the Medway-Grapeville Firehouse in Hannacroix.

Beth Schneck recorded the meeting for WGXC.
Click here to download or listen to Part 1 the meeting.
Click here to download or listen to Part 2 the meeting.

Call to order
First speaker: Shaun Groden, Greene County Administrator
20:00
Average stay in the county jail is less than 50 days
21:00
Drug treatment and training
30:00
Greene County receives no money from the state of New York
33:22
Reducing size? Cells come in pairs; double-bed cells
39:42
How much? Started at $51.3 million, now at $46.7 million. More will be cut. This represents the cost of building only, and not amortized over 30 years.
49:00
Interest rate is locked in. Description of how this process works.
51:30
Not able to whittle down price below $38 million.
56:40
Greene County Legislator Lori Torgersen for the 6th District (Prattsville, Ashland, Windham, Jewett)
1:06:00
Shaun Groden
1:23:00
Solar usage at jail
1:26:00
Water reservoir used and concerns

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For info on the jail project:
http://greenegovernment.com/greene-government/proposed-jail-project
https://www.facebook.com/GreeneCountyJailProject

For info on the meeting:
Jake Colwell s.jacob.colwell@gmail.com
Anne Mitchell annewalshmitchell@gmail.com
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Greene County Jail Summary: For more information, please contact Beth Schneck at bSchneckPhoto@gmail.com – Current plan not included below, updates coming soon.  See above for info on public meeting to discuss the Greene County Jail project.
From Mountaintop Progressives Meeting on the Jail: 
http://m.thedailymail.net/news/article_3ac51572-0477-11e7-b197-9f4d2dac14a9.html?mode=jqm

Lawmakers attempt to quell rumors about cost of proposed county jail: http://m.thedailymail.net/news/article_5bbae200-054b-11e7-9f2f-a3f6f32e03bb.html?mode=jqm

Interest Rate Locked in: http://m.thedailymail.net/news/article_659771be-0f5d-11e7-9b9c-f79bc3bd97fe.html?mode=jqm

“Funding from the USDA carries an interest rate of 2.75 percent, which will be locked in on the date the application is approved, according to the resolution.

The rate will be locked into what the current interest rates are at the second quarter of 2017, not what the rates will be in the fourth quarter in 2020, when the project is expected to completed, Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said Tuesday.

The USDA money will not be available to the county until the project is completed. Construction loans and general obligation bonds will be sought to pay all of the contractors involved with the project, Groden said.”

Alternatives to incarceration: http://m.thedailymail.net/news/article_3fd9f09a-1657-11e7-9038-17881876129f.html?mode=jqm
Jail Summary-Rev5Jail Summary-Rev5_p2http://greenegovernment.com/greene-government/proposed-jail-project
http://m.thedailymail.net/news/article_3fd9f09a-1657-11e7-9038-17881876129f.html?mode=jqm

 

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Greene County Jail Information Meeting – April 18th – 7-9pm

Audio Recording of the Meeting is Here Thanks to WGXC! 

The 2 audio recordings overlap, part 2 starts at 4:05 on part 1 (which covers 47:00 minutes of the meeting). You can listen to part 2 only, the first 4 minutes were primarily about the difference between a county jail and state prison.
0 – 56:40 – 1st Speaker – Shaun Groden
20:00 – Average stay in jail under 50 days
21ish – Drug treatment and training
30:00 – Greene County gets no money from NY State
33:22 – Shrink size? Cells come in pairs/double bed cells
39:42 – How much cost? Started at 51.3 million, now at 46.7 million more will be cut (this is build cost only, not amortized over 30 years – see chart)
49:00 – Interest rate is locked in – describes how this process works
51:30 – Not able to whittle down price below 38million
56:40 – 2nd Speaker – Lori Torgersen
1:06 – Shaun Groden
1:23 – Solar usage at jail to 1:26
1:26 – Water reservoir used and concerns

https://wavefarm.org/wgxc/newsroom/1s5cx3

Additional information here: http://greenedems.org/?p=4298
https://greenegovernment.com/greene-government/proposed-jail-project
https://facebook.com/GreeneCountyJailProject
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Greene County Transit

Interested in Greene County Transit?
Info: http://greenegovernment.com/greene-county-transit
Routes: http://greenegovernment.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Route-Guide.pdf

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Latest Greene County Jail Update

Officials defend alternatives to incarceration in some instances as jail vote nears

http://m.thedailymail.net/news/article_3fd9f09a-1657-11e7-9038-17881876129f.html?mode=jqm

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House Republicans pull health care bill

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/24/politics/house-health-care-vote/

“The decision to delay the vote marks an acute embarrassment for Trump, who had gambled big by presenting holdout House conservatives with a take-it-or-leave it ultimatum on Thursday night and put his own credibility on the line.

It also puts Ryan in a much weakened political position, after being defied by his own conference, which seems just as unsuited to governing in the Trump era as it was when it was effectively a protest coalition under Obama.

It became clear during a day of intense political intrigue Friday that despite fierce arm-twisting by Trump, Ryan and other leaders that the votes simply were not there to pass the bill and the leadership and the White House were headed for a lopsided defeat.”

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Congratulations Joe Kozloski!

Congratulations Village Board Member Joe Kozloski!

Congratulations Joe Kozloski! Village of Catskill Final tally, after the counting of the absentee ballots: Joe Kozloski 317, Peter Grasse 264 – Joe by 53 votes.

VILLAGE ELECTIONS – March 21, 2017
Congratulations to all our candidates. All ran hard with a willingness to engage in governing.

We had victories in Catskill with Joe Kozloski. Coxsackie with Donnie Daoust. Tannersville with Lee McGunnigle. Congratulations all as you transition to governing.

To those who campaigned with commitment and effort but fell short, we thank you for the hard work. No one knows how difficult it is running for office until you’ve tried it.

We have 72 positions available throughout our town elections in November. Want to run? We’ll set you up, all you need is heart and a belief that good government requires choice.

Photos are of the swearing in ceremony.

Joe sworn in 2017 close up crop Joe sworn in w judge 2017 3 crop Joe sworn in w judge 2017 2 crop

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Village Elections

VILLAGE ELECTIONS
Congratulations to all our candidates. All ran hard with a willingness to engage in governing.

We had victories in Catskill with Joe Kozloski. Coxsackie with Donnie Daoust. Tannersville with Lee McGunnigle. Congratulations as you transition to governing all.

To those who campaigned with commitment and effort but fell short, we thank you for the hard work. No one knows how difficult it is running for office until you’ve tried it.

We have 72 positions available throughout our town elections in November 2017. Want to run? We’ll set you up, all you need is heart and a belief that good government requires choice.

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This Thursday! ~ Meet CD19 Candidate from Greene County, Brian Flynn! March 23rd

Come to the GCDC Meeting this Thursday and meet Congressional District 19 Candidate from Greene County, Brian Flynn
Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00pm ~ Greene County Democratic Committee meeting ~
Get involved in setting the future direction of our local politics and issues.
At this meeting:
  • Village Race Results
  • Finalize FDR  / Summer Picnic / Annual Dinner Event Details and the GCDC Calendar
  • New Committee Members
  • Legislative Update – Jail / Broadband Phase III grants / Rural Transportation Grants / Opioid issue in Columbia and Greene Counties
  • Join Committee and Standing Committees – see http://greenedems.org/?page_id=4008
One of the biggest lessons taken away from the 2016 elections is the gap between the national landscape and local governments.  
Our committee is in need of fresh perspective and participation.  
We invite you to come and listen and determine where you can best participate.  
Thanks in advance for your support.
Meeting Location: Gallagher’s. 513 Main St; Cairo, New York 12413

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Want to donate?  See GreeneDems.org and button in upper right column.

Or contact your town chair listed under Your Town‘ on our website.
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http://www.GreeneDems.org
http://www.flickr.com/photos/31954222@N04/
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Funding Announced for Rural Transportation Projects

Public Transportation: http://m.thedailymail.net/news/article_08e63fe6-fd5f-11e6-a4ba-43f2022a4f4d.html?mode=jqm

and a separate option:

Ridesharing – Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, etc in Greene – http://greenegovernment.com/news-press/greene-county-ride-sharing – add your name in support here (scroll down to end): http://www.buyingreene.com/ride-sharing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced $32.4 million in funding to support public transportation in rural areas such as Greene and Columbia counties.

Cuomo made the announcement about the funding, which will be provided through the Formula Grants for Rural Areas program, on Feb. 22.

The program will provide selected applicants up to 80 percent of capital and 50 percent of operating project-related costs and the remaining funds will be provided by the state and project sponsors, according to a statement from Cuomo’s office.

The funding is made available through the Federal Transit Administration and administered by the New York State Department of Transportation, according to the release.

Counties, cities and tribal governments with populations of less than 50,000 that own and operate or directly contract for rural public transportation services, upstate regional transportation authorities, and multi-county intercity bus services sponsored by the Department of Transportation will be eligible to apply, according to the statement.

“Providing efficient and reliable public transportation in rural communities is critical to increasing mobility and accessibility for upstate New Yorkers and to helping ensure future prosperity for their communities,” Cuomo said. “This funding will help strengthen the link between rural areas and smaller cities, supporting regional economic growth and increasing ease of access for residents and visitors to our state.”

The Department of Transportation will give preference to public transportation projects that eliminate transportation barriers, improve mobility opportunities in rural areas, encourage and support increased coordination of public transportation services with other human service agency provided transportation services, and ensure a successful Intercity Bus program, according to the release.

Funding applications will be accepted until April 10.

Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden is unfamiliar with the funding and is unsure if the county would be eligible, but said the county would like to add more routes to its public bus system, the Greene County Transit System.

“Certainly if there’s funds available we would like to expand,” he said. “I don’t know if we would be eligible or not, but we would like to have two more [bus] routes.”

The bus system is operated and managed by the Arc of Ulster-Greene, a private, nonprofit agency that provides public transit services between Catskill and the outer areas of the county.

The county’s partnership with the Arc has been effective since June 1.

The cost of the bus service is shared between the county, Arc and Department of Transportation, Warren Hart, the Greene County Economic Development, Tourism and Planning director, said in January.

The county has a contract with Arc and the organization purchased buses with grants and private funds. Money is set aside in the 2017 county budget to purchase more buses, Hart said in January.

Groden is unsure if the county or Arc would apply for additional funds if the county is interested and deemed eligible.

Although it is unclear if the governor’s recently announced funds could contribute to the bus service, the county would like to add another route from Catskill to Columbia-Greene Community College, Groden said.

“Sometimes our students have a hard time with transportation, so we are very interested in getting a route over to the school,” he said.

Another route could be added from a mountaintop town to Catskill.

Mountaintop residents are pleased with the county’s transit system, Greene County Legislator Lori Torgersen, D-Windham, said.

“I know that everyone on the mountaintop, and everyone in Greene County, has been very enthusiastic about it,” Torgersen said. “There’s been a lot of enthusiasm about what is possible, and the growth potential.”

Torgersen also noted the importance of a transit system, especially for senior citizens.

“I think for seniors, transportation is critical,” she said. “Greene County is a big county and we have wonderful resources on the mountaintop, but folks need to get down the mountain as well to access services in Catskill, so I think the growth opportunities are important for seniors.”

More information about bus schedules and fares can be found online at greenegovernment.com/greene-county-transit.

To reach reporter Victoria Addison, call (518) 828-1616, ext. 2418, email vaddison@registerstar.com or follow her on Twitter @VAddison_CGM.

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Broadband Grants – Greene County New York

Goal: Total Coverage by the end of 2018

State Program: https://www.ny.gov/programs/broadband-all

Greene County: http://greenegovernment.com/news-press/nys-phase-ii-grants-to-bring-broadband-to-4391-unserved-and-underserved-greene-county-homes-and-businesses

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March 12 ~ Get Out the Vote! Sign up to help…

https://actionnetwork.org/events/resistance-voter-registrationRVR NEW

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Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, speaking in Albany

April 4 (Tuesday): UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY SPEAKERS SERIES
Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
Conversation — 6:30 p.m., SEFCU Arena
Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama on May 26, 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history. She is the author of My Beloved World (2012), a memoir that recounts her life’s journey from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench. Michiko Kakutani in a New York Times review called the book “compelling and powerfully written…[ with] the power to surprise and move the reader.” Nina Totenberg on NPR called it “a page-turner, beautifully written…with hope and exhilaration. This is a story of human triumph.”
Sponsored by the University at Albany Student Association, Division of Student Affairs, Alumni Association, and University Auxiliary Services in partnership with the Writers Institute.
To obtain free tickets, please see instructions to be posted closer to the date on the Writers Institute website.

http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/programpages/vws.html

http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/

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March at Faso’s Office in Kinderhook ~ February 25th / Town Hall in Kingston ~ February 24th

Friday in Kingston 6pmSaturday at the Kinderhook office at 2pm

On Saturday February 25 at 2:00 there will be another District- wide protest at Congressman John Faso’s Kinderhook office at 2 Hudson Street in Kinderhook, NY.

During the week of February 20-25, all Congressman will be on recess in their home districts. It is the perfect time to hold town hall meetings and to brief constituents on how they are being represented . Unfortunately, Congressman Faso has repeatedly refused to do this.

Consequently, people from the district will be making their concerns about ACA, Planned Parenthood, the environment, immigration and jobs public in front of Faso’s hometown office. These are really non partisan issues and affect everyone in District 19. It’s time for Congressman Faso to do his job.

Please come out and show Congressman Faso that we are watching and will not be silent in fighting Trump and the Republican’s agenda.

Faso Town Hall – Friday night in Kingston at the auditorium at George Washington Elementary School, 67 Wall St, 6pm-8pm.:  http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-news/20170222/forum-in-fasos-congressional-district-expected-to-draw-more-than-600-people-but-not-faso

KINGSTON, N.Y. >> “More than 600 people have signed up to attend a town hall-style event Friday at a local elementary school, hoping to hear U.S. Rep. John Faso speak about the Affordable Care Act, immigration reform and other current issues.

The only problem? Faso won’t be there.”

Tickets Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/faso-town-hall-tickets-31939227088

PROTEST 2-25

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March at Faso’s Office in Kinderhook ~ February 25th

PROTEST 2-25

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Greene County Jail – Please contact your legislators

~ Please attend the meeting on February 8th, 6pm at the county building – 411 Main St 4th Floor Conference Room, and please take some time to write your legislator with your thoughts about the project. Contact information is available here ~

Greene County will be paying for the construction of a new jail to replace it’s outdated one.

At the cost of $100 million over a 30-year bond, it is projected to be the most expensive project the county has ever undertaken.

On January 18th, Greene County legislators put a $52 million bond resolution on hold until February 8th, in order to debate the size of the jail.

In light of recent demographic trends predicting declining jail population, we are concerned that the proposed design is too large.

Greene County is having trouble funding its basic obligations. We cannot afford to spend money on an over-sized jail facility if there are other more cost-effective programs that can address our correctional needs.

For example, substance abuse is the largest cost of incarceration. There are treatment programs that are far more effective in addressing this issue than incarceration, but none of the money in the proposal is allocated to that.

Legislators need to find a plan that is realistic, that deals with the overall issues, and includes alternatives to incarceration but does not over extend the taxpayers unnecessarily.

You are welcome to attend the meeting on the 8th, to be held at the county building 411 Main St 4th floor conference room @6pm, and please take some time to write your legislator with your thoughts about the project.

Here is a link where you can find the email and physical addresses of your district legislators and a link that provides a good overview and background on the project:

http://greenegovernment.com/greene-government/county-legislature

http://greenegovernment.com/greene-government/proposed-jail-project

Time is of the essence as this project is rapidly becoming a reality.  Take a moment to express your opinion on the largest expenditure in the county’s history.

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Introduction
The existing Greene County Jail is located on Bridge Street in the Village of Catskill behind the Greene County Courthouse. The Jail has 56 beds, but routinely has between 90 and 110 inmates, exceeding its capacity on a regular basis and requiring the boarding of prisoners in surrounding facilities. It costs Greene County $85 per day, per inmate, to board out prisoners, and over the course of a year it costs the County approximately one million dollars.  The oldest part of the Jail is over 100 years old, built in 1905, and is well past it s useful life.  Greene County has been has been dealing with structural, capacity and operational challenges of the Jail for decades.

Greene County is now in the position of having to expand jail capacity through construction of a new facility.

A site has been chosen adjacent to The Greene and Coxsackie State Correctional Facilities on State Route 9W in Coxsackie, NY.  The size of the site is 50 acres, with approximately 32 acres to be utilized for the construction of the Jail. The Sheriff’s Office and a back-up Emergency Response Center will be included in the new Jail Facility. At this time it is estimated that the Jail will account for 68,000 square feet and the Sheriff’s Office an additional 17,000 square feet. The Jail Concept Site Plan is attached to this RFQ solicitation.

The Greene County Legislature has endorsed a target capacity range of 130 beds for a new County Jail (with the ability to gain up to an additional 20% in capacity through future double celling of prisoners).

The Greene County Legislature has selected SMRT Architects and Engineers, P.C., with offices in Latham, NY as the Architectural and Engineering firm for the project. RicciGreene Associates of New York City has provided the Jail Needs Assessment, including population projections and jail bedspace analysis for the facility. Delaware Engineering of Albany NY is providing the civil engineering and related services.

Click the links below for: (additional information available at http://greenegovernment.com/greene-government/proposed-jail-project )

 

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January 26th, All Democrats and No Party affiliation are Invited to Our Organizational Meeting

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Our thanks to many in the community who have become involved since the madness of November 8, 2016.  After the election a wake up call has sounded across the land.  It is now our responsibility to best channel the action and passion into a plan for Greene County.  I am attaching a guide for your review.  It may serve as a roadmap for our efforts.
On Thursday January 26th at 7:00pm the Greene County Democratic Committee conducts their organizational meeting for 2017.  In previous years this was a pro forma meeting……subcommittees assigned, new town chairs voted in……town committee members identified.  This year there is that and so much more.
We are inviting all Democrats or interested members of ‘no’ party that want to get involved in setting the future direction of our county, state and country.  Some of our goals and objectives:
  • What are our goals as a committee this year?
  • How do we support the groups that have formed in the county or beyond that have similar objectives or those that differ?
  • How do we structure our efforts around 1. Candidates and elections 2. Pressure on incumbent office holders i.e. Faso/Amedore/Lopez to support our view of representative government?
One of the biggest lessons taken away from the 2016 elections is the gap between the national landscape and local governments.  We are ‘hollowed out’ as a party and need to rebuild from the bottom up.
Our committee is in need of fresh perspective and participation.  We invite you to come and listen and determine where you can best participate.  Thanks in advance for your support.
Meeting Location: Gallagher’s. 513 Main St; Cairo, New York 12413
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Blue In Greene ~ A Discussion Forum

As the ‘opposition’ begins to gather ourselves, several vehicles are popping up. Blue In Greene is one such source. For those who don’t frequent FB at Pantsuit Nation and other pages, this is another venue.  It is managed by Ron Lipman of Lexington.

http://blueingreene.org/2016/11/30/who-we-are/

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Stand Up America

Sean Eldridge: It’s been several days since the election, and I’m still as angry and concerned as I was on Tuesday night.  I do not buy into the narrative that Trump won’t be as bad as we fear — his first nominations should dispel that hopeful notion.  I believe it will be a rough four years and that the work to resist his hateful and dangerous agenda begins now, which is why I created Stand Up America, a community of activists and concerned Americans who are ready to stand up and fight back.  I’m excited that 25,000 people engaged in our first day. I hope you’ll join us to add your voice, share your ideas, and stay up to date on how to take action to protect our most vulnerable neighbors and reject Trump’s dark vision for America. We’re just getting started and there’s more content and actions to come.  Please message me with any ideas and suggestions!

On facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ItsTimetoStandUp/?pnref=story

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Thank You!~ Annual Dinner Huge Success!

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Thank You! 2016 GCDC Annual Dinner

L-R: Aidan O’Connor Jr. • Greene County Legislator, Zephyr Teachout • 19th Congressional District Candidate, Sara Niccoli • NYS Senate District 46 Candidate, Doreen Davis • GCDC Chair and Catskill Town Supervisor, Lori Torgersen • Greene County Legislator, Kevin Lennon • Greene County Legislator, Larry Gardner • Greene County Legislator
Greene County Democratic Committee • GreeneDems.org

Photo Beth Schneck Photography • bSchneckPhoto.com — at The Copper Tree.

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2016 Annual Dinner ~ October 21, 2016

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GreeneDems.org
doreendavis3@gmail.com

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Senator Gillibrand and Senator Tkaczyk Round Table with Women Farmers

All photos ©Beth Schneck Photography

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Welcome!

Welcome to the Greene County Democratic Party website. We are all very proud to be Democrats, members of the oldest political party in the country, and are working every day to turn Greene County blue.

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The common thread of Democratic history, from Thomas Jefferson to Barack Obama, has been an abiding faith in the judgment of hardworking American families, and a commitment to helping the excluded, the disenfranchised, and the poor, strengthen our nation by earning themselves a piece of the American Dream. Democrats understand the value of hard work, education, and opportunity. Democrats are working hard to bring more people into the economic mainstream, to improve our public schools, to protect our homeland, to make quality health care accessible, and to keep our air and water clean. And it’s not just elected officials who are fighting for these enduring values — it’s committed citizens in communities across New York and America.

Join us and become a part of this important and exciting movement.

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