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A WOMAN’S PLACE IS IN THE RESISTANCE!
WOMEN’S MARCH, 7th ST. PARK, HUDSON, NY, JANUARY 20, 2018, 1pm
Rally + March + Party at Basilica Hudson on the Hudson Waterfront.
Warm food and drink. Music and performance art. Camaraderie and inspiration.
A harbinger of success in 2018! Be part of the change!
Park at the Basilica and take a shuttle to the 7th Street Park.
The possibility of a joint Columbia/Greene jail took a step forward Tuesday, December 5, when representatives from Columbia and Greene Counties met in Hudson to discuss specifics of the project. The Greene County group included Legislators Lawrence, Torgersen and Bulich, County Administrator Groden and County Attorney Kaplan, among others. The discussions raised a number of potential issues, including the need to expand and upgrade the existing facility in Hudson and the need for increased transportation for prisoners between Greene and Columbia. These were balanced by a number of benefits, including sharp cost reductions for Greene, an ongoing revenue stream for Columbia and the possibility of additional funding from Albany to support the shared facility. These and other issues need to be weighed against the alternative of building a new jail facility in Greene County, which would require a bond of approximately $45 million. Both sides agreed to refine their thinking in light of the meeting and reconvene once again before the holidays.
If you want help signing up for health insurance on the marketplace, this is a resource for you. Columbia Memorial Hospital is hosting an event on Saturday December 9th in the lobby of the Medical Office Building for those who are those who are uninsured and need help applying for health insurance. If unable to attend, you can call 518-828-8051.
December 9, 2017 9am-12pm
Thank You for Voting • Thank You for Running for Office • Thank You for Your Continued Hard Work and Support
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…
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.
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.
Doreen Parsley Davis
Chairwoman, Greene County Democratic Committee
Supervisor, Town of Catskill
Greene County Democratics Election Results ~
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
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
Heather Williams – Town Council 1079 / opponent 1 : 1220 – vote for 2
Margaret Tomlinson – Town Council 976 / opponent 2 : 1211 – vote for 2
Thomas Burke – Town Council 928
Patrick Kennedy – Town Council 896
Lawrence Ross – Highway Super 936
Joanne Schindelheim – Town Council 251 / opponents : 68, 156, 296, 391 – vote for 2
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
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
Stephen Bardfield – Town Council 83 / opponent 1 : 105 – vote for 2
James Quakenbush – Town Council 140 / opponent 2 : 144 – vote for 2
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
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
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
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
On November 7, next 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.
Doreen Parsley Davis
Chairwoman, Greene County Democratic Committee
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
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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
There will be a meeting regarding the county jail on October 5th at 6pm at the Greene County building, enter in rear, room TBD
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.
There are no Democratic primaries today in Greene County.
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.