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.

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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BBQ in Cairo, Friday, August 3rd

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Support Julian Schreibman

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Get Out the Vote Rally with Julian Schreibman and Congressman Maurice Hinchey

This Sunday, June 24th, join Julian Schreibman, Democratic candidate for Congress, and Congressman Maurice Hinchey for a Get Out the Vote Rally at the steps of the Village of New Paltz Courthouse.

When: June 24th, 12-1pm
Where: Village of New Paltz Courthouse, 25 Plattekill Avenue, New Paltz, NY

If you have any questions, please call us at .
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Meet and Greet Julian Schreibman on Sunday, June 10th

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Salute to FDR – Thank You!

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BBQ in Athens

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Reminder! The Salute to FDR is only days away, and…

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Concerned About Internet Access and Speed in Greene County?

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Athens in the news…

Athens, Greene County, NY

Catskills pride: “Top Town” Athens, NY, is one of our best places to live in the Hudson Valley in 2012

By Barbara Ballinger and Sara Greenberg Published March 19, 2012 at 03:32 PM


The number-one rule for investing in real estate? Location, location, location. And Athens, a riverfront jewel in Greene County, is certainly perched in a prime spot. Set on the western banks of the Hudson, the town is 30 minutes south of Albany, four miles from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, and only half an hour to the ski resorts of Hunter and Windham. But Athens has another big plus: an almost unheard-of mix of 18th- and 19th-century homes, with more than 300 buildings on national and state historic registers. Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, Stick, Second Empire, Victorian, and Queen Anne styles all crowd into not one, but two, historic districts.

First settled in the late 17th century, the village became a bustling port town known for brick-making, ship-building and ice-harvesting. But the town fell on hard times after the bridge was completed in 1935, making the Hudson and Athens ferry obsolete. Nowadays Athens attracts artists, filmmakers, musicians, and a wide range of restoration addicts. The Athens Cultural Center promotes the talents of these community members, and serves as an unofficial hub of activity. The center offers shows, events, workshops, and classes. While there is no downtown to speak of, the town does support a dynamic and growing mix of businesses, including art galleries, a martial arts studio, and a software company. For fun, there’s a chess club at the D.R. Evarts Library, an outdoor public pool, and a playscape park.

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“It’s a great way to get out of the city. That’s how I got here,” says Mayor Andrea Smallwood, who started coming for weekends in 1988, but became a full-time resident in 1997. “There are people from all walks of life. As a weekender, that’s what I liked about it. As a full-time family — and mother ­— it was a great place to bring up a child.”

Locals flock to several restaurants, including the Dockside Grill, with its popular outside clam bar in summer; and Cameo’s Restaurant, which offers creative pizzas and other Italian meals. The most high-profile establishment to come to town is the Crossroads Brewery, which opened on Memorial Day last year. Located in the refurbished 1893 Brooks Opera House, the microbrewery offers 10 craft brews on tap, six New York State wines, and its own root beer.

If craft beer doesn’t do it, the Athens Street Festival in July attracts 10,000 people each year, and the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse offers tours every weekend in the summer. The recently restored docks provide a boat launch, so kayakers and water enthusiasts abound. Smallwood notes, “It’s quiet, relaxing — you can view the architecture, visit the brewery, have a nice meal, or go to the cultural center for an exhibit. It’s kind of a simple life, but it’s always busy — there’s always something to do.”

County: Greene
Population: 4,089 (town) 1,668 (village)
Median Household Income: $56,394 (town) $59,063 (village)
Fun Fact: The 2005 film War of the Worlds includes a scene filmed in Athens. Martian invaders are shown attacking citizens trying to escape from New York City by crossing the Hudson on a ferry.

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Tickets available now! The 11th Annual GCDC Salute to FDR, Tuesday, April 17th

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“Wall Street to Main Street” exhibition launches Sat., Mar. 17 in Catskill

Opening 2-5 pm / Party 5-8, Brik Gallery, 473 Main St., Catskill

Round 4 of Masters on Main Street presents an examination of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement through art, workshops, concerts and forums. This event will be located in exhibition spaces throughout Catskill. For a map and more information, got to http://www.greenearts.org/wall-street-to-main-street

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Women’s Reproductive Rights, are you concerned? Come to a meeting to talk about how YOU can help fight back.

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A great way to help support the Catskill Dems this spring

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Tuesday, March 13 – Obama/Biden Campaign Office Opening Party in Kingston, NY

Hudson Valley Organizing for America Office Opening Party

Where: Hudson Valley OFA Office, 30 John Street, Kingston, NY

When: Tuesday, March 13th – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

You’ll get to meet other supporters who are committed to re-electing the President, and there will be music and plenty of refreshments to go around.

*RSVP for the office opening party on Tuesday here:


What has helped to bring us all together is believing in a common cause — organizing to help President Obama and other Democrats win this fall.

The new office in Kingston will be the scene of all that hard work for the next eight months, but on Tuesday, we’re getting together to just hang out and get to know each other.

We don’t get to do that enough, which is why you should come out and be a part of it.

Hope you can make it.

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Village of Coxsackie Meet the Candidates

Meet Donnie Daoust and Darryl Proper, the Democratic candidates for Village Trustee

Wine and Cheese Party
Sunday, March 11
2-5 pm
27 Elm Street

Tickets are $35

Questions? Call 518-209-2175

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Meet the Candidates For Athens Village Trustee

*Gail Lasher *
*Herman Reinhold*

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With Live Music by Paul Wais
March 10, 2012

Athens Cultural Center
24 Second Street, Athens, NY

• refreshments will be served
• suggested donation $20

• hosted by the Athens Democratic Committee

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State of the Union Dinner to Support the Cairo Historical Society

The Cairo Historical Society is holding a State of the Union Dinner on Saturday, February 18th, from 5-7pm at the Masonic Lodge, Main Street in Cairo. Take out is available. $18 Adults, $10 Children under 10. Ham or Roast Beef and all the fixings. For tickets call Mary Kames – 622-226

The Cairo Historical Society is growing and we need a place to put our collection! We have a building, we just need to fix it up!  That is why we are holding our State of the Union Dinner on February 18th from 5-7pm.  If you like what we’ve been doing over the last two years please support us.  Not only will you have a choice dinner (roast beef or ham with ALL the fixings) you will have the opportuni…ty to win big prizes.  With your dinner ticket you have the chance to win our fabulous door prize.  In addition, we will have 4 Presidential Quizzes – that’s right 4 Presidential Quizzes.  There will be prizes for each quiz, but you have to fill out the quiz at the dinner and give it to us before you leave. You don’t have to be present to win.  Winners will be announced in the Greenville Mountain View Pioneer on February 24th.

The Cairo Historical Society is all about history – come have fun with us on the 18th. Martha Washington will be hostess for the evening, but I hear that a few presidents will be attending as well. Come dressed as YOUR favorite president or first lady!!

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Greene County Democrat

Greene County Democrat on Youtube. This is the pilot episode, so please excuse the quality of the color (we are working on a different technical set up for next time). This video is about the content, about what our Greene County Democrats have to say about being a Democrat in Greene County, and it’s inspiring. We hope you might like to participate in this on-going series, so please let us know if you are interested in starring in the next episode.

A big thanks goes out to all who were involved in this first effort, great job everyone!!

Enjoy the video.


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Governor Cuomo’s Budget and Reform Message for Building a New New York

Come to a presentation and discussion of Governor Cuomo’s Budget and Reform Message for Building a New New York… this Thursday, February 2nd, 5:30pm at the Cairo Town Hall Meeting Room.  See you there!

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Holiday Evening of Fun and Good Works

Thanks to all who attended the Greene County Democratic Committee Holiday Bash on Friday, December 9.  Over 100 friends and colleagues attended the event and through your efforts, over $1000 in gifts and donations were collected for those still reeling from Hurrican Irene.  The committee adopted two families and had some additional funds to assist a third.

Thanks again to all.  Mark your calendar for the for the 4th Thursday in January, our first meeting of 2012.  Details to follow.

Have a wonderful holiday, and enjoy the photos taken by Jewett committee member David Kessler.


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