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Upcoming GCDC EventsMay31Thu6:30 pm GCDC General Committee Meeting @ Gallagher'sGCDC General Committee Meeting @ Gallagher'sMay 31 @ 6:30 pm“Unofficial Convention” – TBDJun1FriJun28Thu7:00 pm GCDC Executive Committee Meeting @ Gallagher'sGCDC Executive Committee Meeting @ Gallagher'sJun 28 @ 7:00 pm
- Thursday, May 10th • CD19 Candidate Forum ~ You will have the opportunity to ask your questions to each candidate!
- Aidan O’Connor Jr. Within Striking Distance in Special Election for NY State Assembly
- Want to Run for Local Office?
- CD19 Candidate Forum with Opportunity to Ask Your Questions ~ May 10th ~ 6-9pm
- Meeting about the Greene County Jail – Wednesday, May 2nd at 5pm – County Building Catskill, 4th Floor
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.
Brian Flynn – https://www.brianflynn.us/
Antonio Delgado – https://www.delgadoforcongress.com/
Jeff Beals – https://www.bealsforcongress.com/
Sue Sullivan – http://suesullivanforcongress.com/
Stephen Brisee – https://stevenbrisee.com/the-candidate/
Patrick Ryan – https://www.patryanforcongress.com/
Gareth Rhodes – https://www.garethrhodes.com/
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
Video from the Mountain Top Progressives’ NY19 Candidates Forum in Greene County
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!!
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!
Join us for the NY19Votes Summer Canvass!
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 –
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.”
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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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
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?
Who chooses governing org of each group?
How is public involved in decision making?
Next year go thru same exercise – why?
Two year program
Short time period 45days too tight
Not a collective refund
3rd part comes in to do evaluation
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
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?