Wednesday, April 29, 2009

2nd Annual Martin Van Buren Dinner Just Announced

The 2nd Annual
Martin Van Buren

Testimonial Dinner

June 6th, 2009 6pm
Keynote Speaker: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Columbia Golf and Country Club

295 Rt 217, Claverack

RSVP by ordering your tickets on

Cash Bar- 6 pm, Dinner 7:30

Questions? Please call Carol Sacks (518) 697-0612 or email

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Candidate School With Supervisors McGivney, Williams and Hughes This Sunday




Sunday APRIL 26 4:30-7pm

Shepard Fairey

Your Instructors for the Evening.
Supervisors Doug McGivney, Phil Williams
and Bill Hughes

The class will cover the nuts and bolts of how to run a successful campaign including:
• Getting Started
• Developing a Field Plan
• Voter Contact
• GOTV: Get Out the Vote!
• People: Building Your Volunteer Base
• Budgeting and Planning
• Targeting Donors
• Fundraising Tactics
• Making the Ask
• Developing Your Campaign's Message
• Working with the Media

Town Chairs and other interested parties are also invited and encouraged to attend.

Anyone interested in running for any office this November
is encouraged to attend the CCDC sponsored Candidate's School
to be held this Sunday
at Democratic Headquarters in Ghent
(across from the Ghent Firehouse and Ghent Playhouse).

County Headquarters: 2237 Rt 66, Ghent NY 12075
Map - County Headquarters

Times Union Reports Murphy has 365 Vote Lead.

The Times Union is reporting that Scott Murphy now leads Jim Tedisco by 365 votes.

Update: Murphy increases lead to 365

April 22, 2009 at 5:01 pm -
For the first time since Friday afternoon, we have new numbers from the state Board of Elections, and they do not bring happy news for Jim Tedisco:

Scott Murphy (D): 79,951

Jim Tedisco (R): 79,586

Difference: 365

Columbia County Democrats Attend Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Spring Reception

Albany - Monday, April 20, 2009 -
Governor David Patterson poses with Columbia County Democratic Committee members at the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy reception in Albany. The ERL supports Democratic women candidates who are pro choice.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

With Senator Schumer and Governor Paterson at the NY Democratic Rural Conference

The Columbia County Democratic Committee was present as Senator Charles Schumer and Governor David Paterson took the stage to address representatives from New York's rural counties.
Rose Aulino presented the Byrne Fone book, Historic Hudson to Senator Schumer for his wife who expressed a fascination with the historic buildings on Warren Street as she marched in the 2008 Flag Day parade.

The conference was held on Friday Evening April 27th at the Democratic Rural Conference held at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Chair Chris Nolan, Senator Schumer and Delegate Rose Aulino at the conference.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bidding for Democracy - Silent Auction to benefit Columbia County Democrats



Silent Auction

Sunday, April 19

at Meadowgreens
1238 Route 9-H Ghent, NY 12075 Map

Keynote speaker: Assemblyman Tim Gordon

Some items to be auctioned include:

- day of paintball for 4 people
- horseback riding lessons
- romantic, candlelit, gourmet, lake-side dinner for 6
- Cambodian Temple rubbing
- Round of golf with cart for 2
- Sterling jewelry from the collection of Tamohara
- Beginning piano lessons
- Obama memorabilia ... and much, much more

Admission $25 includes hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer and soda

Come one, Come all ...

for more info or to donate an item,
email or call Carol Sacks at... or

Space is limited. Reserve now on line at ActBlue
or mail a check to
Columbia County Democratic Committee,
PO Box 507, Ghent, NY 12516
or call Carol Sacks at 518-329-3852.
Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

UPDATED! Absentee Ballot Count Continues Along With Tedisco Camp Attempt to Disenfranchise Voters

By now most people anywhere near the 20th Congressional District know that the vote totals are a statistical dead heat. Left to be counted are the absentee ballots filed by residents who were not able to vote at a polling station due to travel or illness and Military ballots.

On Wednesday April 8th, the absentee ballot counting began and so did attempts to disenfranchise hundreds of voters by the Tedisco Campaign.

The overwhelming number of challenged ballots by the Tedisco Campaign had a NYC address. The Tedisco campaign is attempting to throw out the votes of second-home owners who vote in Columbia County, believing that these voters went heavily for Scott Murphy. If a second home owner in Columbia County chooses to vote here and is legally registered here, that is his/her legal right which has been upheld by the courts.

There were also inappropriate remarks made about the NYC addresses like .. "oh, Central Park West? That must be some swanky place." and "I wish I could afford to live there." etc. All NYC challenges and remarks came from the Republican side of the table.

The Murphy lawyers were completely professional and focused. There were a few votes challenged because of different signatures, the X not properly marked in the box, and a few other anomalies. But there were no wholesale challenges to a class of voters.

All challenges will be looked at by the judge who ordered the impounding of the ballots. We trust that the judge will see through this blatant attempt to disenfranchise legally registered voters. But only time will tell.

After two days of ballot counting
Of 233 ballots examined.
There were 83 challenges and 9 votes were counted as void.
16 districts out of 58 completed.
tedisco - 42

Read More About the Counting on Daily Kos, Talking Points Memo and ccScoop