Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Register-Star Endorses Don Moore for Hudson Common Council President

From the paper's endorsement:
"The city needs someone at the helm of the Common Council that can keep control over the differing personalities on the Common Council. We feel that Moore is the person for the job. A job that he will commit to like it is a full-time job to make sure all the aldermen are informed on issues and resolutions before it’s time for a vote. Moore’s plans to help the city become more economically sound and viable are good ones. They demonstrate that he has a great understanding of how many of the issues that the city faces are intertwined. While Porreca may have experience from being on the Common Council, we feel that Moore’s breadth of experience from his volunteerism and work experience will serve him well as the leader of the Common Council...We recommend Hudson voters elect Moore as their next Common Council president."

Read More: Common Council President Race Has 2 and the Full Endorsement.
Also Check Out Don Moore's Candidate Profile and his Blog - Hudson Outlook.
You may have missed Backs Moore and Franck

Register-Star Endorses David Franck for 5th Ward Alderman. No Endorsement for Either Incumbent

In a major coup, David Franck has received the only endorsement in the race for 5th Ward Alderman from the Register-Star. 

His opponents in the race are eight-term Alderman Robert Donahue and six-term Alderman Richard Goetz.  The paper did not endorse either of the incumbents.

"In our interview with Franck, he said he was running because he said he feels you can’t complain unless you’re willing to be part of the process. He takes issue with the fact that Goetz is away for months at a time, leaving the ward without adequate representation. Franck cares about the big issues facing Hudson such as job growth and the tax burden, but also is aware of the smaller issues, such as public safety. It is this kind of broad view that we believe will serve the residents of the Fifth Ward well. Voters in the Fifth Ward should cast their vote for Franck."

Check out Three Run in the 5th Ward and the Endorsement.
Read David Franck's Candidate Profile.
See Also: Backs Moore, Franck.

Register-Star Endorses Supervisor William Hughes in Hudson's 4th Ward

From the Register-Star's Endorsement.
"Hughes first served the Fourth Ward as an alderman and is running for a second term as supervisor because he enjoys being an advocate for the people of Hudson. He is proud of being one of the most vocal opponents to the county’s plan to move DSS out of the city. Once Hughes gets involved in an issue, he doesn’t let go....Hughes’ passion for the city and its residents is obvious to anyone that comes in contact with him. We see no reason why he should not be returned to office."

See Supervisor Hughes' Candidate Page, read the Register-Star's Endorsement.  See also: Supervisor Hughes Blog.

Register-Star Endorses Hudson 2nd Ward Supervisor Ed Cross III

From the paper's endorsement.
"When talking with Cross the commitment to his ward and the city as a whole is obvious. He always uses the words “us” and “we” when referring to the issues that affect the ward and city. He said that housing for the homeless must be in the city so that access to the services they need is easier...Cross has a strong grasp of the issues and knows the impact that his vote has on the city’s residents. He has served the city well over the years and we believe he will continue to do so."
See Rev. Cross' Candidate Page. Read the Endorsement.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Austerlitz Supervisor George Jahn Endorsed by Register-Star for Re-election

"...we feel that Jahn, who was endorsed by the Preserve Austerlitz ticket, is just getting started and seeing as he was a part of creating the town’s new zoning law, he should continue his work in implementing it....we feel that Jahn is thinking progressively for the town of Austerlitz."

"Jahn has served the people of Austerlitz well and we see no reason why he should not be elected to another term."

Register-Star Endorses Loretta Hoffmann for Taghkanic Supervisor

"We are disturbed by the notion that Young would prefer to stay in favor with the Republicans rather than take a stand on an issue that will affect generations. Other incumbents have stood by their votes and decisions, even when they are not popular.

Hoffmann... will work with Republicans and Democrats. This promise is important on the town level as the Wilzig controversy comes to an end and is needed on the county level as well. Therefore we encourage Taghkanic residents to elect Loretta Hoffmann as their next town supervisor."

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Register-Star Endorses Lee Jamison for Stuyvesant Supervisor

"When Jamison ran for Town Board in 2007, we endorsed her. We are happy to do so for town supervisor as we believe she can make things happen in Stuyvesant. Someone has to."

Friday, October 16, 2009

Register-Star Endorses Ed Nabozny for Greenport Supervisor

The Register-Star has endorsed Ed Nabozny for Greenport Supervisor
"We feel Nabozny has the edge in this contest. His vision for the town is clear and he hopes that he can move the town in the right direction. He wants to make an impact on his community, including making it more pedestrian friendly and getting more residents involved in the town’s future. We endorsed Nabozny in his last bid and are pleased to do so again. Voters should elect Nabozny."

Read More: Nabozny: Town should get bigger share of county sales tax revenue
Read the full endorsement.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Register Endorses Clermont Supervisor Raymond Staats

The Register-Star has endorsed Democrat Raymond Staats for Clermont Supervisor.

"Staats works to bring people together and be fair to everyone...Staats has served Clermont well and there is little doubt that he will continue to do so. He should be re-elected by Clermont residents."
Read more: Staats Wants Equal Taxes for All and the full endorsement in the Register-Star

Register-Star Endorses Robin Andrews and Art Bassin for Supervisor

The Register-Star has endorsed Robin Andrews for Claverack Supervisor and Art Bassin for Ancram Supervisor. 

In the first round of endorsements for the paper the endorsement of two Democratic challengers seeking to unseat Republican incumbents is noteworthy.

Read More: Andrews Brings Voices Together and Bassin Proud of Comprehensive Plan
Read the Claverack Endorsement and the Ancram Endorsement

Friday, October 9, 2009

Roosevelt Legacy Endorses 10 Columbia Candidates

Ten Democratic candidates in Columbia County have received campaign grants and endorsements from the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee.

The grants awarded to the 10 total $3,550, reported the Columbia County Democratic Committee, in announcing the endorsements.

Founded in 2001 with the mission of increasing women’s participation in government, the ERLC was designed to build a new generation of Democratic women candidates, informed voters and activists in New York State.

Echoing the sentiments of all the recipients, Robin Andrews, who is running for supervisor in Claverack, said,

“The Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee’s endorsement is very important support to my campaign. It demonstrates confidence in my ability to win this seat. I am extremely grateful to Eleanor’s Legacy.”         

The 10 recipients and the offices they are running for are: 

Robin Andrews, Claverack supervisor. Andrews, who lives in Philmont, has worked for the Village as a member of the Main Street Committee and the Local Development Corp, and currently as a trustee on the Village Board. She was a leader in the effort to keep Pine Haven in Philmont, and looks forward to bringing fresh energy and scrutiny to the decision-making process of the supervisors.  She wants to get it right the first time.

Morgen Bowers, Town Board, Claverack. Bowers is a volunteer firefighter with the Churchtown Fire Company, farmer and attorney. She works at a law firm in Chatham and has an alpaca farm, Dreamwood Farm, in Churchtown.

Jessica Byrne, Justice, New Lebanon. Byrne is a litigation attorney who also holds a master’s degree in criminal justice. She has criminal and civil trial experience and is looking to bring her experience, legal knowledge, and strong sense of ethical responsibility to the New Lebanon Town Court. 

Landra Haber, Town Clerk/Tax Collector, Chatham. Haber served for 13 years as the only Town of Chatham resident on the Ichabod Crane Central School Board of Education. Her professional experience includes a variety of positions in the nonprofit and education arenas, including the New York State Court Appointed Special Advocates Association (CASANYS).

Lee Jamison, Supervisor, Stuyvesant. Jamison comes from a dairy family in Orange County and holds a master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University. She provides psychiatric services to adults with developmental disabilities. An active community worker, she is secretary of the Kinderhook Library Board of Trustees and serves on the MRDD Subcommittee of the County Community Services Board. In Stuyvesant she volunteers for the Rail Station Restoration Committee, Farmers Market and Recreation Committee.

Nancy Thomas, Town Clerk, Stuyvesant. Thomas has worked in state government and the private sector and has owned her own business; currently, she is a supervisor at the Times Union. She is active in several volunteer organizations, including the PAX student exchange program and the Red Cross, and served in lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks.

Michelle Richardson, Town Board, Stuyvesant. Richardson, who also grew up on a family dairy farm in Orange County, holds a degree in electrical engineering from SUNY New Paltz. She assisted Stuyvesant residents with analysis and research regarding their property re-vals and in preparing for Grievance Day. Her priority is to keep Stuyvesant affordable by supporting fair, transparent assessments and responsible spending. With 14 years in project management roles in the high-tech field, she looks to put her analysis and problem-solving skills to work for Stuyvesant.

Audrey Koran, Town Clerk, Taghkanic. Koran has decades of administrative experience that includes the creation and management of budgets and financial records, document research, and data organizing and reporting. She seeks to modernize the methods and systems the town uses and to employ the latest technology for reporting and maintaining records.

Nancy Moore, Town Board, Clermont. Moore has worked for Taconic Farms in Germantown for more than 20 years and also works on her own family farm. She is involved in the community through the Columbia County Farm Bureau and as a Sunday School teacher.

Meg Robertson, Supervisor, New Lebanon. Robertson served on the Town Board for eight years and is completing her first term as supervisor. She looks to continue to serve the town’s residents “with compassion and fairness,” aware of the economic challenges they face.

Since its founding, the ERLC has helped elect more than 400 women to state and local office across New York State and equipped more than 600 women with the skills they need to run and win. This year it endorsed 150 female Democratic candidates across the state.

Thank You!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Columbia County Democrats Re-Elect Officers

The Columbia County Democratic Committee held its annual organization meeting recently. By unanimous vote, the committee’s officers were re-elected for another two-year term.

They are:

Christopher Nolan

Cyndy Hall
1st Vice-Chair

Robert Sacks
2nd Vice-Chair

Dale Stewart

Carol Sacks

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