Thursday, December 2, 2010

Roberta Davis Wins County Coroner Race

Roberta Davis R.N. has won her race to become Columbia County's third Coroner.  On election night Mrs. Davis was behind by a tiny margin.  But the absentee ballot count went overwhelmingly for Mrs. Davis.  

The unofficial absentee ballot count is:

Roberta Davis: 1,062
Deborah Simonsmeier: 671

The margin is well ahead of the dozen or so votes she was behind on Election Night.

The Columbia County Democratic Committee congratulates her on her win.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Register-Star Finally Runs Story on Saland

Even though they sat on the story, denying voters the right to be fully informed prior to voting,The Register-Star has finally ran a very good story on Senator Saland's request that Fire Companies in Columbia and Dutchess Counties "thank" him on their outdoor signs right before Election Day, by John Mason

In the story, Mason includes a quote from Saland saying he did, in fact give "Jim [Van Deusen] a call," but there was no strongarming involved. "I said from time to time people see fit to say 'Thank you.' If they did, that would be OK; if not, that would be, too. It was nothing more than a casual conversation."

The fact that Saland has confirmed that he indeed made the requests is stunning. It confirms why Lloyd Hamilton and Victor Mendolia filed the complaint in the first place.

See the Register-Star article and see more coverage in the Daily Politics blog in the NY Daily News.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Columbia County Election Returns

We will be posting the 
latest election results as they happen.

 Click here to see the updated numbers.
Come back during the evening and night 
for the latest returns.

You can see how the votes went in 
your town and county-wide by going here.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saland "Responds" to Ethics Complaint

Senator Stephen Saland has recently responded to the ethics complaint filed by Hudson City Democratic Committee Chair, Victor Mendolia and Lloyd Hamilton, a Dutchess County Firefighter.
Saland dismissed the charge as an "outrageous lie" then tried to imply that Mr Hamilton is not a firefighter, telling the Mid-Hudson News, that he wrote to the (ethics) commission on Friday, saying the complaint came from a "Democrat chairman or committeeman and a Democrat activist who says he is a firefighter”

The Senator said the allegations are “a lie and completely without merit.”

But the facts speak for themselves.

Lloyd Hamilton is indeed a volunteer Firefighter with the Hillside Fire Department in Rhinebeck and has been for 25 years.

Mr. Hamilton did not understand why a sign supporting a political candidate would be posted in the front case of his Fire Company's firehouse.
When he asked his superior officer about it, he was told that the sign was “payback” for grants that the Senator secured for the Fire Department. That is when he decided to come forward. “Firefighters should not be subject to this kind of political pressure.” he said.

Following Saland's comments to the press, Mr. Hamilton issued an open letter to the Senator which can be viewed by clicking:

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Separately, on October 20, 2010 the following letter was given to Mr. Mendolia by a concerned Columbia County resident. The letter is written by James Van Deusen, Fire Coordinator for Columbia County. In it, Mr. Van Deusen clearly states "Senator Saland has asked for your help by putting a message of Support on your outside signs." He added, "The Senator has over the years supported your Fire Co. with grants and monies."
Exhibit - Request from Saland on Official Columbia County document urging messages of support at Firehouses...                                                            
The source of the letter was shocked at the Senator's request. Particularly since it was on Columbia County letterhead and the request was made by a government official. Presumably the time and costs involved with printing, mailing and distributing the requests were paid for by taxpayers as well.

Firehouses are public property and Fire Departments are public agencies. As such, they are prohibited from participating or advocating in any way in partisan elections.

Senator Saland knows that.

He just thinks that the rules don't apply to him.

It is no coincidence that Senator Saland always asks for a "message of support" just prior to Election Day.

But it shouldn't come as any surprise either. Anyone who lives in his district knows that Saland has long campaigned for office using an inordinate amount of thinly veiled "legislative reports". These are nothing more than campaign literature which he prints and mails with taxpayer's money. In fact he spent more than $125,000 on postage costs alone last year, all on the public's dime.

The fact that many firehouses also serve as election poll sites or are very near them, makes these signs particularly egregious. Since in some instances they could be considered electioneering.

In exchange for giving the Fire Companies grants, the Senator expects expressions of support for his candidacy at election time, without question or dissent.

This is nothing less than a quid pro quo.

The loose interpretation of quid pro quo is: I give you something that you want, and you give me something that I want. But not only is it wrong for someone in a position of power to use that power for personal gain. It is also illegal.

So rather than posturing with faux indignation, Senator Saland should be apologizing to his constituents for having over-stepped his boundaries as a legislator.

30 years in Albany seems to have that effect on a lot of people.

You can read the full ethics complaint along 
with the supporting documents by clicking below

Friday, October 29, 2010

NY Daily News - Steve Saland Hit With Ethics Complaint

NY Daily News - Steve Saland Hit With Ethics Complaint - Pressured Firefighters To Promote Re-Election 


The head of a Democratic club and a Dutchess County volunteer firefighter have joined forces to file a Legislative Ethics Complaint against incumbent GOP 41st SD State Sen. Steve Saland, saying public property was used to promote Saland's re-election bid and local fire authorities were muscled into doing so with a "friendly" reminder about Saland's control over local grants.

Read more: The Daily Politics

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Senator Saland

Senator Stephen Saland made demands that Fire Companies thank him on outdoor signs leading up to Election Day as pay back for grants received.

The complaint was signed by Hudson City Democratic Committee Chair Victor Mendolia and Dutchess County Firefighter Lloyd Hamilton.

Mr. Mendolia came into possession of a letter from the Office of Fire Coordinator for Columbia County which stated that he was contacted by Senator Saland to request that the firehouses in Columbia County post a message on their outside signs indicating their support of Senator Saland in the upcoming election.  The letter, dated Oct 11, 2010 on official county stationary, requested that a sign be posted in appreciation of Senator Saland's years of awarding them "grants and monies". 
View the entire letter here.

Lloyd Hamilton is a volunteer firefighter with the Hillside Fire Department in Dutchess County. When the Hillside Fire Department posted "Firefighters for Saland" outside the Hillside Firehouse. Mr. Hamilton objected to the use of the sign, feeling that it was improper to use tax-payer owned property to support any candidate to the company President and Chief. He was told that it was done because the company received grants from Senator Saland and that this was "payback" for those grants. In 2008-2009 the Fire District received $25,000 in appropriations from Senator Saland. 
View photos here.

The complaint by Mr. Mendolia and Mr. Hamilton states "In requesting that (fire companies) display signs bearing his name in appreciation for his years of support of grants, Senator Saland has used his official position to secure unwarranted privileges for himself, raised suspicion that he engaged in acts that violate his trust and has created a reasonable basis for improper influence. 

Read the press release here.
Read the full complaint here.

The complaint has also been sent to the Columbia and Dutchess County Attorneys for further investigation.

Read More  
NY Daily News 
Sam Pratt
The Albany Project
Mid-Hudson News
Poughkeepsie Journal 
Dutchess County Dems

Thursday, October 28, 2010

New York Times Endorses Didi Barrett

Didi Barrett, a community activist, is challenging Senator Stephen Saland, a Republican who has been in the Legislature 30 years, the last 20 in the Senate. Ms. Barrett supports a long list of reforms that Senator Saland has rejected. She promises to push for real ethics reform, real campaign finance reform, including public financing, and to protect women’s reproductive rights.

We support Didi Barrett, the Democrat, in District 41.

Read the endorsement

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Dr Matt Asbornsen endorses Roberta Davis RN for County Coroner

Beloved longtime Kinderhook Primary Care Family Physician, Former Stuyvesant Supervisor and Town Councilman
Dr Matthew Asbornsen MD
has endorsed
Roberta Davis RN for County Coroner

Read the full endorsement on the campaign website, 
Good Government for Columbia County-

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Radio Ads for County Clerk and County Coroner Races Begin Airing

Peter Donahoe's campaign for Columbia County Clerk and Roberta Davis' campaign for Columbia County Coroner, have begun running radio ads. The ads will run from now until Election Day.

You can listen to the ads and see some of their campaign materials.
Roberta Davis for County Coroner here
Peter Donahoe for County Clerk here
Photo courtesy of B. Docktor © 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Didi Barrett Radio Ads Go Live

Didi Barrett speaking at The Inn at Hudson.
© B. Docktor 2010
State Senate candidate Didi Barrett's campaign has begun airing radio ads on 5 Stations throughout Columbia and Dutchess Counties.  
The ads are running on: 93.3 (WBWZ), 97.7 (WCZX), 100.1 (WDST), WPDH (101.5) and
107.3 (WRWD) through election day.

Hear the ad and see some of Didi's campaign materials below.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Help Get Out The Vote!

Less than a week until Election Day

There are a number of races locally that will all come down to voter turnout.

Scott Murphy's race is neck and neck and the Republican machine is throwing millions of dollars into the race.

Didi Barrett is within striking distance of taking the State Senate seat that has not been held by a Democrat since it was held by FDR exactly 100 years ago. If she wins, she will be the first woman to ever represent this district.
Peter Donahoe can take the Count Clerk seat that has been held by Republicans for 98 years.

Roberta Davis is the most highly qualified candidate for the new third County Coroner seat and will be the first woman coroner in Columbia County.

All of them need your help. 

Can you spare a few hours making calls or visiting your neighbors?

There are still shifts needed for canvassing this week and weekend and for Get Out The Vote for next Thursday-Monday.

Please contact Megan at or 518-256-3349 or 845-514-3767 if you have any time to help. 

Or just stop in at Campaign Headquarters.
Campaign headquarters is located at 731 Warren Street in Hudson (in the ground floor of the Warren Inn) and is open every day from 9am to 9pm.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Didi Barrett Hits the Radio, Papers and Blogs

Didi Barrett's campaign for State Senate had a whirlwind media week.  She was interviewed by Alan Chartock on WAMC. The debate with her opponent at the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce was covered on WAMC and in the Poughkeepsie Journal, and her supporters at Big Gay Hudson Valley turned out to show their support.

Hear Alan's interview here
Hear WAMC's coverage of the debate here.
Read the Poughkeepsie Journal coverage here.
See Big Gay Hudson Valley's Coverage here.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Columbia County Primary Results

Results are in for the Attorney General race in Columbia County. 

The preliminary results are:
Brodsky - 241
Schneiderman - 747
Coffey - 344
Dinallo - 79
Rice - 602

In the Senate race for the two unexpired years of Secretary Clinton's term.
Gillibrand - 1764
Goode -185

Statewide, it appears that Eric Schneiderman will be the winner in the Attorney General race. With 95% of the vote in, Schneiderman is leading Kathleen Rice 34% to 32%, a virtually impossible lead to overcome.  
Read more in NY Times.

Statewide, Senator Gillibrand has easily won her primary by a nearly 3 to 1 margin.
Read more LoHud.

Monday, September 6, 2010

County Dems Call on County Clerk to Stop Issuing Special License Plates

Do Special Plates
Equal Special Privileges?

Columbia County Democrats
call for an end to the issuance of
"special license plates"
by the
Columbia County Clerk

With great fanfare, the Columbia County Clerk’s office issued a press release touting the availability of a special series of license plates. The special license plates begin with the letters HT- (for Holly Tanner, the current Columbia County Clerk).

The Columbia County Democratic Committee seeks an end to the issuance of these special plates. 

The license plates in question are not “Vanity Plates” which individual motorists order. The plates include those beginning with HT- as mentioned above, but also CC- and 1CC- for Columbia County, HD- for Hudson, along with DT- plates. The initials DT are the initials for former County Clerk Don Tkacy.

Clearly there is a long history of Columbia County Clerks issuing these types of special license plates. But New York Vehicle and Traffic Law (15 NYCRR §16.1 et seq.) does not allow the County Clerk to issue plates that make it look as if the owner of a vehicle is operating in an official capacity or for a governmental organization.

County Clerk Tanner
That the current County Clerk is issuing these plates with her own initials as a sitting elected official, or with letters signifying Columbia County or the City of Hudson, makes the chance far too great that the drivers of these cars may, mistakenly or not, be seen not as a civilian driver but rather someone who is on official business, or is “connected”. The fact that we have discovered that many of the holders of these special plates include Republican operatives, government employees, and other well-connected individuals makes the situation of even greater concern.

The Committee calls on the County Clerk to immediately end the issuance of any license plates that might be construed as “official”.

With the economic situation taking a major toll on local municipal budgets, many believe that traffic enforcement has been increased, in order to make up for some of the budget shortfalls. If that is indeed the case, any increase in enforcement needs to be applied equally and justly. These license plates could be seen as potentially offering a level of protection not afforded to ordinary people. For that reason alone, the practice should be stopped.

There is a long history in Columbia County of cronyism and favoritism toward members of the ruling party and their relatives and friends. Those days must end. We support equal protection and equal opportunity for all, regardless of political affiliation or connections.

Committee Chair Christopher Nolan said,
“Whether or not these plates actually convey special privileges or protection is difficult to say. But even the appearance of favoritism or cronyism should be condemned and not be tolerated."
The Columbia County Democratic Committee believes that license plates purposely bearing the initials of elected officials, should be forbidden and that any other municipal signifiers should be banned unless issued for official purposes.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

In Democratic Primary - Vote Schneiderman for Attorney General

On Tuesday September 14th Democrats will head to the polls for primary day. This year's biggest primary is the five way race for Attorney General.

In the Attorney General race we urge all Democrats to vote for
Eric Schneiderman

Senator Schneiderman was overwhelmingly endorsed for Attorney General by the 
Columbia County Democratic Committee and the Hudson City Democratic Committee

But that was only the start of the endorsements!

In the NY Times Endorsement of Mr. Schneiderman the Times editorial board said:
 ...Mr. Schneiderman has courage, a strong voice and a deep commitment to ethical government. During his 12 years in the Senate, he championed important laws protecting women’s rights and repealing the overly harsh Rockefeller-era drug laws, and he challenged his party’s leaders when they chose expedience over conviction...
Thanks to him, New York now has laws that will make it easier to prosecute fraud in government contracts and end the cynical practice of prison gerrymandering. Other efforts — promoting transparency in Albany and curbing the power of dirty money — have been blocked by political leaders eager to protect the sleazy status quo. His willingness to keep pushing is crucial.

This year, he again bucked his own party leadership, and demonstrated his legal skills, by crafting and pressing the case to expel Hiram Monserrate from the State Senate after the Queens politician was convicted of domestic abuse...
Mr. Schneiderman has the backing of many of the state’s unions, which too often have resisted reforms. He also has bucked these unions — for example, supporting a less-costly pension plan for new state employees...
But he also scored major victories with union endorsements and the ground operations that they bring with them. He has received the endorsements of United Federation of Teachers, 1199, SEIU  and 32BJ, the Hotel Trades Council (HTC), the United Food and Commercial Workers and even the Freelancers Union. With the endorsements of HTC, 1199, and 32BJ, Schneiderman has assembled the support of the three most highly coveted field operations in New York.

In addition to the New York Times endorsement, he has won the Albany Times-Union endorsement, and even in The Nation. He has been endorsed by scores of elected officials and other public leaders. He also won the endorsement of the good government group, Citizens Union and is also supported by the largest LGBT rights group in New York State, the Empire State Pride Agenda.

View this campaign ad to see the diversity and strength of the coalition supporting Eric Schneiderman.

We urge everyone to make sure
that they get to the polls.

Tuesday, September 14th
  and take the first step in electing

Eric Schneiderman
New York's next Attorney General.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Peter Donahoe Plans a 21st Century County Clerk's Office.

Peter Donahoe issued a press release with his plans to modernize the office of Columbia County Clerk. 

Donahoe looks to make the County Clerk’s office more efficient, user-friendly, business-friendly and cost-effective.

Peter Donahoe plans a 21st Century County Clerk's office.

Peter Donahoe is an Information Technology specialist and photographer who is running on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines for Columbia County Clerk. His background in information technology is perfectly suited to bring the County Clerk's office into the 21st Century.

Read the full press release here

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Congressman Scott Murphy Secures Millions for Rural Broadband


$3.5 Million in USDA Funding Coming to Mid-Hudson Cablevision to Expand Service to Columbia and Greene Counties

Murphy: Expanding High-Speed Broadband to Rural Counties Essential to Renewing Upstate New York’s Economy

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Scott Murphy (NY-20) announced that Mid-Hudson Cablevision will receive $3,473,919 in USDA funding for rural broadband infrastructure projects.  After speaking with James Reynolds, President of Mid-Hudson Cablevision, Murphy sent letters and made calls in support of their application, in addition to working with the USDA.

This funding will allow Mid-Hudson Cablevision to expand coverage in Columbia and Greene counties, specifically the Towns of Ashland, Jewett, Lexington, Cairo, Catskill, Windham, Coxsackie and New Baltimore in Greene County, and The Towns of Taghkanic, Copake, Claverack, Ghent, Chatham, Hillsdale and Austerlitz in Columbia County.  Rural broadband funding is critical to creating new local jobs, and expanding long-term economic development opportunities for communities.

“This is great news for the Hudson Valley.  Expanding rural broadband in our Upstate communities is key to building businesses and creating jobs,” said Rep. Murphy.  “This is one of the most critical issues for our rural communities.  This project will benefit everyone from farmers and small businesses looking to sell their products online, to volunteer firefighters needing high-speed Internet to keep the public safe.  Broadband investments like this are a critical component of my Renew Upstate New York plan, and will help ensure the 20th District becomes a leader in the 21st century economy.”

“We are very pleased to receive the news that we are being awarded this grant,” said James Reynolds, President of Mid-Hudson Cablevision.  “These tax payer dollars will help us to continue the work we have been engaged in for 30 plus years.  This government support will help make it possible to  extend service to rural marketplaces that would otherwise be very difficult reach.  We will be moving as quickly as possible to move forward with the  outlined in our proposal and certainly appreciate all of the support and assistance that we received from Congressman Scott Murphy.”

Congressman Murphy is continuing to travel around the district to work with private industry and the communities of the 20th District to build on his plan to Renew Upstate New York’s economy.  More information on Murphy’s Renew Upstate New York economic development plan is available at

Read the full release here

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Pride Agenda Endorses Didi Barrett for New York State Senate

Empire State Pride Agenda, the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Rights organization in New York State, has endorsed Didi Barrett for State Senate

She will face Senator Stephen Saland who recently voted "no" on the Marriage Equality bill. Ms. Barrett is a strong supporter of Marriage Equality and of equal rights for all people.

The Pride Agenda is a civil rights organization which works toward achieving equality and justice for the LGBT community. One of the functions of the organization is to work toward electing candidates who support their public policy agenda.

See the Pride Agenda's announcement and press release.
Learn more at Didi Barrett's website.
See also: Legislative Gazette

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Register-Star Does First Profile of Donahoe and Davis

The Register-Star ran its first profile of Peter Donahoe and Roberta Davis, the Democratic candidates for Columbia County Clerk and Coroner.

Read the full story here

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Roberta Davis R.N. Endorsed for Columbia County Coroner

The Columbia County Democratic Committee has endorsed Roberta Davis R.N. for Columbia County Coroner.

Roberta Davis, who lives in Austerlitz, earned her nursing degree at the Mt. Sinai Hospital School of Nursing. She also holds a master’s degree in organization and management, from Antioch New England Graduate School.

Columbia County Democratic Committee Chairman Christopher Nolan said: 
"Besides having extensive experience in medicine and the paperwork necessary to do this tough job, Roberta Davis has a proven track record of 16 years on the bench seeing the importance of evidence and procedures in court cases.  She will be an extremely sympathetic advocate for those who are no longer able to speak for themselves.  The Columbia County Democratic Committee strongly supports the candidacy of Roberta Davis for County Coroner."
Ms. Davis worked most recently for COARC, as nurse-manager at the Evergreen Hall Day Treatment Center in Valatie. Her prior work experience includes 16 years in the private medical practice of her husband, Baruch J. Davis, M.D. She helped conceive, set up and manage their office in Chatham. “It was a busy general practice in a rural area,” she says, “a medical office created to meet the needs of a working community, with walk-in hours as well as appointments.”

The couple participated in the Volunteer Rescue Squad as teachers, advisers, and active members. Dr. Davis was also Coroner’s Physician. Ms Davis assisted him with documentation and record keeping. “We covered many miles, responding to auto accidents and other fatalities,” she says. “We worked with police agencies in the investigation of suspicious deaths and fatal accidents.”

Dr. Davis died in 2008. The couple has five grown children and 12 grandchildren. Ms. Davis lives on Schoolhouse Road, on a property that has been in her husband’s family since 1933.

From 1988 to 2004 she was elected to four terms as justice in the Town of Austerlitz. She works part-time as a bookkeeper, an inspector for ambulatory surgical centers, and for a small grass-fed beef operation she started with a family friend.

Davis is no relation to George Davis, who with Angelo Nero currently serves as coroner. The Board of Supervisors has approved a new, third position of county coroner.

Read more in Register-Star
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Peter Donahoe Endorsed by County Dems for Columbia County Clerk

The Columbia County Democratic Committee have endorsed Peter Donahoe of Stuyvesant for Columbia County Clerk.

Peter Donahoe, a computer technician and community activist, has been
endorsed in his run for County Clerk by the Columbia County Democratic Committee.

Donahoe lives in Stuyvesant, where he has served on the Greenway Committee, Zoning Revision Committee, and Stuyvesant Falls Bridge Project, and has run previously run for Stuyvesant Supervisor.

Regarding Mr. Donahoe, Columbia County Democrats Chair Christopher Nolan said:
"The Columbia County Democratic Committee is proud to support Peter Donahoe as our candidate for County Clerk.  We believe that the office and its record keeping systems are in disarray and desparately need just the kind of experience Peter has to bring open, non-partisan and accessible management practices to the office."
Donahoe looks to make the County Clerk’s office more efficient, user-friendly and cost-effective. 
“The Clerk's office is one of the most important in county government,” he says. “It’s the office that people contact most often, for every kind of document, from hunting permits to marriage licenses to deeds and legal records. How these records are maintained, and how the information is made freely accessible to the public, is an essential government service."
“The cost of this service must be reduced,” says Donahoe, “using all the tools of this information age, from an accessible and informative webpage to high-speed document scanning and retrieval.”
Donahoe has a background in computer technology, high-end imaging systems and the practical skills of troubleshooting and customer service. 
“These give me unique abilities to meet the challenges of the Clerk’s office and not only improve the quality of our experience of government service, but also make the County Clerk office as efficient and productive as possible to reduce cost and promote investment,” he says.
Donahoe works for Sagem-Morpho, Inc., in Albany, an international leader in biometrics that services the NYS Department of Social Services’ office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. The company provides support for more than 200 computer workstations across the state. Donahoe, a certified computer technician, is highly skilled at information management, including hands-on skill with hardware and software, computer network skills and information technology administration. He has many years of experience in problem solving and customer support.

As a former police photographer, he knows the importance of documentation and the preservation of information.

Donahoe is a graduate of St. Francis College and holds a master’s degree in communication design from Pratt Institute. He is also a certified electron microscopist, having trained at the VA hospital in Albany.

Donahoe and his wife, Melanie Burrows Donahoe, have three children.

Read more in Register-Star.
Become a supporter on Facebook here.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Didi Barrett Featured in New Video

 Didi Barrett featured in New York State Senate Class of 2010 video.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

County Dems Endorse Schneiderman for AG

Columbia County Democrats endorse Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General. 

At the monthly meeting of the Columbia County Democratic Committee, the committee unanimously endorsed Senator Eric Schneiderman in his race for New York State Attorney General.

Over the past ten years, Senator Schneiderman has been a leader on pro-choice and environmental legislation, reforming the Rockefeller Drug Laws, restoring progressivity to our tax code and to provide universal health care for all New Yorkers. In addition he has lead the legislature on ethics reform.
Learn more about Senator Schneiderman
NYS Senate page
Campaign website.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

3rd Annual Martin Van Buren Testimonial Dinner

 The 3rd Annual
Martin Van Buren Testimonial Dinner
will be held on
June 6th 2010
The dinner has sold out every year, 
so get your tickets early.
Purchase tickets on 

Advertise in the program!
There are advertising/supporter opportunities 
from $10 - $500
Advertising Contract
Ad Styles and Price Sheet
Any questions or to reserve space contact Bob Sacks

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Brian Keeler Endorses Didi Barrett for State Senate at The Albany Project

Brian Keeler of The Albany Project and RebootNY has endorsed Didi Barrett for New York State Senate.

Back in 2006, Brian ran for the same NYS Senate seat in the 41st District which includes a little more than half of Dutchess and all of Columbia County. So he really knows the district and the issues that matter here.

View Brian's full endorsement here.
Visit Didi's website at

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

CPA Not Required for County Comptroller.

Board of Supervisors votes to not require comptroller be a CPA.
Only Supervisors Robin Andrews (D-Claverack), Edward Cross (D-Hudson-2), William Hughes Jr (D-Hudson-4) and Kevin McDonald (R-Livingston) voted to maintain the requirement.

During the Roll Call vote on the changes, Claverack Supervisor Andrews said:
"I cannot in good conscience vote to change the law. It makes me so uncomfortable that I have to vote no."

Supervisor Hughes said: 
"I’ve been publicly critical of this whole process. This has made me uncomfortable right from the beginning."

At the public hearing before the vote, Lee Jamison, Stuyvesant Democratic Committee Chair said:
"I’m glad that there’s transparency on this issue. I’m a taxpayer. We expect that you’re the stewards of our hard-earned money ... we want to be sure you manage it well.” Jamison recommended that the board not amend the law, and find a CPA, and that the county “get people who have a good track record of watching our cookie jar."

Hudson City Democratic Committee Chairman Victor Mendolia called the re-opening of the hiring process a “do-over” and said:
"I’m hoping at some point there are enough people at the table when things are being discussed so you don’t have to do it over again ... the way this board is being run, I believe, is to the detriment of the county"

Read More:
BOS Passes Law Amending County Controller Position in Register-Star
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