Monday, November 5, 2012

Columbia County Vote Totals

This will be the place for the quickest and most accurate Columbia County election results. 

Returns will be posted as we receive them from our Party Representatives who will be stationed at each and every Election District in the county. 

Check in starting at 9:10pm on election night.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Republican Assemblyman Joel Miller Endorses Didi Barrett

Assemblyman Joel Miller reaches across the aisle to endorse Didi Barrett for Assembly

Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D – Mid-Hudson) announced the endorsement of retiring Assemblyman Joel Miller (R – Poughkeepsie) for the newly drawn 106th Assembly District. Assemblyman Miller, a Republican, reached across the aisle to back Barrett, a Democrat, citing that they agree on many of the issues facing the Mid-Hudson Valley as the basis for his endorsement. 

The endorsement is notable since Miller currently represents part of the new 106th District which Didi is running in.

“Didi Barrett is a strong supporter of ensuring women the right to make their own heath care choices and believes people should be able to marry who they love. She has conducted herself well as a Member of the Assembly understanding the responsibilities that come with the position” said Assemblyman Miller. “Like me, Didi Barrett will fight to make sure all New Yorkers are afforded their necessary freedoms – both economic and social. I have a strong record of providing excellent constituent services and I know Didi Barrett will continue that service by being a full-time legislator”.


Robin Andrews State Senate Campaign Releases TV and Web Ads

The Robin Andrews campaign for State Senate has released a TV and Web Ad.

See the web ad here

The TV ad can be viewed here.

Cheryl Roberts Campaign Releases TV Commercial

Cheryl Roberts' campaign has released a new TV ad. In it she points up the clear differences between herself and her opponent Steve McLaughlin.

Watch the commercial here.

In other Roberts campaign news:
City of Hudson Republican Mayor William Hallenbeck Jr, and Democratic former Mayor Rick Scalera have endorsed Cheryl for Assembly.  
Read their endorsement here.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Times Union Endorses Robin Andrews for State Senate

From the Endorsement:

She would be a new and refreshing presence in the state Senate as well. Proof of that is her strong advocacy for overhauling the state's campaign finance laws and providing public financing for political campaigns, as well as demanding an increase in the state's minimum wage.

Her experience in local government, meanwhile, would be invaluable in a body where so many of the decisions and so much of the legislation have such a strong and direct impact on municipalities. (...)

Voters would be well-served if she gets a chance to address them all, as a gay woman in a male-dominated Senate.

Read more in the Times Union

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Times Union Endorses Cheryl Roberts for Assembly

From the Endorsement:

Ms. Roberts, an environmental and municipal attorney who has worked in the House of Representatives and as a town justice, favors increasing the minimum wage (...) Her understanding of the hydrofracking issue particularly impressed us; she says it should not be considered until the law allows drillers to be held liable for long-term environmental damage.

Read more at Times Union

Saturday, October 27, 2012

President Obama Endorses Julian Schreibman for Congress

President Obama has endorsed Julian Schreibman's campaign for Congress.

Here’s what the President had to say:

"America's middle class needs Julian Schreibman in Congress to stand up and fight for them. Julian will create jobs here at home by building from the middle out, not the top down. He will protect Medicare for our seniors and education for our next generation. Middle class families can count on Julian and he needs your support on election day."

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Columbia Paper Endorses Cheryl Roberts

The Columbia Paper has endorsed Cheryl Roberts for NYS Assembly in the 107th District.

The final paragraph says it all:
Voters in the 107th District have good choices for Assembly, but one stands out as a with a distinguished record, aware of what our communities need from Albany and possessing the energy, authority and experience to represent this region as it has seldom been represented before. For those reasons, vote for Cheryl Roberts for Assembly November 6.
But read the whole endorsement here.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Great Daily Kos Profile of Robin Andrews

Upstate Blue has posted a fantastic piece on Robin Andrews on Daily Kos which can be found here:
Centrist Democrat Challenges Right-Wing Zealot in Competitive Race for NYS Senate

Poughkeepsie Journal Endorses Didi Barrett

The Poughkeepsie Journal has endorsed Assemblymember Didi Barrett for reelection.
In its endorsement titled Barrett has earned chance for full term in Assembly the editorial board said 
... in the little time she has been in office, Barrett has displayed a “lead-by-example” attitude. This is indicative of her decision not to accept state reimbursement for travel expenses.
...she brings considerable strengths in her own right, including her profound understanding of the importance of agriculture to the region, in addition to an earnest collaborative approach to deal with complicated issues. 
Barrett....has methodically worked her way to a seat at the political table. It’s an intriguing and appealing notion to see what she can and will accomplish on behalf of the valley as an Assembly majority member endorsed by the governor. The district should give her that very chance.

Absentee Voting - Special Board of Elections Hours

Do you need to vote by absentee ballot? 

Detailed instructions can be found here

The Columbia County Board of Elections has additional hours for over the counter absentee voting:

Thursday, October 25, 4pm-6pm
Saturday, October 27, 9am-noon
Thursday, November 1, 4pm-6pm
Saturday, November 3, 9am-noon

Columbia County Board of Elections is located at 401 State Street in Hudson.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Robin Andrews Receives Endorsements From Largest Gay Rights Groups - NYS Pride Agenda and the National Human Rights Campaign

Robin Andrews marching and greeting residents in the Hudson Pride Parade
The largest national and the largest NY state-wide  groups supporting LGBT rights and equality have endorsed Claverack Supervisor Robin Andrews, the Democrat running for NY State Senate in the 43rd Senatorial District.

Robin, who is openly gay and married to her long-time partner, faces Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione, a Republican from Halfmoon. Marchione successfully ousted incumbent Sen. Roy McDonald in a GOP primary that centered largely on McDonald’s vote to support same-sex marriage last year.

Groups like the Empire State Pride Agenda and Human Rights Campaign (HRC) had previously lined up with Senator McDonald for his break with his party, supporting marriage equality. But since his defeat in the Republican Primary which was dominated by issues surrounding his vote to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, LGBT Groups and many others have now solidly aligned with Democrat Robin Andrews.

From HRC:
“On behalf of our members in New York’s 43rd Senate District, HRC is proud to endorse Supervisor Robin Andrews,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “Robin represents the fair-minded majority in her district. Always willing to fight for equality, she will ably serve all of her constituents in Albany.”
The Pride Agenda had this to say: 
“The Empire State Pride Agenda’s PAC is proud to endorse Robin Andrews for State Senate,” said Lynn A. Faria, Interim Executive Director of the Pride Agenda. “Ms. Andrews will be a strong voice for equality by demonstrating her commitment to fighting for policies, programs and resources that address the health and human service needs of New York’s LGBT communities. In addition, her 20 year career as a budget and planning consultant has given her the experience needed to address New York’s fiscal issues. The 43rd Senate District is lucky to have such a fine candidate.”
Note: LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Community.

Read more about Robin Andrews' endorsements in the Times-Union political blog Capitol Confidential

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Endorses Robin Andrews for NY State Senate

Democrat Robin Andrews has received the endorsement of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in her bid to represent the 43rd Senate District in the State Senate. The newly configured district includes Columbia County and parts of Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington Counties, including Senator Gillibrand’s hometown of Brunswick.

“Robin Andrews has the experience and skills necessary to lead the 43rd District to a brighter future,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Her long career as a budget and planning consultant and small business owner 
gives her unique insight into the issues facing her district and she knows what must be done to get New York back to work. As a resident of this district, I will be proud to call Robin my State Senator.”

Andrews, who is currently the Town Supervisor of Claverack, NY and sits on the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, has also earned the endorsements of the Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Washington Democratic Committees, as well as Planned Parenthood Advocates, SEIU Local 200, NARAL Pro-Choice NY, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Empire State Pride Agenda.

“I want to thank Senator Gillibrand for all of her support,” said Andrews. “Over the past several months, I have been to every part of the district meeting people and their message is clear—they want strong leadership with the experience necessary to help families and businesses succeed. Senator Gillibrand works hard for all of her constituents in Washington and that is what I intend to do in Albany.”

Read more about her positions on gun laws, minimum wage and more, in the Times-Union political blog Capitol Confidential

Monday, October 8, 2012

Robin Andrews' Ascent In State Senate Race Picks Up Steam

It is clear that Robin Andrews campaign for State Senate is kicking into high gear.

An article appeared in the Post-Star this week titled:

"With GOP primary over, Democratic candidate eyes shot at state Senate"

A few quotes from the article:
“I’m interested in looking forward, not at what’s already happened,” Andrews said Thursday while sitting on a couch at Saratoga Coffee Traders in Saratoga Springs, a reference to the 2011 vote to legalize gay marriage, the vote widely credited with ending McDonald’s re-election bid.

Andrews, a married lesbian, doesn’t think the race is about social issues, though her left-leaning stances on gay marriage and abortion are in stark contrast to those of the much more conservative Marchione. She admits it’s ironic she’s running for the seat of the only GOP senator ousted because of his vote on the issue.

“The real difference is, I bring the business experience,” said Andrews, who has operated a financial consulting firm for more than a decade that works with multiple national publications, when asked about what differentiates her from the longtime county clerk.

“The dynamics have changed without a doubt,” said Saratoga County Democratic Committee Chairman Todd Kerner, while labeling Marchione right-wing."

“I think we have a good chance at picking up this seat,” said Washington County Democratic Committee Chairman Sheila Comar.

Read the full story in the Post-Star

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Richard Mott Readies Campaign TV Ads

Columbia County Resident Richard Mott who is running for NYS Supreme Court Justice has readied a number of TV and Radio ads which will hit he airwaves shortly. Here is a sample of the ad focused on the lower counties of the district.

The 3rd Judicial District is comprised of the Counties of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Eleanor's Legacy Endorses Barrett, Roberts and Andrews

The Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy has endorsed three Columbia County candidates. 

The group which supports pro-choice women candidates seeking office in New York State, endorsed Assemblymember Didi Barrett in her race for reelection in the 106th District, Cheryl Roberts who is seeking the 107th Assembly District seat and Robin Andrews who is running for the NY State Senate in the 43rd Senate District.

The endorsements can be read here

Friday, September 28, 2012

Times Union Slams District Attorney Czajka on Power Grab

The Albany Times Union has written an article detailing Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka's attempt to seize power from elected Town Justices. 

The Times Union Editorial Board has also weighed in.

Read the article here.
Read the editorial here.

Friday, September 21, 2012


Richard Mott 
Candidate for Supreme Court 3rd Judicial District
Albany, New York – At the Democratic 3rd Judicial District Convention today, attorney Richard Mott was nominated unanimously by delegates there to serve as the Democratic candidate for NYS Supreme Court Justice.

Cyndy Hall, Chairwoman of the Columbia County Democratic Committee stated, “Our delegates are proud to have Richard Mott as our candidate. His credentials, experience and temperament make him an ideal choice for this important position. Richard will be an energetic, hard working candidate we can all endorse.”

Doreen Parsley Davis, Greene County Democratic Chair said "we are excited to have a candidate to support from neighboring Columbia County."

A native of Esopus in Ulster County, Richard Mott has resided in Columbia County since 1976 in the Town of Kinderhook. He has been in private practice at his Albany office since 1982. Mr. Mott also served in the Columbia County Public Defender’s office from 1982-1987. He was the Kinderhook Town Attorney from 1984-1986 and has extensive experience in all phases of the law.

Mr. Mott said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Columbia County and all of the people of the 3rd Judicial District. I look forward to the campaign”

Hall stated, “Columbia County has been without a resident Supreme Court Justice on the bench for far too long. We look forward to electing Richard Mott to the Supreme Court.”

Also nominated for the second available seat for Supreme Court Justice was Stephan Schick a criminal defense attorney from Sullivan County. Both Hall and Davis agreed that Greene County and Columbia County Democrats are solidly behind both judicial candidates and look forward to a successful election in November.

The 3rd Judicial District is comprised of the Counties of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster.

Democratic Supreme Court Justice Candidate Richard Mott 
with Columbia County Judicial Delegates
(l-r) Karen Feldman, Peter Bujanow, Sean Morton, William Hughes Jr., Cyndy Hall, Richard Mott, Keith St. John, Victor Mendolia, Carl Roby, Judy Rusk and Allison Clifford

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Help Take Back Congress! Please Volunteer This Saturday!

Now is the TIME!
While the Presidential race is looking hopeful, now we need to make an all out effort to take back control of Congress and end the gridlock that has hampered the President, our economy and the nation.

We can do that by helping elect Julian Schreibman to Congress. He will be a strong forceful leader for protecting Medicare and Medicaid, Women's Rights and equality for all people.

We need you now!

Please join us at Schreibman Campaign Headquarters in Hudson at Noon. There will be a very brief training then people will head out in groups to let people know why it is so important to vote and to vote Democratic this year.

Door to Door Canvass for 
Julian Schreibman for Congress
Meet at:
Schreibman Columbia County Campaign Headquarters
1 Warren Street in Hudson at Noon.

For all the details and to sign up go here:

Friday, September 14, 2012

Cheryl Roberts Wins Landslide Victory in Primary Race

It appears that Cheryl Roberts has won a landslide victory in her Democratic Primary for the 107th Assembly District. Preliminary results show Ms. Roberts with a nearly 3 to 1 victory. In Columbia County her margin was even greater with an over 9 to 1 win in her home territory of Columbia County.

She has also apparently won her Working Families Party primary as well.

Cheryl celebrates her victory 
Cheryl gets word of her victory from Campaign Manager Joe Brill
Cheryl with Columbia County Democrats Chair Cyndy Hall and 1st Vice-Chair Victor Mendolia

Make a contribution to Cheryl's campaign here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Vote for Cheryl Roberts on Primary Day

On Thursday September 13th there will be a Democratic and Working Families Party Primary in the new 107th Assembly District which includes Kinderhook, Chatham, Austerlitz, New Lebanon, Hillsdale and Canaan in Columbia County. Cheryl Roberts is the endorsed candidate on the Columbia County Democrats. 

All enrolled Democrats and Working Families Party members are encouraged to make certain to go to the polls. Polls are open Thursday September 13th from Noon - 9pm.

In addition to being endorsed by the Columbia County Democrats, she has also been endorsed by the Rensselaer Democrats, the League of Conservation voters and Planned Parenthood.

If you need a ride to the polls or help finding your polling location, please contact Cheryl's campaign at (646) 734-3458 or

Governor Cuomo endorses Assemblymember Didi Barrett in 106th Assembly District

Assemblymember Didi Barrett announced the endorsement of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in the upcoming Independence Party Primary on Thursday, September
13 for the 106th Assembly District.

“I am honored to be endorsed by Governor Cuomo. We are fighting for the same things: a business climate to attract good, local, private sector jobs; lower taxes for our middle class; and common-sense measures to assure people are safe in their homes, communities and schools,” Barrett said. “I look forward to continuing to work with the Governor to benefit the hardworking families of the Mid-Hudson Valley.”

“We’ve made great strides getting New York, and the Mid-Hudson Valley, moving forward again, but the job isn’t done yet,” Governor Cuomo said. “I need a partner who has already demonstrated that she’s fighting for the same things that I’m working on to continue getting our communities back on track.  Didi Barrett is a fierce, independent advocate for Dutchess and Columbia Counties and I am proud to give her my endorsement.”

In the Assembly, Barrett has voted against tax increases, refused to accept taxpayer-funded per diems and travel reimbursements for her commute to Albany, and held district office hours out in the community, so those
with concerns could reach her more easily and during hours convenient to them.

“Mid-Hudson Valley families need a representative in Albany who will help Governor Cuomo move his bold agenda forward,” Barrett said. “I’ll be his strong partner in getting the results we need.”

Assemblymember Barrett’s plans for 2013 include:

•       Attracting new, private-sector jobs and helping local businesses thrive;

•       Reducing costly state mandates on local governments and schools
districts to ease the property tax burden on homeowners and businesses;

•       Cutting state taxes for families and small businesses;

•       Increasing education funding for our local schools; and

•       Making sure families feel safe, and are safe, in their homes, schools
and communities.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cruise with the Candidates on the Hudson - A Huge Success

Nearly 100 people joined us for 
a fantastic cruise on 
the magnificent Hudson River 
supporting the Columbia County Democrats 
and our team of fantastic candidates.

Thank you to everyone who attended and to 
Cheryl Roberts, Didi Barrett, Robin Andrews and Julian Schreibman 
for joining us. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

In Democratic Primary The Columbia Paper Endorses Julian Schreibman

The Columbia Paper and its publisher Parry Teasdale have endorsed Julian Schreibman in Tuesday's Democratic Congressional Primary.

From the Editorial: 
"Mr. Schreibman's positions address many of the (...) issues but they're framed in practical terms of programs and bills, an acknowledgement of how things actually get done in Washington. The principles come unburdened by the dogmatic certainty that too often characterizes Mr. Tyner's approach. Mr. Schreibman leaves the door open to discussion and inclusion, which is one way people get elected in divided districts."

Read the full editorial at Columbia Paper 
and the accompanying article Two Dems seek to unseat Gibson

The Democratic Primary will take place this 
Tuesday June 26th. 
Polls open Noon - 9pm

Congressional Primary This Tuesday June 26th Vote for Julian Schreibman!

There will be one Federal Democratic Primary in Columbia County this Tuesday June 26th. It is the race to represent the newly drawn 19th Congressional District which includes all of Columbia County. See District Map

Columbia County Democratic Committee 
has endorsed
Julian Schreibman for Congress.

     So have the Democratic Committees in Dutchess, Greene, Rensselaer, Sullivan and Ulster Counties. So has the Working Families Party, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Human Rights Campaign, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Red to Blue Program.
     He has also been endorsed by Congressman Maurice Hinchey who has served most of the newly configured district for almost two decades.

So this Tuesday June 26th, please remember to vote and help us make Chris Gibson a one term Congressman.

Polls are open Tuesday June 26 from Noon to 9pm.

Learn More at

Will you be out of the County on Election Day? Vote by Absentee Ballot.

Need to know your poll site?

Read more at Columbia Paper

CCDC Endorses Claverack Supervisor Robin Andrews for State Senate

The Columbia County Democratic Committee has unanimously endorsed Town of Claverack Supervisor Robin Andrews for State Senate in the newly redrawn 43rd Senatorial District. She has also been endorsed by the Rensselaer County Democratic Committee.

Supervisor Andrews will take on Roy MacDonald in the 43rd SD which encompasses all of Columbia County, most of Rensselaer County and parts of Washington and Saratoga counties.
See District Map

Ms. Andrews stated, “I am grateful for the endorsement of the Columbia County Democratic Committee and thrilled to be running in a Presidential election year. This will be a tough race, but I will work hard to win this seat.”

Supervisor Andrews won a major upset in 2009 unseating a longtime Republican incumbent in the Town of Claverack. She has served almost 3 years of her four year term as Supervisor.

Read more at Register-Star here and here

Learn more at  

Columbia County Democrats Endorse Assemblywoman Didi Barrett for Reelection in 106th AD

The Columbia County Democratic Committee has unanimously endorsed Didi Barrett for reelection to the newly drawn 106th Assembly District Seat.

In Columbia County the 106th AD includes the Towns of Ghent, Claverack, Greenport Livingston, Germantown, Clermont, Taghkanic, Gallatin, Ancram and Copake and the City of Hudson. The new district also includes the Towns of Milan, Pine Plains, North East, Amenia, Stanford, Clinton, Pleasant Valley, Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County. 
See District Map

Assemblywoman Barrett won an historic victory in March 2012 when she was elected to the 103rd AD in a Special Election, becoming the first Democrat to hold the seat and the first woman to ever hold it. Most of the former 103rd district is in the newly configured 106th.

She has also been endorsed by the Independence Party and the Working Families Party.

Learn more at
Read more at Register-Star

Columbia County Democrats Unanimously Endorse Cheryl Roberts for Assembly 107th AD

The Columbia County Democratic Committee has endorsed Attorney Cheryl Roberts for Assembly in the newly redrawn 107th Assembly District. The endorsement was unanimous.

Columbia Democrats Chair Cyndy Hall stated she is “particularly pleased and excited about the caliber, qualifications and experience of our Democratic candidates and I am especially thrilled that Columbia County women are taking on the awesome task of campaigning for public office. I couldn’t be happier about that.”

Cheryl Roberts is a former Town of Austerlitz Judge and local attorney and is running in the 107th Assembly District which includes the towns of Hillsdale, Austerlitz, Canaan, Chatham, Kinderhook and New Lebanon in Columbia County, most of Rensselaer County and the towns of Cambridge and White Creek in Washington County. 
See District Map

Roberts said, “I am looking forward to meeting the people of the district and listening to their concerns. I promise to do my best and work hard as this campaign moves forward.”

Learn more at
Read more at Register-Star

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Times Union Editorializes About Special Columbia County License Plates

On June 4th 2012 the Albany Times Union ran an article which was critical of County Clerks and particularly of Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner, issuing special license plates with her personal initials on them.

There were a number of interesting quotes in the article:

John Faso, Republican candidate for governor in 2006 and the holder of an "HT" plate, said he can't recall why he requested one. "I don't remember. Maybe I was changing cars at the time and just had to get a new plate," Faso said.
Prior to getting an "HT" plate, Faso said he had a "DT" plate, which carry the initials of former clerk Don Tkacy, the only other clerk known locally to have issued a series with his initials.
•   •   •
"I've heard stories where someone got pulled over, had a low-number county-clerk plate and the police let them go," Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola said.
Also from the article:

A few county clerks were baffled when they were told about the initialed plates by a reporter.
"I'm pretty shocked that she did that," Rensselaer County's (Clerk) Merola said. "I would never think of putting 'FM' on the plates for 'Frank Merola.' I can't conceive of calling up the state department and asking them to put in the plates 'JW,'" Woodward said.
Columbia County Democrats Chair Cyndy Hall and 1st Vice-Chair Victor Mendolia were also quoted in the article.

"These plates straddle the line too closely," said Victor Mendolia, first vice chair of the Columbia County Democratic Committee. "Plates bearing the initials of elected officials are even more troubling."
"Even the slightest appearance of impropriety is concerning," county Democratic Committee Chair Cyndy Hall said of the "HT" plates. "This should not be the practice of any county clerk anywhere in the state, no matter what political party they belong to."

Then on June 10th 2012 the Times Union ran an editorial titled A Plate of Privilege which starts out with:
Our opinion: Special license plates can announce local pride, and local connections. However petty, it’s corruption, right under our noses.
and ends with:
This is all, in a word, unseemly. It’s an affront to ideals of public service and honest government. The state should end all this not-so-subtle pre-emptive ticket fixing. Just as public officials shouldn’t be carving out unwarranted privileges for themselves, they shouldn’t be dishing them out to their friends and relatives, one plate at a time. 
We completely agree!!!
•   •   •

Read the full Times Union Editorial A Plate of Privilege

Read the Albany Times Union article Taking license with car plates which includes video of Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner justifying issuing special plates.

See the original post from 2010 when the Columbia County Democrats brought this issue to light the first time. Do Special Plates Equal Special Privileges?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Assemblymember Didi Barrett Receives Independence Party Endorsement

       Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Mid Hudson) announced that she recently received the Independence Party’s endorsement in her reelection campaign for the new 106th Assembly District seat.

       “I am honored to receive the Independence Party’s endorsement as their support is vital in my continued fight for the needs of the Mid-Hudson Valley’s hardworking families,” Assemblymember Didi Barrett said. “For me, representing the Mid-Hudson Valley means delivering results to our families and putting their needs before those of special interests that dominate Albany’s landscape. I’ll continue working to make sure the voice of our district is heard.”

    Assemblymember Barrett was elected to the 103rd Assembly District seat on March 20 during a special election, making her the first Democrat to represent the district.

       “The Independence Party has a history of endorsing candidates that stand up for what’s right for their constituency and we know that Didi Barrett is that candidate,” said Dennis R. Zack, chairman of the Dutchess County Independence Party. “She has a long history of community involvement with various non-profit organizations and knows the different issues affecting the district. Having been in the Assembly for only a month and a half, she’s already shown to be highly capable and responsive to the needs of her constituents and that is why she has received the endorsement of the Independence Party.”

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Didi Barrett Sworn In

Albany NY - April 17, 2012
Didi Barrett was sworn in today for the Assembly seat she won in the special election in March. A number of people from Columbia County made the trek to Albany for the official swearing in.
Columbia County Democrats Vice-Chairs Peter Bujanow, Victor Mendolia, Dutchess County Democrats Chair Elisa Sumner and Columbia County Democrats Chair Cyndy Hall

Didi and David Barrett

Supervisor Sarah Sterling, Kristina Kwacz, Elections Commissioner Virginia Martin

Mike Lonigro- SEIU, Beth Soto - Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation and Antonella Pechtel - SEIU 1199

Didi's Seat Awaits

The resolution to seat Didi Barrett passes!

There will be a Columbia County 
Ceremonial Swearing-In
Saturday, April 21st at 4:00 p.m.
Columbia County Courthouse
401 Union St. Hudson, NY 12534
Please JOIN US!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

It's Official - Didi Barrett Wins it!

With the final absentee ballots counted 
in Columbia County, 
Didi Barrett has officially won her race to become our new 
Assemblywoman in the 103rd AD
 Congratulations Didi!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Wager Concedes. Didi Barrett Wins 103AD

Rich Wager has conceded the race for 103rd Assembly District. Didi Barrett will be the first woman to represent the district and the first Democrat in many years.

The Columbia County Democratic Committee congratulates Ms. Barrett on a great campaign. We also thank the voters of Columbia and Dutchess Counties for placing their confidence in our new Assemblywoman.

More at Capitol Tonight and Register-Star

Monday, March 26, 2012

Columbia County Democrats Overwhelmingly Endorse Julian Schreibman for Congress

The Columbia County Democratic Committee met on Saturday March 24th and endorsed Julian Schreibman as the Democratic candidate for Congress. Mr. Schreibman would face Rep. Chris Gibson in the newly configured 19th Congressional District.

Mr. Schreibman has a long history in law enforcement. At the CIA he received the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award for assisting in the prosecution of four al Qaeda members for bombing US embassies. He also served as a federal prosecutor and as Assistant District Attorney in Ulster County.

So far Ulster, Dutchess and Greene Counties have also endorsed Mr. Schreibman. 

Read more about Julian Schreibman at his website