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.

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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.
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"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!!!
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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.”