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.