Delhi Meet The Candidates

Dear Delhi Democrat, 

It’s hard to believe, but local elections are less than 60 days away! We’re excited for you to get to know our full slate of candidates and ask for your vote on November 2 or by mail-in ballot.


You’re invited to come meet the candidates! 

Tuesday, September 21 from 5-7 p.m. 

Enjoy wine, light refreshments, and the company of fellow Delhi Democrats 

outdoors at the home of Barb Jones: 9 High Street, Delhi. Masks required.

RSVP appreciated but not required (607) 744-7827


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Jen Metzger's Op-Ed on Climate Change Budget

A prosperous or perilous future? That's up to Congress

By: Jen Metzger

The recently released report from the International Panel on Climate Change, the world's most authoritative scientific assessment on the subject, should keep us all up at night. The report concludes unambiguously that steep reductions in carbon emission will be required in the coming decades to slow unprecedented warming and the threats it poses to the planet and to us. We really do not need a report to understand the gravity of changes that are already occurring: Evidence is everywhere this summer, in fires consuming towns on the west coast, previously unfathomable heat waves in the Pacific Northwest, devastating flooding in Germany, Belgium, and China.

Our nation's response to the climate crisis will depend on what Congress does in the coming months as the House and Senate hash out a $3.5 trillion spending bill. The monumental importance of this legislation cannot be understated. It could potentially generate millions of family-sustaining jobs in clean energy industries, create energy-efficient, electric, and climate-resilient affordable homes for millions of Americans, and lay the foundation to rapidly electrify transportation, helping to avert dangerous warming and better guard our children's future while improving people's health and lives today. 

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Minority Police Reform Report Filed With Governor's Office

Delaware County Police Reform & Reinvention Collaborative Committee Minority Report

March 24, 2021

[Editor's Note:  The following report was recently delivered to the Governor's Office by DCPRRCC members, Joyce St George, Simon Purdy, PhD, Walt Keller, and Jessica Farrell who have vehemently disagreed with the proceedings and much of the findings of the committee. So much did they disagree on so important an issue, they felt it was imperative to share their experience with the Governor's Office as stated in their report below.]

This Minority Report serves as an addendum to the Final Plan of the Delaware County Police Reform & Reinvention Collaborative Committee, which was ratified by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors on March 10, 2021. This report was written and supported by four members of the Delaware County Police Reform & Reinvention Collaborative Committee, all of whom are community members and not employed by Delaware County.

It is with deep concern that this report is written to convey our great frustration over the process and substance of the Final Plan for Delaware County’s Sheriff’s Office. The purpose of this Minority Report is to detail the shortcomings of the committee’s Final Plan as approved by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors and submitted to the State of New York. The Final Plan does not adequately account for recommendations from community members regarding race, substance use (including verbiage that would clearly spell out the substance use/mental health crises our county faces) and the changing demographics and culture in Delaware County. The process to put the Final Plan together also severely limited comments and concerns of Committee members and the public.


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Another Slogan Idea--We're All In It Together!

In his recent letter to the editor, Mr. Kalibat from DeLancey clearly enjoys devising derogatory policy slogans for the new administration, and it had me thinking up a whole list of unpleasant slogans for the previous administration. It admittedly felt great to do so, but in the end, I don’t think it’s helpful.  If we are to solve the real problems we face in this Country, and in our neighborhoods, we must find common ground. We all want

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DelCo Dems Condemn Violence at the Capitol

“The fraudulent 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump.” This is the big lie that brought about the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Those who promulgated the lie, those who spread the lie, and those who were taken in by the lie must acknowledge it for what it is — a monstrous falsehood. If we are ever going to heal this country’s wounds, the truth must prevail.

We implore our Republican friends and neighbors of good conscience to speak up for truth. Portions of your party have been led far astray by a charismatic and profoundly unethical authoritarian in the White House. Your trusted voices can help set the record straight. We offer our sincere thanks to


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Need a ride? And other helpful voter support...


How can we help you vote? 

Because you absolutely must VOTE!

The enthusiasm is indeed astounding! We have over 200 volunteers from all parts of the county and beyond helping to get us all to the polls in 2020! 
Need help voting?  We're here for you!  Check out what we can do to get you to the polls on time. 

Your voting options are absentee, early or election day on Nov 3rd.

  • HAND DELIVER YOUR ABSENTEE VOTING BALLOT — During early voting hours you can also hand in your sealed, signed absentee ballot envelope to BOE staff, who will time-stamp the envelope and ready it for processing. Then you can check the BOE website a day or two later to confirm receipt of your absentee ballot. 

  • EARLY VOTING — It's easy! BOE staff are being super diligent about disinfecting styluses and black sharpie pens and kiosk areas. Only one (or two if you come together) voter at a time is allowed in the voting area. Masks are required and there are chairs available if you are not able to stand for a long time. You can enter the BOE building to vote from both the Gallant Ave entrance and the Page Ave side. Thanks to the Chad McEvoy for AD101 campaign for the early voting schedule chart!

  • ELECTION DAY, NOV 3RD — Polls open at 6am and close promptly at 9pm throughout the county. Masks and safe distancing are required and precaution for Covid safety will be followed. Check out the NYS Board of Elections voter registration and poll site look up to find your name on the voter registration list and your polling place. 

  • FOR MORE INFORMATION — If you have any questions about your voting options and your voter registration contact our Delaware County Board of Elections at: (607) 832-5483. The staff is friendly and eager to help you vote.


We've Got Drivers Standing By

  • ABSENTEE BALLOT DELIVERY — We have drivers willing to pick up your sealed and signed absentee ballot and deliver it directly to BOE staff, who will time-stamp the envelope and ready it for processing.
    You can check the BOE website a day or two later to confirm receipt of your absentee ballot.
    Send an email to Mina at: [email protected] or call her at (646) 784-0072.  She will need your name, address, and phone number to connect you with a driver to pick up your ballot.

  • RIDES TO THE POLLS (FREE!) — for voters who can't drive,
    either for early voters Oct. 24 - Nov. 1 to Delhi and/or on election day Nov. 3 to your local polling places. Request a ride by sending an email to Mina at: [email protected] or call her at (646) 784-0072. 
    She will need your name, address, and phone number to connect you with a driver.
    (This will be taxi service style! Masks will be required, and voters will sit on the opposite side of driver, in the back seat, windows open).

Download our State Candidates Brochure

In 2020, Row A is the Democratic line on the ballot. The party with the Governor's office gets Row A. But this sign means more. Every candidate listed on ballot Row A in Delaware County this year has been interviewed, researched, vetted and ENDORSED by your Delaware County Democratic Committee. We're like the Good Housekeeping Seal of approval. You can vote Row A ALL the Way with confidence. Every Vote Counts. Every OFFICE Counts!

We created a brochure with bios and contact information on all our State Candidates on Row A.  You can download a pdf of the brochure in 2 parts.

Candidates Brochure Front Page.  
Candidates Brochure Back Page.


Click on your town to see its ballot:

Each town has a slightly different list of candidates.



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Doing Something Helps. For Real!



The 2020 Election Year volunteer enthusiasm is astounding! Now, in these last days, we're turning our attention to getting our neighbors to the polls. Here's a list of all kinds of things you can do to keep the momentum going!
You don't have to be a Democratic Party member to participate. There's something here for everyone. 

Volunteer Options for Drivers

  • DELIVER LAWN SIGNS — to folks in your area
    who request them but can't pick up. Sign up by sending an email to Kathleen Hayek at: [email protected]

  • BE A "BALLOT DRIVER" — help voters who want to hand deliver their absentee ballot to the Board of Elections, but can't drive.
    Sign up by sending an email to Mina at: [email protected] or call her at (646) 784-0072.

  • PROVIDE A RIDE TO THE POLLS — to voters who can't drive,
    either for early voters Oct. 24 - Nov. 1 to Delhi and/or on election day Nov. 3 to your local polling places.
    (This will be taxi service style! Masks will be required, and voters will sit on the opposite side of driver, in the back seat, windows open).

  • DELIVER DOOR HANGERS — deliver Dem candidate info brochure door hangers to registered Democratic voters in your town who we can't reach by phone. You'll be given prepared packets, a list of voter addresses with a map, and instructions. Sign up by sending an email to Kim Van Atta at: [email protected], or call (917) 657-1050.

Volunteer to write LTEs, Postcards

  • WRITE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (LTEs) — People really read these! Your letter can either promote one of our down ballot candidates, educate voters on how best to vote in 2020 or inform on other crucial issues. We can provide help and publication addresses. To volunteer, e-mail to: [email protected] or call Lisa Tait at 845-586-3178.
  • HAND WRITE POSTCARDS FOR NYS SENATOR JEN METZGER, SD42— Jen represents Delhi, Hamden, Colchester, Masonville, Tompkins and Walton, but her impact has been significant statewide. In her first term Jen co-sponsored a boatload of progressive bills, got us a legislative ban on fracking, voted for a cap on residential property taxes, advocated for rural broadband, and negotiated for aid to family farms. No wonder the Republicans would like to boot her out! We’re shooting for completion of this project by Wednesday, October 21st.
    Get Metzger postcard packets (cards, addresses, script) at:
    –– 98 Main St, Delhi, Wednesdays & Fridays 10:30-2:30; Sat's 11-2pm.

    –– 139 Main Street, Delhi, most any day from 11 am to 4 pm. Text Mina Takahashi with your ETA and she will meet you out front: 646.784.0072.

    –– If Bovina Center is easier for you to get to, text Mina and she can leave you a packet out on her porch: 646.784.0072.
  • HAND WRITE POSTCARDS FOR BETSY KRAAT — Help Betsy Kraat, our Dem Assembly District 102 Candidate, representing Harpersfield, Kortright, Middletown, Roxbury, and Stamford, get known by writing postcards for her. We'll provide the addresses, cards, basic info and stamps. To volunteer, e-mail to: [email protected] or call Lisa Tait at 845-586-3178

Volunteer Opportunities with Masks and
Safe Distancing

  • POLL WATCHING — Get trained, earn your poll watching authorization certificate and learn how your eyes and ears can help get last minute voters to the polls on Election Day. Sign up by sending an email to Kathleen Hayek at: [email protected].
  • HELP STAFF COUNTY DEM HEADQUARTERS — Meet dedicated Dems from all over the county at our 98 Main Street, Delhi, Dem Headquarters. Help take donations while distributing signs and information. Office hours are Wednesdays & Fridays 10:30-2:30; Thursdays from 5-7pm; and Saturdays 11am - 2pm. We can add more hours of operation depending on volunteers. Sign up by sending an email to Ginny Terry at: [email protected], or call her (917) 836-4034.

You can help us reach more people!

  • FOLLOW AND LIKE — our local Dem pages. Suggest your Dem friends do so as well. This increases our exposure and chance to be seen by others.

    On Facebook:
    Delaware County NY Democrats
    Town of Colchester NY Democrats
    Town of Middletown NY Democrats
    Town of Walton Democrats

    On Twitter:
    Delaware County Dems: @dcny_dems
    Middletown Dems:  @MtnDem1

    On Instagram — We Need Help!
    Can you post our FB messages on Instagram?
  • SHARE — If you like one of our posts or think it's important, go beyond the "Like" button. Share our posts! Each time a post is shared, it gets higher ranking. Your shares increase the likelihood we'll reach a broader audience.

Make some phone calls!

  • MAKE NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR CALLS- We have identified neighbors of yours who did not vote in 2018 and/or 2016 and may need some additional encouragement to vote in this critical election year. We will give you a list of just 10 key voters in your neighborhood to call.  You will provide them with information on how to vote this year, and give them support for whatever method they choose to use: absentee, early voting, or on election day itself. Sign up by sending an email to [email protected], or call Kim at 917-657-1050.

  • PHONE BANKING WITH DELGADO, BARBER & METZGER– #TEAMDELGADO, Antonio has teamed up with Jen and Jim and is hosting a Weekend of Action this weekend and next. There are daily phone banks reaching voters all across NY's 19th Congressional District! Click here to find and sign up for events. It's a virtual good time!

Keep your campaign donation dollars local.

  • DONATE TO OUR YARD SIGN FUND — We're accepting donations for the Biden/Harris and our Row A, All the Way yard signs, purchased with DCDC funds. Go to: and donate whatever you can!  Thanks!

  • DONATE TO A STATE CANDIDATE — We are working hard to elect the fullest and best slate of candidates we’ve endorsed in years, and those last minute dollars can truly help them over the line. Here's the list of their websites:


As we move forward, lets support each other,
and keep our cool.

This is the most challenging election we have ever seen. 
Fear and tensions are high.
Some will try to provoke and distract us.
Don't take the bait.

Also remember, there are Republicans out there who can't go along with their party any more. Some of them are looking for a safe harbor.
Let's offer that safe harbor and thank them for supporting country over party. ❤️




Plan Your Vote

Important 2020 Voting Updates and Changes,
What's Your Voting Plan?

Here's the latest update from the Delaware County Board of Elections. Also new this year will be a way to track your absentee ballot online so you can confirm when it was received by the DCBOE!

First! Confirm You Are Registered

Use the NYS BOE Poll Site search to confirm you are registered, learn about your polling site, your election district and (coming soon) tracking to indicate if your absentee ballot request has been received by your Board of Elections:


You Have 3 Voting Options —

1) Vote by Absentee Ballot 

If you plan to vote absentee, DON'T WAIT.
Request your absentee ballot as soon as possible!

For the 2020 General election, ALL registered voters may use the "Temporary Illness" reason to request an absentee ballot (due to COVID-19).

You can request an absentee ballot by phone:
(607) 832-5321
or by downloading and completing the absentee ballot request form:

(The ability to submit an absentee ballot request online
will also become available soon.)

The form lets you choose how to receive your ballot.

You can have your ballot sent to you by mail.
Absentee Ballots will be mailed by the DCBOE to voters around September 18.

You can choose if preferred to have your ballot held at the DCBOE for pickup by you, or an individual you designate.

To Submit Your Completed Ballot —

By Mail —
to return your completed Absentee Ballot by mail, mail it no later than October 27, 2020. Use 2 first class stamps. Be sure to get it postmarked.

Deliver by Hand —
Ballots can instead be hand delivered to the Delaware County Board of Elections at 3 Gallant Avenue Delhi during their business hours through November 3, 2020.

Absentee Ballots can be hand delivered to an election inspector at your local polling place on November 3, 2020.

2) Early Voting

The Board of Elections at 3 Gallant Avenue in Delhi will also have early voting available from October 24 through November 1. Masks and social distancing guidelines will be observed. Click below for a list of hours:
Early Voting Dates and Hours

3) Vote at the Polls

If you choose to vote on election day at the polls, all usual polling locations will be open from 6am - 9pm. Masks and social distancing guidelines will be observed. Click below for the list of Delaware County Polling Sites:


For More Information –
Contact the Delaware County Board of Elections


AD 101 Candidate McEvoy Initiates A Get-To-Know The 101st Video Series

Chad McEvoy

The 101st is such a big and gerrymandered district, that it can feel like those of us who live in it hardly get a chance to know one another. That's why I am going to be sitting down - virtually, of course - with folks from around the district to get to know the towns that make up the 101st. 

This week, I sat down with Bill Elsey, former Town Supervisor of Springfield, to talk about the town's history and what makes it such a great place to live today. It seems like an appropriate place to start since the Springfield 4th of July Parade, which is sadly cancelled this year, is legendary. I will miss being a part of that perfect slice of Americana this year, and I wish everyone a safe and happy 4th!


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Vote Absentee


From Governor Cuomo....
Next Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020, New York State will hold its Primary Election. Please see below for information on absentee and in-person voting.
For your safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, voters are strongly encouraged to vote via absentee ballot:
  • Registered voters in New York have been mailed an absentee ballot application form.
  • All applications or absentee ballot requests must be received or postmarked by tomorrow – Tuesday, June 16th in order for the voter to receive their absentee ballot by mail.
  • Completed applications must be mailed to voter’s County Board of Elections location or simply use the return envelope that was provided with the application.
  • Voters may select “Temporary Illness or Physical Disability” as their reason for requesting an absentee ballot due to the potential of contracting COVID-19.
  • If you have not received an absentee ballot application in the mail, please complete it HERE and email, fax, or mail it to your County Board of Elections by tomorrow, June 16th. The application is also available in Spanish HERE
  • Voters with special needs may apply for an accessible absentee ballot HERE
Once the absentee ballot is received in the mail, follow the instructions provided to vote and remember to sign the back of the envelope. Completed ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, June 23rd or delivered in person to the voter’s County Board of Elections location before 9:00PM on Tuesday, June 23rd
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