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

NOV 3RD — WE'RE ALMOST THERE

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. 

WANT HELP MAKING A VOTING PLAN?
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.

 

NEED A RIDE?
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: minatakahashi@mindspring.com 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: minatakahashi@mindspring.com 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).

WANT TO KNOW WHO IS ON ROW A?
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.

 

WANT A SAMPLE BALLOT?
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!

 

COUNTDOWN TO NOVEMBER 3RD!

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. 

GOT A CAR? GOT TIME?
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: chair@dcnydems.org

     
  • 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: minatakahashi@mindspring.com 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: kim.vanatta@gmail.com, or call (917) 657-1050.
     
 


ARE YOU CREATIVE? CAN YOU WRITE?
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: midtwndem@catskill.net 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: midtwndem@catskill.net or call Lisa Tait at 845-586-3178
 

DO YOU LIKE BEING WITH PEOPLE?
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: chair@dcnydems.org.
     
  • 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: vmterry50@gmail.com, or call her (917) 836-4034.

DO YOU DO SOCIAL MEDIA?
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.
 

GOT A PHONE, A COMPUTER AND INTERNET?
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 kim.vanatta@gmail.com, 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!


AND IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO DONATE!
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:  www.dcnydems.org/donate_yard_signs 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:

     

KEEP BREATHING!
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. ❤️

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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:
https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/

 

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:
http://www.co.delaware.ny.us/departments/elec/absentee_voting.htm

(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.

NEW THIS ELECTION ONLY —
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:
http://www.co.delaware.ny.us/departments/elec/polling_places.htm

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For More Information –
Contact the Delaware County Board of Elections

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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.
 
ABSENTEE 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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Senator Jen Metzger Newsletter

We have some new legislation and budget initiatives to discuss!

Dear Neighbor,

We’re officially one month into the 2020 legislative session and to keep you in the loop, I’d like to tell you about a few pieces of legislation I support that you might be interested to know about. I’ll also be giving you a preview of some of my funding priorities as we near the 2020-21 state budget cycle, which touches just about every issue you can think of--education, health, environment, transportation, taxes, libraries, the opioid crisis and more.

This past week, the State Legislature held joint budget hearings in Albany on transportation, environmental conservation, health and mental health, and agriculture, among other subjects, and more hearings will be held in the coming weeks. In my view, it's not enough to hold hearings in Albany, and I will be convening a budget hearing with my colleague, Senator James Skoufis, specifically for our region on Thursday, March 5, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (hold the date!). I will let you know the location as soon as it's confirmed. In this budget process, I'll be listening to you and fighting for a 2020-21 budget that is responsive to the needs and priorities of our communities.

Please feel free to email me at metzger@nynenate.gov with your thoughts and questions about any of the bills or issues mentioned below.

S5653

Requires the Department of Health to monitor the prescription drug registry to crack down on illegal over-prescribing.

S6773

Increases the Farm Workforce Retention Credit from $600 to $1,200 to farmers for employees who work 500 or more hours each year.

S6492A

Ensures that those in need of insulin have affordable access to it.

S6906

Codifies New York’s fracking ban into state law.

S7629

Raises revenue on Wall Street to make sure corporations pay their fair share.

 

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Congressman Antonio Delgado Newsletter

An update on my work for NY-19: action on the opioid epidemic, PFAS contamination, rural broadband, and more

Hi,

It’s been a busy start to the year: I wrapped up my first in-district work week of 2020 and introduced legislation to help support students in workforce development programs.

On Tuesday, Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann joined me as my guest for the State of the Union Address. Chief Volkmann is working on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, doing life-saving work in Columbia County to respond to overdoses and connect individuals with treatment facilities. His innovative program, Chatham Cares 4 U, is a model for the country when it comes to opioid treatment and recovery. We need to work together at all levels of government to end the opioid epidemic, and that’s why I’m lucky to have Chief Volkmann as a partner in these efforts.

Here’s an update on my work for NY-19:

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Senator Jen Metzger Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

I just wanted to check in and give you a legislative update on seven of my bills that were signed into law in the last couple of weeks (bringing the total to nearly 20 for the year thus far!). I’m proud to report that the bills I’ll be discussing below passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support. One of the most significant of these from a statewide perspective is nation-leading legislation on the production and sale of hemp and CBD products, which will benefit New York farmers and create jobs while making sure we have quality and safety standards to protect consumers.

S6184A Creates a regulatory framework for growing, processing, and selling hemp extract and CBD products in New York.
S6163 Expands voting hours for the 2020 Presidential primary election in upstate New York.
S6235 Extends the Hudson Valley Community Preservation Act to Ulster County.
S4945 Simplifies record keeping and eliminates an administrative burden for farmers who own agricultural vehicles.
S1012 Authorizes the Enlarged City School District of Middletown to create a health insurance reserve fund.
S5510 Allows Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County to apply for capital grants for improvements to the Education Center and 4-H park in Otisville.
S5438 Enables the City of Middletown to opt out of a regulatory burden that requires the City to hire a plumbing inspector.

 

 

 

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Congressman Antonio Delgado Newsletter

Hi,


Hope you had a restful Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones.

November is dedicated to honoring the sacrifices of our nation’s heroes. Our veterans answered the call to serve and it is our solemn duty to ensure they can access care, benefits, and work opportunities when they come home. From meeting with my Veterans Advisory Committee, to visiting the many upstate organizations that support veterans as they transition to civilian life, I’m committed to understanding all the needs of our local veterans and addressing those needs in Congress.

To that end, I’m proud to report that the first piece of legislation I introduced, the Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act, detailed below, passed the House unanimously. I will continue to work to push this bipartisan legislation through the Senate so we can better support our veterans and their spouses.

Thank you to everyone who has served our nation so bravely and shared stories and experiences with our community. We are forever grateful for your service.

With admiration,

Antonio

 

 

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Senator Jen Metzger Legislative Update

Dear Neighbor,

This past week saw three of my bills signed into law, all passing in the Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support:

S.660 Prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on their private reproductive health decisions.
S.4207A Increases incentives for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers.
S.2611 Grants amnesty to the Roscoe Central School District from overly punitive building aid penalties.

See below for more details!

The ‘Boss Bill’ Becomes Law

Last session, I proudly sponsored the ‘Boss Bill,’ which prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their reproductive health decisions. No one should have to fear that they will lose their job or be demoted because of their private choices.

 

Supporting our First Responders

You may remember back in June that I told you about a bill that I introduced which would nearly double the maximum amount that a municipality can pay into a retirement fund (known as a Length of Service Awards Program or LOSAP) for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers. The current cap is $700 and the new law gives municipalities the ability to raise it to $1,200 per year. Offering higher incentives will help with recruiting and retaining these brave volunteers who fulfill such a vital role in keeping our communities safe.

 

Protecting the Roscoe CSD from Building Aid Penalties

From the day I took office, I have been working to get amnesty for the Roscoe and Monticello Central School Districts from the steep and overly punitive building aid penalties imposed on both districts due to the late filing of capital cost reports. I am thrilled to report that my Roscoe bill was signed into law, forgiving a building aid penalty of $1.1 million, and I will continue to fight to bring this same relief to the Monticello Central School District, which faces a similar penalty.

I encourage you to contact my office at (845) 344-3311 or metzger@nysenate.gov should you have any questions about the new laws mentioned.

Sincerely,

Senator Jen Metzger, 42nd District

 


Let's keep in touch. Visit my Senate website to share your thoughts on legislation and issues facing our district. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram for regular updates on legislation, upcoming events, and to see what I get up to in my travels across the district.

Albany Office:
817 Legislative Office Bldg
Albany, NY 12247
518-455-2400

District Office:
201 Dolson Ave, Suite F
Middletown, NY 10940
845-344-3311

Satellite Office:
59 N. Main St
Liberty, NY 12754
845-292-0215