From Judy Garrison
Democratic Commissioner of Elections for Delaware County, NY
I'm enthusiastic at the prospect of seeing New York join the 37 states that already provide access for early voters, especially now that the proposed legislation offers a minimal cost adaptation for low population counties like ours. To those who fear this will erode our rural tradition of voting locally on election day: that tradition is here to stay. To those who suggest the current option of the absentee ballot: that choice offers an early vote only to those swearing they will be out of the county or who are physically unable to come to the polls, not to those who anticipate a personal or work-related barrier on election day.
Governor Cuomo's has set aside $7 million for his Democracy Agenda - a bold set of reforms to ensure elections remain free and transparent and to modernize New York's antiquated voting system. You can sign a petition in support of early voting here:
From: Geoff Berman <email@example.com>
Date: February 23, 2018 at 12:27:05 PM EST
Subject: Our response to Claudia Tenney
Hello County Chairs and others -
You’ve probably seen the email and online activity we’ve launch in response to NY22 Republican Claudia Tenney's abhorrent remarks this week after the tragic school shooting in Florida.
Her baseless, right-wing attacks have drawn local, statewide, national, and even international attention. Yet, unbelievably, the state Republican Party still has her hosting their fundraiser next week (see attached…. more on that later).
This shows that we cannot let up. Today, we launched an education and engagement program -- which includes a petition people can sign to help build a movement to unseat Congresswoman Tenney and other NRA puppets and extreme conservatives up and down the ticket across the state.
I kindly ask for your support in this campaign by sharing it on your Facebook and Twitter accounts - every new voter we make contact with can make the difference this November!
Below are some sample posts you can use or spread around in your area. Thank you for all you do!
.@RepTenney's hometown paper had this to say: "Just when we thought Rep. Claudia Tenney could get no lower..."
We agree, @UticaOD!
Add your name and demand an apology from Tenney today! bit.ly/2HGHUhq
These right-wing, extremist, and personal attacks have no place in our politics. @ClaudiaTenney has embarrassed herself and the people on #NY. Demand she apologize now: bit.ly/2HGHUhq
New York State Democratic Party
By CHRIS MCKENNA | Published: FEBRUARY 15, 2018
Rosendale Councilwoman Jen Metzger announced Thursday that she may challenge Republican Sen. John Bonacic for the Senate seat he has held for the last 19 years.
Metzger, a Democrat elected to a second term on the Rosendale Town Board in November, created a campaign committee to run for the 42nd Senate District on Wednesday, and said in her press release that she’ll make a formal announcement about her candidacy in March. She said she’s a 53-year-old mother of three who has lived in Rosendale for 17 years, has a PhD in political science from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and is director of the nonprofit Citizens for Local Power.
“The State Senate is not supposed to be a lifelong occupation,” Metzger said. “We need people in office with a fresh perspective, an understanding of our communities’ needs, and the energy and principled commitment it takes to meaningfully improve the quality of life of the people in our district.”
The 42nd District takes in parts of Orange, Ulster and Delaware counties and all of Sullivan. Bonacic, 75, who lives in Mount Hope and is a former Orange County legislator and state assemblyman, has had no opponent or won by huge margins in every Senate election since his first in 1998. He has almost $720,00 in his campaign account, the most by far of any of the 10 state lawmakers representing Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties.
Part of Governor's Democracy Agenda to Strengthen the Electoral Process and Ensure All New Yorkers Have the Opportunity to Be Heard at the Ballot Box
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a 30-day budget amendment will be advanced to fund voting reforms, including early voting across the state. This action will provide approximately $7 million in the FY 2019 Executive Budget for New York counties to offer early voting in the 12 days leading up to Election Day.Read more
Updated Feb 2; Posted Feb 2
An Amtrak train arrives at the William F. Walsh Transportation Center in Syracuse. Gary Walts | firstname.lastname@example.org(Gary Walts | email@example.com | File photo, 2014)
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Are you an American Citizen?
That's what a border patrol agent asked Corey El, 27, of Brooklyn as he traveled to his parents' home in Niagara Falls on an Amtrak train that was stopped Thursday in Syracuse.
"I was shocked," El said. "I just said 'yeah.'"
The border patrol officer moved on, bypassing some people and asking other people the same question: Are you an American citizen?
The checks were captured on a video by El which he posted on Twitter Thursday afternoon. By Friday the video had more than 625,000 views, 5,100 likes and 1,300 comments.
These types of checks by border patrol agents, which experts say are legal under federal law, are happening more often and are sometimes captured by passengers on their cell phones.
Last month a similar encounter with Florida border patrol agents on a Greyhound bus gained national attention after a woman was detained in Fort Lauderdale. The woman had an expired tourist visa and was arrested, according to the Miami Herald.
"There are several videos just like this on Twitter," said Syracuse University Associate Professor Elizabeth Cohen, who teaches political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.Read more
Mallinckrodt's generic oxycodone has become so prevalent in Florida that some folks ask for it by name.
By Emily F. Popek / 100 Days in Appalachia | February 5, 2018
The Mallinckrodt pharmaceutical factory is the largest employer in Hobart, New York. It was also the source of millions of generic oxycodone pills that federal investigators say fueled the narcotics epidemic. A rural community grapples with the supply-side of the United States' problem with pills.
This article appeared originally in 100 Days in Appalachia, a Daily Yonder publishing partner.
The small community of Hobart, New York, is a village divided.
The West Branch of the Delaware River splits it in two — Main Street along the north, and the “industrial district” of Railroad Avenue trailing along to the south. Between the historic Main Street storefronts, you can catch a glimpse of the Mallinckrodt plant, where generic oxycodone tablets are produced in massive quantities.
The pill factory employs hundreds of people, more than Hobart’s population of 441. The factory is easily overlooked and ignored by those in the village, but, to some, its presence there is troubling. Some in the area are thankful for the jobs the pill factory provides — but others worry that a plant that manufactures oxycodone is more curse than blessing.
Waiting for the other shoe to drop
Hobart sits in the town of Stamford, on the northeast border of Delaware County, the fifth most rural of New York’s 62 counties. A Community Health Survey conducted in 2016 showed that the county contains a higher proportion of low-income earners than either the state or the nation.
“We’re struggling like all of the county,” town supervisor Mike Triolo notes. “Mallinckrodt — we’re glad it’s there, but everybody’s waiting for the other shoe to drop. If somebody offers them a better deal, they may not be averse to moving.”Read more