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Wednesday, May 27, 2009


This is the second periodic electronic bulletin from your DRC Executive Committee in an effort to keep the general membership up-to-speed with the activities of the DRC.

2009 Convention
The annual convention which this year took place at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga on April 17 and 18 was a resounding success. The theme was “Winning Rural Campaigns” and we had outstanding training presentations by Democracy for America as well as some of our own folks.

We were very pleased that so many of our elected could be with us again this year. Governor Paterson, Senator Schumer, Senator Gilibrand, Comptroller DiNapoli, Attorney General Cuomo, Congressman Israel, Congressman Tonko, Congressman Massa, Congresswoman Maloney, Majority Leader Senator Smith, State Senator Neil Breslin, Assemblywoman Addie Russell and Nassau County Exec. Suozzi, as well as many local elected officials.

The comments they shared with us were greatly appreciated as well as the wonderful hospitality several of them provided.

All in all over 200 rural Democrats attended this fine conference

A special thanks to Jane Dodds, Cindy Emmer, Ruth Same, Cindy Lockrow, Bill Scriber, Sue Montgomery Corey, Shirley O’Connell…………… and all the others who worked so hard to make this one of the best conferences ever.

We are now exploring sites for 2010 and 2011.

State Committee Meeting
Everyone should have received the notice for the State Committee Meeting to be held May 31 at the Hilton Rye Town in Westchester County. As usual there will be an official meeting of the DRC at 9:30 am in the Grand Ballroom North.

By Laws Revision
At the DRC Membership meeting we will be voting on allowing the Executive Committee to substitute two face to face meetings with tele-conference phone call meetings; increasing the quorum for regular meetings from 15 to 40; and moving Board officer and member elections from the Fall State Committee to the Spring State Committee Meeting in order to not have elections at downstate locations. Also our Issues Committee has submitted a resolution on the construction of a four lane highway in St. Lawrence, Franklin, Lewis, Jefferson and Clinton Counties that we will vote on.

Congressman Scott Murphy
We were delighted and thrilled with the hard fought victory by Scott Murphy in the special election for the 20th C.D. Special congratulations to all the county chairs and their committee people in those rural counties that worked so diligently for this incredible outcome. In addition, DRC members from all over the state pitched in and made phone calls, went door-to-door and a host of other campaign efforts. We estimate that well over 200 volunteers from the DRC helped make Scott’s victory possible. Thanks to Dan McCandless for coordinating this effort.

Once again we have demonstrated that no area in the State of New York is safe for a Republican candidate.

Message from Denise King
Dear Irene,

Please let the DRC membership know how much those of us who live in the 20th CD appreciate their help with the Murphy campaign. What a job we have done across the state---together---to change the face of congressional representation for upstate New York!

I look forward to continuing our successful partnership in the years so come.

Denise King, Chair DNC Rural Council

Speakers Bureau

We have spoken in Livingston Co. and have commitments in Delaware and Wyoming counties as well. Please contact Irene Stein, Bill Wood, Phil Jones, Cindy Emmer or Sue Corey to speak at your events or with your committees.

Upcoming DRC County Events

Delaware County Democratic Annual Dinner – June 20, 5pm cocktails, 6pm dinner, SUNY Delhi, Chair Irene Stein speaker as well as others. Go to www.delawarecountydems.org for details and reservations.

Wyoming County Democratic Committee Annual Flag Day Party, June 14, 12 noon til 5:00pm, chicken barbeque and fun events, Irene Stein and Joe Mesi speakers, call 585-786-2842 for tickets and information.

Allegany County is having its annual fund raiser on Sept. 27th hosted by Cong. Massa and we have a tentative commitment for a reception for Senator Gillibrand at a date yet to be determined.

The Jefferson County Democratic Committee will be holding its Annual Spring Dinner on June 12th 2009 at the North Side Improvement League in Watertown NY. The NYS Senate Majority Leader Smith will be the key note speaker. NYS Senator Darrel Aubertine and NYS Assemblywomen Addie Russell will also be in attendance. County Chairman Sean Hennessey will hold a Reception for the Speaker starting at 5:30 ($50) and the Dinner will start at 7pm ($30). Reservations will be accepted up to June 5th 2009. Reservations can be made by calling the Jefferson County Democratic Party at (315) 788-4590 or by emailing Chairman Hennessey at jeffersondemocrats@gmail.com

Tioga County has a Chicken BBQ planned for August 6, 6PM at the Owego Hickories Park, Price $15.

DRC County News
An enthusiastic group of supporters helped kick off the campaigns of candidates for Wayne County Judge, Charles Burkwit, and Wayne County Sheriff, Terry Pickett, on Thursday May 21 at Trombino's restaurant in Lyons. The "Meet and Greet" Reception was hosted by the Lyons Democratic Committee in conjunction with the Wayne County Democratic Committee. Burkwit and Pickett addressed the gathering and outlined their campaigns for the Fall election.

More information can be seen at their websites: