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Thursday, December 23, 2010

December 2010 Bulletin #8

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DECEMBER, 2010 BULLETIN #8
EDITOR
EDITOR
IT'S SCHENECTADY! MARK YOUR CALENDARS
THE NEW YORK STATE
DEMOCRATIC RURAL CONFERENCE
The 2011 DRC Annual Conference will be held on April 29 and 30th in the Proctors Center, Schenectady, New York.

On Saturday, December 4, the Executive Committee of the DRC met in Schenectady and made the decision to determine the site for the Annual Committee.

The 2011 Conference will be the 15th since our founding and it was suggested that it being a significant anniversary we would like to do something special and a little out of the ordinary. Schenectady County proposed that the DRC return to Schenectady and have its convention in its rejuvenated downtown and arts district.

After a tour of the Proctors Theater complex it was unanimously agreed that it would make a unique setting for our 2011 convention. Proctors is a newly refurbished 1926 movie house within a significant complex of smaller theaters, meeting rooms, and banquet hall. There are three hotels very nearby and ample opportunities for receptions and other gatherings. Proctors is also situated in the middle of downtown Schenectady which has undergone extensive development under the direction of the local Democratic elected officials. Conference chair Jane Dobbs will be providing information concerning registration, hotel reservations, cost, program, etc. at a later date.

2011 is the year of local races and we want to provide some campaign training for candidates, potential candidates and for all of us who work on these races. In keeping with the baseball theme of the event, we want to put forward the best possible set of candidate with an excellent farm team right behind them.

We will also be holding elections for all 5 officers and 5 board member seats on the DRC Executive Committee.

And of course, we are looking forward to hearing from the new Administration at our Friday night banquet as well as our re-elected U.S. Senators. We rural Democrats gain enormous benefit from their perspectives. You will be motivated and energized.

DECEMBER, 2010 BULLETIN #8
EDITOR
BUILDING THE FARM TEAM
Recruiting, Training & Electing the Democratic Team
SEASON GOAL: Each DRC County will bring a new attendee, a new candidate for Village, Town or County Board, Local Boards & Offices, potential County Committee leaders, State Senate and Assembly candidates. Bring them to Camp, Train them for Tryouts, Help them Learn from the Pros!

FRIDAY CONVENTION SCHEDULE:
Registration 2:00 – 6:00
Training: FIELD LAYOUT & RULES OF THE GAME 3:00 – 5:00
New York State Election Law, and Campaign Calendar for Village Boards,
Town Boards, Local & County Offices, November 2011 elections
(with panel of Democratic Election Commissioners)

GOVERNOR’S RECEPTION 6:00 – 7:00
DINNER WITH THE ALL STARS 7:00 – - overtime "CHOOSING SIDES: Why We Are Democrats, with Winning Democratic Values"
Governor Cuomo Lt. Gov. Duffy Senator Schumer Senator Gillibrand
Attorney General Schneiderman Comptroller DiNapoli
Congressional Representatives Host County Officials DRC Executive Committee

SATURDAY CONVENTION SCHEDULE:
Breakfast 7:00 - 8:00
DRC ELECTIONS 8:00 – 9:15
Training: TEAM ROSTER: WHO’S ON FIRST? 9:30 – 11:00
Coaches, Managers, Trainers, Players, Field Staff, Candidates and Fans
Identifying critical roles & responsibilities for Campaign Team Development
Coffee Break 11:00 – 11:30
Training: BUY ME SOME PEANUTS AND CRACKERJACKS 11:30 – 1:30
Campaign Budgets and Fundraising, Resource Allocation,
Buliding the Bench, Grooming the Field, Training the Team, and
Seventh Inning Stretching of Dollars
Luncheon PUT ME IN, COACH, I’M READY TO PLAY! 1:30 – 2:30
Luncheon Speaker, Election results and
Special introductions for the all the new candidates in the lineup!
Conference Adjourns: Play Ball!
Tentative Agenda for 2011 Spring Conference

THE NEW YORK STATE
DEMOCRATIC RURAL CONFERENCE
DECEMBER, 2010 BULLETIN #8
EDITOR
In addition to visiting the site, we reviewed the suggestions that you made in the follow-up survey to the 2010 Conference. There were many excellent suggestions, and the Board is committed to incorporate as many as practical in future gatherings. For example, you will receive DRC buttons with your registration!!!!

Chair Stein led a roundtable on the recent 2010 elections, what went wrong, how we can best proceed in the future and what worked from our perspective. The Board felt deeply the loss of some of our state legislative incumbents as well as the lack of success, even though outstanding, candidates in our rural counties.

Attending our meeting was Susan Savage, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature and State Committee member from 110 AD, and recent unsuccessful candidate for the NYS Senate who shared with us her insights as someone who personally experienced the entire process. We were also joined at the meeting by Cliff Hay, Chair of the Schoharie County Democratic committee, Judy D’Agostino, Schenectady Legislature Vice-Chair as well as Mark Alquist, Wayne County State Committeeman, Bill Wood and Mary Leonard of Cortland County.
We agreed to write Lt. Gov. Elect Duffy about continuing the dialogue he initiated with us, especially in relation to plans for rural and upstate economic development as they become more concrete.

We will be holding our next meeting in Binghamton, but have not yet set the date.
You will of course receive actual minutes of the meeting from DRC Secretary, Phil Jones.

REPORT ON DECEMBER 4TH BOARD MEETING
THE NEW YORK STATE
DEMOCRATIC RURAL CONFERENCE
Yes, it’s true. We are turning 15. We can look back with pride. We have united and, through that unity, gained the attention of state and national candidates to an extent not previously experienced. We have contributed to many victories and can take pride in our relationships and accomplishments. All of this is due to the commitment of all of you. Thank you.

THE DRC CONTACT INFO, ETC....
DRC 15TH BIRTHDAY
WEB SITE
We are asking all County Chairs to send our Secretary their web site addresses so we can put a link on the DRC web site. Send the web address to phildem@rochester.rr.com
Web page: www.nysdrc.org
To subscribe to our list serve go to: NYSDemocraticRuralConference-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
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Meet on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Democratic-Rural-Conference-of-New-York-State/162050418621
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Or e-mail us at:
Irene Stein, Chair ---- iws2iws2@gmail.com
Don Ackerman, Bulletin Publisher --- Bdonack@aol.com;
Ian Brody, Web Master --- ian.brody@ianbrody.com;
Dan McCandless, Vice - Chair --- danmcc44@earthlink.net;
Cindy Emmer, Treasurer --- cindy.emmer@yahoo.com
Phil Jones, Secretary --- phildem@rochester.rr.com
Cindy Lockrow-Schimmerling, Issues Committee Chair --- lockrow@hotmail.com
Dan McCandless, By-Laws Committee Chair --- danmcc44@earthlink.net
Tom Poelker, Political Committee Chair --- TPoelker@aol.com

DRC Board Services...
SPEAKERS Bureau:
The following DRC Executive Committee Members are available as speakers at DRC County events:
Irene Stein, Cindy Emmer or Phil Jones.
Mentoring Services: The DRC Executive Committee has many experienced County Chairs. As such, we are available to mentor and provide support to new County Chairs.
DUES
Dues are $10 for 2010, checks need to be sent to Cindy Emmer, 858 Davis St., Elmira, NY 14901.

DECEMBER, 2010 BULLETIN #8
EDITOR
There is no question that the recent election was very disappointing. But it was also not a great surprise. The context of the depressed economy, the huge state budget shortfall at a time when Democrats held majorities in both houses of the Legislature and Congress as well as a Democratic Governor and President resulted in a very high mountain to climb.
This is a time of challenge, and we must rise to face it. We must take actions to change the situation. The Governor-elect has a clear and stated agenda. While one may argue about the details, I think we all agree that we need ethical and governmental reform and radical budget changes. I also believe that we will see a real focus on upstate and rural economic development.
We have to meet these challenges without forgetting that we are Democrats that we care about more than the bottom line, that we have to improve the general welfare but we must always strive to protect the most vulnerable in our society.
If we can work together with civility and, yes, compromise, we can overcome!....
OUR FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES ARE WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT. ENJOY THEM TO THE FULLEST DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.
Thanks.
Irene
Contributors: Irene Stein, Don Ackerman, Phil Jones
Musings from the Chair
THE NEW YORK STATE
DEMOCRATIC RURAL CONFERENCE

Sunday, October 24, 2010

DRC Bulletin #7

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OCTOBER, 2010
B U L L E T I N # 7
DRC NEWS
THE NEW YORK STATE
DEMOCRATIC RURAL CONFERENCE
UPDATE ON ARRANGEMENT WITH SDCC
The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee matched the$15,000 FROM the DRC to make a total of $30,000 to be divided among the “non-top tier candidates” from DRC counties,resulting in a contribution of $2143 to each of those candidates. A great partnership!

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT LEGACY FOUNDATION LUNCHEON
As we have done in the past, the DRC hosted a table at the Luncheon in gratitude for the financial help the Foundation provides our women candidates. We always look forward to this gala affair,but this year it was especially wonderful!

Judith Hope acknowledged “special guests” at the convention, and recognized the DRC in that
category.

Anna Roosevelt, granddaughter of Eleanor introduced Matilda Cuomo, the honoree. Anna's
appearance at the podium evoked a gasp from the audience. The resemblance to Eleanor was
astounding.. She gave some moving history of the women's movement in our country, and evolved into telling us about the wonderful work Mrs. Cuomo has done here and internationally
for children in her Mentoring Program.

Matilda Cuomo then came to the podium. She is more beautiful than ever and simply radiates
warmth and caring. She gave a unique speech mingling family and politics and then talked about
the mentoring program.

AND THEN A SURPRISE GUEST: ANDREW CUOMO. His remarks were in two parts. First a
very,very funny response to his mother's speed and then more seriously, he inspired us with to work for making things better in New York State by working together on plans rather than pulling us apart through rage and blame.

It was also gratifying that when Judith Hope acknowledged “special guests” at the event, she
recognized the DRC in that category. All in all, it was a real privilege to be present at this event.

THE DRC CONTACT INFO, ETC . . . .
At the Board meeting, Dan McCandless was elected Vice-Chair to fill the vacancy created by Bill Wood's resignation. Dan’s move to Vice - Chair created a Board seat vacancy. In addition, the
resignation of Bob Kersch created a second Board vacancy. Mark Bellardini of St .Lawrence County and Dawn Rivers Baker of Delaware County were elected by the Board to fill those vacancies. We look forward to their participation. We will certainly miss Bill Wood and Bob Kersch. Bill was always on the ready with excellent advice and suggestions, a very bright
guy! We will also miss Bob who has been with us pretty much since the beginning. His honesty and straightforwardness were welcome elements of all our Board discussions. We hope and trust that they will remain involved with the DRC. They represent value added of the first order.

CHANGES *2011 Convention
The Board is working on an early April conference for 2011. It will be the year of local races, and we plan to provide several campaign training workshops. The theme will be “Building a Farm Team", and we will provide more information as soon as it is available. The DRC also turns 15
in 2011 and we welcome ideas as to how to give ourselves appropriate recognition for that achievement. We are looking at Schenectady and Saratoga for possible locations.
More info in the coming months.

Web page: www.nysdrc.org
To subscribe to our list serve go to: NYSDemocraticRuralConference-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

To Post a Message on the List serve go to : NYSDemocraticRuralConference@yahoogroups.com
Meet on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Democratic-Rural-Conference-of-New-York-State/162050418621
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Or e-mail us at:
Irene Stein, Chair ---- iws2iws2@gmail.com
Don Ackerman, Bulletin Publisher --- Bdonack@aol.com;
Ian Brody, Web Master --- ian.brody@ianbrody.com;
Dan McCandless, Vice - Chair --- danmcc44@earthlink.net;
Cindy Emmer, Treasurer --- cindy.emmer@yahoo.com
Phil Jones, Secretary --- phildem@rochester.rr.com
Cindy Lockrow-Schimmerling, Issues Committee Chair --- lockrow@hotmail.com
Dan McCandless, By-Laws Committee Chair --- danmcc44@earthlink.net
Tom Poelker, Political Committee Chair --- TPoelker@aol.com
DRC Board Services...

SPEAKERS Bureau:
The following DRC Executive Committee Members are available as speakers at DRC County events: Irene Stein, Cindy Emmer or Phil Jones.

Mentoring Services: The DRC Executive Committee has many experienced County Chairs. As such, we are available to mentor and provide support to new County Chairs.

DUES
Dues are $10 for 2010, checks need to be sent to Cindy Emmer, 858 Davis St., Elmira, NY 14901.

Message from the Chair:

First and foremost, good luck with elections in your counties. We all know that we will go
down if we do not turn out every Democratic vote possible. Do not buy into the self-fulfilling
self-criticism that many Dems seem to be internalizing. No matter how many dishonest and
misleading ads and statements the Republicans are making, we know that we are the Party
that serves the middle class, first and foremost. Be it individuals, families or small
businesses, we are the Party that works for them. “They” are the Party that obstructs
progress and is the servant of the corporate clientele, first and foremost.
Reform is the name of the game in our State. The best avenue to that reform lies in the
strong and determined leadership Andrew Cuomo will provide. His administration will be
enhanced by Bob Duffy, Tom DiNapoli and Eric Schneidermann. Electing a few good
Democrats to the New York State Senate and having rid ourselves of the other kind will
totally change the dynamic of stalemate in that House. We will have a State Senate that will
work in cooperation with the Assembly.

With Senators Schumer and Gillibrand in Washington fighting for New York and its middle
class, we will emerge from this recession and reclaim the future for our children and
grandchildren. All of that will not happen if you do not get out every Democratic vote
possible.

Thanks.
Irene

Contributors: Irene Stein, Don Ackerman, Phil Jones

Monday, September 6, 2010

General Membership Meeting, Tuesday September 21

The DRC will be holding a General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at the Doubletree Hotel Syracuse at 6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, NY.

We do not know at this time the exact time and location of the meeting but will passing that onto you as soon as it is available.

The tentative Agenda for this meeting is as follows:

Call to Order
Secretary's Report
Treasurer's Report
By-Laws Committee Report
Issues Committee Report
2010 Fall Elections-NYS Senate Democratic Campaign Committe
2011 DRC Spring Conference
Old Business
New Business
Adjournment

I am saddened to announce that Bill Wood, our outstanding Vice Chair, and Bob Kersch, one of the founders of the DRC and current Board member, will not be on the State Committee following the Fall Reorganization meeting. As a result, they will no longer be able to serve on the DRC Executive Board. Therefore, the Board will be appointing individuals to fill these unexpired terms. Therefore, I am asking anyone interested in serving on the Board, please let me know by NO LATER THAN Sunday night, September 19, 2010. Both of these seats will be up for election at our Spring Conference, 2011. You must be a dues paying member of the DRC and be on the State Committee and/or be a County

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Supercharging Your Information Analysis, Making Voter Data Work for You

Now available for Download!

Supercharging Your Information Analysis, Making Voter Data Work for You


Presented at the Spring DRC Conference in Niagara Falls by Tom Poelker and Dan McCandless, with help from Tom Connolly

Monday, May 24, 2010

DRC Bulletin #5

BULLETIN #5
Download the full colot pdf version with graphics here!

Our recent convention and Straw Poll in Niagara Falls was by most accounts one of our most successful ever. Its importance in the world of New York State politics was confirmed when the New York Times said in essence that the DRC has become the starting off point for the New York political season. Hopefully your local press reported our event, we had the most coverage by the media of any previous convention.

A gathering of this magnitude does not happen easily. A great many people made it happen and we are grateful to them all.

Special thanks to Jane Dodds for her efforts in the overall management of the convention. Cindy Emmer, once again, made certain that the registration process ran smoothly and Phil Jones in his inimitable style made certain that the Straw Poll functioned as it should.

Our election Inspectors: Bob Brechko, Bill Fruci, Mary Salotti, and Ruth Same made certain every ballot got counted accurately. Many others contributed in a host of ways and we could not have such an outstanding event without them. Finally, our Chair Irene Stein, made certain that all of us kept on track. Incidentally Irene has just returned from a well deserved, relaxing vacation in France.

The Spring Conference Straw Poll Edition
PUBLISHER: PHIL JONES AND EDITOR: DON ACKERMANN
THE NEW YORK STATE
DEMOCRATIC RURAL CONFERENCE

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Notification of Election

Click Here to Download Meeting Notification

HEAR YE, HEAR YE

The Democratic Rural Conference
of New York State
will hold a
General Membership Meeting
on
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 3:00 PM
at the
Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, NY
Site of the NYS Democratic State Committee Meeting
Room to be determined

Agenda:
Call to Order
Secretary’s Report
Treasurer’s Report
The DRC Spring Conference report
Old Business
New Business
Adjourn

Remember: You must pay your 2010 dues in order to vote at the meeting
DRC dues are $10
Make check payable to: Democratic Rural Conference
Send to: Cindy Emmer, DRC, 858 Davis Street, Elmira, NY 14901


Sincerely
Phil Jones, DRC Secretary

Monday, May 3, 2010

Results from the May 1 Straw Poll

Below are the results from the Straw Poll and Board Election:

GOVERNOR
Andrew Cuomo: Unanimous

COMPTROLLER
Tom DiNapoli: Unanimous

ATTORNEY GENERAL
Eric Dinallo: 166 (46.9%)
Kathleen Rice: 79 (22.3%)
Sean Coffey: 52 (14.7%)
Eric Schneiderman: 33 (9.3%)
Richard Brodsky: 22 (6.2%)
Voided Ballot: 2 (0.6%)
Total: 354 (100%)
This is a weighted vote and the numbers do not equal individual voters.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Chris St. Lawrence 185 (53.5%)
Bill Samuels 125 (36.1%)
Write-ins: 26 (7.5%)
Blank ballots: 10 (2.9%)
Total: 346 (100%)
This is a weighted vote and the numbers do not equal individual voters.

U.S. SENATE (6 year term)
Senator Charles Schumer: 352 (98.3%)
Phil Krone: 6 (1.7%)
Total: 358 (100%)
This is a weighted vote and the numbers do not equal individual voters.

U.S. SENATE (2 year term)
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: 343 (95.5%)
Scott Noren: 11 (3.1%)
Jonathan Tasini 5 (1.4%)
Total: 359 (100.00%)
This is a weighted vote and the numbers do not equal individual voters.

DRC Executive Committee election - Top 5 vote getters are elected
Cindy Lockrow-Schimmerling: 147 (19.3%)
Don Ackerman: 125 (16.4%)
Ted Young: 115 (15.1%)
Dan McCandless: 113 (14.8%)
Dottie Betz: 105 (13.8%)
Mark Bellardini: 103 (13.5%)
Mike Kunzwiler(Write-In): 54 (7.1%)
Total: 762 (100.00%)
This is a weighted vote and the numbers do not equal individual voters.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Candidate Interview Results

The DRC Board interviewed candidates for the U.S. Senate and statewide elected offices, and rated the followong candidates favorably:

U.S. SENATE (6 year term)
Senator Charkes Schumer

U.S. SENATE (2 year term)
Senator Kristin Gillibrand
Jonathan Tasini

COMPTROLLER
Tom DiNapoli

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Bill Samuels
Chris St. Lawrence

ATTORNEY GENERAL
Richard Brodsky
Sean Coffey
Eric Dinallo
Kathleen Rice
Eric Schneiderman

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

2010 Candidate Questionnaire Responses

A number of the Candidates for Statewide office have submitted responses to the DRC's candidate questionnaire. (Click on the candidate's name to see their responses.)

Attorney General Candidates (in alphabetical order):
Richard Brodsky
John P. “Sean” Coffey
Eric R. Dinallo
Kathleen Rice
Eric Schneiderman

New York State Comptroller
Thomas P. DiNapoli

United States Senate (6 year term)
Phil Krone
Charles E. Schumer

United States Senate (2 year term)
Kirsten E. Gillibrand
Scott A. Noren
Jonathan Tasini

Lieutenant Governor
Bill Samuels
Christopher P. St. Lawrence

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Straw Poll Update from the Chair

Dear DRC Member,

We are looking forward to a great Straw Poll Convention! If you have not already reserved a room and registered for the conference, please do so as they are filling up quickly. You can complete a registration form available http://nysdrc.org/drc/2010ConReg.asp

Our candidates have been active in soliciting our support, and I expect the intensity to increase significantly in the coming weeks. This is entirely proper. However, the DRC has a process of having all candidates respond to a questionnaire; these responses will be on the website. This will be followed with the Board's interviewing and rating all candidates. In fairness, we suggest that you wait to get full information on all candidates and make your important decision at the Straw Poll Convention.

The excitement and suspense of the Straw Poll is severely diminished if members all make up their minds as to their choices before the entire process is completed, and they have had a chance to hear from all candidates. This is fair to all, and will contribute mightily to the success of our event.

Looking forward to seeing you in Niagara Falls,

Sincerely,
Irene Stein

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New Convention Information

The tentative convention agenda has been fleshed out and is available on the convention registration page:

http://nysdrc.org/drc/2010ConReg.asp

Saturday, February 20, 2010

2010 Convention & Straw Poll Rules, Proxy Form

If you plan on (in some way) participating in the 2010 Convention & Straw Poll to be held on May 1, 2010 in Niagara Falls, please download and review these documents:

- 2010 Convention Rules

- 2010 Staw Poll Rules

If you cannot attend in person but would like to designate a proxy, please download and print:

- 2010 Straw Poll Proxy Form

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Registration for Spring Convention Open!

We are pleased to announce that the registration for the spring convention (April 30 - May 1, 2010) is now open. We have great activities planned!

Register online at http://www.nysdrc.org/drc/2010ConReg.asp

or, if you prefer to register through the mail, download the printable registration form.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

NYSDRC Bulletin 4 Jan 2010

A more colorful PDF Version can be found here:
Page 1
Page 2


Thoughts from our Chair...
There were a number of successes as well as some disappointing results in our counties from last November’s elections. It is very important to carefully analyze your returns;
• Breakdown the turnout, what was the turnout in terms of party affiliation in percentage terms vs. the Republicans?
• Look back at the campaigns, was there a plan, was it implemented – for example, to what extent did the planned door-to-door take place particularly in your priority districts? Was a good GOTV effort carried out and was the plan in place early enough to effectively carry it out?
The important thing is to find out what went wrong and improve wherever you can.
Remember, the DRC Board has members who can provide advice if you feel you need it.
Keep up the good work!
Irene

2010 CONVENTION
April 30 and May 1 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls, NY.
Information concerning room reservations, meals, etc. will be provided in the near future. It will be a very well-attended convention so make your arrangements early so that you don’t get left out.
“If you snooze you lose!”
In addition to the Straw Poll we will continue to provide training at the Spring Meeting as these have proven to be extremely useful to many of our members in the past.

NOVEMBER 2009 RESULTS
As Irene indicates in her message many of our counties did very well which is a good indicator that our over-all efforts are paying off.
Of special note, our own Executive Committee member, Sue Montgomery Corey, was elected Town Supervisor for Minerva in Essex County.
Do share your successes so we can spread the word.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
On Saturday, December 5, 2009 the Executive Committee met at the Onondaga County Democratic Headquarters in Syracuse. The bulk of the meeting involved planning for the up-coming 2010 Spring Meeting in Niagara Falls and in particular the Straw Poll that has been such an important event in New York State Democratic politics over the last several years.
Both U.S. Senate seats are up this year as are Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General and Comptroller. It appears increasingly likely that there may be primaries for some of these positions. Our by-laws prohibit us from making endorsements but the outcome of our Straw Poll has been very instructive in the past and an event that no prominent political figure is going to want to miss. So hang onto your hats, it may be a wild ride.
Any potential Democratic state-wide candidate may ask to be included in our proceedings. When things become a little clearer a letter will be sent out to announced candidates detailing our process and we will make available to them our questionnaire, the Convention Rules and the Straw Poll Rules. These will also be made available on our web site.
We will offer at least two dates for in person screenings conducted by the Executive Committee as close to the convention as possible with at least one of the session held as close to Albany as possible. Any member of the DRC may attend these. A small committee consisting of Irene Stein, Phil Jones, Ted Young and Bill Wood will work out the details of the screening process and the Straw Poll.

YDRC REJUVENATED We are very pleased to announce that the New York State Young Democrats Rural Caucus has partnered with the Democratic Rural Conference to reestablish the Young Democratic Rural Conference. The YDRC will further the values and mission of the New York State Young Democrats by creating a forum for progressing an economically strong, environmentally clean, and socially progressive rural upstate New York. In November 2010 we have the opportunity to have a real majority in the New York State Senate. With the strength of the rural districts of New York we can make that opportunity a reality. We look forward to working with all of the rural counties to fulfill that goal!
For more information or to get involved with the YDRC please contact us at President@greeneyoungdems.org.
Democratically yours,
John Cavanaugh and Amanda Boomhower
Co-Chairs of the NYSYD Rural Caucus

FACEBOOK
As many of you know, in our on-going efforts to make the general population more aware of the DRC we are now up on Facebook with over 300 Friends and counting. If you are not there, get there, and tell your friends.
Cindy Lockrow-Schimmerling has already been posting her Issues Committee information. Any of you who would like a special posting send it to me or to Chair Irene who has final say on any postings on our site.
A special thanks to Dave Fronk of Schenectady who set this up for us and is maintaining it.

2010 CONVENTION HOTEL
The 2010 DRC Conference will be held on April 30 and May 1 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 300 Third Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303.

DUES
The $10 dues for 2010 are due in January, checks need to be sent to Cindy Emmer, 858 Davis St., Elmira, NY 14901.

DRC Contact Info...
Web page: www.nysdrc.org
To subscribe to our list serve go to: NYSDemocraticRuralConference-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
To Post a Message on List serve go to : NYSDemocraticRuralConference@yahoogroups.com
Meet us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Democratic-Rural-Conference-of-New-York-State/162050418621
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Or e-mail us at:
Irene Stein, Chair ---- iws2iws2@gmail.com
Don Ackerman, Bulletin Publisher --- Bdonack@aol.com
Ian Brody, Web Master --- ian.brody@ianbrody.com
Bill Wood, Vice Chair ---- Woodyspub2@yahoo.com
Cindy Emmer, Treasurer --- cindy.emmer@yahoo.com
Phil Jones, Secretary --- phildem@rochester.rr.com

DRC Board Services...
Speakers Bureau: The following DRC Executive Committee Members are available as speakers at DRC County events:
Irene Stein, Bill Wood, Cindy Emmer or Phil Jones.
Mentoring Services: The DRC Executive Committee has many experienced County Chairs. As such, we are available to mentor and provide support to new County Chairs.


“Good politics make good government” Al Smith – (or perhaps it was Harry Truman or perhaps I said it, I’m not certain)
B. Donald Ackerman
Public Communications and Media Liaison

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Issues Pages Added

You'll notice on our main menu (in the upper left hand corner) we've added an Issues link.

Once there, a new menu will appear on the left hand side of the page, for specific topic areas and resolutions. Right now we're still building our content but please take a moment to read the recent resolution on Senator Monserrate and a terrific article on economic development from Dawn Rivers Baker, 1st Vice Chair of the Delaware County Democratic Committee.

More subsections are planned so stay tuned.

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