Another Reason to Vote — Ballot Amendments!

Proposal 1
2014 Constitutional Amendment
on New York Senate Redistricting.

To learn more, see this PowerPoint presentation:



Visit the League of Women Voters New York website.



Eldridge Meet and Greet in Margaretville

An enthusiastic group attends a Meet and Greet event for Sean Eldridge in Margaretville, Saturday, October 4 complete with good discussions, apple pressing demonstrations, cider and donuts. A month to go before election day! For volunteer opportunities, go to “” or contact your local Delaware County Democratic Committee representative.








Viafore and Marsh for Town Council

Don’t forget our local races this November!
We have a couple of great candidates for Town Council.

In Sidney, we’re endorsing Loddi Marsh.
In Delhi, we’re endorsing Christina Viafore …
… check out her neat campaign video!

Eldridge for Congress Support Builds in Delaware County

Sean Eldridge met constituents in Delaware County during August and excitement continues to build. Photos below show Sean at the County Fair in Walton and at Meet and Greet events in Delhi and Bovina.






At the Fair!


Come see us at the Delaware County Fair in Walton, NY during the week of August 11-16. We have a booth in the middle of the big commercial tent with information about Sean Eldridge, our local candidates, voting and more. Sean is expected to be at the fair on Thursday. Enter the “Your Voice” raffle to let us hear what matters to you and for a chance to win valuable prizes!

Congressional Candidate Sean Eldridge — Keynote Speaker at County Dem Dinner

May 31, 2014, Delhi —

SEAN ELDRIDGE served as keynote speaker at the 2014 Delaware County Democratic Committee dinner held at SUNY Delhi. Sean, president of Kingston-based Hudson River Ventures, is the Democratic candidate running against Chris Gibson for New York’s 19th Congressional District, which includes all of Delaware County.

Featured speakers included NYS Comptroller TOM DINAPOLI, 1st Deputy Commissioner of Ag and Markets JIM BAYS, New York State Democratic Rural Conference Chair IRENE STEIN.
Walton Democratic Committee Chair STEPHEN HODGE was honored as the DCDC 2014 Man of the Year. Hodge, a local business owner, veteran and volunteer fireman, was honored for both his work on the committee and his many community volunteer activities. DCDC Chair TOM SCHIMMERLING was Master of Ceremonies.
A new fun feature this year was a raffle of 13 baskets of fun donated items. Thanks to everyone who made this year’s dinner a success!
Tom Schimmerling, Stephen Hodge, Sean Eldridge, Irene Stein and Tom DiNapoli

Tom Schimmerling, Stephen Hodge, Sean Eldridge, Irene Stein and Tom DiNapoli


Keynote Speaker and Democratic Candidate for New York's 19th Cogressional District Sean Eldridge

Keynote Speaker and Democratic Candidate for New York’s 19th Cogressional District, Sean Eldridge


NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli


DCDC Chair Tom Schimmerling honoring Man of the Year Stephen Hodge with a plaque from the committee

DCDC Chair Tom Schimmerling honoring Man of the Year Stephen Hodge with a plaque from the committee


The Real Chris Gibson?


Check out “” for a fascinating comparison of words verses votes on issues like:

  • Climate Change
  • Women’s Health
  • Minimum Wage
  • Small Business
  • Fracking
  • Paycheck Fairness
  • Corporate Tax Loopholes
  • (Too) Big (to Fail) Banks
  • The Government Shutdown

The site, compiled by Sean Eldridge for Congress, includes documentation of voting records, original video statements, signed letters, newspaper articles and more. It shows why Sean is running — and why we need to do all we can to support Sean Eldridge for Congress in 2014!


Your Ticket to Meet Sean Eldridge in Delhi!

I encourage you and your Democratic and progressive friends to attend the dinner. Recently Tom Schimmerling, Jeff Strassenburg and I had an opportunity to hear Sean Eldridge (Democratic Candidate – US House NY 19th District) at the Democratic Rural Conference. We came away excited and enthusiastic about a candidate whom we can whole-heartedly support.

Not only did Sean impress us with his knowledge of the issues at a candidates’ forum, he further increased his appeal during an hour-long session where he met with those of us in the 19th Congressional District. He listened to our concerns about running in a heavily Republican district and asked for both the positive and negative aspects of previous campaigns.

A recent e-mail from Sean stated, “The DCCC has added our campaign to the Red to Blue program, naming our campaign as one of the most competitive pick-up opportunities in the country.” This is exciting news for us! Let’s go all out to do what we can to get Sean elected – start by attending our dinner and hearing Sean.

SUE SKLENARIK, DCDC Recording Secretary
and Chair, Sidney Democratic Committee

NOTE: Tickets are available until May 16 from any County Democratic  Committee Member.

County Dem Dinner – May 31

SHodgeDCDCMOYRmedSteve Hodge
Honored as DCDC
Man of the Year

Keynote Speaker: Congressional Candidate
Sean Eldridge

Saturday, May 31, 2014
5 p.m.
Alumni Hall, SUNY Delhi campus

Tickets – $45
Available from members of the county committee
Tickets must be purchased before May 17

Special recognition will be given to Stephen C. “Steve” Hodge, chairman of the Walton town committee, who will receive the Francis Kipp Man of the Year award. The honoree, a lifelong resident of the Walton area, has also coordinated the county’s booth at the Delaware County Fair for several years, and recently served the county committee as its treasurer.

Hodge has been active in the Walton community for most of his adult life. He is a 42-year member of the Walton Fire Department, which he has served as treasurer, vice president and president. He also is an active member of the Walton United Presbyterian Church.
He opened his business, Hodge’s Outdoor Power Equipment, in 1987, and his customers have come from near and far. He also has been a member of the Walton and Delaware County chambers of commerce, and served eight years on the Walton town board.
Hodge also is a dedicated family man. He and his wife, Lois, have two sons, a daughter and four grandchildren.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Sean Eldridge of Kingston, the party’s candidate for member of Congress in New York’s 19th District, which encompasses all of Delaware County. The seat is now held by Republican Chris Gibson, and the authoritative Cook Political Report considers the race as being closely contested.

Also scheduled to address the gathering is Irene Stein, who chairs the state’s Democratic Rural Conference, and also chairs the Tompkins County Committee.

Democratic Rural Conference


Democrats from across rural New York convened in Albany on April 25-26 for this year’s Democratic Rural Conference. Delegates shared issues particular to rural regions and heard a variety speakers including Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.  Shown above are Delaware County Democratic Committee delegates Tom Schimmerling (DCDC Chair, Meredith), Sue Sklenarik (DCDC Secretary and Sidney Democratic Committee Chair) and Jeffrey Strassenburg, Sidney Democratic Committee member.