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Bi-Partisan Opposition to Cryptomining among Seneca County Supervisors

In a rare and welcome piece of bi-partisanship, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors has unanimously expressed opposition to crypt-currency mining on Seneca Lake.  Kyle Barnhard (D-Lodi) teamed up with one of his Republican colleagues to explain why in this Op-ed, published June 23, 2022 in the Democrat and Chronicle.

Governor Hochul, protecting the Finger Lakes' environment isn't partisan | Opinion

Kyle Barnhart and Paul Kronenwetter

Special to the USA TODAY Network

It’s no secret that Seneca County, like many of the counties in the Finger Lakes, is mostly rural and conservative. Democrats feel underrepresented in county legislatures that lean heavily Republican, while Republican lawmakers feel ignored by a Democratically-controlled state Legislature and nearly 20 years of Democratic governors. Like the rest of the country, we’ve got plenty to argue about, mostly on partisan lines. But here in Seneca County, there’s one issue that always unites us —protecting our lakes, our watersheds, and our environment.

Earlier this month, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors, made up of 13 Republicans and one Democrat, including the two of us, unanimously voted to urge Gov. Kathy Hochul to put a moratorium on environmentally-destructive cryptomining and deny Greenidge Generation’s air permits. We’re all for promoting local business and job growth, but there comes a point where the exploitation of our natural resources goes too far.

Greenidge Generation is located just across the lake from us in Seneca County. It’s a fossil fuel power plant that is permitted to produce power for the public grid in emergency situations, when demand for electricity is particularly high. But instead, it’s producing power 24/7/365 in order to run its 20,000-strong fleet of Bitcoin mining machines. Greenidge is polluting our air with climate change-accelerating greenhouse gases that could make it impossible to meet New York’s emissions reductions goals. It’s also threatening the health of Seneca Lake, an extremely valuable resource that provides clean drinking water to hundreds of thousands. Greenidge offers no practical benefit to the residents of Seneca County. Its inconsistency with the character of our communities, on top of the harm it’s causing our natural resources, is a threat to our thriving agritourism industry. That industry brings in $3 billion annually and employs 60,000 people. Greenidge’s supposed 48 jobs are only a drop in the bucket.

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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Debate on CBS

Kathy Hochul, Jumaane Williams and Tom Suozzi appeared in a one hour debate, moderated by political reporter Marcia Kramer and anchor Maurice Dubois. Watch it here: Gubernatorial Debate Video

You can see candidate profiles for all the races in the June 28th primary on our June 28th Democratic Primary Page

New District, New Election Dates: Welcome to the NY-24 CD

Wow, it has been a wild ride. New York state drew up new congressional districts, then those districts were overturned by a judge, and now we have new new districts. Seneca County is now part of the brand new NY-24 Congressional District. To see a map, check out our Congressional election page. 

On top of all that, our Congressman, Tom Reed, resigned. There will be a special election to replace him, but it will take place in the old NY-23 CD.  Which includes Seneca County.

So, what does this mean for you? You will have a lot of chances to vote. Let's take them in order. 

June 28th is the Democratic Primary to choose candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. See the candidate profiles here. Only Democrats can vote. If you are registered in Seneca Falls, Waterloo, Fayette, Junius or Tyre, you will also vote to choose  one male and one female representative from the Seneca County portion of the 131st A.D. to the NY State Democratic Committee.  Voting information, including early voting hours, can be found on our Voting Information page. 

August 23rd is the Democratic Primary to choose the Candidate for Congress, representing our NEW district, NY-24. Only Democrats can vote. Check out the Congressional Page on this website. 

August 23rd  is also the special election to replace Tom Reed. All registered voters (any party) can vote. The Democratic candidate in this election will be Max della Pia. Learn more about him on the Congressional Page of this website. The winner of this election will serve in Congress only until January of 2022. 

November 8, 2022 The General Election (for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Member of Congress for the NY-24 CD). Please make sure you and your loved ones are all registered. Information about absentee ballots and early voting will be posted on this website

NY Democrats Welcome our First Female Governor, Kathy Hochul

 

 

August 10, 2021 SHANDAKEN, NY: New York State Democratic Chairman Jay S. Jacobs has released the following statement:

 

"New York will finally have its first female Governor and we could not be in better hands.  From assisting her mother run a transitional domestic violence shelter to helping make the property tax cap permanent, Kathy Hochul has always and relentlessly fought for the people of New York.  Her experience at all levels of government – Town Board Member, County Clerk, Congresswoman, and Lieutenant Governor, makes her uniquely well-equipped to effectively govern the State at this time.  I am confident that incoming Governor Hochul’s empathy, work ethic and authentic concern for the welfare of its citizens will make her an outstanding Governor for our State."

 

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Heather Cox Richardson: Letters from an American

June 24, 2022

At yesterday’s hearing of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, we heard overwhelming proof that former president Trump and his congressional supporters tried to overturn the will of the voters in the 2020 presidential election and steal control of our country to keep a minority in power.

Today, thanks to three justices nominated by Trump, the Supreme Court stripped a constitutional right from the American people, a right we have enjoyed for almost 50 years, a right that is considered a fundamental human right in most liberal democracies, and a right they indicated they would protect because it was settled law. Today’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that recognized a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy. For the first time in our history, rather than conveying rights, the court has explicitly taken a constitutional right away from the American people. 

These two extraordinary events are related. The current-day Republican Party has abandoned the idea of a democracy in which a majority of the people elect their government. Instead, its members have embraced minority rule. 

The Dobbs decision marks the end of an era: the period in American history stretching from 1933 to 1981, the era in which the U.S. government worked to promote democracy. It tried to level the economic playing field between the rich and the poor by regulating business and working conditions. It provided a basic social safety net through programs like Social Security and Medicare and, later, through food and housing security programs. It promoted infrastructure like electricity and highways, and clean air and water, to try to maintain a basic standard of living for Americans. And it protected civil rights by using the Fourteenth Amendment, added to the U.S. Constitution in 1868, to stop states from denying their citizens the equal protection of the laws.  

Now the Republicans are engaged in the process of dismantling that government. For forty years, the current Republican Party has worked to slash business regulations and the taxes that support social welfare programs, to privatize infrastructure projects, and to end the federal protection of civil rights by arguing for judicial “originalism” that claims to honor the original version of the Constitution rather than permitting the courts to protect rights through the Fourteenth Amendment. 

But most Americans actually like the government to hold the economic and social playing field level. So, to win elections, Republicans since 1986 have suppressed votes, flooded the media with propaganda attacking those who like government action as dangerous socialists, gerrymandered congressional districts, abused the Senate filibuster to stop all Democratic legislation, and finally, when repeated losses in the popular vote made it clear their extremist ideology would never again command a majority, stacked the Supreme Court. 

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