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Brown to Seek County Clerk Position

Seneca Falls resident Melissa Brown has declared her candidacy for the position of county clerk, joining the growing list of Democrats running for office in Seneca County this year. Brown, 35, is a nine-year veteran of county employment. She graduated from Finger Lakes Community College with concentrations in fine arts, biology and biotechnology and from SUNY Potsdam in studio arts. A member of the Seneca County Democratic Committee and chairwoman of its Fundraising Committee, she currently serves on the Seneca Falls Planning Board and on the Board of Trustees of the Seneca Falls Historical Society.

The county clerk has wide ranging responsibilities as the custodian of the official civil and criminal records on file in the country offices and as the chief recording officer and custodian of the county’s public land records. In practice, this means everything from business certificates and deeds and liens to passport applications, pistol permits, and veterans’ discharges. “I have always enjoyed working on the service end of things,” Brown said, “and this will be a great opportunity to broaden my responsibilities and serve a broader population."

Further information: Susan Ottenweller,, 585-749-0171

Mental Health Discussions

Seneca County is sponsoring  Mental Health discussions on March 18th, 2020 between 5:30 - 7pm to discuss mental health and wellness issues in our community.

Conversations will be...

  • 1.5 hours
  • Confidential
  • Held in a private group setting

The requirements to attend are;

  • 18 years or older
  • Seneca County Resident
  • No other requirements necessary!

The location has yet to be determined, but will be announced asap.

Please RSVP by March 18th, 2020 by contacting Lisa Reynolds at or call 315-539-1955



Seneca County Committee endorses Tracy Mitrano for Congress

On February 20th the Seneca County Democratic Committee unanimously endorsed  Tracy Mitrano as their candidate of choice for the New York State 23rd Congressional District. Tracy has our full confidence that she is the best candidate to represent all constituents of the 23rd district in Congress.

Democratic Rural Conference: 2020 VISION!

Registration is now open for this year’s Democratic Rural Conference: 2020 VISION!

In addition to our usual agenda, this year we have added a presidential straw poll, the election of new, DRC regional Vice Chairs, and a session that allows us to bring our questions and concerns to state and party officials.

Click this link to register for the DRC, April 17 and 18:


You can reserve your room at a special DRC rate ($119) at the Holiday Inn, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool 13088, by phone at 315-457-1122, using the conference code DRC (or identify yourself as attending the Democratic Rural Conference).

Please join us as we prepare for all of our 2020 races. This year’s elections are vital for all of us, so come get energized, share best practices, and set our candidates on the right path. See you at the DRC!

Voter registration Deadline:

For those that want to participate in a primary election this year and need to switch parties, the deadline to do so is February 14th. So, please check your registration and ensure you can vote in this years primary elections.

Here the information from the New York State Board of Elections.


!!Special SDCDC meeting!!

The Seneca County Democratic Committee will host a special meeting to meet and hear from two new Democratic Candidates for State offices. Matt Miller will be opposing Brian Kolb for NYS Assembly person from the 131 State Assembly District. This includes the towns of Seneca Falls, Waterloo, Fayette, Varick, Junius and Tyre. Shauna O’Toole will be opposing Pam Helming for NYS Senate District 54 which includes all of Seneca County.

The meeting will be Thursday January 30, 7:00 pm at the Seneca Falls Recreation Center, 35 Water Street, Seneca Falls NY 13148

Our SCDC meetings are open to all and everyone is welcome so please spread the word

SCDC hosts 2020 Democratic Candidate Forum


The Seneca County Democratic Committee will host a meeting on January 16, 7-9pm at the Lodi Fire Hall, 8557 S. Main Street Lodi NY 14860. 23rd Democratic Congressional candidates, Tracy Mitrano and Dr Scott Noren, will both be present to discuss their vision for winning the seat held by Congressman Tom Reed. Each candidate will have a 15 minute presentation  after which we will then open the floor for questions. 

All our SCDC meetings are open and all are welcome so feel free to spread the word and bring friends. If there is any SCDC business and if there is time we will convene  a business meeting following the Candidates Forum

Women’s March: This Year It’s a Full Weekend Festival


Get the dates on your calendar! January 17-19.

The Women March in Seneca Falls, the January rally in Seneca Falls in support of equal rights has become an annual event that draws hundreds of people—men as well as women—from the region, and this month in its fourth year the event will bloom into a full weekend of festivities.

The festival opens Friday, January 17, 2:00 p.m. at the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center with a Feminist Marketplace held at both the center and the Auburn  Public Theater. At 5:30 p.m. the official opening ceremony and gathering reception at the Heritage Center will be led by Diane Shenandoah, Haudenosaunee Faith Keeper. Later that evening, Holly Near will perform.

On Saturday, January 18, the fourth annual rally and march in Seneca Falls convening at Trinity Park for a ceremony led by Coline Jenkins, the great-great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. 

Sunday’s events will take place at the First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls and will include the unveiling of a statue of the 1920s activist Alice Paul and a “An Epic Conversation with Activists,” a panel presentation and participant discussion.

Further details on the weekend’s events, how to attend, and who to contact are available at the festival’s

Join the Seneca Falls Democratic Committee on Saturday January 18 for the 4th Annual Rally and March beginning at Trinity Park in Seneca Falls at 12:30 pm. We’ll be marching  under the banner “Seneca County Democrats.

The Women March in Seneca Falls is a non-partisan, grassroots group working to end systematic racism and sexism; and seeks gender parity in elected office; environmental justice and equal pay; an end to violence against women; support for LGBTQIA, immigrant and disability rights; passing the proposed ERA; and advocating for reproductive rights and self-sovereignty for all women.

Tracy Mitrano Campaign to host Health Care Town Halls

The Tracy Mitrano Campaign will be hosting a series of Health Care Town Halls across the district later this month. All are welcome to attend. The dates are as follows;

Dunkirk - 01/20/2019
Jamestown - 01/21/2019
Olean - 01/22/2019
Corning - 01/23/2019
Geneva -  01/24/2019

For details please visit the Tracy Mitrano Campaign's Facebook page.

Breakfast with the Grinch

Breakfast with the Grinch

The Grinch, Dr. Seuss’s grumpy green grabber who stole Christmas from the Whos, was eventually transformed by kindness. Last month the rehabilitated Grinch made an appearance at the Fayette Fire Department the morning of December 21. What, you may ask, could have possibly brought the Grinch so far from Whoville? 

Pancakes and a passel of kids! “Breakfast with the Grinch” was a holiday event sponsored by the Seneca County Democratic Committee and led by Charles Brady and Melissa Brown. Hundreds of pancakes with young people to serve. Quarts and quarts of maple syrup. Sausages by the score  and—of course—the Grinch himself. Large as life and fuzzy as fantasy, the Grinch wore a permanent smile and offered a hug for kids brave enough to stand next to him for a photo op.

Congratulations to Charles (with the Grinch in the photo) and Melissa and thanks to the Fayette Fire Department. “Breakfast with the Grinch” was a most successful, feel-good-taste-good event!

As a certain grumpy green guy headed out the door for Whoville and a well-deserved nap, he muttered aloud he might like to come back. Then he was gone. And what to their wondering eyes did the committee perceive? Eight hundred green ones he decided to leave!

We would like to thank everyone that came to our Breakfast with the Grinch event. Special that go to our Grinches (you know who you are...).

Have a look at some more photos from this event on the Events Page

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