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Welcome to the Seneca County Democratic Committee (SCDC) website! We have created this site to reach out to the community and to get your input into the work of the SCDC. You will find our Mission statement, information about  upcoming events, and timely information that affects our community. We would like to hear from you and we welcome your involvement.

Contact us at SenecaNYDemocrats@gmail.com

Susan OttenwellerChairperson, Seneca County Democratic Committee

Apply for an Absentee Ballot, or Plan to Vote Early!

Do you want to stay safe and avoid crowds at the polling place this year? You have two good options!

1) Apply for an absentee ballot NOW! If you are voting absentee because you wish to avoid exposure to Covid-19, just fill out the application and check the "temporary illness" box. Remember that you will not get an absentee ballot automatically. You must fill out an application! 

2) Vote Early! Early Voting starts on October 24th and runs through the weekend before the November 3rd election. 

 

To learn more, click here to go to out  Voting Information Page

 

 

DRC Statement Regarding Systemic Racism, Police Reform, and Black Lives Matter

Drawing on the tradition and history of rural New York’s role as a source of many movements for reform and equality in America, the Democratic Rural Conference of New York State affirms that Black Lives Matter. Recent events have all too painfully demonstrated yet again that racism is systemic and pervasive, especially in our policing and criminal justice. We urge all communities in the rural counties to enter into the State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative with the seriousness and openness to change it deserves.

 

We note with approval the countless peaceful demonstrations occurring all over rural New York calling for reform and racial justice. For so many of these small communities to turn out in such numbers shows how important this moment is. We commend the many Democratic candidates who have added their voices to this movement. And we will redouble our efforts to welcome, recruit, and encourage people of color to participate in every level of the political system.

Democratic Committee Contributes to Area Food Pantries

In an effort to assist community families who have experienced job and income loss during the pandemic, members of the Seneca County Democratic Committee donated personal funds to the county’s seven food pantries. Members contributed $2,338 in whatever amounts they could to this effort.  Treasurer Charlie Brady distributed the funds in equal amounts to the food pantries on May 5. He noted that this fund did not use any of the committee’s resources, which are dedicated to help Democratic candidates run for office.

A Salute to Andrew Cuomo

The Governor has responded to the coronavirus pandemic by listening to science and putting lives ahead of profits. We are grateful for his leadership. And we are not alone.  A poll released on March 30 shows that 87% of New Yorkers approve of the Governor's handling of the crisis.

A group of talented people from Queens have produced a musical salute to the Governor. It made us smile. We hope you enjoy it. 

Candidate Matt Miller interviewed on Inside FLX

Josh Durso recently caught up with Matt Miller, the Democrat who is running to represent the 131st District in the NY State Assembly. The Canandaigua resident is a frontline worker during the pandemic – working at a local wine store – and has maintained his effort to be elected in the 131st.

That district has been controlled by Republicans, namely Assemblyman Brian Kolb for much of the last three decades. Miller is optimistic that his experiences – even through the pandemic – align with the district, and voters who are eager for change.

Watch Matt's interview with Josh here.

 

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The early crusaders for the rights of women would have had the sense to wear masks during the Covid-19 pandemic. Seneca Falls Strong! 

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Heather Cox Richardson: Letters from an American

August 29 , 2020

With the end of the Republican National Convention on Thursday, the race to the November election is in high gear.

Trump has made it clear he will run on the idea that he has defeated the coronavirus and rebooted the economy, while rioters from the “radical left” are destroying American cities, aided and abetted by Democrats. But the convention’s picture of the president and the nation were so wildly untrue that fact-checkers have stayed busy ever since.

Vice President Mike Pence rewrote history to argue that Trump managed the pandemic wonderfully. “President Trump marshaled the full resources of our federal government from the outset,” Pence said. “He directed us to forge a seamless partnership with governors across America in both political parties.”

In fact, there is really no debate over the reality that Trump did not acknowledge the magnitude of the crisis for six to eight crucial weeks, despite warnings. He refused to invoke the Defense Production Act to speed up the production of critical medical supplies and instead told states they were on their own. When states then tried to buy their own supplies, the federal government often intercepted the shipments and handed them to private distribution systems to send to places the administration determined needed them most, redistributions that were often attributed to political favoritism.

Most attendees at the president’s speech did not wear masks, and speakers at the convention referred to the pandemic in the past tense. But coronavirus has not gone away. Although the overall number of new cases is declining, hot spots remain, especially as schools and universities have reopened over the past two weeks. At the University of Alabama, 1200 students have tested positive for Covid-19 since classes resumed less than two weeks ago; Florida has seen nearly 900 students testing positive in the same period. America is still suffering close to 1000 deaths a day from Covid-19, bringing our numbers over 180,000 people.

Pence also boasted that we have gained back 9.3 million jobs in the last three months, with no acknowledgement that it is Trump’s mismanagement of the pandemic that devastated the economy in the first place, or that we are still 13 million jobs down from where we were before the coronavirus.

Trump’s narrative that cities are in crisis, and the violence is caused by the “radical left,” is not supported by the evidence, either.

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