Great News! Voter Turnout Surges in Gardiner, County, and Across the State

Good news for Dems! The current political situation has activated Democrats locally and across the state.  In the Democratic primary held on Thursday, September 13 energized Democrats came out in historic numbers.  Democratic turnout more than doubled across the state as members of our party chose statewide Dem candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General as well as members of the State Assembly and Senate.  Locally, here in Gardiner, we chose candidates for County

Juan Figueroa for Sheriff

Juan Figueroa for Sheriff

Sheriff and State Senator.  You can find unofficial election results for Ulster County here.

Our two GDC-endorsed candidates won easily:

  • For Sheriff, Juan Figueroa defeated Paul Van Blarcum by a greater than 4 to 1 margin.  Van Blarcum was nominated by the Republicans so he will face Juan in November running on the Republican line.  If Juan had not won, there would have been no contest in November, as Van Blarcum would have been unopposed.  A tremendous effort by Juan’s campaign paid off handsomely.  The vote in Gardiner was 588 for Juan and just 68 for Van Blarcum.  Now on to November which will be a real contest.  We all need to maintain the level of energy, enthusiasm, and volunteerism to beat the incumbent in the general.  If you are interested in volunteering for Juan’s campaign, visit his website and sign-up here.  Also, elections are expensive and every dollar helps.  Donate to Juan’s campaign by clicking here.
  • Jenn Metzger for State Senate

    Jenn Metzger for State Senate

    For State Senate 42nd District, Jen Metzger won handily with 61% of the vote to 39% for Pramilla Malick district-wide (Ulster County gave Jen a whopping 83% of its vote and in Gardiner, she won by a more than 7 to 1 margin).  Jen is well-placed to take the Senate seat of the retiring John Bonacic.  She will face Orange County Clerk Ann Rabbit in November.  Again, we need to maintain the energy and enthusiasm through the general election.  Volunteer for Jen by visiting her website here.  Donate to her campaign by clicking here.

Turnout, Turnout, Turnout

But the real story is in the aforementioned historic turnout by Democrats in this primary.

As noted above, Dem turnout more than doubled.  In Gardiner, Dem turnout approached 50%, an unheard-of level of voter participation for any non-presidential election year.

Blue Wave

Bring on the Blue Wave!

And here are the historical numbers for Ulster County:

Sept 2010: 4,360
Sept 2014: 7,005
June 2016: 6,835
Sept 2016: 4,727
June 2018: 14,259 *
Sept 2018: 16,208 * (and more to come with absentees/affidavits)

Someone asked me today what the context was for these numbers.  Was there significant population growth in the county recently? Could demographic changes account for these numbers?  My response was: “The context stands 6 feet, 3 inches, wears a long red tie and can’t stop saying stupid things.”  Thanks, Trump!  On to November and hopefully a blue wave.

Vote Delgado for Congress in November!

antoninodelgadoAside from the two races above, by far the most important race is for NY’s 19th Congressional District where incumbent Republican John Faso is facing Democrat Antonio Delgado.  Faso has distinguished himself during his first 2-year term by voting with the Trump position 90% of the time, including on a deciding committee vote to kill Obamacare and cause 60,000 of his constituents to lose healthcare coverage.  Faso is in the pocket of the billionaire Mercer family that funds Breitbart News and Steve Bannon.

Antonio is a charismatic and accomplished lawyer and Rhodes Scholar who grew up in upstate New York and now lives in Rhinebeck. He represents our Democratic values of hard work, equal opportunity, universal health care, and good government working to help the people have been left behind by our current economy.

It is noteworthy that Antonio has been attacked by Faso and the Republicans for appearing, years ago, in a rap video.  With this approach, Faso and the Republicans are blowing the old, racist, Republican dog whistle that has been getting Republicans elected for a generation.  Well, this time it won’t work.  If we can maintain Dem enthusiasm in November that we just showed in this primary, Antonio will be our next Congressman.  The latest polling has Delgado ahead of Faso by three points!

Still, there is much work to be done.  We need to not rest on our primary laurels and push ahead to November with unrelenting hard work knocking on doors, making phone calls, showing up at events, and opening our wallets to fund the Delgado for Congress campaign.  To volunteer for Antonio, please visit his website here.  To make a donation to the campaign, please click here.

Together we will take back our country!

IMPORTANT VOTING INFORMATION: Primary Election Day is THURSDAY, September 13

Another Primary? We just had one in June!

YES! You read that right!  New York has a SECOND primary election this year (in addition to the primary that was held in June for federal offices) and it is on a THURSDAY.  Thursday, September 13, to be precise, and polls will be open from 12:00 noon until 9:00 pm.  This is the primary where we will choose candidates for state and local offices, specifically Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, County Sheriff, and State Senator.

Here is the sample ballot for Gardiner Democrats.

It is critical (for why, see below) for everyone to vote at their local polling places between noon and 9 pm on Thursday, September 13 to cast their primary votes.  If you are/can vote by absentee ballot, please be aware that the last day for you to postmark an APPLICATION for an absentee ballot is September 6.

The last day to APPLY for an absentee ballot IN PERSON at the Ulster County Board of Elections (284 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401) is September 12.

The last day to deliver an absentee ballot to the Ulster County Board of Elections is 9:00 pm on primary election day, September 13.

Any questions about voting in Ulster County can be answered by visiting the website of the Board of Elections.

Who Should I Vote For In This Primary Election?

The Gardiner Democratic Committee has made two endorsements for the September 13 Primary Election: Juan Figueroa for County Sheriff and Jen Metzger for State Senator

Juan Figueroa for Ulster County Sheriff

Juan Figueroa

Juan Figueroa

Juan is a 40-year resident of Ulster County, having moved with his family to Plattekill when he was a boy.  He is a 22-year combat veteran in the United States Marine Corps.  Juan served for 25 years in the New York State Police where he served in key leadership positions as a police academy instructor, field training officer, and an investigator with the Bureau of Criminal investigations where he worked to stop drug cartels, economic crime, corruption, racketeering, extortion and other crimes.  Juan believes is law enforcement and communities working as a team to tackle the opioid abuse problem.  Juan will bring true Democratic values to the Sheriff’s Office.

Juan’s opponent is the incumbent Ulster County Sheriff, Paul Van Blarcum, who is seeking a fourth term after having embarrassed the office by posting blatantly right-wing  posts on the County Sheriff’s Facebook page and behaved contrary to our Democratic values through a number of his actions including exhorting all pistol owners to bring their weapons to work with them, instituted discriminatory warrant checks on all citizens entering the county building, and working hand-in-glove with ICE to locate and arrest undocumented aliens.  Although he is a registered Democrat, Van Blarcum is also running as a Republican and will appear on the Republican line in November.  He even proudly had his picture taken with Donald Trump.  At the County Democratic Convention, Juan Figueroa received 85 percent of the delegates’ votes for sheriff.  However, the incumbent was able to get on the primary ballot anyway.  It is time for a change at the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office.  Vote for the Gardiner Democratic Committee’s endorsee, Juan Figueroa for Sheriff on September 13!

Jen Metzger for State Senator

Jen Metzger

Jen Metzger

This year the incumbent Republican State Senator for the 42nd district, John Bonacic, is retiring after 20 years in office.  Running to replace Bonacic is Jen Metzger a longtime Democratic activist, Rosendale Town Council member, and co-founder of Citizens for Local Power a community-based organization working to reduce energy costs for citizens and governments.  She has spent a ton of time working in Albany on these energy issues and understands how Albany works.  Like Juan Figueroa, Jen Metzger is a figure of immense integrity as well as someone who lives her Democratic values every day.  Jen is running against Pramilla Malick a Democratic activist from Orange County primarily known as the founder of Protect Orange County, a community organization leading the opposition of the CPV fracked gas power plant.

The race to replace Bonacic as State Senator in the 42nd district is key because of the slim Republican majority in the State Senate that has prevented many key pieces of Democratic legislation from becoming law.  It is critical that we choose the strongest candidate possible to face the Republican nominee, Orange County Clerk, Anne Rabbit and take the majority in the New York State Senate.  The Gardiner Democratic Committee strongly endorses Jen Metzger for State Senator.

The Gardiner Democratic Committee has made no endorsements for Governor, Lieutenant Governor or Attorney General.  Here are the websites of the candidates:

For Governor
Andrew Cuomo
Cynthia Nixon
For Lieutenant Governor
Kathy Hochul
Jumaane Williams
For Attorney General
Zephyr Teachout
Sean Patrick Maloney
Letitia James
Leecia Eve

One more time: Please don’t forget to vote in the Democratic Primary on Thursday, September 13!

 

 

A Letter to Gardiner Democrats–VOTE TUESDAY!

Dear Fellow Democrats,

In advance of Tuesday’s Primary Election, we want to share two quotes with you that we feel are particularly timely.

  1.  “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us.  The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not
    March End Ryan

    Pat and student activists at the completion of his 30-mile march, to fight for sane gun laws, from FDR’s home to Faso’s Kingston office.

    a President and Senators and Congressmen and Government Officials, but the voters of this country.”

  2. “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

These words were spoken over 80 years ago by Franklin Roosevelt, yet they seemed tailored for the political crisis we find ourselves in today.

  • If you are tired of the blatant corruption, vote!
  • If you are tired of the unending lies, vote!
  • If you are tired of the soulless and complicit Republican Congress, vote!
  • If you are tired of the racism, homophobia, xenophobia and misogyny, vote!
  • If you are tired of the dismantling of our democratic institutions and the courting of demagogues, vote!
  • If you are tired of the self-dealing of an incurious, craven, incompetent and dangerous chief executive and his family, vote!
  • If you are tired of images of innocent babies and children ripped from their mothers and warehoused for political reasons, vote!
  • If you are tired of Congressman Faso and his toadying to Trump and the NRA, vote!

On June 26th, we have the opportunity to take back our country one Congressional District at a time. We strongly urge you to cast your vote for West Point graduate, veteran and 5 generation resident, Pat Ryan because we strongly believe that he has the best chance to beat Faso in November.  The priority is to take back our district and that means winning the votes of those who live in the red and purple districts north and west of us. “According to the NYS Board of Elections (as of April 2018), there are 157,000 Democratic +Green +Working Family Party-registered voters.  There are 158,000 Republicans + Conservative-registered voters, and 157,000 “other” voters.  These are virtually identical “thirds.”DEMOCRATS CANNOT WIN THIS ALONE.”

Veteran and Small Business Owner Pat Ryan Releases Poll Showing him as the Strongest Democrat Who Can Beat Faso in November

Through our votes, we have the power to change the story.  Call friends, neighbors and family.  Tell them what’s at stake.  Our country is unrecognizable.  We have the power to restore it to sanity.

Democratic Primary:  Tuesday, June 26th

Vote where you normally do

The polls are open 12 to 9


The Gardiner Democratic Committee

 

An Open Letter In Support of Pat Ryan for Congress

Dear Neighbor,

Pat Ryan2

We, the undersigned, are fellow residents living in NY’s 19th Congressional District, and we support Pat Ryan as the Democratic candidate for Congress in the June 26th primary. As you likely know, there are 7 candidates competing for the nomination. We have been following this race closely. Each of us has hosted or attended numerous speaking events featuring many or all of the individual candidates. We have had opportunities to chat with them one-on-one. It has been, for each of us, painstaking to select the one candidate for whom to vote, because it is a truly excellent slate of candidates, with each of them being, in our estimation, true and dedicated progressives. We’d be more than happy to have any of them be our Congressional representative. We have, however, finally decided on Pat Ryan as our choice. We’d like to tell you why.

We believe electability in November is the #1 issue to be decided on June 26th. Our American democracy is in peril. This is an ‘all hands on deck’ historical moment. Regaining Democratic control of the House of Representatives, which brings power of oversight, control of the legislative agenda, and committee chairmanships, must be our highest priority. We believe Pat Ryan is the most electable candidate. The winner in this primary must capture Democratic votes as well as many others. Gaining votes from amongst registered Republicans and non-affiliated voters is an absolute numerical requirement. According to the NYS Board of Elections (as of April 2018), there are 157,000 Democratic + Green + Working Family Party- registered voters. There are 158,000 Republicans + Conservative-registered voters, and 157,000 “other” voters. These are virtually identical ‘thirds’. Democrats cannot win this alone.

We believe that of all the candidates, Pat can best “get out” the Democratic vote in November, can win many votes from “independent, non-affiliated” people, and can also win votes from the many centrist, moderate Republicans who are disgusted with Faso and Trump. We feel Pat has a clear advantage over the other candidates in this absolutely essential way.

Pat’s local roots (born and raised in Kingston with extensive family connections in Ulster County), his education and military service (West Point Graduate with Honors, served two tours as an army officer in Iraq, masters degree from Georgetown University), and his fundraising prowess (second-highest fundraiser in the field) all make him the strongest candidate with the greatest crossover appeal. His experience and success in the field of cyber-security show management talent. He is bright, youthful, and he exudes a calm, commanding leadership style. He is well-spoken, genuine, and affable. He believes in seeking conciliation and building bridges.

Pat is the only veteran among the candidates. As witnessed in other recent races, veterans are more apt to vote for other veterans. Also, Pat has made gun safety the cornerstone of his campaign, and as a veteran, he can speak to this issue with authority. Voters of all party affiliations may be more inclined to embrace a gun safety message when delivered by a veteran. On other issues, Pat wants far-reaching and progressive health care reform. He takes a reasonable approach to transitioning to a Medicare-for-All system, an approach also advocated, among others, by progressive NY Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman. Pat supports protecting Title X funding, women’s and adolescent health, full funding of Planned Parenthood, a woman’s right to choose, equal pay for women, and paid family leave.

Pat is pro-science and understands the urgency of fighting climate change. Pat wants to assume a leadership role in the effort to install safeguards against invasion of internet privacy and for protection of personal data. His education and work experience equip him well for this task. Pat also takes progressive stands on combating income inequality, on campaign finance reform, and on fighting voter discrimination and gerrymandering. Pat believes in the value of diversity, has called the Muslim travel ban “despicable,” and wants Congressional passage of comprehensive immigration reform. For his views on other issues, you can look at patryanforcongress.com.

We pledge to actively and wholeheartedly support whichever Democrat wins the primary, but we think Pat Ryan is a great candidate who will also be the most “electable” come November. We’d be delighted to see him serve in Congress. Please join us and cast your vote for Pat Ryan in the Democratic primary on June 26th.

Signed (in alphabetical order),

Roman Arzhintar, High Falls
Doug Baz, Barrytown
Rich Bennek, Clermont
Michael Billeci, Red Hook
Hannah Black, Dutchess Cty Legislature Minority
Leader, Hyde Park
Carolyn Marks Blackwood, Rhinecliff
Debra Blalock (former Dutchess Cty Legislator), Milan
Edward Blundell, Mayor, Village of Red Hook
Maryelisa Blundell, Red Hook
Patricia Cadley, Red Hook
Anne Canzonetti, Woodstock
Matt Canzonetti, Woodstock
Arnold Cardillo, Clinton Corners
Suzanne Coffy-Iskowitz, Woodstock
Harry Colgan, Tivoli
Liz Cullers, Red Hook
Tim Delaney, Hurley
Susan Ezrati, Trustee, Village of Tivoli
Linda Faber, Rhinebeck
Jane Ferguson, Red Hook
Carl Frankel, Kingston
Mark Fuerst, Rhinebeck
Martha Gershon, Rhinebeck
Joy Harris, Rhinebeck
Tim Hunter, Gardiner
Sarah Imboden, Councilperson, Town of Red Hook
Joel Iskowitz, Woodstock
Lynn Itzkowitz, Rhinebeck
Nan Jackson, Staatsburg
Bill Jeffway, Town Board member, Milan
Christopher Kennan, Millerton
Mike Kruglinski, Gardiner
Tom Kruglinski, Gardiner
Gerald Kufner, Rhinebeck
Catherine Laing, Red Hook
Charlie Laing, Trustee, Village of Red Hook

Barry Levy, Woodstock
Robyn Levy, Woodstock
Jack Kelly, Milan
Alison Lankenau, Tivoli
John Lankenau, Tivoli
Alice Linder, Milan
Arlene London, Red Hook
Gretchen Lytle, Rhinebeck
David Marshall, Milan
Kim Mayer, Gardiner
Shannon Miller, Milan
Stephanie Minerley, Milan
Jennifer Neufeld, Rhinebeck
Mary Anne O’Malley Red Hook
Deborah Franke Ogg, Shokan
Ruth Oxenberg, Livingston
Sharlene Oyagi, Red Hook
Larry Packer, Accord
Jennifer Powers, Rhinebeck
Greg Quinn, Clinton
Karen L. Rauter, Halcott Center
Gabrielle Raven, Woodstock
Caroline Rider, Red Hook
Patricia Lee Rode, Hudson
Michael Roomberg, Red Hook
Halley Roomberg, Red Hook
Franz Safford, Red Hook
Elizabeth Sayner, High Falls
Robert A. Schumer, Livingston
John Schmitz, Barrytown
Barbara Sides, Gardiner
Steven Siegel, Milan
Lara Flowers Simmons, Tivoli
James A. Steinberg, Rhinebeck
Brooke Stevens, Red Hook
Emily Svenson, Councilperson, Hyde Park
Christopher Tavener, Rhinebeck
Joy Taylor, Milan
David Teisler, Red Hook
Caitilin Twain, Staatsburg
Michael Ullman, Clinton Corners
Nancy Ullman, Clinton Corners
Bud Upshaw, Rhinebeck
Martha Upshaw, Rhinebeck
Stephen Weir, Gardiner
Kathryn Windley, Milan
Sheri Winston, Kingston
Severin Winter, Woodstock
Jacek Wojtowicz, Rhinebeck
Wendy Wynberg, Woodstock

See you at the polls!
The Gardiner Democratic Committee

Immigration Disaster

Dear Fellow Democrats,

The jack booted Trump Administration’s cruel and inhumane immigration policy now includes ripping screaming, terrified children from their mothers and housing them in detention centers. Our nation’s moral leadership has been squandered by a dangerous, incompetent, corrupt, narcissist. Trump neither understands nor respects the duties of his office, nor does he recognize the limits placed on his powers by our Constitution. Worse, the complicit, soulless Republican Congress aids and abets this disgraceful, unlawful behavior while so called “Christian” leaders bow down to their cruel idol.

What to do? Call, write, march, donate – and VOTE! Take back our country one Congressional District at a time, starting with our own CD 19. We have a Primary election coming up one week from today. Call your friends, neighbors and family. Remind them of the importance of this race – the 10th most watched CD race in the country. Faso, a slick lobbyist, financed by the NRA and Mercer family has voted against his constituent’s interest and with the Trump agenda 90% of the time. Let’s send him the message: Times Up! You don’t represent us and we will replace you. Release him to collect his Wall Street paycheck.

Elect the Gardiner Democratic Committee’s endorsed candidate, Pat Ryan. A graduate of West Point who served 2 tours of duty in Iraq, Pat is running to take back his country from an internal threat – Trump and the Republican Congress. He has told our committee that he did not fight and risk his life and the lives of the men and women he commanded to defend an administration that is tearing apart our democratic institutions and squandering our moral leadership. He is passionate, determined, a Progressive: (see patryanforcongress.com ), tough AND he can beat Faso. His military service opens doors for him in the red areas of our sprawling district. His Progressive agenda attracts voters here in Gardiner and New Paltz.

This race will come down to a few hundred votes. Every vote counts. Be part of the blue wave!

See you at the polls!

The Gardiner Democratic Committee

June 26 Primary Election Update and Events

Pat Ryan

Pat Ryan visiting with members and friends of the Gardiner Democratic Committee in front of the Gardiner Library

In case you didn’t know, there are two primary elections and a general election this year. The first primary election is for federal offices and will be held on June 26. Polls open at 12 pm and close at 9 pm. The second primary is for state and local offices on September 13, again with polls open at 12 pm and closing at 9 pm.  We will be writing a future post about the September state and local primary.  The general election is on November 6, with polls opening at 6 am and closing at 9 pm.

In the June 26 primary, there are seven candidates vying for the Democratic Party nomination for New York’s 19th Congressional District.  To learn more about each of the candidates, you can go to this website, which has information on each candidate and links to each of their individual websites.

The Gardiner Democratic Committee has endorsed congressional candidate Pat Ryan in the June 26 primary.  Pat is a lifelong resident of Ulster County, current Gardiner resident, and a graduate of West Point who served two tours of duty in Iraq.  After the Army, Pat entered the private sector and started his own company to provide the best technology to our troops.

“We endorsed Pat for two reasons,” says GDC Chair, Mike Kruglinski.  “First, and most important, he represents our Democratic values and is truly concerned about ordinary Americans.  And second, we believe he has the best chance to beat the Republican incumbent and Trump supporter, John Faso.”  Kruglinski stresses that NY 19 is a “flipable” seat and, “We can do our best to help generate a Democratic wave in Congress to champion the middle class and oppose the dangerous Trumpist agenda.”

“Faso has done a terrible job representing the interests of ordinary NY 19 residents,” says GDC Vice Chair, Barbara Sides.  “He is a former corporate lobbyist and is currently being sponsored by the infamous Robert Mercer, the right-wing billionaire who also funded Cambridge Analytica and Steve Bannon.”  Sides continued, “Faso has spent his term in Congress championing big business, opposing universal health care, and residing squarely in the pocket of the NRA.”

Two Upcoming Opportunities to Meet Pat Ryan

There are two “Meet and Greet” events scheduled for Pat Ryan in the coming weeks.  These are opportunities to meet the candidate, hear him speak, and ask questions about issues that are important to you.  They are as follows:

Saturday, June 9 Hosted by the Gardiner Democrats
1:00-3:00pm
Yard Owl Craft Brewery
19 Osprey Lane
Gardiner, NY, 12525
RSVP to Brit@patryanforcongress.com for info

And…

Monday, June 18 Hosted by Barbara Sides
7:00pm-9:00pm
13 River Park Dr
New Paltz, NY, 12561
RSVP to Brit@patryanforcongress.com for info

Come to one of the Meet and Greets, meet our local hero and visit with your neighbors!

Pat Ryan for Congress Update

Pat at Field Office Opening

Pat Ryan at the opening of his Kingston Field Office.

At our February meeting the Gardiner Democratic Committee voted overwhelmingly to endorse Pat Ryan for the Democratic nomination to run in NY’s 19th Congressional District against incumbent Republican John Faso.  We believe that Pat a) represents solid Democratic values, and b) he is the most electable of the six candidates currently in the race.

Please join us on Tuesday March 6 at 7:30pm for a Petition Party at La Charla at 127 Main Street (formerly Shea O’Brians) in New Paltz! You’ll have a chance to hear Pat speak, sign our petition and sign up for petitioning shifts. The cash bar outside the main room will be available throughout the event. Our main room opens at 8pm.

Pat Ryan Speech to Dutchess County Democrats

About Pat:

Pat was born and raised in Kingston, NY, where his family has been for five generations. After graduating from West Point, Pat was deployed to Iraq to served two combat tours, including a tour as the lead intelligence officer for an infantry battalion of 1,000 soldiers and officers responsible for ground operations in Mosul.

While in a war zone in Iraq, Pat experienced how outdated technology was limiting and endangering our troops. After leaving the military with the rank of Captain, Pat launched a technology firm that worked to save lives by equipping troops with better tools. Pat lives in Gardiner with his wife, Rebecca.

You can learn more about Pat at his campaign’s website: https://www.patryanforcongress.com/

Gardiner Democratic Committee Endorses Pat Ryan to Replace Faso in Congressional District 19

Dear Fellow Democrats,

We are writing to share some good news about our determination to take back District 19 and defeat John Faso, one of the most vulnerable Republicans in Congress, in November.Pat Ryan

Last evening, the Gardiner Democratic Committee endorsed Gardiner resident, Pat Ryan to run in NY 19. Beginning last year, members of the committee have spent months attending candidate forums and speaking with the remaining 6, possibly 7, candidates who will vie for the opportunity to run against Faso in November.  We had many discussions among ourselves and came away determined to endorse who we think had the best chance to win, not only in Ulster County, but in the “conservative” counties north and west of us.  We believe that candidate is Pat Ryan and here’s why:

A graduate of West Point and an Intelligence Officer who served 2 tours of duty in Iraq, Pat was born and raised in Kingston to a family that has lived in our community for five generations. Pat avoids the “carpetbagger” label pushed by Mercer money that helped defeat Zephyr Teachout in 2016.

Because it is his family home, his policy priorities reveal a unique understanding of our district and its needs.  He is advocating for education reform to help our young people and displaced workers find meaningful work in our changing economy.  As a successful small technology business owner and creator of 150 jobs, he’s acted on these priorities in the real world.

Pat has put forth an infrastructure plan to bring our nation’s roads and bridges and our district’s rail into the 21st Century – thereby also creating jobs. And, crucially, he is passionate about fixing our broken healthcare system to provide universal care. Pat believes health care is a human right.

Pat is a “cross-over” candidate and a unifier.  His progressive policy priorities will win in our district and his military service, as well as his experience as a small business owner, will open doors in the counties where Trump signs dotted lawns.

There are some fine candidates running in 19, but they don’t have the qualities that make Pat “unique.”  His adult life has been about service to our country – his post military life consisted of training returning veterans for technology jobs and producing life-saving information technology for our troops in combat.  We admire his service, his integrity and his commitment to putting our community and country’s needs over his own interests, party or donors.  At West Point, he was taught that, “Officers eat last.” He continues to embrace that value in his civilian life.

If you haven’t already met Pat and his wife, Rebecca, there will be many opportunities in the coming weeks and months to do so and we will be sending you information about upcoming events. If you would like to be part of Pat’s campaign and help him to victory in November, email his campaign manager, Tim Wagner at tim@patryanforcongress.com.

We look forward to being represented by Gardiner resident, Pat Ryan, in Congress!

The Gardiner Democratic Committee

Leon Steiner, 1936-2018

Former Gardiner Democratic Committee Chair, Leon Steiner, passed away on January 4, 2018, at the age of 81.  The cause was cancer.

Leon and Marlene Steiner

Leon and Marlene Steiner

A life-long Democrat, Leon served for many years on the Gardiner Democratic Committee, including seven as Chair. Leon believed strongly in the importance of working with other town committees.  In addition, he forged a close working relationship with the Ulster County Democratic Committee to elect Democrats. Leon also served for many years on the Board of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.

A retired electrical engineer with a Master’s degree in computer science from Brooklyn Polytech, Leon worked for many of the top aerospace companies. He was most proud of his work for NASA on the Hubble Space Telescope. He and his beloved wife, Marlene and family moved to Gardiner in 2000.

Gardiner Democrats, as well as the entire Gardiner community, mourns the passing of this civic leader.  May he rest in peace.