Gardiner Dems to Host FUNdraiser to Honor David Dukler

Retiring Gardiner Town Board member, David Dukler

The Gardiner Democratic Committee will host a fundraiser in Majestic Park on Sunday, September 26, from 1:00 to 4:00 in the Pavilion.  The guest of honor will be David Dukler, who is retiring after serving two distinguished terms on the Town Board.  Dave is known all-around as a team player who worked best forging consensus as well as championing issues such as his work on the Transfer Station, the kennel law, and achievements in parks and rec.  As an avid biker, he is also a champion of maintaining and improving the rail trail.

The event is billed as a FUNdraiser focused on family.  There will be yard games for kids (those -12 and under are free), good food and drink, and fellowship with other Democrats.  The signature event will be a live auction with a wide variety of items donated by local and area businesses and individuals.  The highest value items include a session with award-winning photographer, Michael Gold, valued at $400, and a skydive donated by The Ranch in Gardiner, valued at $300.  The marquis item on the auction block will be one week (seven nights) at the Marriott Orlando Cypress Harbor resort, June 4 – 11, 2022. It has two bedrooms two bathrooms and accommodates up to eight people. The value is $1750.  The winning bidder can trade it for any other available week (any time prior to that week) in the Marriott timeshare system, including Kauai, Oahu, Virgin Islands, Mallorca, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Scottsdale, and many others. Transportation is not included.  These highest valued items will be available for advance bid.  For more information, contact Tom Kruglinski at

Also set up near the FUNdraiser and available to anyone in the park will be the Democracy Tent, an project of the Ulster County Democratic Committee.  It is a tent with a variety of information on progressive causes as well as voter registration and absentee ballot requests.  It will have kids’ activities such as “kid voting” and campaign button making.

A number of elected officials will be in attendance, including County Executive (and Gardiner resident), Patrick Ryan, Assemblymember Kevin Cahill, County Comptroller March Gallagher, our County Legislator (and Gardiner resident), Tracey Bartels, Candidate for Supreme Court (and Gardiner resident), David Gandin, Candidate for Ulster County Family Court, Sarah Rakov and Marisa McClinton, candidate for County Legislator representing Plattekill.  The event will also include all local (Gardiner) town candidates, including Supervisor Marybeth Majestic, Town Board member Warren Wiegand, Town Board candidate Carol Richman, Town Justice Bob Rich, Town Clerk Michelle Mosher, and Highway Superintendent Brian Stiscia.

Advance registration is necessary.  Admission is $25 for adults (18 and up), $5 for teens (13-17), and kids are free.  For more information and for registration, please go to: .  Attendees can pay securely online via PayPal with their credit cards or PayPal account.

The event flyer is here.

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