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Eleanor’s Legacy Invitation

On Thursday, Oct. 30, join us and Assemblymember Amy Paulin in Scarsdale to honor two remarkable women of Westchester: Geri Shapiro and Cheryl Brannan.

In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt: “Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.'” Geri and Cheryl live up to the highest standards for New York women leaders: they believe that it can be done and they make it happen every day. Their advocacy of women in public life and their support for women in elected office have made a difference in Westchester, for women and for everyone.

I hope you can join us on Oct. 30 to celebrate Geri Shapiro and Cheryl Brannan. Click here to RSVP.

GOTV Rally!

Democratic Conference Leader & State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins,
Senator George Latimer,
Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson,
and Democratic Senate Candidate Justin Wagner
Invite you to a

GOTV Rally

for the Democratic Senate Candidates of Westchester.

Special guests are US Congressman Eliot Engel and US Congresswoman Nita Lowey.

Saturday November 1st, 2014

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Senator Stewart-Cousins Campaign HQ: 66 Main Street Yonkers, NY

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Sign Up to Be a Poll Watcher!

A message from the New York Democratic Lawyers Council:

Sign up to protect the right to vote this Election Day, Tuesday November 4, 2014. The New York Democratic Lawyers Council, working in partnership with Democratic Candidates across New York State, is recruiting volunteers to protect the vote at poll sites on Election Day.
As a volunteer, you will serve inside on a poll site on Election Day helping voters to understand their rights, ensuring that Election Administration is being conducted properly, and reporting on voting conditions to our central boiler room. You will be trained on the key election law issues and no prior experience is necessary.

On Election Day, we are accepting volunteers who are willing to work either the full day, or only part of the day. We can work around your schedule. We have opportunities in all parts of NYS, however, you may only poll watch in the County, or City in which you are registered.

Follow this link to sign up!

Memorial for Samuel Wilkins

The Greenburgh Town Democratic Committee would like to express our sympathy for the family and friends of Sam Wilkins, a longtime district leader and former Fairview Area Chair, who passed away on September 25.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday October 19 at 1:30 PM at McMahon’s Funeral Home, 491 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains NY.

Support Judge Jim Hubert!

See below an invitation to a fundraiser for Judge Jim Hubert’s campaign. A link to an electronic version of the invitation is below.

Official Downloadable Invitation

JUDGE JAMES W. HUBERT to the NYS Supreme Court, 9th Judicial District
TUESDAY OCTOBER 21, 2014 5:30– 7:30 P.M.
Hosted by McCarthy Fingar LLP 11 Martine Avenue, 12th Floor White Plains, New York
Suggested Contribution $125 per ticket – Buy two if you can!! ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————
Name: _______________________________________________________________
Address: _______________________________________________________________
E-mail: ______________________________
Phone # ______________________
____ Enclosed is $ ____ for ____ tickets.
____ I can’t attend, but I’d like to help elect Judge Hubert
Checks payable to HUBERT 2014 can be sent in advance to:
HUBERT 2014, R. Klipstein, Treasurer, 65 Landing Dr., Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 Or pay by credit card at
Let us know you will attend: or or 917-882-7436.
For more information:

Letters to the Editor Endorsing Governor Cuomo

Recently, members of the Greenburgh Town Democratic Committee wrote letters to the editor featured in the Enterprise endorsing Governor Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul. Please see them below. No matter whom you support, make sure to vote in the Democratic Primary on Tuesday September 9!

To the Editor:

We members of the Greenburgh Democratic Committee Executive Committee ask enrolled Democrats to cast their primary vote on Tuesday September 9 for Governor Andrew Cuomo and for Kathy Hochul for Lt. Governor.

We are voting for Gov. Cuomo because he has been a progressive leader for our state. He was instrumental in passing the SAFE Act to regulate guns; marriage equality is now the law in this state, the minimum wage has been increased and we now have state wide universal pre-K. He has also committed to enact the ten-point Women’s Equality Agenda. Five hundred thousand new jobs have been created in New York (second in the nation) and, in our region, we will have a new Tappan Zee Bridge to replace the existing obsolete span. Fiscally, not only has he worked with legislative leaders of both parties to get the state budget passed on time — for each of his four years in office — but the state has gone from a $10 billion deficit to a $2 billion surplus, and the Governor and the Legislature have used those funds to increase funding for public education and for SUNY. And the Governor’s property tax cap has kept the lid on local property taxes.

We also support the Governor’s choice for lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, who is a pro-choice former congresswoman from western New York.

We know that some are considering a vote for the Governor’s primary opponent, to register dissatisfaction on a particular issue, whether it be Common Core, the disbanding of a commission to root out government corruption or some other issue — comfortable that Governor Cuomo will still win. The New York Times did not endorse either candidate, but it noted Ms. Teachout’s lack of executive and political experience. But the Times doesn’t vote — you do. Please don’t use your primary vote to register a protest. Nominating a Democratic gubernatorial candidate lacking executive and political experience will almost certainly enhance the chances in November of electing an anti-choice Republican who is far too conservative, partisan and divisive to be an effective leader in New York. We shouldn’t take that risk on Tuesday September 9. Please use your vote wisely.

Suzanne Berger, Chair Greenburgh Democratic Committee
John S. Blakley, St., Executive Vice Chair, Greenburgh Democratic Committee
William S. Greenawalt, NYS Democratic State Committee, 92 AD
Ellen Hendrickx, Chair, Hastings on Hudson Democratic Committee
Randy Klipstein, Chair, Dobbs Ferry Democratic Committee
Robert B. Bernstein, Chair, Edgemont Area Democratic Committee
and additional members

To the Editor:

I am writing to endorse Governor Andrew Cuomo in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary.

In an extremely difficult political and economic environment, Governor Cuomo has accomplished a great deal. He has stabilized our State’s finances, consistently delivered on-time budgets, and put in place the kind of job creation incentives New York needs. He has also delivered on gun safety and marriage equality, and has stood up to the fossil fuel industry’s rush to open our State to hydraulic fracturing. We are safer and more prosperous today because of his efforts.

Perhaps Governor Cuomo’s greatest accomplishment has been his decisiveness in moving ahead with the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge. The Tappan Zee Bridge has been crumbling for close to two decades, but governors of neither party managed to get the project off the ground. Mr. Cuomo, however, understood the need to move forward and has begun a bridge reconstruction project that will create many thousands of jobs, maintain the most important link in our regional transportation network, and create new routes for bicyclists, pedestrians and mass transit.

On the other hand, his primary opponent is untried and untested. Her lack of political judgment became evident when she gave voice to Tea Party extremists in this State, by making a public appearance with the Republican candidate for governor, Rob Astorino. She has done great damage to progressive values, by publicly standing with a candidate who has pledged to repeal the Safe Act and open the State to fracking, who opposes the Women’s Equality Act and middle class job creation, and has shown little interest in maintaining the infrastructure we need for a healthy economy.

I urge my friends and neighbors to vote for Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, September 9.

MaryJane Shimsky

Greenburgh Reorganization Meeting!

Join the Greenburgh Democratic Committee for our Reorganization Meeting on Tuesday, September 16 at 7:30pm. See below a letter sent to committee district leaders for additional information.


Our Chair, Suzanne Berger, asked that this email be sent to you with the information postal mailed to those who successfully carried and filed a petition for District Leader with the Board of Elections this summer. Our Committee’s Reorganization Meeting will be held at Greenburgh Town Hall on TUESDAY, September 16, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. (Check in begins at 7:00 p.m.) Please read below why you may not need to print out the attached documents.



Tuesday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Check-in begins at 7:00 p.m.


177 Hillside Avenue (PO White Plains, NY)


1. Roll Call – Please list your current email address on sign-in sheet for GDC use.

2. Announcements/Reports:

a. Ninth Judicial District Nominating Convention-Sept 17, 7 PM (Crowne Plaza)

b. WCDC Reorganization Meeting: Date: September 22, 2014, 7PM (County Center)

3. Action: Adopt Credentials Report-Confirm vacancies filled by Villages/Areas by appointment

4. Action: Adoption of Minutes

5. Action: Approve Treasurer’s Report

6. Action: Adopt Rules

7. Action: Chair to Appoint parliamentarian, time keeper and three tellers

8. Action: Reorganization

a. In the following order and in accordance with the Rules, the floor will be open for nominations and seconds. When the nominations close for that position, the nominated candidate(s) may then speak. If there is a contest, there will be a vote (by paper ballot) on that nomination

b. Chair

c. Executive Vice Chair

d. Vice Chair (three positions)

e. Corresponding Secretary

f. Recording Secretary

g. Treasurer

h. Assistant Treasurer

NOTE: At the discretion of the Chair, nominations may be taken for the next office, or agenda items listed below may be discussed, while a vote is being counted

9. Update on November 2014 campaigns:

a. Congress – Rep. Lowey

b. Statewide: Governor, Lt. Governor, Comptroller and Attorney General

c. NYS- State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins and Assemblyman Tom Abinanti

d. Westchester County Court – Anne Minihan

e. Westchester Family Court – Arlene Katz and Rachel Hahn

f. Supreme Court (1)

g. Villages: Dobbs Ferry and Ardsley

10. Recognize and hear from elected officials and other distinguished guests

11. Courtesy of the Floor – an opportunity for District Leaders to speak on an issue of concern – please advise the Chair in advance of your interest and your topic; time limits may be made by the Chair to insure that all speakers can be heard.

12. New Business

13. Adjournment



Reorganization Meeting Rules

1. These Rules shall be subject to adoption by a majority of eligible District Leaders at the Democratic Town Committee Reorganization Meeting.

2. All Greenburgh Democratic District Leaders present may vote. To be eligible, a District Leader must be duly elected on September 9, 2014 as listed by the Westchester County Board of Elections or duly appointed and his/her name, address, phone number, email address and the Election District he/she represents received in writing (email is acceptable) by the Committee Chair Suzanne Berger and Corresponding Secretary Millie Ortiz Sheehan before 7:30 p.m., September 16, 2014, together with a copy of the minutes showing a quorum was present and a majority of those present voted in favor of the appointment. No proxies will be allowed.

3. The Town Committee Chair, who shall have previously appointed a Credentials Committee comprised of three (3) registered Greenburgh Democrats, shall appoint a Convention Chair. The Convention Chair shall preside and appoint a:

· Parliamentarian;

· Vote Tally Committee, comprised of three (3) registered Greenburgh Democrats; and

· Timekeeper

The same person(s) may serve on both the Credentials Committee and the Vote Tally Committee. The Town Committee Chair may appoint him/herself as Convention Chair. All appointments shall be subject to confirmation by the Town Committee by majority vote of eligible District Leaders present. A majority of eligible District Leaders present shall approve the credentials report including the allocation of the weighted vote for the meeting.

4. Each candidate for a contested office may appoint a watcher.

5. Nominating speeches shall be limited to two (2) minutes and seconding speeches shall be limited to thirty (30) seconds. Candidates nominated and seconded shall have two (2) minutes to speak in the order nominated.

Votes for party offices shall be by weighted vote. To win, a candidate needs to receive greater than fifty percent (> 50%) of the total weighted votes cast. If no candidate receives a majority after a ballot, the candidate with the lowest weighted vote is eliminated and the election is then among any/all remaining candidates. If more than two candidates receive greater than fifty percent (> 50%) of the total weighted votes cast, then the candidates receiving the highest and second highest vote totals are designated.

6. Any District Leader present who does not vote has abstained.

7. If there are two or more seats for a Town Committee office, if after a ballot not all the seats are filled, the subsequent ballot is among any/all remaining candidates.

Join us for our annual fundraiser!

Please Join Us for the Greenburgh Democratic Town Committee Annual Cocktail Party To Honor Former Greenburgh Democratic Town Chair, Joyce Baumgarten

Meet and Mingle with our Democratic Candidates!

Monday, April 28th, 2014
156 South Central Avenue
Hartsdale, New York
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Greenburgh District Leaders (in advance): $75
All others or at the door: $100
R.S.V.P. by April 21st