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Hillsdale Dems Annual Meeting ~ Candidate Forum/Meet & Greet
10:00 AM10:00

Hillsdale Dems Annual Meeting ~ Candidate Forum/Meet & Greet

  • First United Methodist Church Hillsdale, NY 12529 (map)
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The Hillsdale Democratic Committee welcomes all registered Democrats* to the Hillsdale Democratic Committee Annual Meeting. This will be followed by a candidate Forum and short Meet & Greet after which is open to everyone.

* All our welcome but please be patient from 10-10:30 as we have our quick annual meeting.

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Congressional Candidate Presentations
7:00 PM19:00

Congressional Candidate Presentations

Feel free to come at 6:30 for drinks or dinner. Presentations will now start at 7:30 instead of 7. It promises to be a very enjoyable and fact-filled evening! We are looking forward to seeing everyone.

Three of the 6 Democratic CD19 candidates will meet with the CCDC on February 15th, Thursday, 7:30 PM, at Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia St, Hudson, NY 12534.

Each candidate will meet with CCDC individually. Each candidate has 10 minutes to address the committee, followed by 20 minutes of question and answer.

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Congressional Candidates Forum at Bard College
6:00 PM18:00

Congressional Candidates Forum at Bard College

  • Bard College Olin Hall of the Humanities (map)
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Did you miss our amazing forum on November 12? You have another chance to hear from all six contenders to take back NY 19.

December 1, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Bard College - Olin Hall of the Humanities
Directions are available here.

RSVP/get tickets here.

All details are available here.

Sponsored by:

Indivisible The Fight is On
Hudson Valley Strong
Bard Center for Civic Engagement
Bard Democrats

Please note that this is not a CCDC event; we're just sharing for the benefit of our members and community.

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Congressional Candidates Forum
3:00 PM15:00

Congressional Candidates Forum

CCDC Congressional Candidates Forum

On November 12, the Columbia County Democratic Committee, Columbia County Young Democrats, NYPAN (New York Progressive Action Network), Indivisible CD19 NY, and Indivisible Chatham will co-sponsor a forum with all those running to take back New York's 19th Congressional seat.  

RSVP and get tickets here.

November 12, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hudson Intermediate School
102 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534

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12:00 PM12:00

Candidate meet and greet sponsored by Greenport Democrats & CCDC

  • 75 Spook Rock Road Hudson, NY, 12534 United States (map)
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Meet Town, County, and CD19 Congressional Candidates — At One Time, In One Place!

75 Spook Rock Road
Hudson, NY 12534

Congressman Paul Tonko, CD20 Rep, will be there too!

Talk to our future CD19 Congressional candidates:
Jeff Beals
Steve Brisee
Dave Clegg
Antonio Delgado
Brian Flynn
Gareth Rhodes
Pat Ryan

Listen to our Columbia County candidates:
Peter Volkmann, County Sheriff
Andrea Coleman, Coroner

Vote for Greenport candidates’ chili:
Kathy Eldridge, Town Supervisor (Chicken Chili)
Janice Brodowski, Town Council (Beef Chili)
Carol Peckham, Town Council (Vegetarian Chili)

Also more food and a cash bar

Contribution is $50.

Proceeds used to support Columbia County and Greenport Democratic Candidates.
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6:30 PM18:30

CCDC Biennial Organizational Meeting

  • Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building (map)
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The Biennial Organizational Meeting of the Columbia County Democratic Committee is this Thursday, September 28th, at the Martin H Glynn Municipal Building, Valatie.

6:30 pm - social period
7:00 pm - business meeting


  • Pledge of allegiance
  • Election of temporary chairman to preside until election of County Committee Chair
  • Election of temporary secretary to serve until election of Secretary
  • Election of new CCDC members
  • Election of officers: Chair, First Vice Chair, Second Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer
  • Election to recommend Democratic Commissioner of Elections for appointment
  • Minutes of July 27, 2017 meeting for approval
  • Joint Executive Committee/Town Chairs meeting of Aug 31, 2017
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Sheriff and Coroner races update – Erin Stamper
  • Fundraising update
    • Club Helsinki, Sep 23
    • Greenport/CCDC fundraiser, Gene Keeler’s, Oct 7
  • Other business
  • Adjourn

Notes on the Biennial Organizational Meeting, September 28, 2017
Our Rules (Article II 9) require a Biennial Organizational Meeting be held within twenty days of the party primary election held in each odd year. As our party primary was held September 12th, our regularly scheduled meeting of September 28th is well within the twenty day requirement.
At each Biennial Organizational Meeting we are required to elect officers (Chair, First Vice Chair, Second Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer) for two year terms, to serve until the next Biennial Organizational Meeting. Officers currently serving may stand for re-election.
County Committee members are elected for terms of two years at the party primary election, the term starting at the commencement of the Biennial Organization Meeting of that year and ending immediately before the next Biennial Organization Meeting. While 58 County Committee members were elected in this year’s primary, 42 were not, primarily because they did not file designating petitions sufficient for election. Only the 58 elected will be able to vote at the beginning of the Biennial Organizational Meeting for temporary chair and secretary, and for the filling of vacancies (see Agenda above). Members elected to fill vacancies will be able to vote as soon as elected by the committee, including voting for new officers and the rest of the agenda.
Unusually, some towns will have no County Committee members as of the start of the meeting. We have two options for filling vacancies in those towns:

  • Fill vacancies as recommended by each town’s outgoing County Committee members, to serve immediately; or,
  • Wait 101 days after the Biennial Organizational Meeting and elect members to fill vacancies without recommendation by the town committee, on the basis the town committee does not exist

The Executive Committee recommends filling the vacancies at this meeting, rather than waiting 101 days.
There is a prescribed order in our Rules for the initial portion of the meeting:

  • Election of a temporary chair and temporary secretary to preside over and take minutes of the meeting until the new Chair and new Secretary are elected.
  • Filling of any vacancies on the County Committee; then
  • Election of the five new officers

Once the officers are elected we will follow the remainder of the normal agenda.

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