Strawinski endorsed for County Legislature

Three key groups representing more than 125,000 building and construction trades workers, Dutchess County employees, and organized labor members and their families have endorsed Micki Strawinski (D-Red Hook) for election to the Dutchess County Legislature next Tuesday, November 8, representing Red Hook and Tivoli.

The Hudson Valley Building and Construction Trades Council (HVBCTC), Dutchess County Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) and the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation (HVALF) unanimously cite Strawinski for her “commitment to addressing the needs of all hardworking men and women.”

“There is no better place than Red Hook. I am extremely passionate about our future,” says Strawinski. “I look forward to working as hard as I can for our wonderful town in the legislature.”

Now in her last year of a four year term as an elected member of the Town Board of Red Hook, Strawinski is known for her can-do, tireless efforts on behalf of her fellow residents. She has helped lead the fight for more efficient, tax-saving town budgets and land-use laws that are laying the foundation for more jobs and economic growth.

“In these hard times, we must work together to make sure Red Hook continues to offer the best in education, economic opportunity and commitment to the future,” Strawinski says. “I intend to get the job done in Poughkeepsie.”

“Micki will appear on the Democratic and Working Families lines on November 8th.”

Fifth Annual 4th of July Potluck

The Red Hook Democrats and their families and supporters gathered together under the Red Hook Recreation Park Pavilion to celebrate Independence Day. Children ran beneath the sprinkler in the 90 degree heat while the adults enjoyed the chicken, burgers and hot dogs cooked up by Ed Blundell and the numerous dishes and desserts brought by the attendees. Many thanks to all who participated and to Micki Strawinski and Ed Blundell for organizing the event.

2010 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

Democrats honor Glenn Goldstein & Susan Goodman-Goldstein

Democrats from Red Hook and elsewhere in Dutchess County gathered at the farm of Chris and Sarah Gilbert to salute longtime Democratic activists Glenn Goldstein and Susan Goodman Goldstein. Many thanks to all who attended and to Vicky Perry and Sarah Gilbert for organizing the event.

Assemblyman Molinaro Opposes Reform of “Archaic” Election Laws

Votes against bill to protect voters’ personal medical information

An important voting reform bill passed in the Assembly last week. New York State’s absentee ballot application will be simplified if it passes the State Senate, too. Only 5 members took the radical position to oppose the reform. Assemblyman Molinaro was one of the 5 “NO” votes.

The simplified form would require less personal supporting information, like the name of the voter’s physician – information that some voters might prefer not to provide on a publicly available document. And by eliminating the requirement for that information, the new law would also eliminate an excuse for election lawyers to throw out votes cast when that information wasn’t provided, by oversight or out of privacy concerns.

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State Senator Steve Saland Votes to Block Ethics Reform

After unanimously supporting the bill when it first came to a vote last month, Senate Republicans including our state senator Steve Saland voted against overriding the governor’s veto of ethics reform. The Senate debate laid bare the acrimony between Republicans and Democrats, who traded accusations over which party was to blame for blocking ethics reform at a time when several political corruption scandals have reinforced the stereotype that Albany is rife with favor trading and influence peddling.

Read more about Steve Saland’s hypocrisy.

Red Hook Celebrates Hardscrabble Day

Dozens of Democrats March Proudly in Parade

Red Hook Democrats came together in an unprecedented show of solidarity on Hardscrabble Day 2008 with over 60 people walking and riding in the parade. Special thanks to local artist David Levine for his wonderful float and to Norman Greig for providing and driving the tractor.

Walking with us was Democratic Assembly candidate Anne Rubin who also greeted visitors near our table. Democratic State Senate candidate Ken Dow also visited us.

At our table in front of Merritt Books, we gave away free water and had a large selection of stickers featuring local and national candidates and issues. A big thank you to Lorelei Sharkey for providing the facepainting at our special edition double table in front of Merritt Books and to all the other volunteers who helped man our table and assemble and disassemble the materials.

All-in-all the day was a great success.

Dems Nominate at 2009 Caucus

Robert McKeon and Bill O’Neill get nod

Robert McKeon
Town Board
Robert McKeon
Bill O'Neill
Town Board
Bill O’Neill

At their caucus on Thursday, July 9th, Robert McKeon and Bill O’Neill were nominated to run for the Red Hook Town Board in November’s elections. The caucus was open to all registered Democrats in the Town of Red Hook, and both candidates received unanimous support.

County Legislator Tom Mansfield was also endorsed for re-election. In making the motion for his endorsement, Micki Strawinski referenced his business experience and reputation for being a hard working elected official.

Tom is a small business owner and attorney, and after being elected in 2007, has become known for offering important financial and legal insights in the County Legislature. This has been particularly valuable as the County seeks ways to cope with the economic climate and declining revenue.

Robert McKeon was first elected to the Town Board in a special election in 2008, to serve out the term of a previous member. Harry Colgan, who serves on the Town Board with McKeon, cited his “bold leadership over the years on farmland preservation, economic development, and tax reform” as reasons to support his reelection.

Bill O’Neill was previously an assistant district attorney in Dutchess County, the Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Red Hook, and has been the chairman of the Intermunicipal Task Force for approximately five years. He was born in Red Hook, and is also a registered Republican. “Bill has shown himself to be an honest, dedicated man of incredible character. His work on the Centers and Greenspaces Plan is groundbreaking, he has shown the ability to achieve results by working across party lines, and we are sure that he is the best possible person for the job,” said Pat Kelly, co-chair of the Red Hook Democrats.

“The Red Hook Democrats believe that elections should be about what is best for the community, not what is politically expedient. This is why we have previously supported Republican and independent candidates, and why we will continue to search for candidates who will best serve the town, regardless of party affiliation,” said John Schmitz, co-chair of the Red Hook Democratic Committee.


Robert McKeon wins Town Board seat 2,930-2,141

Defeats Rob Latimer in 2008 Special Election

With a strong show of support from across Red Hook, Democratic and Red Hook United candidate Robert McKeon defeated Republican Rob Latimer to earn a town board seat and, with it, delivered the first Democratic majority in the modern history of the Town of Red Hook.

Dozens of democrats and McKeon supporters from across Red Hook came together to celebrate his victory and the victory of other local and national Democrats on election night.