Local Democratic/Progressive Groups

Orleans County Democratic Committee: Chair Jeanne Crane runs the official Democratic Party Committee in Orleans County, as established by New York State Election Law. For information contact her at jeannecrane01@localnet.com or (585) 737-6903. Coming Soon: A link to committee news, events and information.

Orleans County Progressives: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1233700680018673/

GLOW Progressiveshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1477030182616962/

Working Families of Rochesterhttps://www.facebook.com/rochesterworkingfamilies

OFA – New Yorkhttps://www.facebook.com/ofa.newyork

Rochester’s MoveOn Councilhttps://www.facebook.com/RochestersMoveOnCouncil

2018 Election Information

NYS Primary Election: Thursday, September 13, 2018. Polls open: Noon to 9:00 PM.

NYS General Election: Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Polls open: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Voter Registration: In New York you can register online, in person, or by the mail. The main dates this year for NYS voter registration are August 19th for the primary election and October 12th for the general election. But, there are some different dates for changes, absentee ballots, etc.

You can stop by the Orleans County Board of Elections for more information or to register. You can also visit the NYS Board of Elections website to download a registration form that you then mail to our Orleans County Board of Elections. Or, if you have an account with the NYS DMV website, you can register there online.

Summer Events

Joe DiPasquale for NYS Assembly: Joe will be at the Niagara County Fair, Molinaro’s Italian Festival, and the Erie County Fair. Check out Joe’s Event Page for more information.

Nate McMurray for NY-27: McMurray for Congress Lunch, Rally & Canvassing Event on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 12:00 noon – 2:00 PM at the Alexander Fire Department, 10708 Alexander Rd, Attica, New York 14011. Check out this Facebook link for more information.
Check out Nate’s Event Page for several other events throughout Western New York.

2018 Democratic Attorney General’s Debate

A debate between Leecia Eve, Sean Patrick Maloney, Zephyr Teachout, and Letitia James, 2018 Democratic candidates for NY Attorney General, will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018. The debate will be held at The Cooper Union at 7:00 – 8:30 PM and can be livestreamed on www.Facebook.com/cooperunion, www.youtube.com/cooperunion and CAFE.com.

Watch the debate and remember to vote in the primary election on Thursday, September 13, 2018!

2018 Democratic Governor’s Debate

A debate between Cynthia Nixon and Andrew Cuomo, 2018 Democratic candidates for NY Governor, will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. The debate will be held at Hofstra University at 5:00 PM, but broadcast on CBS at 7:00 PM. The NYC CBS station, newyork.cbslocal.com, will have a link on their web site for viewing the debate, though they say CBS stations throughout New York may be televising the debate.

Watch the debate and remember to vote in the primary election on Thursday, September 13, 2018!


Federal Prosecutors have announced the ARREST and INDICTMENT of Republican Congressman Christopher Collins on securities fraud charges.


The United States Justice Department has charged the following:

  • COUNT ONE: Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud
  • COUNT TWO: Securities Fraud
  • COUNT THREE: Securities Fraud
  • COUNT FOUR: Securities Fraud
  • COUNT FIVE: Securities Fraud
  • COUNT SIX: Securities Fraud
  • COUNT SEVEN: Securities Fraud
  • COUNT EIGHT: Securities Fraud
  • COUNT NINE: Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud
  • COUNT TEN: Wire Fraud
  • COUNT ELEVEN: False Statements – Christopher Collins
  • COUNT TWELVE: False Statements – Cameron Collins
  • COUNT THIRTEEN: False Statements – Stephen Zarsky

Christopher Collins is another sad example of a rich crook rigging the system and positioning himself to funnel as many financial gains as possible to his own pocket, while finding ways to saddle the rest of us with any losses – all while pretending to be our friend and protector.

Let’s all call on the Orleans County GOP to dump their endorsement of this turkey for this fall’s election, demand his immediate resignation, and endorse our honest candidate, Nate McMurray. We need someone who will represent all of the people of NY-27, not a greedy and corrupt few. 

Workshop – Women Leaders

A message from Diana Kastenbaum: One thing I am passionate about is getting qualified Democratic women in leadership positions and running for office. I am sponsoring this Workshop along with the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming (GLOW) Democratic Chairs and the Ontario County Chair to identify women in our rural area who want to run for office or take a leadership position in their communities. The workshop will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Dibble Family Center, 4120 W Main Street Rd, Batavia, NY.

SPACE IS LIMITED AND RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS FREE WORKSHOP. Contact me at diana@dianakastenbaum.com if you are interested in attending.