Local Democratic/Progressive Groups

Orleans County Democratic Committeehttps://www.orleansnydemocrats.com/

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

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

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

True Blue NYhttps://makenytrueblue.org

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

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

Our Revolution:

ROCitizen – Our Revolution group in Rochester:

Democratic Presidential Debates, 2019

The 2020 presidential election may be more than a year away, but now is actually the time when everyday Americans can have the largest impact in the decision of who will replace the current Divider-In-Chief. Over two dozen well-qualified people are competing to become the Democratic nominee. It can be hard to select one person as your preferred candidate, so many people wait until closer to the election before getting involved.

But, your early support helps to ensure that our candidate gets selected by the people instead of big donors or party committees. So, the next time you hear a candidate say something that you like please consider going online to their campaign site and giving them $5 or buying a bumper sticker. Donations to committees and the party do help, but direct donations to candidates are better as they keep the decision making power in your hands.

Corporate Donations and the Taxpayer First Act

Check out the following ProPublica article that describes another case of corporate lobbying and big campaign contributions leading to bipartisan failure to make lives better for Americans. Sadly, politicians on both sides of the aisle have accepted millions of dollars in donations from the Income Tax Preparation Industry and are now poised to make it illegal for the IRS to provide their own online software that could make tax filing free for everyone.


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez commented on this topic as well: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6913879/Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez-says-time-IRS-prepare-taxpayers-returns.html#v-1062864116847916601

When you look to support the progressive cause please take the time to make sure that your support and money go to candidates who work for the people, not the special interests. Seek out good candidates and support them directly – especially those who won’t accept corporate donations. Too many committees and PACs will blindly support incumbents, so be careful.

Running for Office 2019

Running for office in New York has changed a lot in 2019. The consolidation of primaries for federal and state elections into a single day should help give voters more say in choosing candidates and improve turnout. One challenge in running for local and state office is that now candidates need to pass petitions in late winter / early spring instead of summer. So, the time to start is now!

If you are a Democrat and you want to run for an office as a Democrat then you just need to pass a petition and gather signatures from Democrats that are registered in the area that the office represents. You don’t need permission from anyone else in the party – just your enthusiasm and energy. You can find out more about petitions both from the State Board of Elections, elections.ny.gov, and the Orleans County Board of Elections, orleansny.com/Elections.

For 2019 the first day for signing designating petitions is February 26 and the dates for filing designating petitions are April 1 – 4. But, as always, refer to the Board of Elections as the official source for information like this.

Here are a few tips on petitions. First, get extra signatures as people can challenge petitions. It is very common that a MINIMUM of 25% of the signature lines have some issue that can be challenged. Second, review your petitions carefully before submission to make sure that all the pages are filled out correctly – as entire pages and the whole petition can be challenged. It would be a good idea to have an experienced person help you review your petitions.

If more than one Democrat has petitions accepted at the Board of Elections for the same office then those candidates will be listed on the primary ballot. Hooray – Democracy in action.

Run for Town office. Run for County office. Run for State office. Run for Federal office. It is your right. Good luck!

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. 

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.