Village of Albion 2018 Candidates

The Village of Albion Democrats held a caucus on Monday, January 29, 2018 to select candidates for the upcoming village election. For Mayor the caucus selected Joyce Riley. For the 2 trustee positions the caucus selected Sandra Walter and Jason Dragon.

Over the next few months our candidates and supporters will be holding a number of events to engage the community. Please feel free to contact any candidate with issues or concerns.

Joyce Riley (585) 733-8462
Sandy Walter (585) 589-9058
Jason Dragon (585) 589-6646

More information to follow soon.

No offshore drilling off New York’s waters

Sharing a message from our Governor …

Dear Fellow New Yorker,

As Governor, it is my duty to protect our state’s coast from environmental threats. The latest threat doesn’t come from Mother Nature but from Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of the Interior, under the Trump administration, recently proposed permitting offshore oil and gas drilling in the waters off the country’s coasts, including New York.

Please join me in telling Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke: No offshore drilling off New York’s coast.

Yesterday, we learned that Secretary Zinke gave Florida an exemption from this offshore drilling decision after a bipartisan outcry. In his statement, Mr. Zinke said he would “take into consideration the local and state voice.”

If Florida gets an exemption, then New York should too.

Our beautiful coastline is crucial to this state’s economy. It supports nearly 350,000 jobs and generates billions of dollars through tourism, fishing and other industries. The risk of an oil spill is unacceptable.

Sign the petition and say no to offshore drilling in New York now.

Protecting our environment for future generations is the right thing to do. Let’s send a loud message to Washington that New Yorkers are united against offshore drilling in our own backyard. We too demand an exemption.

Ever Upward,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Postcards in Gaines

Some registered Democrats that live in the Town of Gaines received postcards in the mail about our endorsed candidates Susan Heard and Joseph Grube. These postcards were not sent by the Orleans County Democratic Committee. Dalton Mitchell (Dem), son of Debra Mitchell (No party affiliation; Conservative candidate for Gaines Town Clerk), says that he created the postcards.

For this fall’s election 2 Gaines residents expressed interest in running for Town of Gaines office as registered Democrats: Joyce Riley (was Ind., now Dem.) for Councilperson and Toni Plummer (Dem) for Town Judge. No Democrat expressed an interest in running for Gaines Supervisor, Clerk, or 2nd Councilperson.

The Town of Gaines Democrats held a caucus and were happy to nominate the 2 Democrats. With no other Democratic candidates to support for town office the caucus members were then free to nominate (or not) whomever they saw fit. Susan Heard and Joseph Grube were so nominated by the majority of the Democrats who voted in our Town of Gaines caucus. Though both are active Republicans they have reached out and engaged local Democrats at several of our events: including our summer picnic, fall dinner, and candidate meet and greets.

We encourage more Orleans Democrats to consider running for office, joining our town Democratic Committees (where we have many openings), and attending our meetings and public events. Make the Orleans County Democratic Party YOUR Democratic Party by getting involved!

Women’s Equality Day 2017

Tonight, Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York, proclaimed August 26, 2017 as Women’s Equality Day in the Empire State. The day commemorates the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Every President from Nixon to Obama has issued a proclamation designating August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.

Along with the governor, we urge the President Trump to continue this proud tradition and proclaim August 26 as Women’s Equality Day nationwide.

Press release – May 23, 2017

For immediate release – The Turn 27 Blue coalition is pleased to report that the coalition’s process for identifying and assisting candidates who would like to run for Congress in 2018 against Chris Collins in New York’s 27th district is exceeding expectations. 10 candidates so far have submitted cover letters describing their intentions and resumes; it is anticipated more candidates will follow.

Democratic county chairs in the district along with several grassroots leaders held a meeting with seven of those candidates last Thursday in Batavia; a second session will be offered for candidates who were unable able to attend the first meeting. Each prospective nominee gave a brief presentation and answered questions from members of the coalition. “This was a really exciting event for us,” said Judith Hunter, Livingston County Democratic Chair and Turn 27 Blue coordinator. “We heard from several people who weren’t just plausible candidates but plausible members of Congress. Every single one of them was motivated by the desire to serve the district and its constituents, rather than by a desire to promote themselves or a party or an ideology.”

“What a refreshing contrast to Representative Chris Collins, who is too busy running to cable televisions studios, fending off an ethics investigation for insider trading, and fundraising from pharmaceutical industry lobbyists to be bothered with actually meeting with his constituents to hear their concerns,” said Michelle Johnston Schoeneman of Citizens Against Collins. “These candidates who met with us truly seemed to aspire to the ideal of public service.”

Jeremy Zellner, Erie County Democratic Chair, noted, “We’re laying the groundwork here for success in November of 2018. Each of these prospective nominees has his or her own timeline for announcing, so we’re going to respect that and keep their names confidential at this point. But they’re serious people who are putting in the work, and we want to help them however we can.”

In addition to the ongoing advice the leaders are providing, they have also set up a NY-27 2018 nominee fund on as a vehicle for those want to contribute today to defeating Chris Collins next year.
“There’s just so much energy out there right now to accomplish this, and we’re making sure ordinary voters in the district can do something constructive right now,” said Cynthia Appleton, the Wyoming County Democratic Chair.

Although the Turn 27 Blue leaders want to emphasize that they are open to hearing from more possible candidates, they would like to stress that getting started as soon as possible increases a campaign’s chance of ultimate success. Those who are interested should email a cover letter and resume to Judith Hunter at

Judith Hunter, Livingston County Democratic Chair
Jeremy Zellner, Erie County Democratic Chair
Nick Forster, Niagara County Democratic Chair
Jeanne Crane, Orleans County Democratic Chair
Michael Plitt, Genesee County Democratic Chair
Cynthia Appleton, Wyoming County Democratic Chair
Jamie Romeo, Monroe County Democratic Chair
John Hurley, Ontario County Democratic Chair
Michelle Johnston Shoeneman, Citizens Against Collins
Amber Hainey, GLOW Progressives
Dan Beagley, Indivisible NY 27
Tom White, Sister District of Western New York

2017 Picnic Program Book

The Orleans County Democratic Committee is starting to prepare our yearly program book with information on this year’s candidates for elected offices. Advertisements  in the program book are available for purchase ($100 for a full page ad, $50 for a half page ad, and $25 for a quarter page ad) by businesses, organizations, candidates, and individuals. Contact any committee member by June 24 to purchase an ad. Your support helps our democracy by giving voters more choices come election time. The Democrats of Orleans County are encouraged to make a special effort to support our advertisers.

Run For Office In 2017

If you are a registered Democrat in Orleans County and wish to run for office then please email or call Jeanne Crane at (585) 737-6903. If you are interested in a town office then you can also contact any committee member in your town. If you are interested in a county office then we need to hear from you by May 15. Your local Orleans County Democratic Committee and our volunteer friends can help you throughout the election process. Several county and town offices are up for election this year. Now is your opportunity to get involved and to give Orleans County voters a choice this fall.

Orleans County Offices to be Elected in 2017

Our Local Democratic Party Needs You

The fall 2016 election may be over, but the work of your local Democratic Party continues. And to enable us to have more races go our way, we will need the help of more people like you!

Your Orleans County Democratic Committee performs a number of tasks to help voters have a choice come election day. We help gather petition signatures for candidates who wish to run for office. We hold events to both share information and to fundraise, enabling us to support campaigns. We help to register new voters. We have a presence at community events. We buy yard signs for candidates, ask our neighbors if they want one, and take signs down after the election. We work elections to help out voters on election day. A lot of this work isn’t hard, but we can always use more people to help out. Whether you have a few hours a month to spare or just a few hours a year – you can make a big difference.

Though we can use the help of everyone in Orleans County, we have fewer members from towns on the west and east sides of the county. This past election has shown that we can’t afford to let our presence be weak in any rural area. So, if you would like to support your local Democratic Party please consider contacting us at to get involved. You can also contact anyone on the Committees or Officers pages to find out more. We are stronger together!

Feel free to also send us an email even if you would just like to be added to our mailing list for upcoming events.

2016 General Election Polling Locations

These are the polling locations for the 2016 General Election on Tuesday, November 8 in Orleans County, New York.

Town Election District Poll Site Address City
Albion 1-6 Hoag Library 134 S Main St Albion
Barre 1-2 Barre Town Hall 14317 W Barre Rd Albion
Carlton 1-3 Carlton Town Hall 14341 Waterport Carlton Rd Albion
Clarendon 1-3 Clarendon Town Hall 16385 Church St Clarendon
Gaines 1-4 Gaines Town Hall 14087 Ridge Rd Albion
Kendall 1-3 Kendall Town Hall 1873 Kendall Rd Kendall
Murray 1-6 Holley Jr/Sr High School 16848 Lynch Rd Holley
Ridgeway 1,3,6,7 Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Co 11392 Ridge Rd Medina
Ridgeway 2,4,5 Ridgeway Town Hall 410 West Ave Medina
Shelby 1-4 Shelby Town Hall 4062 Salt Works Rd Medina
Yates 1-2 Yates Town Hall 8 S Main St Lyndonville