Call or Write Chris Collins

You don’t have to wait to the next election to have an impact on issues that are important to you. Please consider making periodic contact with Congressman Chris Collins, so that he is reminded about the diversity of views in Western New York. Every letter and phone call is important and could make a difference in keeping a Republican Federal Government from going off the deep end.

Local Office Address: 2813 Wehrle Drive, Suite 13, Williamsville, NY 14221
Local Office Phone: (716) 634-2324

Democrats Serving New York in 2017

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo outlines his plans for a stronger, better New York in his 2017 State of the State. Proposals include options for Tuition-Free College, Affordable Child Care, Reducing the Costs of Local Government, Buying American, Prescription Drug Affordability, Modernizing the Voting System, Ride Sharing, and much more.

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman serves as the guardian of the legal rights of the citizens of New York. His web site has information on Proposed Voting Reforms, Tips to Avoid Getting Scammed,  Homeowner Protections, Legal Actions, Initiatives, and Resources for the people of New York.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo: Standing up for you

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Dear Friend,

The state of New York has a proud legacy as the progressive capital of the nation, and that is more important today than ever before.

As New Yorkers, we have fundamentally different philosophies than what Donald Trump laid out in his campaign.

So let me be absolutely clear: If anyone feels that they are under attack, I want them to know that the state of New York – the state that has the Statue of Liberty in its harbor – is their refuge.

Whether you are gay or straight, Muslim or Christian, rich or poor, black or white or brown, we respect all people in the state of New York.

It’s the very core of what we believe and who we are. But it’s not just what we say, we passed laws that reflect it, and we will continue to do so, no matter what happens nationally. We won’t allow a federal government that attacks immigrants to do so in our state.

We are a state of immigrants.

We are the state that raised the minimum wage to $15.

We are the state that passed Paid Family Leave.

We are the state that passed marriage equality.

We are New York, and we will stand up for you.  And on that, I will never compromise.

Count on it.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Yard Signs

A certain number of free yard signs are available.

  • Clinton/Kaine for President / Vice President – Limited quantities remain!
  • Diana Kastenbaum for NY27 Congressional District – Available Now!
  • Katy Owczarczak for Orleans County Coroner – Limited quantities remain!
  • New: Grace Hanlon for State Supreme Court – Available Now!

If you live in Orleans County, New York and would like a yard sign for any of the above candidates then you can either send us an email at info@orleansdemocrats.com or you can phone or text Jeanne at (585) 737-6903. Thanks!

The following is a list of limits that the towns and villages place on how many days before an election you can put up a campaign sign:

  • Towns
    • Albion: no limit
    • Barre: 40 days
    • Carlton: 30 days
    • Gaines: 40 days
    • Kendall: 30 days
    • Murray 30 days
    • Ridgeway: no limit
    • Shelby: no limit
    • Yates: no limit
  • Villages
    • Albion: 60 days
    • Holley: 30 days
    • Lyndonville: no limit
    • Medina: 30 days

NY State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli

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Connect with Comptroller DiNapoli on his Facebook page.

You can also read articles at the State Controller Newsroom.

Comptroller DiNapoli & A.G. Schneiderman Announce Guilty Plea of Nelson Rivera in Bid-Rigging Case

Comptroller DiNapoli & A.G. Schneiderman Announce Sentencing in Theft of Over $274,000 in State Pension Benefits

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases State Audits
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced the following audits have been issued: Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro-North Railroad; and the Office of Court Administration.

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced his office completed audits of the Town of Ausable, Fishers Island Waste Management District, Town of Guilderland, Plattsburgh Housing Authority, Town of Salem and the Westbury Water District.

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School Audits
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced his office completed audits of the East Islip Union Free School District, Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District, George Junior Republic Union Free School District and the Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

Why I am a Democrat

Jim Renfrew, Clarendon
Member, Orleans County Democratic Committee

When our Orleans Country Democratic Committee has the opportunity to interview potential candidates for political office, this is always my opening question: “why are you a Democrat?” It’s not meant to express doubt; it’s my attempt to get to the pulse of each candidate’s spirit and passion for what we do.

So now one of our committee members, as we develop our web site, has turned the question on me! It’s a fair question, and I’m happy to respond. I look forward to seeing the responses of others! So here goes …

I registered as a Democrat when I was an 18 year old high school student living in Maryland. It’s a little-known story that I actually began as a Republican, a reaction to the fact that what proved to be a majority of Democrats in my county were enthralled by the candidacy of segregationist George Wallace in the 1972 Democratic Presidential Primary. By the time of the 1972 general election I had re-registered as a Democrat and have been ever since.

I have voted in every election that has come my way, not only primary and general elections, but also high school and college class elections, school budgets, water districts and even corporate board elections. My philosophy is that if I don’t vote, I can’t complain! I’m not always happy with the candidates on the ballot, but I never stay home. I still vote for each office, sometimes writing in the names I prefer. I never want to be considered disinterested or apathetic.

While in high school my family moved to a community racially segregated not by law but by custom. When my parents were shown houses to buy I heard the real estate agent proudly report that “so far we’ve kept the blacks out of this neighborhood”. My first political act was to join a group of people in town who wanted to expose this ugly practice. Black and white adults were recruited to act as potential home buyers in order to document the exact ways that black home purchasers were steered away from white neighborhoods. I was too young to be purchasing a home, so my role was to develop a petition that was offered to the churches in town with the simple statement “We welcome people of all backgrounds into our neighborhoods”. It was surprising to me that only one or two of the churches in town were willing to circulate that petition, and that very few people were willing to sign. Eventually rules and laws were established to prevent racial bias, racial steering and red-lining in that county. I believe that our effort, while unsuccessful at first, put the changes in motion that we enjoy today.

Since that time I have supported many losing causes … but many winning efforts, too. I have been proud to vote many times to bring an end to unnecessary wars, to protect the environment, to promote equality and opportunity, and to keep pushing for honesty and reform in government. Being a Democrat gives me the encouragement to hang in with every issue, even if I am on the losing side at the start. Every time we engage in the process the circle of vision and involvement expands. Eventually, our ideas will prevail! Democratic victories sometimes seem hard to come by in Orleans County, but all the more reason for us to continue to work together on the things that really matter. I’m glad to be in it with all of you!