August 2017 Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the Orleans County Democratic Committee will be held on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM (Note the change in date). This won’t be a full committee meeting as a number of people will be out of town, but subcommittee members may discuss their items and a general discussion likely will take place. Please contact a committee member for more information if you are a Democrat that is interested in attending. We welcome you to get involved!

The page on Committee Meetings has information about our meetings.

There is no committee meeting in July, but we have our picnic on July 16 at Bullard Park and a booth at the Orleans County 4-H Fair, July 24-29.

Late June 2017 Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the Orleans County Democratic Committee will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM. We are moving up the regular July meeting a week to allow us to coordinate election petitions. Our regular meeting place might not have room available, but we will still gather there at 7:00 PM and decide what to do. Please contact a committee member for more information if you are a Democrat that is interested in attending. We welcome you to get involved!

The page on Committee Meetings has information about our meetings.

Summer 2017 Picnic

Bring the family to the 60th Annual Orleans County Democratic Party Summer Picnic on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Bullard Park in Albion, NY. We plan to start gathering at noon, with food to follow around 1:00 PM. This year we will serve Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Italian Sausage and an assortment of sides. Of The Bear will provide the music and volunteers will coordinate activities for kids.

Later in the afternoon we will auction a selection of donated items. A number of candidates for office should be on hand, so this will be a great opportunity to meet them. Please show your support for the Democratic Party in Orleans County as we gear up for this fall’s election!

Tickets are $10/adult and $5/child (12 and under) and takeouts are available. Tickets are available from committee members. You can also email to arrange for tickets or to donate an item for the auction.

Summer Picnic Flyer

Lt. Gov. Hochul at Buffalo Pride Parade

Who: Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul
What: March with Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul in the Buffalo Pride Parade
Where: Buffalo State College
When: Sunday, June 4 at 11:30 AM (parade starts at noon, so don’t be late!)

Join us for a fun parade! Governor Cuomo and Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul are longtime supporters of our LGBT community.

In 2011, New York passed the historic Marriage Equality Act and sent a message to the nation that it was time to end one of society’s greatest inequities.

But there is still more to be done to protect all New Yorkers from discrimination based on sexual orientation. That’s why getting our message out at this year’s Pride Parade in Buffalo is so important.

The first 125 participants to RSVP will receive a free t-shirt to wear in the parade!

Please email Mo Sumbundu to RSVP at or Karen Mahony at

Thank you,
Sam Hoyt

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

Western NY Democrats for Tom

Please consider joining the Western NY Democratic County Chairs (Cindy Appleton, Jeanne Crane, Joyce Cwiklinski, Nicholas Forster, Norman Green, Judith Hunter, Michael McCormick, Michael Plitt, and Jeremy Zellner) for a Reception to Support Tom DiNapoli in 2018. The reception will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Frank Lloyd Wright Walter Davidson House, 57 Tillinghast Pl, Buffalo, NY.

The rate for a County Committee Member/Young Professional is $75 and for an Individual is $150. Sponsorship levels are also available. To RSVP go to