A Special Hello to Members and Volunteers,
On the evening of January 27 at the TCDC General Meeting I was elected to serve as the chair of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee. I accepted this position with a commitment to enhance the mission of our county committee with the recognition of the needed support of you, members, volunteers, and community groups. Being chair of the Town of Ithaca Democratic Committee and the Political Action Team provided me vast experiences and has fostered a strong commitment to being politically engaged.
I would like to extend to Stacy Dimas, our first Vice-Chair a warm thank you for stepping in under such sad circumstances. We know how proud Jim was of you Stacy, but also how thankful we all are for your leadership and unwavering abilities to organize under pressure.
As the calendar turned from January to February, the floodgates opened to finalize “Redistricting” across the local, state and federal governmental voting districts. New York State released district lines with the spotlight in Tompkins County on the NY State Senate District 58 now the 53rd which will span the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Central New York and appears to include Tompkins, and parts of Tioga, Cortland, and Broome Counties.
Tompkins County, in its entirety, will be included in 22nd Congressional District which includes all of Syracuse and Onondaga County as its base. But the district will grow to the east, west and south, adding parts of Madison, Cortland, Cayuga, Seneca, Ontario, and Schuyler counties. The State Assembly map is staying largely the same with changes in the lower Battery Park City and other areas of lower Manhattan. For more information and links see the article in this month’s Newsletter below.
Stay tuned for the TCDC upcoming news on meeting the candidates, petitioning and primaries in the month of February. Also, a reminder to support and participate in the special events and activities in our community celebrating Black History Month.
Our county committee is defined by each of you as members and volunteers. Working together we can make great strides in connecting with voters ~ listening to their concerns, broadening our diversity, and building relationships with community groups.