Linda Hoffman

Chair’s Election Message: Let’s Unite!

Submitted by Linda Hoffman, Chair, TCDC Hello Members, Leading up to this election this fall we witnessed two primary elections, three candidate forums to introduce the candidates and conducted two fundraisers. Our election districts have shifted since the last election.  Tompkins County is now situated in Congressional District 19 and NYS Senate 52nd district. We have opened a TCDC Headquarters at 832 Hanshaw Road and a Campaign Hub at Press Bay Alley at 118 West Green St. Suite 7, near the Commons, both in Ithaca. As we approach late-October, we acknowledge that the upcoming midterm elections are paramount.  We as the Democratic Party must join forces and speak with one voice. According to the League of Women Voters, the threat facing democracy is the top concern of registered voters. Only in solidarity can we overcome this ominous threat. We need to embrace our strengths — transparency, values, honesty, commitment, good work, relevancy, principles, and inclusivity. As Democrats this is our legacy. As members we seek ways to improve our organization.  Diversity is critical.  Disunity will not serve us well. Let’s commit to a diverse, representative and strong Tompkins County Democratic Committee. As chair of the TCDC I will fight for transparency, honesty, and unity with all my […]

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The Supreme Court Asked For It

by Martha Robertson for the September edition of the Tompkins Weekly “Democratic View” Are you among the millions of Americans who are outraged by recent decisions of the Supreme Court? It wasn’t that long ago when Republicans railed against “judicial activism. Now they cheer when the Court overturns 50 years of precedent, stealing away people’s autonomy over our own bodies and our very futures. The Court said the freedom of half the population should be “up to the people,” that is, subject to political whims and elections. OK, people, so it’s up to us to roar back our answer. VOTE. Vote Democratic, because you cannot trust Republicans with your human rights. The evidence? Since the Court overturned Roe in June, Republicans have been on a tear to pass the most restrictive, anti-freedom laws they think they can get away with. On the other hand, where GOP candidates now find themselves facing general election voters – not just Republicans in primary races – they are scrubbing their websites and hoping they can fool voters into forgetting their previous pledges against women’s bodily autonomy. Or they’re energetically trying to dodge the question altogether, like the Republican candidate in our own State Senate […]

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Recent Roll Call Votes in the House of Representatives on 20 of the Most Consequential and Popular Bills in Modern History

Written by Richard Greene – author, civics educator and political communication strategist. Contact Richard at Richard@WordsThatShookTheWorld.com and follow him on Twitter @TheCivicsDean and Tik Tok @CivicsDean Cateogry 1: 15 bills passed by Democrats in the House but blocked by Republicans in the Senate The Women’s Health Protection Act: Should women have a right to have an abortion in America? House Democrats: YES 218, NO 1; House Republicans: YES 2, NO 208 The Right to Contraception Act: Should Americans have a legal right to purchase contraception? House Democrats: YES: 220, NO 0; House Republicans: YES 8, NO 195 The Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act: Should the oil industry face penalties for price gouging? House Democrats: YES 217, NO 4; House Republicans: YES 0, NO 203 The Assault Weapons Ban: Should military style assault weapons be illegal for sale or purchase? House Democrats: YES 215, NO 5; House Republicans: YES 2, NO 208 The Bipartisan Background Checks Act: Should we expand background checks to cover all gun sales? House Democrats: YES 219, NO 1, House Republicans: YES 8, NO 202 The Paycheck Fairness Act: Should women receive equal pay for equal work in America? House Democrats: YES 216, NO: 0; House Republicans: YES: […]

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Report from the New York State Democrats

Tompkins County 2019-2022 Agriculture Supported Farmers with Enhanced Tax Credits (FY’23 Budget, Statewide) Created the Nourish New York program to better connect agricultural producers with food relief organizations such as food banks and pantries (Chap. 631 of 2021) Legalized adult-use cannabis in New York State creating expanded opportunities for New York agriculture (Chap. 92 of 2021) Enabled further growth in the hemp industry by creating a regulatory process for hemp extract and product marketing (Chap. 614 of 2019) Childcare $7 billion investment over four years to fund a comprehensive expansion of childcare programs across New York State (FY’23 Budget, Statewide) Increased the income eligibility threshold for childcare subsidies to 300 percent of the federal poverty level ($83,250 for a family of four), extending eligibility to more than half of young children in New York. $16 million to establish childcare centers on SUNY campuses that do not currently have a childcare center (FY’23 Budget, Statewide Economic Development $2.25 billion for the Regional Economic Development Councils that have funded thousands of projects creating or retaining hundreds of thousands of jobs statewide (FY’20-FY’23 Budgets, Statewide) $1.45 billion investment in broadband infrastructure through the Working to Implement Reliable Equitable Deployment of Broadband (WIRED) Act […]

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Tompkins County Democratic Campaign Rally

Candidates Josh Riley running in the 19th US Congressional District, Lea Webb running in the NYS Senate 52nd, Anna Kelles running in the NYS Assembly 125th Tompkins County Democrats are preparing for a Democratic Campaign Rally this Sunday October 2nd, at 5 pm at Press Bay Alley in downtown Ithaca.  They will be joined by incumbent Tom DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller, as well as other down-ballot candidates rain or shine.   
 
Reproductive rights are sure to be at the forefront of the topics featured in this upcoming rally.  Democrats agree that we must fight for this injustice brought about recently by the US Supreme Court. The Democratic platform to strengthen the economy in a way that improves quality of life for all is essential. Affordable housing, gun reform, healthcare, and environmental protections are sure to be additional topics that Democrats will unite on.  These are at the core of our democracy. 
 

Laura Lewis: a Strong Choice for Ithaca Mayor

Ann Sullivan is Chair of the City of Ithaca Third Ward Democratic Committee and a long-time member of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee. Tompkins County does not lack strong women. In 1970, Assemblywoman Connie Cook led the movement to legalize abortion in New York State. Past Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton and Assemblywoman Anna Kelles have proven to be worthy successors to Cook. Shawna Black chairs the Tompkins County Legislature, as has Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha Robertson, and Barbara Mink. In 2003, Ithacans elected Carolyn K. Peterson who served two terms as mayor. Most recently, Laura Lewis, Acting Mayor of Ithaca, has added her name to this illustrious list. Acting Mayor Lewis did not campaign for the position she holds. An alderperson from Ithaca’s Fifth Ward, she joined these ranks when she became Acting Mayor after Svante Myrick’s resignation in January, a temporary appointment that ends after Election Day in November. She now is running to serve the remainder of the term until January 2024. A forty-year resident of Ithaca, Laura established a local reputation as an activist and volunteer, even as she rose through the ranks at Cornell University where she retired as Director of Student Services at NY School of Industrial […]

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Max Della Pia and the Battle for Democracy

Dan Lamb is deputy supervisor for the Town of Dryden, a NYS Democratic committee member, and a former congressional aide. The House January 6 committee hearings are exposing the fragility of our democracy, the importance of voting, and the widening gulf between today’s Republican Party and reality. Tompkins County voters have critical choices this August: primary candidates for state senate and Congress, special election candidates for Congress, and the future of democracy. The State Senate and Congressional primary races concern new districts that include Tompkins and counties southeast. Democrats have excellent candidates to choose from: Lea Webb and Leslie Danks Burke for State Senate and Josh Riley and Jamie Cheney for Congress. Due to Representative Tom Reed’s resignation, there is also a special election open to all registered voters for the current 23rd Congressional District. The winner will immediately represent Tompkins and 10 counties to the west. The special election is a chance to elect a candidate who can run in November. Reed’s rush to start a career as a D.C. lobbyist may have done Democrats a favor. While the GOP nominated Reed’s inexperienced former aide, a political insider, Democrats found a strong candidate. Max Della Pia is a thoughtful […]

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Linda Hoffman

Chair’s Message

It’s Time for Action and Unity! I would like to encourage everyone to reach out to remind fellow Democrats to vote in the upcoming Democratic Primary on August 23rd. Please be aware that you will be voting for candidates on the regular ballot, but there will also be a SECOND BALLOT for a special election to replace Tom Reed. I encourage you all to vote for your candidate of choice in Congressional District 19, the NYS Senate 52nd, and the Special Election for Max Della Pia. There is much more information about these candidates in our newsletter so please read carefully. Not only is our mission to educate voters about the two ballots on August 23rd, but we must enhance candidate visibility. We need volunteers to help us staff our Democratic Headquarters, distribute lawn signs, and make calls during phone banking as we move into the November election season. GOTV – Get Out the Vote – is essential and you are needed like never before. For those of you who are members of our Tompkins County Democratic Committee you will receive detailed information about ways to volunteer in this election season. As we move through Primary season toward November 8th, […]

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TCDC campaign HQ now open

The Tompkins County Democratic Committee is pleased to announce the opening of its Headquarters at 832 Hanshaw Rd, Ithaca. It will operate Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursday 3 – 5 pm during the summer and will have extended hours as we approach the general election on November 8. We hope this will be an opportunity for democrats to engage with each other and support candidates. We will have lawn signs, postcards, and various opportunities to help support our candidates. When you go, park near the street and take the small walk to the door. Click on the picture to locate the office on a map. These last few years have been a rollercoaster of emotions both nationally and locally. This will be the first time we have opened a HQ since our former Chair, Jim Gustafson, passed. While our hearts are still heavy from our loss, we know Jim is proud of the continued work the committee is doing to support Democrats. We all understand what is at stake in these coming elections. Our candidates are ready! “Congratulations to the TCDC on the grand opening its new Headquarters(HQ)! The new HQ reflects the committee’s commitment to informing, motivating, and registering local […]

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