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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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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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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Make your last vote in NY-23 count!

We are sure you know by now that on August 23rd, we have a Democratic primary in our new congressional district (NY-19) AND ALSO a special election in our old district (NY-23). The election in NY-23 is not a primary, it is an actual election for the person who will represent us until November. This is our last chance to vote in NY-23, ever. Our candidate is Max Della Pia, and if he wins this election he will have a much better chance of winning in November as well. In addition to voting, you can help his campaign. Can you write postcards? Sign up with this form. Would you like to do more? Contact the campaign directly at dellapiaforny23.com.

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Lansing Natural Areas

Located on Salmon Creek in the hamlet of Ludlowville, Ludlowville Falls was used as a mill site by the first settlers in Lansing in the late 1700’s, early 1899’s. Salmon Creek entering Cayuga Lake at Myers Park in Lansing, NY

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TCDC Endorses Antonio Delgado for NYS Lieutenant Governor in June Primary

At the June 1st General Meeting of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee, Antonio Delgado was endorsed by a majority of the membership present to run for Lieutenant Governor of New York State. Delgado’s name will appear on the June 28th Primary in New York State. Born and raised in Schenectady, Antonio’s parents worked for General Electric in Schenectady, demonstrating the values of hard work and commitment to community. This work ethic inspired him to earn a Rhodes Scholarship while attending Colgate University.  After his Rhodes Scholarship in Oxford he attended Harvard Law School, receiving a degree in law. His hard work ethic has allowed him to experience several jobs that he feels help him to connect with the people of New York State.  His diverse experiences include a career in the music industry focused on empowering young people through hip hop and working as an attorney focusing on complex commercial litigation, while dedicating significant time to pro bono work in connection with criminal justice reform. Delgado, the first African-American elected to Congress from Upstate New York, has served as the US Representative to New York’s 19th Congressional District since 2019.  In the US 19th he has been a fierce advocate for New York, helping us recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

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