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TOWN AND COUNTY ELECTIONS NOVEMBER 3, 2015

WE NEED YOUR VOTE!

BEING A WOMAN (OR A MAN) IS NOT ENOUGH TO WARRANT ELECTION TO PUBLIC OFFICE...

BEING AN OUTSTANDING AND HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATE IS!!

THE DUTCHESS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC SLATE IS HEADLINED BY
FOUR SUCH WOMEN THIS YEAR!

DIANE JABLONKSI FOR COUNTY EXECUTIVE!
MARY HANNON WILLIAMS FOR COUNTY CLERK!

KATHERINE MOLONEY FOR COUNTY COURT!
LISA GHARTEY FOR FAMILY COURT JUDGE!

ALL FOUR NEED YOUR HELP - YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS - YOUR TIME - AND YOUR VOTE!

KATHY KINSELLA NOT SEEKING RE-ELECTION


Town of Rhinebeck Highway Superintendent Kathy Kinsella (D) will not seek a sixth term.

“The ten years I have spent in this position have been challenging and rewarding,” Kinsella said in a released statement. “I feel that the time is right for me to move on and explore other areas of interest. The crew and I have accomplished a lot and have met the goals I had when I first came to this position.”

The Rhinebeck Highway Department maintains 114.7 lane miles of town road, adjacent shoulders, and drainage. Some of the major projects that have been completed under Kinsella’s tenure include the reconstruction of historic culverts like Hogs Bridge, at Mt. Rutsen Road, and Fox Hollow Bridge, on Fox Hollow Road. Rhinebeck has had three weather-related declared disasters during the ten years Kinsella has led the department. “In all three cases we were able to open roads quickly, maintain access for emergency vehicles, help ensure public safety, rapidly effect repairs, and successfully obtain funding to recoup our costs.” Kinsella was also successful in obtaining grants for infrastructure improvements, equipment purchases, and other projects.

“The biggest hurdle has been budget restraints. Cuts have resulted in the loss of two crew-members and it has been challenging to maintain service levels. I am proud of the crew for the professional work that they do. I am also pleased that we have found ways – through leasing, shared service grants, and the prudent use of CHIPs funds – to bring the fleet up to date. It’s the backbone of our department.”

Kinsella was the first woman elected as Highway Superintendent in Dutchess County. Now there are four. “I’m glad to have had a chance to break that ground. Gender doesn’t impact the role of a highway superintendent. It’s about dedication, management, and being in touch with one’s constituents.”

Kinsella’s term will end this year on December 31. “Of course I have mixed feelings about leaving a job that I love, but I look forward to new challenges and I’ll always feel that part of me is embedded in Rhinebeck’s roads” she said.

RHINEBECK AND DUTCHESS MOURN PASSING OF KLARA SAUER

There are no words to adequately portray the life of this Democratic powerhouse who graced Rhinebeck for so many years, nor to explain the loss so many of us feel because of her passing. We can not take a step in the Village nor enjoy the Klara Sauer Trail without owing much to her. Her legacy, to her fellow Democrats, Rhinebeck community members, and Dutchess community at large, is the progress she made and full life she led, among us and for us. In this author's opinion, we can all best honor her by fighting the good fight, standing up for what we believe in, promoting the causes of good education for all, a healthy environment and healthy government, and... VOTING.

REMEMBER NEW VOTING LOCATION FOR DIST. 1 & 7

Starting in 2014 the polling site for Rhinebeck's Election District 1 and Election District 7 is at Arbor Ridge, at Brookmeade, right on Route 308. The street address, for your GPS, is 11 Laurel Mountain Lane, in Rhinebeck. Click here for a map.

RHINEBECK DEMOCRATS' PLATFORM

“To meet the challenges of the present and shape a better future for Rhinebeck” sums up and introduces the platform of Rhinebeck Democrats, a statement of principles adopted by the Rhinebeck Democratic Committee on which the Party’s candidates will stand in upcoming elections.

Our platform is a broad, innovative declaration of progressive policy and is intended as affirmative common ground on which to bring all concerned Rhinebeck residents together in the election ahead. Divided among sections entitled Responsible Stewardship, Innovative Governance, Government Transparency, Community Services and Programs and Environmental Protection, the platform presents a positive political program aimed at the issues that we as Rhinebeck citizens and residents face today and will need to address in the years ahead.

Read the full text here.

DUTCHESS COUNTY VOTER REGISTRATION - HOW DO WE RANK?

Below are the statistics for voter enrollment in Dutchess County as of March, 2015. There are 9% more Democrats registered than Republicans, with Republican enrollment slipping 508 registrations since 2013 data. The Democratic Party had a net gain of 236 registrations. Voter registration overall went up by 813. The Independence Party (with likely many registrants incorrectly thinking this is "No Party Affiliation") continues to grow in numbers and percentage of registrations, with an increase from 5.8% to 6.0% from 2013 to 2014. While Conservative registrations continue to increase, they haven't changed their percentage of the total number of voters since at least 2011. Green and Working Family party members have also increased numbers, but not percentages.

Rhinebeck in brief: Democrats 1,978 (39%), Republicans 1,303 (26%), Conservatives 74 (1%), WFP 11 (0%), Independence 293 (5%), Green 21 (0%), Others 6 (0%), and Unaffiliated 1,309 (20.6%).

Please help new neighbors and those turning 18 to register as PROUD DEMOCRATS. For information on voter registration and downloadable registration forms, please CLICK HERE:

D.C. Party Enrollment
2011
% Total
2013
% Total
2014
% Total
Democratic: 55,841

33.7%

57,001

33.7%

57,237

33.7%

Republican: 52,549 31.7% 52,252 30.9% 51,744 30.4%
Independence: 8,905

5.4%

9,762 5.8% 10,142 6.0%
Conservative: 3,342 2.1% 3,422 2.1% 3,511 2.1%
Working Families: 601 .04% 696 .005% 781 .05%
Green: 377 .03% 393 .003% 438 .03%
No Party (Unaffiliated): 43,099 26.0% 45,857 27.1% 46,172 27.2%
Other:   0%   0% 126 .01%
TOTAL: 166,033   169,383   170,196  

* 2014 (and previous) Raw data from Dutchess Board of Elections website.

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Elizabeth Spinzia Jeff Romano Kathy Kinsella