Rhinebeck Democrats

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The Rhinebeck Democratic Committee (RDC) typically meets the third Monday of each month in Town Hall. All registered Democrats residing in Rhinebeck are invited to attend. To confirm meeting date and time, call 845-876-0885 or 845-876-6686.

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RHINEBECK VILLAGE ELECTIONS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015

In January, 2015, the Rhinebeck Village Democratic Caucus voted to nominate a full slate of candidates for re-election. No other candidates presented themselves. All are incumbents, and were all nominated by both the Democratic and Republican parties, and all will appear on both the Democratic and Republican lines in our upcoming Village elections:

Heath Tortarella (I) for Mayor
Heinz Sauer (D) for Trustee
Howard Traudt (I) for Trustee
Scott Cruickshank (R) for Trustee

Here's a resolution with details about date, time and place, posted by Pat Coon, Village Clerk:

Resolution Stating Polling Place for the Village Election

Please take notice that at the Special Board meeting of the Village Board of Trustees, for the Village of Rhinebeck, N.Y. held on January 15th, 2015 the following resolution was offered by Mayor Heath Tortarella and seconded by Trustee Heinz Sauer and unanimously adopted.

The next general Village election for officers will be held on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015. No person shall be entitled to vote in this election unless they are registered with the County Board of Elections and on the County Voter Registration list. Residents of the Village of Rhinebeck must register with the County Board of Elections by March 6th, 2015 to be included on the county list for the March 18th, 2015 Village election. If you are already registered with the county at your current address, you do not have to register with the county again to vote. The Village of Rhinebeck no longer holds a Village Registration Day.

Voting for the forthcoming election shall be conducted Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 from noon to 9:00pm, at the Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 East Market St., Rhinebeck, N.Y. The Town Hall is handicapped accessible.

Patricia D. Coon, Clerk

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 - DEM NUMBERS GOING UP

Below are the statistics for voter enrollment in Dutchess County, courtesy of Fran Knapp, Democratic Elections Commissioner for Dutchess County. There are almost 10% more Democrats registered than Republicans, with Republican enrollment slipping 297 registrations since 2011 data. The Democratic Party had a net gain of more than 1,000 registrations, in part due to a big registration drive in the City of Poughkeepsie this past year. Voter registration overall went up by more than 3,300 votes. The Independence Party (with likely many registrants incorrectly thinking this is "No Party Affiliation") grew by almost 10%.

Please help new neighbors and those turning 18 to register. For information on voter registration and down-loadable registration forms, please CLICK HERE:

D.C. Party Enrollment
2011
2013
% Total
Democratic: 55,841 57,001

33.7%

Republican: 52,549 52,252 30.9%
Independence: 8,905 9,762 5.8%
Conservative: 3,342 3,422 2.1%
Working Families: 601 696 .5%
Green: 377 393 .3%
No Party: 43,099 45,857 27.1%
TOTAL: 166,033 169,383  

* Data as provided 1/23/13.

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Elizabeth Spinzia Jeff Romano Kathy Kinsella