John Lewis-Absentee Voting-Diversity

I hope all of you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during this difficult period. I write after the recent death of the extraordinary activist, elected official, and human being John Lewis – a man who truly changed the world for the better. Congressmember Lewis dedicated his life to racial and social justice. […]

Absentee Ballot Voting – a Progressive’s Dream? Not so Fast!


Absentee Ballot Voting and Vote By Mail Are Not Always the Same As Dutchess Democratic County leader and Vice Chair of the New York Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus, I have long fought for more accessible ballot access, believing that it will result in greater voter participation and a fairer election result. So I should be thrilled […]

The Progressive Caucus Meeting February 16th, 2018

Progressive Caucus member Jo Anne Simon_Vice Chair Elise Sumner

The Progressive Caucus will be holding its meeting this Friday February 16th from from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Special Business meeting held at Labor Temple located at 890 Third Street in Albany. The primary purpose of our Caucus meeting is to discuss our resolution calling for a JCOPE investigation into the allegations […]

Power in Unity

Power in Unity

“There is more power in unity than division.” ~ Emanuel Cleaver Dear Fellow Dems, We live in disquieting times. The 2016 election saw our worst nightmares come true. But Democrats do not give up. We stand strongest together – there IS power in unity. So, we will put aside minor differences that could divide us. We […]

Abolish the IDC


At our last meeting our august Vice Chair, Elisa Sumner, led the Progressive Caucus in a rousing discussion of what are key steps in actually moving forward real progress in New York State. The Caucus’ conclusion: abolish the IDC. Elisa made it clear how unhappy real Democrats are with the IDC’s continuing relationship with the […]

Dutchess County Dems Host Awards Brunch

dutchess county dems

Dutchess County Dems May 1st Brunch features keynote address by Carl Heastie, Speaker of the NYS Assembly and remarks by Basil Smilke, NYS Democratic Party Executive Director. On Sunday, May 1st the Dutchess County Dems and Chairwoman Elisa Sumner will honor Alice and Fred Bunnell, Micki Strawinski and Francine Umparo at the Dutchess Golf Club, 2628 […]