Letter from Senator Charles Schumer

United States Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer had to miss the DRC this year; he’s a busy man these days! But he wanted to make sure DRC members heard from him, so we’re pleased to post this letter from our friend, Chuck Schumer.

Dear Friends,

Senator Charles SchumerI am sorry that I cannot be in Syracuse with you tonight, but I hope you will agree that I must devote this time working to win back the Senate for our Democratic Party. These first few months have confirmed that we must have a robust Democratic Senate that can be an effective check on this White House.

Like all of you, the election was a genuine shock to me. And I spent the days after really down in the dumps. My grown daughters were near tears. And I taught them the old Shirelles song “Mama said there’ll be days like this.” But after a day or two, it hit me: Certainly it would have been more fun for me to be the Majority Leader of the Senate, and Hillary Clinton as President. We would have been able to do great things for the middle class and those struggling to get there. And that’s why I got into politics in the first place. But, in truth, now my job is even more important. Now we must defend the rights of those same people. And I am up for the fight!

At the same time, I have not…and never will…forget New York. I have already seen a number of you as I travel the state and will see more of you soon. I have already visited 32 counties so far this year, and will once again visit all 62 this year, as I have every year since I became Senator. Whether it’s working with Senator Gillibrand on Canadian milk trade policy, or continuing to fight for safer procedures for the oil trains that traverse our state, or fighting for Essential Air Service for our North Country airports, or working to curb the flow of fentanyl which has made the opioid crisis even more deadly, I am continuing to fight for the interests of Upstate New York.

Finally, I want to thank you for helping me secure another great victory this fall. I truly stand on your shoulders and am forever in your debt.

Enjoy the dinner, and the weekend, and I hope to see you all soon.

Best,

Chuck Schumer

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New York State Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins at the 2017 New York State Democratic Rural Conference Annual Conference

Andrea Stewart-Cousins

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New York State Attorney General Eric Schniederman at the 2017 New York State Democratic Rural Conference Annual Conference

Attorney General Eric Schniederman

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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo at the 2017 New York State Democratic Rural Conference Annual Conference

Andrew Cuomo

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New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul at the 2017 New York State Democratic Rural Conference Annual Conference

Kathy Hochul

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New York State Tom DiNapoli at the 2017 New York State Democratic Rural Conference Annual Conference

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the 2017 New York State Democratic Rural Conference Annual Conference

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the 2017 New York State Democratic Rural Conference Annual Conference

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Welcome from our Chair, Irene Stein

Welcome to the Democratic Rural Conference (DRC) website!

The DRC was organized in 1996 to support upstate rural New York elect Democratic candidates at all levels of government through uniting our individual counties as a single force.

Our motto was and remains “Unity and Victory.”

We have been very successful. Over the last twenty years we have attracted statewide and national candidates to our annual conventions. Our work with the State Committee to assist local counties has been constant.

In spite of the results of the last election, I still believe Republicans cannot take upstate for granted. 2017 is a year of local races. We will organize to act locally and at the same time, think longer range and even globally. We will develop and execute plans to proclaim that the Democratic agenda is and always has been the political path to meeting the needs of our people for good jobs, good health insurance coverage, clean air and water, a fairer tax structure, a sound education, voting rights, and civil rights, with opportunity, fairness and respect for all our people.

Many of our county committees are already planning meetings to come up with concrete steps to analyze their 2016 results, improve outcomes, articulate our messages, fight back on bad ideas, and to act locally to achieve our goals with a view to building a stronger Democratic Party at all levels. The DRC is committed to helping in this process; we are also working on developing comprehensive regional campaign training to help our membership in 2017 and beyond.

I was first elected Chair of the DRC in 2008. My goals have not changed since then: to work with the Board and the membership to strengthen our bonds with one another; to provide assistance to member counties through a speaker’s bureau, to promote political mentoring and better use of technology; to maintain and increase our visibility with the State committee and with our elected officials at all levels.

Our membership is composed of the dues-paying Chairs and State Committee members of our member counties. Any New York Democrat can become an Associate member by paying dues of $10.00 per year.

These times are more challenging than ever before. Therefore, I remain more steadfastly committed to “Unity and Victory” than ever before.

Sincerely,

Irene W. Stein

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Save the Dates! 2017 Annual Conference will be April 21-22, 2017

Hello DRC!

Marriott Syracuse DowntownThe 2017 Annual Conference will be April 21-22, 2017, at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

Registration is now open for the conference via this link.

Conference rate for rooms at this fabulously renovated venue ~ $139. Conference rate is valid when you book your room by March 20, 2017.

Update: Conference rate is valid when you book your room by April 7, 2017.

You can book your group rate online for the New York State DRC Annual Conference or call the hotel directly at 888-236-2427, or 315-474-2424.

We are working on the final agenda but we can now confirm …

Friday April 21

2:00 – 6:00 PM Conference Registration

3:00 PM DRC Workshop: The Constitutional Convention

  • Process & Rules of the State Constitutional Convention ~ Mary McGuire
  • Speakers in Support and Opposition
  • Question & Answers about the ConCon

6:00 PM Governor’s Reception

7:00 PM Dinner with New York’s Democrats

9:00 PM Attorney General Schneiderman’s Dessert Reception

Young Democrats Late-Night

Saturday April 22

8:00 AM Breakfast with Comptroller DiNapoili

9:00 AM DRC Membership Meeting & Board Election

Update from Congressman Paul Tonko

11:00 AM DRC Concurrent Workshops:

  • Fundraising in Rural Campaigns ~ Leslie Danks Burke
  • Using Social Media in Rural Campaigns ~ Olivia Lutwak and Kathy Zahler

12:30 PM Wrap Up & Lunch

Mark your calendars, reserve your rooms, and watch your email for registration details!

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January, 2017, Bulletin of the NYS DRC (#30) is now available

The latest bulletin of the New York State Democratic Rural Conference is now available.

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