New York State Democratic Rural Conference 2017 Convention

DRC 2017 Convention – Back To Work!

Marriott Downtown, 100 E. Onondaga, Syracuse NY
April 21-22, 2017



Friday Afternoon

2:00 – 6:00 PM Convention Registration and Credentialing
2:15 – 3:00 Welcome
by US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
3:00 – 5:00 New York’s Constitutional Convention

  • Constitutional Convention: the Rules, the Process
    Mary McGuire, Assoc.Prof. Political Science, SUNY Cortland
  • In Support of the Convention
    Henrik Dullea, PhD, Committee for the Constitutional Convention
  • In Opposition to the Convention
    Al Stirpe, NYS 127 Assemblyman
6:00 – 7:00 PM The Governor’s Opening Reception
Governor Andrew Cuomo
7:00 – 9:00 PM Dinner with New York’s Democrats


  • Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul
  • NYS Democratic Committee Chair Byron Brown
  • NYSDC Executive Director Basil Smikle
  • Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
  • Senate Democrat Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
  • Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle
  • Senator Mike Giannaris
  • OCDC Chair Mark English
  • NY Young Dems Chair Mike Corbett
  • NYYD Liaison Paolo Cremedis
9:00 – 10:00 PM Dessert Reception
with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
10:00 – midnight Young Democrats Nightcap with Karaoke & DJ

Saturday Morning

7:30 – 9:00 AM Convention Registration and Credentials
8:00 – 9:00 AM Breakfast
with Comptroller Tom DiNapoli
9:00 DRC Business Meeting and DRC Board Elections
Report from the House ~ Remarks by Congressman Paul Tonko
11:00 – 12:30 Workshops – Choose One:

  • Moving Your Message Via Social Media
    Olivia Lutwak, Editor, Cornell Daily Sun,
    Kathy Zahler, Communications Director, Tompkins Co. Democrats
  • Fundraising Fundamentals
    Leslie Danks Burke, Founder and President, Trailblazers PAC
1:00 Luncheon
Labor Relations, Rosemary Batt,  A.Cook Prof. Women and Work Dept. Chair Human Resource Studies, ILR School, Cornell University
2:00 Board Wrap Up
New Members Please Plan to Attend

The Weather in Syracuse

Snow Showers
Tuesday 11/13 70%
High 42° / Low 25°
Snow Showers
Snow showers. Lows overnight in the mid 20s.
Wednesday 11/14 80%
High 30° / Low 18°
Snow during the morning will taper off and give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. High near 30F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 80%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.
Snow Showers
Thursday 11/15 50%
High 34° / Low 27°
Snow Showers
Partly cloudy early, then some snow showers later in the day. High 34F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.