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November 2, 2019 - 5:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Genesee County Democrats.

Press release from the Genesee County Democrats: 

“Yard signs, parade floats, and social media posts have ensured the names of local candidates are in the public eye as they geared up for the 2019 elections but none of that matters if we don’t vote,” said Erica O’Donnell, City of Batavia Democratic chair. 

While national elections take the spotlight, municipal elections have a bigger impact on residents' daily lives. Supervisor and council positions set policy, create and facilitate budgets, and make decisions on the enforcement of public safety.

"Local elections are important because these are the people that make decisions that directly affect how money is spent and how things are run where you live," said Michael Plitt, Genesee County Democratic chair. "Usually our turnout is low for municipal elections but we'd like to see a big turnout."

“We have an amazing group of candidates this year," O’Donnell added. "They are honest, hardworking, and dedicated to ethical and moral integrity. They are not in the pockets of any county heads or organizations.”

Voting will be at County Building 2, located at 3837 W. Main St., Batavia, on Sunday (Nov. 3) from noon 'til 5 p.m. for ALL Genesee County residents. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, polls open at 6 a.m. at your usual voting locations.

November 19, 2017 - 12:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee County Democrats, batavia, news.

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Erica O'Donnell and Mike Plitt, with the Genesee County Democratic Party, were outside of Richmond Memorial Library this morning collecting food for a Thanksgiving Food Drive sponsored by the party.

The food will be donated to the Workers Justice Center for distribution to the center's clients, all residents of the GLOW region.

While the Democrats aren't planning another pickup location, donors may contact the party through its website and arrange a pickup of donations.

"It’s the season for giving," O'Donnell said. "We’re trying to get out the word that as Democrats we’re here and we’re helping out in the community."

April 1, 2015 - 1:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Genesee County Democrats.

Press release:

Do you want to have a voice in your community? The Genesee County Democratic Committee, including each town and the City of Batavia, is seeking civic-minded people interested in serving their communities as Genesee County legislators, town board members, town clerks, highway superintendents, town supervisors, etc. For more information on offices to be voted on, please see the Genesee County Board of Elections Web site tab "Offices to be Voted 11/3/15."

If you have any questions or if you are interesting in running, please send a letter of intent by May 1 to: Jennifer Keys, 43 E. Main St., LeRoy, NY 14482 or e-mail [email protected] After your letter is received it will be sent to the town chairperson representing the town you are seeking office in. Endorsement meetings will take place through May.

Are you a Democrat who is civic minded and would like to get involved but do not want run for office? This is also a committee position year. There are positions in every community in Genesee County.

October 9, 2011 - 6:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Stafford, Genesee County Democrats, Genesee Justice.

Doug Call, 71, a former Genesee County Sheriff now finishing out his final term as a Town of Stafford justice, was honored with a picnic today in Stafford.

It was organized by local Democrats, and is one of their annual fundraisers, but Call was the guest of honor and several Republicans attended.

County Chairwoman Lorie Longhany said Call has been a good Democrat, but more importantly, he's been a good public servant.

"He's one of the best public servants Genesee County ever had," Longhany said.  "His service transcended politics. It was always about public service."

As Sheriff -- perhaps the only Democrat ever elected to Sheriff in Genesee County -- Call initiated the Stop DWI program, which included DWI checkpoints on roadways. The program would be challenged in court, but the county won appeals all the way up to the state's Court of Appeals. It's a program that is now widely used across the country.

Call was also instrumental in getting Genesee Justice started, a program Call estimates has saved the county millions and millions of dollars over the years.

For one thing, by putting criminals in intervention programs rather than locking them up, the county was spared the expense of a new, larger jail.

On hand to honor Call today were Congresswoman Kathy Hochul and Sheriff Gary Maha. Assemblyman Steven Hawley sent a letter and Darien Town Justice Gary Graber, who is incoming president of the state magistrates' association, spoke in praise of Call. Graber was first elected in 1980, when Call first became Sheriff.

A quiet man, Call doesn't put much of a spotlight on his own accomplishments.

"I’m humbled by (the honors today) because I just did things," Call said. "Apparently people think it’s important and they’re here."

He then added, "Other's could have done it."

October 5, 2010 - 3:59pm
posted by Chris Charvella in Andrew Cuomo, Genesee County Democrats.
Event Date and Time: 
October 7, 2010 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

The Genesee County Democratic Committee will be having grand opening party at their campaign headquarters, 10 City Centre Batavia at 6:30pm Thursday October 7th.  Special guests will include State Senate candidate Marc Coppola, multiple candidates for the 8th District State Supreme Court and other local elected officials.  Light refreshments will be served.

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