North Greenbush Democrats

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Democrats Release Platform and Set Caucus

Caucus Set for 2009 General Election
The North Greenbush Democratic Party will select its candidates at a party caucus to be held Thursday August 27th at 7PM at the Troy Lodge of Elks on RT 4 in North Greenbush.
All Registered Democrats are eligible to attend and vote.This is your only chance to elect your party's candidates so please attend and bring a friend who is also a registered Democrat.


NGDC 2009 Platform

Resolution: It shall be the policy of the North Greenbush Democratic Committee to consider for party nomination to town elective office, only candidates Registered in the Democratic Party.

In addition, the North Greenbush Democratic Committee will not endorse any candidate who is also endorsed by the Town Republican Committee in order to ensure voter choice and candidates who fully support the party’s platform.

POLICY
• Immediate Passage of the Completed and Delivered Comprehensive Plan of 2006.
• Oppose all no bid contracts such as that recently awarded by this Board for another Comprehensive Plan.
• Adopt resolution to urge construction of the I-90 Connector as part of the national economic stimulus and recovery.
• Reform Planning Board Operations by Requiring Hearing to begin at the time Scheduled and prohibiting hearings from beginning after 9 p.m. or to be adjourned to continue after 9 p.m and prohibiting Hearings from continuing after 11 p.m..
• Restore Transparency in Government by Broadcasting Town Board Meetings on Public Access.
• Protect residents with reasonable construction hours for developments.
• Reform Building Department through Reorganization and Appointment of a PE to provide engineering services and manage unionized employees.
• When the existing labor contract is being renegotiated, to remove all management employees, ie Building Department Head, Assessor etc from union bargaining units.
• Comprehensive Recycling Program to deal with electronics, batteries, paints and materials which haulers decline to accept.
• Require Town Board approval as the legal appointing authority for any waiver request to State Retirement System.
• Affirm that all appointments other than the secretary to the Supervisor and Deputy Supervisor are the exclusive prerogative of the full town board.
• Require an updated traffic impact analysis before new development can occur at 4&43.

MONETARY ACCOUNTABILITY
• Reform Budget Process by Full Disclosure of All Raises and Placing Budget On Line for full public access.
• Reform contracts which improperly gave away health insurance buyouts without common sense guidelines. (You must first be enrolled in a program in order to be eligible to receive a buyout.)
• Reform policies and procedures for employee retirement benefits to conform to platform.
• Full annual Health Insurance reviews to affirm eligibility of all those receiving taxpayer funded health insurance and affirmation of results by elected Town Board.
• Retention of a Professional Contract Administrator for all existing and future water contracts in NG.
• Adopt a Capital Budget as Recommended by the NYS Comptroller.
• Consolidation of all water districts pursuant to new State Law designed to streamline and reduce cost of government.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Democratic Committee Endorses Slate of Candidates for 2009 Elections

The North Greenbush Democratic Committee has endorsed an outstanding slate of Democrats who support our platform to place a professional management team at the helm of town government which has been paralyzed by the present town board majority.

The Democratic Committee has endorsed Josephine Ashworth for Town Supervisor, Richard Fennelly and Patricia Noel for Council, Raymond Elliott and Joshua Sabo for Town Justice, Mark Premo for Highway Superintendent and Jann Liberty for Town Clerk.
“We are excited to endorse a professional management team for town government that offers experience in both the private and public sector”, stated Chairman Dan Ashley. “We are also delighted to have our ticket led by a professional woman, Josephine Ashworth, who brings a rich background in public administration, teaching and skills in dispute resolution which will serve her well as town supervisor”. Joining Ms. Ashworth are council candidates Patricia “Trish” Noel and Richard Fennelly, both of whom are seasoned advocates for North Greenbush having served as Town Clerk and Supervisor/Councilman respectively.

The Committee also endorsed Janice Liberty for Town Clerk. Jann has an outstanding background in public administration having served in the District Attorney’s Office for 5 years under Mary Donohue. She was Secretary to the Troy Police Court, the county’s busiest court. She was also a deputy clerk for North Greenbush Town Court and a Records Management Specialist under former Town Clerk Trish Noel.

The Committee declined to endorse Kathryn Connolly after she decided to run a as a Republican. We made it clear to her and all candidates that cross endorsements deny voters a choice at the polls and are contrary to the democratic process. The Democratic Committee believes cross endorsements are self serving and deny voters a choice in the general election. Further, one cannot run as a Republican and claim any loyalty to the Democratic Party’s platform and values.

Ashley noted that the party will caucus to formally select candidates later in August.