Ulster People Endorses Strong, Rounds & Clegg!

Ulster People for Justice & Democracy is proud to endorse Pat Strong, Byran Rounds, and Dave Clegg

Ulster People for Justice & Democracy is proud to endorse the following candidates for countywide office in 2019, who, if elected, will shift the balance of power and make real change possible:

  • A thriving and inclusive local economy that supports ALL our residents.
  • Protection of the rights and well-being of the most vulnerable among us.
  • A healthy, sustainable environment for now and generations to come.

Pat Strong for Ulster County Executive 

Pat Strong

Pat Strong has shown a dedication to fighting for local jobs, restorative justice, and the environment here for decades. Strong wrote the charter of the Kingston Land Bank that turns abandoned houses into affordable housing and she advocates a county-wide Land Bank to do the same throughout Ulster County. Pat Strong helped establish a program to find housing, employment and services for ex-offenders returning to Ulster County. Since 2003, Strong has led a coalition of 23 municipalities cooperating to become more energy efficient and switch to renewable energy. Driven by her passion for service to our community, Pat Strong is fighting to bring us green jobs, training for employment, and broader social justice. Strong advocates increasing the scope of the new Restorative Justice Center and leading the county to 100% renewable energy with a focus on creating local green jobs. Pat Strong’s past achievements show her fierce dedication to these goals.

Bryan Rounds for Ulster County Court Judge 

Bryan Rounds

Bryan Rounds believes practicing criminal law is his life’s mission. In the twenty-five years Rounds has practiced criminal law, Rounds has both prosecuted and defended every type of crime that would come before the Ulster County Judge. He has argued appeals of criminal cases in both New York’s Appellate Division for the Third Department and the Federal 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, as he is admitted to practice law in New York’s Federal Courts. He has developed a reputation for being an effective, charismatic and compassionate attorney who upholds the highest standards of ethics. Bryan Rounds has a track record that has earned him the enthusiastic endorsement of Ulster People.

Dave Clegg for Ulster County District Attorney

Dave Clegg has an extraordinary career of legal service. After clerking for the NAACP in college, Clegg served for four years as a VISTA volunteer providing legal aid to the Lakota Sioux in Nebraska and South Dakota. In his 37 years here since then, Clegg has served as a defense attorney, Assistant Public Defender for nine years and Chair of the Ulster County Human Rights Commission. Dave teaches college-level classes at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility with the Rising Hope Program. As District Attorney, Dave intends to end cash bail for those charged with misdemeanors unless they are a public safety risk. When elected, Clegg states he will not prosecute low-level marijuana offenses except in extraordinary circumstances. Clegg advocates the use of Drug Court to rehabilitate people addicted to opioids. Dave Clegg is committed to changing from the current emphasis on maximizing convictions to a new system of restorative justice. 

About Our Endorsement Process

Any candidate who wished to seek the group’s endorsement, regardless of party, was asked to complete a questionnaire. An endorsement committee comprised of voting members reviewed the questionnaires. If the responses showed a strong alignment between the candidate’s views and actions and Ulster People’s platform, candidates were invited to interview with the endorsement committee, after which, the committee voted to recommend endorsement (or not). The voting members of Ulster People made the final endorsement decisions. A candidate must receive the support of at least two-thirds of all voting members to receive an endorsement.

At this time, Ulster People has only considered candidates seeking countywide office. We will soon announce the opening of our endorsement process for county legislature candidates. More information may be found at ulsterpeople.org/run-for-office.

So now that we’ve endorsed them, let’s help get them elected!

Join us at an upcoming event to learn how to get involved:

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Press inquiries, contact connect@ulsterpeople.org.

Feb 12th Fair Elections Albany Day of Action

On February 12th the Fair Elections Coalition will have buses leaving from White Plains, Newburgh and Kingston headed to Albany for the Fair Elections Day of Action. Register to Get On The Bus To Albany as buses are filling up fast!

It’s time to reject the big-money status quo and make people the most important currency in Albany. We must protect and expand the freedom to vote for every eligible New Yorker and pass comprehensive campaign finance reform, including a small donor matching system.

Register to Get On The Bus To Albany!

It’s time to make Albany work for all New Yorkers, not just big donors. To tackle the crises we face in housing, living wage jobs, criminal justice, affordable health care, transportation, climate, fair taxes, and more, we must transform a campaign finance system that advantages the interests of the few over those of the many. We must make fixing our democracy the first priority in Albany.

Space is limited so register to Get On The Bus To Albany!

JANUARY 12 DAY OF ACTION
RALLY LOCATION
Million Dollar Staircase (inside the Capitol building)
RALLY TIME:11:30 AM (Begin gathering at 11:00 AM)
LOBBY VISITS + ACTIONS: 1-3:30PM

Get On The Bus for the Feb 12th Fair Elections Albany Day of Action!

Fair Elections for NY Feb 12 Day of Action

It’s time to reject the big-money status quo and make people the most important currency in Albany.

Join the Fair Elections Coalition in Albany on February 12 to demand Fair Elections!

We must protect and expand the freedom to vote for every eligible New Yorker and pass comprehensive campaign finance reform, including a small donor matching system. It’s time to make Albany work for all New Yorkers, not just big donors. To tackle the crises we face in housing, living wage jobs, criminal justice, affordable health care, transportation, climate, fair taxes, and more, we must transform a campaign finance system that advantages the interests of the few over those of the many. We must make fixing our democracy the first priority in Albany.  

BUS PICKUP SCHEDULE (fill out the form to sign up & secure a spot on the bus)  

White Plains: 6:30 AM
16 Ferris Ave., White Plains, NY 10601

Newburgh: 8:00 AM
60 NY Highway 17K, Newburgh, NY 12550

Kingston: 9:00 AM
I587 Park and Ride Kingston, NY 12401

Questions? Contact regional organizer Andy Falk (afalk@citizenactionny.org, 914-629-4089)

Democracy on Day 1 in Albany

From early voting to small-donor matching funds, from campaign finance restrictions to automatic voter registration, now is the time to win significant election reforms in New York.

Join us on January 9 in Albany as the NYS legislature is sworn in and holds events throughout the day.

Come hold signs and participate in swearing-in events and celebrations so we can lobby and engage legislators in support of election reforms. Let’s make sure our voices ring loud and make 2019 the year we fix New York’s broken democracy.

Call Your NY State Reps to Demand Fair Elections!

For the first time in many years, there is new and different leadership at the State Capital in Albany. The New York legislature is officially back in session, and now it is critical that we demand our lawmakers fix our broken election laws.

For too long real estate and hedge fund billionaires have used their money to block progress in Albany. It’s past time to make Albany work for all New Yorkers, not wealthy special interests.

The people of New York want tenant protections, education equity, decarceration, health care for all, and climate justice, but we must fix our democracy first. We need voting rights, like automatic voter registration, and we need a campaign finance system that values small donors first, not big checks from lobbyists.

The Fair Elections for NY Campaign has created a hotline that will transfer you to your elected representative, or the office of a Senator or Assembly person who is in a key position to make a difference on these issues: Dial 866-864-8567

Tell the person who answers the phone:

There’s no excuse not to fix our broken democracy. Pass voting rights and a small donor public financing system early in 2019.

Then, please fill out the form at fairelectionsny.org to let them know how your call went!

Register to vote! And double-check your registration!

Friday, October 12th is the LAST day to register to vote in New York in the upcoming November elections! Not only that, is is also the LAST DAY to change your party affiliation in advance of the 2019 primary elections — a whole year away!

Not registered? No problem.

Even if you’re already registered, PLEASE take a moment right now to double-check. Especially if you’ve moved recently. But even if you haven’t. New York State is notorious for purging voters from the rolls. We need to be vigilant!

To check your registration, visit voterlookup.elections.ny.gov and enter your info (or use the form below, powered by vote.org). Fill at the form to look up your registration, and then confirm (Under “Voter Information”) that:

  • Your address is accurate.
  • Your political party is the one whose primary you want to vote in.
  • Your voter status is active.

Vote in the 2018 State/Local Primary!

Vote! Polls are open Noon – 9PM.

If you are a DEMOCRAT in ULSTER COUNTY, please vote Juan Figueroa for Ulster County Sheriff!

If you are a DEMOCRAT in NEW YORK STATE, please vote Cynthia Nixon for Governor and Jumaane Williams for Lt. Governor!

If you are a DEMOCRAT or UNAFFILIATED/INDEPENDENT voter in NY STATE SENATE DISTRICT 42 (in Ulster County, that’s Rosendale, New Paltz, Gardiner, Shawangunk, Wawarsing, and Denning), please vote for Jen Metzger for State Senate!

Read about why we’ve endorsed these candidates.

Find your polling place.

Step 1: Find your “election district” at https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov

Step 2: Lookup your polling place here.

ATTN: NEW PALTZ, PLATTEKILL & WAWARSING voters: Your polling site may have changed!

Click to see full-size images.

Know Your Rights!

In New York State, it is illegal to ask for an ID at the polls!

The only exception is if you are voting at your polling location for the first time and the Board of Elections was previously unable to verify your identity with the DMV or Social Security Office. This typically only happens if you did not provide a drivers license or social security number when you registered to vote. If this happened, you should have received notice from the Board of Elections prior to election day. You can verify your identity with any of the following: a valid photo ID, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or some other form of government document that shows both your name and address.

(Here’s the law, see page 12).

Trouble at the Polls? Report it!

If you experience any issues voting today, or feel you are being discriminated against at the polls, please call the Attorney General’s voter hotline at 800-771-7755 or the Nixon campaign hotline at 646-688-4124. You can also email the AG at civil.rights@ag.ny.gov. Locally you can contact the Ulster Board of Elections at 845-334-5470. Please also notify Ulster People if your problem is not resolved by emailing connect@ulsterpeople.org.

Did you know that independent voters not registered in a political party can vote for Jen Metzger in the primary?


If you are an unaffiliated, independent voter in State Senate District 42*, who does not belong to any political party, you can also VOTE for Jen on September 13th!

Independent voters can write in “Jen Metzger” on the line on the Reform party ballot. More details here.

* In Ulster County, District 42 includes the towns of Rosendale, New Paltz, Gardiner, Shawangunk, Wawarsing, and Denning.

December General Meeting

It’s Ulster People’s last general meeting of 2018!

Join us for a festive dinner to celebrate our hard work and electoral victories, and learn about how we can build on these recent wins to actually pass laws to fix our broken political and economic system.

Please RSVP so we know how much food to prepare and let us know of any dietary restrictions!

On the agenda:

  • The Fair Elections for NY Campaign
  • Looking ahead: the 2019 Political Calendar
  • Updates from our working groups

Announcing Ulster People’s 2018 Endorsements!

Ulster People 2018 Endorsements

Ulster People is proud to endorse the following candidates for State and County office, who, if elected, will shift the balance of power and make real change possible:

  • A thriving and inclusive local economy that supports ALL our residents.
  • Protection of the rights and well-being of the most vulnerable among us.
  • A healthy, sustainable environment for now and generations to come.

In competitive primary races, Ulster People is endorsing the following candidates:

Cynthia Nixon Cynthia Nixon for NYS Governor
Jumaane WilliamsJumaane Williams for NYS Lieutenant Governor
Juan FigueroaJuan Figueroa for Ulster County Sheriff
Jen MetzgerJen Metzger for NYS Senate District 42

And in the general election:

Pat StrongPat Strong for NYS Senate District 46
Joyce St. GeorgeJoyce St. George for NYS Senate District 51

On the CD-19 Race

In the CD-19 race, Ulster People is inspired by the number of candidates who embrace the people-friendly policies of our platform. Given the many strengths of the candidates and our shared commitment to defeating John Faso in the general election, we have decided not to endorse any individual candidate at this time. We look forward to working hard after the primary for a candidate who shares our values. In the meantime, we will focus our efforts on supporting our endorsed candidates at the county and state levels.

About Our Endorsement Process

Any candidate who wished to seek the group’s endorsement, regardless of party, was asked to complete a questionnaire which was reviewed by Ulster People’s endorsement committee. If the responses showed a strong alignment between the candidate’s views and actions and Ulster People’s platform, candidates were invited to interview with the endorsement committee, after which, the committee voted to recommend endorsement (or not). The voting members of Ulster People made the final endorsement decisions.

So now that we’ve endorsed them, let’s help get them elected!

You may also volunteer or donate to the candidates directly through their websites (linked above).

We also encourage you to like each candidate’s Facebook page (also linked above) and like, comment, and share their posts!

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Press inquiries, contact connect@ulsterpeople.org.