𝗦𝗮𝘂𝗴𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗗𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗰𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘆

Vote Early at the Senior Center June 15-23. Election day is June 25 at your regular polling place.

(Election Districts 7, 12, 13)
The Ulster County Democratic Committee (UCDC) unanimously endorsed the Saugerties Democratic Committee slate, including committee members being primaried in Election Districts 7, 12, 13.
Here are brief descriptions of the endorsed Saugerties Democratic Committee candidates, touching on just a few of their contributions to the Democratic Party:
𝗟𝗼𝘂𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝗕𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗺𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗹𝗱 (ED 7), the SDC secretary, ensures that Saugerties Democrats have the information they need to effectively participate in our democracy through her timely emails. Louise holds the boat steady, multitasking and juggling myriad responsibilities, so the SDC can do its job. In addition to her tireless work as SDC secretary, Louise coordinates the Ulster County Democratic Committee’s outreach to dual residents (aka second homeowners). She helps manage voter data, canvassing and phone banking for the SDC, and is herself a prolific canvasser and phone bank caller for all Democratic candidates. Louise also edits the SDC newsletter.
𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗯𝗮𝗿𝗮 𝗕𝗼𝘆𝗰𝗲 (ED 7) was the vice chair of the SDC for two terms and the chair of its campaign committee. She is active on our fundraising and program committees. At our fall barbecues, Barbara is the welcoming greeter who takes tickets and helps people navigate the venue. Active in Democratic elections since her youth, Barbara’s initial foray into our local Democratic politics was as a member of the “Sean Eldridge for Congress” campaign in 2014. Barbara works to elect Democrats through phone banks, canvasses and postcard writing. During the fall elections, she staffs the SDC election storefront, providing voter information and coordinating with the Democratic candidates.
𝗞𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗻 𝗙𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗻 (ED 12), the first vice chair of the SDC, lives our Democratic values. Besides committee work, Kevin has been an active member of Indivisible, Moms Demand Action and Citizen Action. He was the coordinator of Faso Friday, the weekly demonstration in front of the Republican congressman’s Kingston office until the MAGA-loving representative was voted out of office. Kevin has carried petitions, canvassed, and phone banked for our Democratic candidates, lobbied in Albany for legislation, run for Town Board, and registered hundreds of new voters.
𝗗𝗲𝗲𝗻𝗮 𝗥𝗮𝗲 𝗧𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗲𝗿 (ED 12), a Saugerties resident for 24 years and a member of the SDC since 2019, has worked on both the 2022 and 2024 “Sarahana Shrestha for Assembly” campaigns. In addition to her direct campaign work, Deena has been part of the SDC program and by-laws committees, and canvasses regularly for Democratic candidates. She staffed a canvassing station and trained volunteers during the 2018 “Antonio Delgado for Congress” campaign. Deena has traveled to midwestern swing states to canvass for progressive Democrats and has phone banked in southern states, utilizing her native North Carolina accent to reach southern purple state voters.
𝗙𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗸 “𝗥𝗶𝗰𝗸” 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻 (ED 13), the SDC webmaster and co-chair of the communications committee, is a steadfast SDC member who always shows up. Long before his involvement in local Democratic politics, Rick worked for Democratic causes, such as organizing a bus trip to Washington, D.C. to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to select George W. Bush as president. In 2023, Rick was on the “Keith Gurgui for Legislature” team, where he created and updated the website, kept meetings and team members on track, and helped coordinate all aspects of the campaign. Additionally, Rick has made phone calls and knocked on doors for every primary and election for our Democratic candidates.
𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗼 𝗠𝗰𝗚𝗶𝗹𝘃𝗿𝗲𝘆 (ED 13), a member of the SDC for 10+ years, served as its treasurer and is currently the fundraising committee chair. She is the chief organizer of our annual “Dining and Dancing for Democracy” barbecues and is also a member of the SDC program committee. Like her ED 13 teammate, Margo canvasses and phone banks for our local, county, state and federal Democratic candidates. Margo is also a board member of the Esopus Creek Conservancy, volunteers for the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network (UIDN) and is a member of UIDN’s Health Committee. Margo also volunteers for the Safe Haven Rescue, an organization that rescues horses from the slaughter pipeline.
In this crucial election year, where democracy itself is on the ballot, we need seasoned and dedicated committee members. All of our endorsed SDC candidates are lifelong Democrats who were never enrolled in another party or ran on another political party line against our Democratic candidates.

Guilty on All Counts

Donald Trump has been found guilty on al counts of falsifying business records.

From the NY Times:
Former President Donald J. Trump was found guilty on Thursday of all 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, related to the reimbursement of hush money paid to the porn star Stormy Daniels to cover up a sex scandal around the 2016 presidential election. The first U.S. president to be convicted of a crime, Mr. Trump is likely to appeal the verdict by the Manhattan jury. His sentencing is scheduled for July 11.

The 34 counts fell into three categories: 11 related to invoices from Michael D. Cohen, his former fixer who paid Ms. Daniels; 11 related to checks signed by Mr. Trump or using his funds to repay Mr. Cohen; and 12 related to accounting records made for the reimbursements in Mr. Trump’s books.”

Click Here to Read More Coverage From the NY Times

 

April 15, 2024: Trump’s First Trial Begins Today – Some Words from Robert Reich

Friends,

Trump’s first criminal trial — the first criminal trial of a former president, ever — is scheduled to begin Monday. The 34-count business falsification case may be the only case against Trump to reach a verdict before the November election.

Many people I speak with are worried that this is the weakest of Trump’s four pending criminal trials because it has to do with an illicit affair.

Wrong.

Although this case is commonly called the “hush money” case and referred to as Trump’s alleged “coverup of a sex scandal,” this way of describing it minimizes its importance.

This case is really an election interference case — just as are the criminal cases charging him with seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Together, they establish an ongoing pattern: Trump will do anything to gain and keep power, even if his actions violate the nation’s laws.

This case alleges that in 2016 Trump arranged to pay off an adult entertainer in order to hide his affair with her from the public. The important thing to keep in mind is that the money was given to protect Trump’s campaign for the presidency — not to protect his marriage or protect him from personal embarrassment.

The entire purpose of the payoff was to help Trump become president.

Had its sole purpose been to hide a personal sexual affair, it would not have been criminal.

It was criminal because Trump interfered in an election. He violated campaign finance laws. He deprived voters of information that might have affected their votes. Trump then sought to cover it up with false entries in business records.

The mainstream media keeps referring to Trump’s upcoming trial as based on “charges that he covered up a sex scandal.” That’s exactly how Trump wants it characterized. So it looks like the district attorney is tarring Trump with having had an extramarital affair with a porn star — a form of character assassination, not a crime.

But that’s not what the trial is about, and it’s not what’s at stake. Trump tried to keep relevant information from voters on the eve of the 2016 election.
This trial is about the integrity of our elections system.

As Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg explained, Trump was out to:

“bury negative information about him and boost his electoral prospects. Trump then went to great lengths to hide this conduct, causing dozens of false entries in business records to conceal criminal activity.”

In calling this the “hush money” or “sex scandal” case and implying that Trump was merely trying to hide his tryst with a porn star, the mainstream media is minimizing its significance and misleading the public.

The way Trump’s actions are characterized — the words used to describe what Trump has done to America — are critically important.

Please make sure you describe what’s at stake in the upcoming trial accurately, correct others when they misdescribe it, and write or email any media that misstate what it’s about.

Thank you.
-RR

Saugerties Democratic Committee