• Jen Lunsford for State Senate (District 55)

    This afternoon, Jen Lunsford announced her candidacy for the 55th District of the State Senate. Below is our press release we wanted to share with you. You can learn more about Jen at www.VoteJenLunsford.com or sign up to volunteer and get involved in this race HERE.

    JEN LUNSFORD ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR 55TH STATE SENATE SEAT

    Mother, Activist, Attorney Seeks to Add Her Voice to Stalling New York State Senate

    February 26, 2018 (Rochester, NY) – MCDC Chairwoman Jamie Romeo today stood with residents of the 55th State Senate District to help announce the candidacy of Jen Lunsford. Jen will be seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination to take on Senator Rich Funke in the 2018 General Election.

    The 55th State Senate District stretches represents the eastern portions of Monroe County and a western section of Ontario County, including the communities of Victor, East Bloomfield, West Bloomfield, Richmond, Bristol, South Bristol, Canadice, Naples, Irondequoit, Rush, Mendon, Pittsford, Perinton, Penfield, East Rochester, and the east side of the City of Rochester.

    Jen Lunsford, Democratic candidate for the 55th Senate District, stated “When I look at this community I see people just like me – working parents waking up every day trying to balance their careers, and their families. I also see moms and dads, teachers and students, who watch the news and are afraid of what might happen in their schools. And while I see a community full of people like me, when I look at the State Senate I see something very different– there are 63 Senators in the State Senate; only 14 of our them are women and almost none of those women has young children. As a working mother of a toddler, I think it’s time to change that.  It’s time for us to take our seat at the table so that the needs and worries of hardworking parents can be truly represented in Albany.

    MCDC Chairwoman Jamie Romeo added, “From the City of Rochester to the farming communities in East Bloomfield, the 55th State Senate district is a diverse collection of Upstate New Yorkers who need a representative willing to sit down and listen to their needs. Right now, these voters are represented by a man whose highest approval rating comes from the NRA* and who has failed to deliver on his promise to change Albany. Jen is a working mom who knows how to put an end to childish squabbling and do the hard work that gets real results for people. She’s exactly the kind of person we need representing our region in the State Senate.”

    Jen Lunsford currently lives in Penfield with her husband Scott Hildebrandt and their son, Mack. She is currently an attorney at Segar & Sciortino where she advocates for people at some of the most difficult times in their lives. She also serves as the Co-Chair of Lawyers for Good Government, a progressive legal activist group, and sits on the board of the Anthony Poselovich Memorial Foundation, which helps families.

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    *Sen. Funke received 93% rating from NRA in 2016. VoteSmart.org

     

    Jamie Romeo
    MCDC Chairwoman

    Monroe County Democratic Committee
    1150 University Ave., Bldg. 5
    585-232-2410
    Rochester NY 14607 United States
  • From the MCDC Chairwoman: I’m Angry

    I’m angry, to a point beyond words at this moment but please bear with me.

    My son is six now and listening to everything – particularly the television. Whether its one of his Lego shows or the news, he’s listening. And I had to tell my family to keep the news off TV today.

    I can remember where I was the day of the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012. I was in my office in the County Office Building, and I’m pretty sure I watched the news all day and accomplished nothing. I then went to my farewell party, as I was about to take the exciting transition from my beloved Democratic Caucus in the County Legislature, to start managing then-State Senator Ted O’Brien’s transition. It was supposed to be an evening of laughs, drinks, and fun. And my skin was on fire every moment I was there and I left as soon as I could.

    Then I get home. I pick up my just a few weeks past one-year-old son and I weep. I hold him for minutes and just cry with the world; then quickly try to dry my face so everyone can stay happy.

    But these disasters are not uncommon. Gun violence is ripping through families throughout our country, and in our community, on a daily basis. But the growing sense of helplessness and despair on this issue just seems to grow stronger. I sit here now and think, how will I explain this? How will I not instill fear in him of the world, but still make him smarter and aware?

    But we are not helpless, there is so much we can do. And eliminating all guns is not the answer and not a reasonable solution. Yes, we need smarter and effective legislation (particularly at the federal level) but we must also make ourselves better gun-sense citizens. I steal that from a term I have heard at our local Moms Demand Action group, right here in Rochester, New York.

    We should know how to have conversations with our family and neighbors about guns in the home, safe storage, proper training without having to devolve into a political nightmare. We’ve sent people to the moon damn it – how can we not find a constructive way to talk about this issue?!

    I sit here with pain in my heart that can only be a drop compared to what parents every night go to bed with after losing a child to this tragedy. But I want you to know that you don’t have to feel helpless. MCDC has been proud to host the Rochester chapter of Moms Demand Action in our offices, and they provide some incredible tools, including the Be Smart campaign among others. There are ways we can fix this. We can be the change we need to see in this world. That’s why I wanted to share this with you tonight.

    – Dominic’s Mom
    [Jamie Romeo, MCDC Chairwoman]

     

     

    Moms Demand Action is a part of Everytown for Gun Safety and has an active chapter here in Rochester NY. Formed in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook, we are now in our 5th year and while Congress struggles to act – we’ve been working locally, in communities, cities and states – to take sensible action to keep our communities safe. Check out one of our upcoming meetings or events or invite chapter lead, Cha Ron Sattler-Leblanc to come and talk to your group about Moms Demand Action’s strategy and how you can join them. (Moms Demand Action is a single issue, non-partisan group open to all who want to work toward common sense gun reform.  You don’t have to be a Mom to join!)
    Find us at these upcoming events:
    Change on Tap! February 28 at 7 PM, Lock 32 Brewing
    March Meet-Up – Topic – ADVOCACY DAY – working with State Legislators – March 4, 1 PM, 1872 Cafe
    If you have questions, contact Cha Ron at charon.rochester.ny@gmail.com
    Thank you for taking a moment to read this tonight.
  • Change Starts with Us

    I don’t know about you, but I’m a child of the American Dream.

    When I reflect on my life, so many of the opportunities I’ve been given are because of the hard work, wisdom, and foresight of those who came before me: I can read because of the public schools; I can vote because of women’s rights leaders; I can speak my mind, practice my faith, and petition the government to change a law – all because of those who came before me.

    The Americans who came before me believed in us. They worked hard, took risks, fought to expand our civil rights, and invested in a stronger, brighter future.

    Today the responsibility falls on all of us to continue that legacy. That’s why, at the Monroe County Democrats, our platform is simple:

    • We believe in building a better world for our children.
    • We support one another as we strive to realize our own dreams for ourselves and our families.
    • We care for those who came before us — the generation that worked to create a better world for all of us today.

    But we can’t do that work alone.

    I hope you’ll join me in pledging to keep building a brighter world and stronger community and donate today.

    I am so impressed and overwhelmed by the compassion, wisdom, and commitment in our community. Thank you for all of your hard work and continued support.  Together, we really are the Builders of the American Dream.

    Sincerely,

    Jamie Romeo
    Monroe County Democratic Committee Chairwoman
    1150 University Avenue, Bldg 5
    Rochester, NY 14607
    P: 585-232-2410
    F: 595-232-1223

     

     

     

     

  • For Prospective Candidates

    Here at the Monroe County Democrats, candidate recruitment and training is a key part of our mission. We are always seeking out the very best talent — from the private sector, community organizations, schools, and non-profits — and preparing local leaders for public office.

    For 2018 and beyond, we are especially seeking candidates for these positions:

    • Town and village court judges
    • Town and village boards
    • Town and village Democratic Committee members

    Great leaders come from all walks of life and backgrounds, and it’s hard to define all of the factors that will make a person likely to succeed in public office.

    In general, we are looking for candidates that have demonstrated success and bring practical experience to each position, along with a passion for and commitment to our community.

    For example, judicial candidates should have relevant experience practicing law, and they should be willing to come before the bar association judiciary committee for an evaluation of their qualifications for the bench. Town and city board members should have experience managing a staff, budget, and long-term organizational strategy.

    For more information about running for office, please contact your local town or city Democratic Committee leaders or the Monroe County Democratic Committee Chairwoman, Jamie Romeo.

    The recommended deadline to notify us about your intent to campaign for public office for 2018 has past, however, we will continue to meet with prospective candidates for specific positions past that deadline in preparation for the next available electoral opportunity.  If you are interested, let us hear from you!

     

  • We’re Kicking Off Petition Season!

    Hard to believe, but petition season is almost here! Our first day of petitioning will be Tuesday, March 6th.

    In New York State, petitions are the first step for candidates hoping to run for elected office. Over the next few weeks, thousands of community members will sign their support for our local leaders to help get their names on the ballot.

    Petitioning is also our first opportunity to get fired up for the coming year and reconnect with other Democrats in our neighborhoods. While signing petitions, community members can sign-up to volunteer on campaigns, host a lawn sign, or participate in voter registration drives.

    If you’re able to walk door-to-door carrying petitions, please contact your local town or city Democratic Committee leaders or our Operations Director, Henrietta Herriott. We will be putting together our petition-carrying teams over the next few weeks. We’ll start with Congressional petitions in March, then carry statewide and local petitions in June.

    For prospective candidates, it’s not too late to run! The deadline to notify us about your intent to campaign for public office is Wednesday, February 28th. Please visit our recruitment page for more information.

    To stay up-to-date with important news and events, please sign up for our newsletter.

     

     

  • Monroe County Democrats Launch New Website

    We are thrilled to announce that our new website is here!

    In addition to the new look and feel, we hope that the new website will help us in our mission to support local leadership and serve as a  forum for civic engagement.

    Here’s what’s new: Continue Reading

  • Newly-Elected Legislator Howard Maffucci to Visit Town Talk Event in Pittsford

    On Saturday, January 20, the newly-elected County Legislator Howard Maffucci will join Pittsford Town Board Members Stephanie Townsend and Kevin Beckford at Town Talk, an event that gives residents the opportunity to bring questions and concerns to their elected officials.

    The event will run from 2-3 p.m. at the Village Bakery on State Street in Pittsford.

    Town Talk is part of a larger campaign to give residents more input in the direction of their town.

    “There is a lot of direct impact we can make on people’s lives,” said Pittsford Town Board Member Stephanie Townsend in an interview. “I want to bring that kind of engagement with our community and making sure that our town government is serving the diverse needs within the community.”

    For more information and to RSVP to Town Talks, please visit:  https://www.facebook.com/events/328420050994618/

  • Brighton Supervisor Moehle Reflects on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Supervisor Moehle’s remarks were originally published in the Brighton Pittsford Post, and have been shared here in its entirety. The original post entitled “Diversity Makes A Stronger Community” can be found here: http://www.monroecopost.com/news/20180112/from-supervisor-diversity-makes-stronger-community 

    During January of each year, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Dr. King was committed to building communities and a world in which equality for all men and women would be the basis of a just society. In Brighton, we know that diversity is one of our core values, and through our diversity we become a stronger community. Families move to Brighton for many reasons, but one of the primary reasons I hear over and over from new residents in Brighton is that Brighton met their desire to live in a diverse community.

    A little more than a year ago, two Brighton neighborhoods woke up to find anonymous fliers in their driveways; fliers that contained racist and anti-Semitic hate speech. Last March, the JCC, in Brighton, which serves thousands of people from every faith and background, was targeted twice by bomb threats.

    In response to the anonymous fliers, I invited a number of community members from different races, faiths and backgrounds to meet here at Town Hall to discuss how the community could respond. Out of that meeting, CURB, Community Uprooting Racism in Brighton, was established, and a candlelight march was held to show the solidarity of the Brighton community in support of community diversity. CURB continues to promote diversity and inclusion in Brighton through action and dialogue. In the wake of the JCC threats, we witnessed the leadership of the JCC continuing to open their doors to community members in need of warmth after the severe wind storm and outreach from Brighton’s Islamic Center to the JCC to demonstrate their solidarity as brothers and sisters in our community. In each case, instead of retreating to bunkers of ignorance and fear in response to hate, Brighton responded with love and support.

    As a government leader, it is important to me that town government in Brighton also continues to reflect and support the community in which we live and work. We have adopted laws in Brighton to protect the civil rights of members of the LGBTQ community. Whenever possible, we reach out to minority media and community organizations when hiring new employees. We will soon consider local legislation that will prohibit discriminating against renters based on the source of their income. Finally, along with our newest Councilmember Robin Wilt, I will establish a new advisory committee to help establish programs that reflect and support the diversity of Brighton and to assist town government in identifying and implementing new inclusive practices that we can use in our operations. All of these programs and more have made Brighton an inclusive and diverse community and we are committed that your town government also continues to reflect and model that inclusiveness.

    – William Moehle, Brighton Town Supervisor

  • Rochester City Council Approves Xerox International Jazz Festival 2018 and Party in the Park 2018 in Unanimous Vote

    In a unanimous vote, the Rochester City Council approved its 2018 agreements with the Xerox International Jazz Festival and Party in the Park.

    Both events draw large crowds and are a major boon for the local economy. In 2016, the Jazz Festival alone drew an estimated crowd of 205,000, and has an estimated economic impact of $8 – $10 million. [1] [2]

    Headliners for the upcoming Xerox International Jazz Festival 2018 include Seal, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, and Alison Krauss, with more of the lineup set to be announced during the spring. [3]

    The lineup for Party in the Park is typically announced in May.

    “The Xerox International Jazz Festival is one of my favorite local events,” says Monroe County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Jamie Romeo. “It is wonderful to see people from all over the Rochester area coming together with dancing, celebration, and music. I see people of all ages and all walks of life, from the couple who has attended every year since the first festival in 2002, to the wide-eyed child who is taking it all in for the very first time. Rochester’s beloved jazz festival is a testament to what we can achieve when artists, businesses, City leadership, and the Rochester Police Department work together.”

     

    [1] http://www.rochesterjazz.com/php/about.php

    [2] http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/money/business/2016/06/29/downtown-rochester-businesses-get-sales-boost-xerox-rochester-international-jazz-festival/86478412/

    [3] http://www.rochesterjazz.com/press_room/?id=474

  • Pittsford Town Board Recognizes Groundskeeper Tim Romeo for Outstanding Service

    On November 21st, the Pittsford Town Board recognized volunteer groundskeeper Tim Romeo for his outstanding service as the caretaker of Pittsford Cemetery.

    Over the last three years, Romeo cleaned and repaired hundreds of headstones, painted fences, and maintained the grounds – all as a volunteer with no paid staff.

    “His efforts are an inspiration to others, and his kind and caring greetings, shared freely and frequently as he works, bring warmth and cheer to those he meets,” said Pittsford Supervisor Bill Smith in his commendation. ” . . . [his] efforts have helped maintain the dignity of final repose for the interred.”[1]

    Following his commendation at the Town Board, Romeo received a standing ovation.

    “Our region is lucky to have such a strong spirit of service and volunteerism,” said Monroe County Democratic Chairwoman Jamie Romeo. “It is people like Tim Romeo who make our hometowns truly feel like home.”

    [1] http://www.townofpittsford.org/files/minutes/townboard/minutes_current.pdf