• MCDC Offices Closed

    Dear Friends, 

    In light of the unfolding COVID-19 situation across Monroe County and the globe, the MCDC Offices will be closed until further notice. Please reach out to info@monroedemocrats.com with any questions or concerns.

    Thank you all for your understanding- stay safe and healthy. 

  • Join the Bylaws Committee

    Bylaws

    UPDATE: The Committee Is No Longer Accepting Applications

    As requested during the February 20, 2020 (02/20/2020) MCDC Executive Committee meeting, we are sharing with you basic expectations of time and work commitment for volunteers who are current members or wish to join the committee:

    • Meet monthly (or twice a month as needed) at MCDC Headquarters
    • Time Frame: 6 pm – 8 pm (or abbreviated as agreed upon by consensus)
    • Read and become generally familiar with the current document (copies will be available at the 04/15/20 meeting)
    • Be prepared to contribute with discussion, ideas and actions applicable to the committee’s guiding purpose of studying, revising (drafting) and presenting pertinent amendments to our bylaws for consideration before the Executive Committee

    We are now accepting nominations for new members on our Bylaws Committee. Please complete the nomination form provided through the link here or below and submit it by Friday, March 13th in order to be considered. Our next meeting is scheduled for April 15th, 2020.

    Thank you all for your willingness and commitment to continuing serving our party.

    MCDC Bylaws Nomination Form

  • SPECIAL COUNTY COMMITTEE MEETING FOR 136 ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

    County Committee Members:

    We will hold our Special County Committee Meeting for the 136th Assembly District on Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 at Laborers’ International Union, 20 4th St, Rochester, NY 14609.

    The meeting will be called to order at 6:00pm and credentialing will begin at 5:30pm for committee members. Please allow yourself enough time to sign in.

    The meeting is being held to elect a representative for the 136th Assembly District special election. If you have any questions about the committee meeting, please contact Austin Wolcott at 585.232.2410.

    PROXY: Please print and complete the form below if you cannot attend the county committee meeting on February 18th. Proxies can be carried by a registered democrat but only one proxy per person.

    136 Special Proxy

  • Monroe County Democratic Committee Designates 2020 Candidates at Workers United Hall

    MCDC’s Chairwoman Brittaney Wells, greeted and welcomed participants at the assembly, as more participants prepared to take their places at the convention’s floor.

    “2020 is the year for us to be the true progressives that we say we are and forge a new path that plants us on the right side of history,” said Chairwoman Brittaney Wells on Saturday morning, February 1, at the Monroe County Democratic Committee Designating Convention, speaking to a room full of energized Democrats, media and community members.

    With a focus on the future and the accomplishments to come, the Monroe County Democratic Party endorsed a full slate of candidates, ranging from local candidates to candidates for the state legislature to the United States Congress, a slate that represents the party’s diversity, strength and vast wells of experience

    “I want a party that works for everyone. I want to endorse candidates and look out at our party and see a reflection of the people we all serve in Monroe County,” said Chairwoman Wells. “Change is never easy but change brings progress.”

    The candidates now will enter a period of petitioning as they prepare for the June 23rd New York state primary.

    The list of endorsed candidates is as follows:

    Joe Morelle – U.S. Congress District 25. The former Majority Leader of the New York State (NYS) Assembly representing the 136th district, Joe Morelle succeeded Representative Louise Slaughter in the United States House of Representatives in 2018.

    Nate McMurray – U.S. Congress District 27. A Fulbright Scholar and Western New York native, Nate McMurray ran for Congress in the 27th District in 2018 and was 1% away from victory in a highly conservative district.

    Shauna O’Toole – New York State Senate District 54**.  Founder of the “We Exist Coalition of the Finger Lakes” that promotes gender-expansive awareness and equality, Shauna would be the first transgender candidate elected to the NYS legislature.

    Samra Brouk – NYS Senate District 55. Samra is a former member of the Peace Corps and has helped with various startups and youth mentoring programs.

    Jeremy Cooney- NYS Senate District 56. Possessing a vision for a positive future and holding deep roots in Monroe County and Rochester, Jeremy has served in various levels of government from Albany to the city of Rochester Mayor’s Office.

    Jason Klimek- NYS Senate District 59**.  A community member with experience in various types of businesses and organizations, Jason is an active resident of Upstate New York who uses his voice to promote positive change

    Kim Smith – NYS Senate District 61**.  A third-generation Western New Yorker, Kim is a strong proponent of making sure all voices in society are heard and listened too.

    ChaRon Sattler-Leblanc – NYS Assembly District 133**.  An educator and a fierce gun safety advocate, ChaRon is a strong proponent of groups such as Moms Demand Action that promote gun safety legislation that protects communities.

    Dylan Dailor – NYS Assembly District 134.  An author and speaker, Dylan is a self-advocate for promoting the voices of all in society.

    Jen Lunsford – NYS Assembly District 135. An attorney and activist with vast experience in community action, Jen has a deep understanding of her community and what it will take to create positive, progressive legislation in Albany.

    Justin Wilcox – NYS Assembly District 136.  A Monroe County legislator with deep ties in his community, Justin has a strong knowledge of state governance and local needs that he has used to promote positive change in the County Legislature.

    Ernest Flagler – NYS Assembly District 137. Assistant Minority Leader in the Monroe County Legislature, Ernest is a well-known figure in his community who has fought to make sure that each and every voice is heard.

    Alex Yudelson – NYS Assembly District 138. An Upstate New York native, Alex has spent his entire career promoting positive change in society, from the White House to Rochester, New York.

    Judge Chris Ciaccio – Monroe County Surrogate Court. A County Court Judge, Judge Ciacco has presided over more than 50 trials and hundreds of hearings, demonstrating a clear grasp of the law and a strong interest in fairness and justice.

    Meredith Vacca – Monroe County Court Judge. A former Supreme Court Candidate, Meredith Vacca would be the first Asian-American judge in Monroe County. Meredith has extensive courtroom experience as a special victims prosecutor.

    Jamie Romeo – Monroe County Clerk. Assemblywoman Romeo has been a leading advocate for Monroe County, focusing on protecting the environment through programs such as cleanup sites along the Lake Ontario Shoreline.

    Judge Theresa Johnson – Rochester City Court. A Current Rochester City Court Judge for over 20 years; as the first African-American on the bench Theresa Johnson has proved to be a powerful proponent of fairness and keeping the community safe.

    Our Designated Town Officials Are As Follows:

    John Falk – Brighton Town Justice

    Mindy McLaren – Penfield Town Board

    Chaz Rorick – Rush Town Board

    Michael Ansaldi – Pittsford Town Judge

    **These candidates have been designated by the Monroe County Democratic Committee and are waiting on further designation status from other counties

  • Democrats Elected to Office on Nov. 5: A Complete List

    County-wide, we unseated Republican incumbents in the County Executive and County Court Judges races and we claimed an open County Court Judge seat.

    Monroe County Executive: Adam Bello

    Monroe County Court Judges: Karen Bailey Turner and Michael Dollinger

    Democrats now hold 14 of 29 seats on the County Legislature. John Baynes beat the Republican incumbent in the 18th district, Michael Yudelson picked up a seat in the 13th district and Yversha Roman in the 26th district.

    County Legislature 10th: Howard Maffucci
    County Legislature 13th: Michael Yudelson
    County Legislature 14th: Justin Wilcox
    County Legislature 17th: Joe Morelle Jr.
    County Legislature 18th: John Baynes
    County Legislature 21st: Rachel Barnhart
    County Legislature 22nd: Vincent R. Felder
    County Legislature 23rd: Linda M. Hasman
    County Legislature 24th: Joshua Bauroth
    County Legislature 25th: John Lightfoot
    County Legislature 26th: Yversha Roman
    County Legislature 27th: Sabrina LaMar
    County Legislature 28th: Frank Keophetlasy
    County Legislature 29th: Ernest S. Flagler-Mitchell

    In the City of Rochester, Democrats won all four city council seats, all four seats on the school board, and both city court judgeships.

    Rochester City Council East: Mary Lupien
    Rochester City Council Northeast: Michael Patterson
    Rochester City Council Northwest: Jose Peo
    Rochester City Council South: LaShay Harris
    Rochester City School Board: Ricardo Adams, Beatriz LeBron, Amy Maloy, and Willa Powell
    Rochester City Court: Melissa Barrett and Nicole Morris

    In the Town of Brighton, all of the Democratic incumbents were re-elected.
    Brighton Town Supervisor: Bill Moehle
    Town Clerk: Dan Aman
    Town Board Members: Christopher Werner, Christine E. Corrado and Jason DiPonzio
    Town Justice: Karen Morris

    The Town of Henrietta’s Democratic incumbent supervisor was re-elected, two Democrats defeated two Republican incumbents for town justice positions, and a Democrat won one of two seats for town council. 
    Henrietta Town Supervisor: Steve Schultz
    Town Justices: Bob Cook and Sue Michel
    Town Council: Member Millie Sefranek

    In the Town of Irondequoit, the Democratic incumbent was re-elected to supervisor as was the incumbent town justice, and Democrats won two seats on the town council, defeating two Republican opponents.
    Irondequoit Town Supervisor: David A. Seeley
    Town Board Members: Patrina Freeman and John Perticone
    Town Justice: Pat Russi

    In the Town of Perinton, Democrats won a seat on the town council.
    Town Council: Mere Stockman-Broadbent

    A Democratic candidate in the Town of Pittsford won a seat on the town council.
    Town Council: Cathleen A. Koshykar

    The Democratic candidate in the Town of Rush defeated the Republican for supervisor, and a Democrat won a seat on the town council.
    Town Supervisor: Gerry Kusse
    Town Council: Amber Corbin

    In the Town of Webster, the Republican incumbent was defeated by his Democratic challenger.
    Town Supervisor: Tom Flaherty

    Democratic candidates in the Village of Fairport beat their two Republican opponents for village trustee.

    Trustee: Emily Mischler
    Trustee: Michael Folino 

  • You Did It!

    Friends,

    Yesterday Monroe Democrats made history. For the first time in 32 years the County Executive seat is blue. We elected the first African American woman to County Court Judge. We picked up seats in the County Legislature, electing the first Asian American and Latina to serve.

    We flipped Webster and Rush blue, and made Democratic gains in town board seats. None of this would have been possible without you. 

    Thanks to our grassroots supporters and Chairs Club members, the committee has the resources it needs to support our Democratic candidates and voters. Thanks to our Democratic allies in government and activism, we share a vision for the county toward which we made substantial progress.

    Last but far from least, none of this would have been possible without the unstoppable army of volunteers who sacrificed countless hours, and then some, for our incredible candidates across the board.

    This is what democracy looks like. Thank you. 

    I am so proud of ALL of our candidates, the Monroe County Democratic Committee’s (MCDC) largest slate in history, who delivered a powerful message of hope and promise for the future of our region. As Democrats, we all proved that the only way we can make change in Monroe County is by devoting ourselves to the cause as a united front. 

    Again, thank you for standing with Team MCDC. We are looking forward to keeping the momentum going and continuing to make history for Democrats in 2020. 

    Sincerely,

    Brittaney M. Wells

    Chairwoman

  • It’s Time to Vote: Important Information for Voting on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Local and County Races

    It’s time to vote in the general election for local and county offices on Tuesday, November 5. Polls are open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Don’t Know if You’re Registered to Vote or Where to Vote?

    Use Monroe County’s Online Voter site to find out if you are registered to vote, where you vote, the candidates for which you will be voting (sample ballots are not yet available, but will be soon), to change your voting information (e.g., change your address if you’ve moved), and to request an absentee ballot.

    Another great resource is Everything You Need to Know to Vote.

    Who are the Democrats on the Ballot?

    There are many local races this year, so who’s on your ballot is going to vary depending on where you live. There are many races at the community level as well as at the county level, including County Supervisor. Use the Monroe County Online Voter site to see a sample ballot for your community.

    The Monroe County Board of Elections has a complete list of all candidates running in Monroe County in all parties for any elected office.

    Where can I get Information about the Candidates?

    Most candidates have Web sites where you can learn more about them. Do an Internet search using the candidate’s name to find their Web site.

    In addition, a number of non-partisan groups offer candidate information. Examples are:
    The League of Women Voters – New York state
    The League of Women Voters (Rochester chapter)
    Ballotpedia, an encyclopedia of American politics and elections

  • The Monroe County Democrats submit record-breaking number of County-Wide Petitions to the Board of Elections

    The Monroe County Democratic Committee is proud to submit our county-wide petitions for the 2019 election season.

    Our county-wide designated candidates– Clerk Adam Bello for County Executive, Shani Curry-Mitchell for District Attorney and both Karen Bailey Turner and Michael Dollinger for County Court Judge persisted through harsh weather conditions to obtain an abundance of signatures to be placed on this year’s ballot.

    “Despite entering into the petitioning season earlier than expected, we are gratified by the outpouring of volunteers and supporters–resulting in approximately 12,000 county-wide signatures to place our candidates on the ballot in November,” said MCDC Chairwoman Brittaney Wells

    “Given the shortened petition period and the sometimes not so cooperative weather I am really amazed to see this many pages in the Countywide Democratic petition that was filed with the Board of Elections.  In my 20+ years here at the Board I have not seen a filing this large by Democrats in Monroe County” said Board of Election Commissioner Thomas Ferrarese.

    Hundreds of volunteers turned out to walk alongside our candidates collecting more than 7xs the required number of signatures.  Democrats are energized and voters are eager for a change to an effective and transparent county government.

  • Clerk Adam Bello and Mayor Warren Announce 2020 Census Jobs

    “With these jobs, local residents have an opportunity to earn a decent wage, gain valuable work experience and help us make sure our population is accurately reflected in the 2020 Census,” said Mayor Lovely A. Warren as she was accompanied by Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello and Jeff Behler, Regional Director of the New York Region Census Center, urging residents of the Greater Rochester area to  apply for temporary field positions for the upcoming 2020 census.

    “Our population determines the city of Rochester’s allotment of federal resources and political capital, which helps our residents thrive and reach their full potential. It is, therefore, critical that every one of our residents is counted so that Rochester can be the city it is destined to be,” said Mayor Warren.

    “Making sure that the Census counts every resident is crucial, as Census data is directly used to help determine where and how federal resources are deployed and also is used in decision-making by local governments and nonprofits. If you are looking for work and interested in helping to make a difference in your community, I strongly encourage you to look at local Census positions,” said County Clerk Bello.

    Both Mayor Warren and County Clerk Bello are current members of the New York State Count Commission.

    According to WHEC, the U.S Census Bureau is looking to hire approximately 2,000 people locally.

    The positions available include:

    • Recruiting assistants ($18.50 per hour) travel throughout geographic areas to visit with community-based organizations, attend promotional events and conduct other recruiting activities.
    • Office operations supervisors ($17.50 per hour) assist in the management of office functions and day-to-day activities in one or more functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.
    • Clerks ($13.50 per hour) perform various administrative and clerical tasks to support various functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.
    • Census field supervisors ($18.50 per hour) conduct fieldwork to support and conduct on-the-job training for census takers, and/or to follow-up in situations where census takers have confronted issues such as not gaining entry to restricted areas.
    • Census takers ($17.00 per hour) work in the field. Some field positions require employees to work during the day to see addresses on buildings. Other field positions require interviewing the public, so employees must be available to work when people are usually at home such as in the evening and on weekends.

    “While a Census is a national event, in order to be successful, it must be conducted at the local level,” said Director Behler. “This starts with hiring people to work in their own communities.  We look forward to working with the City of Rochester to ensure that together we provide easy and ample opportunities for local community members to apply to Census jobs.”

    According to the City of Rochester’s website, the City’s Office of Community Wealth Building will facilitate the online application process and hold open office hours during April, May, June to provide technical support to applicants. Plus, the OCWB is promoting “Workforce Wednesday’s” to assist applicants from 12:30-4:30 p.m. beginning April 4th at the Business and Community Services Center, 56 N. Fitzhugh St.

    Additionally, the OCWB will open its classroom space at 30 N. Fitzhugh St on three dates to provide service to several applicants at a time. These times and dates are: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16; 10 to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 23; and 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18.
    For more information on the jobs available or to apply online click here or call 1-855-JOB-2020.

  • Democrat & Chronicle Editorial:

    Race-Baiting: GOP must stop its race-baiting in Dinolfo-Bello race

    “Race-baiting is not about vision, issues or candidate qualifications. It is about fear, mistrust and us-versus-them.”

    Monroe County deserves better– that is why we, the Monroe Democrats, are in full support of Hon. Adam Bello for County Executive.

    D&C: Op-Ed:

    Race-baiting is an ugly political trick. Rather than trying to unite voters around good ideas, race-baiting seeks to further split a community by exploiting its racial divisions. Race-baiting is not about vision, issues or candidate qualifications. It is about fear, mistrust, and us-versus-them.

    This type of campaigning has no place in Monroe County politics. Yet, this year, it is front and center in the Monroe County Republican Committee playbook.

    We call on Chairman Bill Reilich and Executive Director Ian Winner to stop this shameful practice. Now.

    Over the past two weeks, the Republican Committee has issued a series of press releases that focus on the contest for Monroe County Executive. Yet, these releases are not about Republican incumbent Cheryl Dinolfo’s achievements or what she hopes to accomplish in a second term. In fact, her name is barely mentioned.

    A bizarre connection

    The first release contained just 10 words, in the form of a question for Dinolfo’s Democratic opponent, Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello.

    Click here for full story.