• Vote in the Democratic Primary for Federal Offices on June 26

    If you are a registered Democrat, then you are eligible to vote in the upcoming primary on Tuesday, June 26. Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m. We will be voting for the person we would like to represent us in the general election in November for the United States Congress, replacing Louise Slaughter.  That race is the only one on the ballot. It’s important that we turn out for the primary on the 26th. Let’s let our voices be heard and serve notice that we are a force to be reckoned with in November.

    Voter registration for the June 26th primary has closed, but you can apply by mail for an absentee ballot until Tuesday, June 19, and you can apply in person for an absentee ballot until Monday, June 25.

    Not sure if you’re registered, want to find out where your polling place is, or want to see a sample ballot, then use this Web site to check:

    https://www.monroecounty.gov/etc/voter

    Just fill in the required information, and you will see your polling place and a tab to view your ballot.

    The only race on the June ballot is the primary for the Democratic candidate for the general election in November for U.S. Congress. The primary election for state and local offices is September 13.

    The candidates and their Web sites (listed in alphabetical order) are:

    Rachel Barnhart                http://rachel2018.com

    Adam McFadden             https://www.mcfaddenforcongress.com

    Joseph Morelle                 https://www.votemorelle.com

    Robin Wilt                           https://www.wiltforcongress.com

    For more information about the candidates, you can visit their Web sites; visit the Web site of the League of Women Voters (they offer information about each of the candidates, as supplied by the candidates themselves) at https://lwvny.civicengine.com ; or check local news for information.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Remembering Louise

    Yesterday Louise’s office released more detailed information on her funeral services, which is below. MCDC operations will be closed on Wednesday, March 21st at 1 pm, Thursday, March 22nd at 3 pm and all day Friday, March 23rd. 

    Thank you for your consideration during this difficult time. We will be open for normal business hours on Monday, March 26th at 9 am.

    Announcement on Funeral Arrangements Honoring Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

    WASHINGTON, DC – The office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today released details of the funeral arrangements honoring the congresswoman, who passed away early Friday morning surrounded by family at George Washington University Hospital.

    The Slaughter family will receive members of the community during calling hours on Wednesday, March 21st from 2pm-7pm ET and Thursday, March 22nd from 4pm-8pm ET at Miller Funeral and Cremation Services (3325 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14623). Press will not be allowed to enter the funeral home but can be positioned outside the facility as appropriate. For directions or to submit an email message of condolence, please visit http://millerfuneralandcremationservices.com/.

    The funeral service celebrating the life of the congresswoman will be held on Friday, March 23rd beginning at 11am ET at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (the corner of Main and Gibbs Streets, Rochester, NY, 14604). The service will be open to the public as seating allows. For information on parking, click here.

    In lieu of flowers, the Slaughter family requests the public consider a memorial contribution to The Louise & Bob Slaughter Foundation. The new foundation will support the causes and communities that were important to the late congresswoman and her husband. Donations can be mailed to The Louise & Bob Slaughter Foundation at 14 Manor Hill Drive, Fairport, NY 14450.

    Slaughter was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Robert “Bob” Slaughter, Jr. She is survived by her three daughters, Megan (Richard) Secatore, Amy Slaughter, and Emily Robin (Michael) Minerva, seven grandchildren, Lauren and Daniel (Erin) Secatore, Emma and Jackson Clark, and Mason, Linus, and Ione Minerva, and one great-grandchild, Henry Secatore.

    Slaughter’s full biography is available here and her most recent portrait is available here. For additional details about the congresswoman’s accomplishments, click here.

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    Jamie Romeo
    MCDC Chairwoman

     
    Monroe County Democratic Committee
    1150 University Ave., Bldg. 5
    585-232-2410
    Rochester NY 14607 United States
  • Educating with Compassion, Empathy and High Standards

    “Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.”
    – John Dewey, School & Society, SUNY Oswego

    There is an all-too-common trend to magnify ailments that often impact public education in many cities throughout the U.S.A. Rather than counterbalance those negative perceptions by spotlighting areas of success, which are also happening around us, detractors of public education insist on piling on. Hence, we resist! Public schools continue to fulfill the valiant role of combating inequality by delivering services and offering opportunities to all children in our communities.

    Rochester city schools have been at the forefront of one such positive initiative for the past few months. Since the devastation caused by recent hurricanes which ravaged the Caribbean, Rochester Schools have opened their doors to the children of hundreds of families who were displaced from their homes and their towns and who are now arriving in our communities. Almost 400 students have already completed the application, language assessment, and enrollment processes and are continuing their education at one of Rochester’s public schools.

    Upon arrival, these families with children ranging from first grade age through twelfth grade, contact relatives or friends in Rochester or seek assistance directly from community agencies such as Ibero-American Action League or the Catholic Family, among others. Consequently, these families and their school age children are referred to the school district to begin enrollment. The process of normalcy for the children begins with the welcoming staff of the Rochester City School District’s (RCSD) Equity and Placement Department. RCSD teachers, social workers, counselors, and office staff join forces to provide professional assistance to the families until the students are finally enrolled in a school. The placement in schools or programs is far from arbitrary. In keeping with New York State instructional standards and to maximize opportunities for continuity and success, the children take the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL). This assessment measures levels of language proficiency, giving guidance to assist in the process of appropriate grade level placement or program of instruction selection for each student.

    Similarly to the assistance provided by the RCSD, educators who are members of AFT (American Federation of Teachers) are lending a hand to assist teachers living in hurricane ravaged areas, who, like their students, saw their homes destroyed or damaged by the potency of the weather events. The American Federation of Teachers, along with AFL-CIO and other labor organizations, are working in the charitable initiative named “Operation Agua.” They are purchasing water filters and traveling to Puerto Rico to bring water purification methods to families in communities in need of clean safe water.  Public education is the thread that connects these acts of selfless solidarity.

    We can all be inspired by the words of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, “Don’t let fear stop you. Don’t give up because you are paralyzed by insecurity or overwhelmed by the odds. Understand that failure is a process in life, that only in trying can you enrich yourself and have the possibility of moving forward. The greatest obstacle in life is fear and giving up because of it.” (AZ Quotes)

  • 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