Monday, January 13, 2014

Get Involved! Join the Hudson City Democratic Committee.


If you have ever thought of getting more involved in the political process, the Hudson City Democratic Committee has a number of vacancies.

The role of a committee member is first and foremost to help build the party stronger to insure that the best possible people are elected to serve the residents of our city, county, state and nation. Committee members do this in a number of ways. We raise funds, organize events, collect signatures on petitions to get our candidates on the ballot, do voter registration drives and more. Each committee member brings their own set of skills to the table. No previous political experience is necessary.

If you might be interested in joining the committee, send an email to

Find out more about what we do:

  • Join us at our annual operating meeting Tuesday January 14th at 7pm at 401 State Street
  • Check out our 2013 platform
  • Our by-laws have details about the committee and committee membership

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

2013 Hudson Vote Totals

Vote totals will be posted here.

Ward 1
Mike Winnie (D, WF)
David Bartlett (R, C, I)

94 Victor Mendolia (D,WF)
50 William Hallenbeck (R, C, I)

Council President
115 Don Moore (D,WF)
34 Vince Concra (R, C, I)

City Treasurer
129 Heather Campbell (D,WF)
23 Rachel Kappel (R, C, I)

Sarah Sterling (D)

Nick Haddad (D)
David Marston (D)

Ward 2
Mike Winnie (D, WF)
David Bartlett (R, C, I)

113 Victor Mendolia (D,WF)
93 William Hallenbeck (R, C, I)

Council President
143 Don Moore (D,WF)
48 Vince Concra (R, C, I)

City Treasurer
122 Heather Campbell (D,WF)
77 Rachel Kappel (R, C, I)

Ed Cross III (D)

Tiffany Garriga (D)
Abdus Miah (D, C)
Kenneth Ivey (R, C)

Ward 3
Mike Winnie (D, WF)
David Bartlett (R, C, I)

138 Victor Mendolia (D,WF)
122 William Hallenbeck (R, C, I)

Council President
183 Don Moore (D,WF)
64 Vince Concra (R, C, I)

City Treasurer
167 Heather Campbell (D,WF)
90 Rachel Kappel (R, C, I)

Ellen Thurston (D)

John Friedman (D,WF)
Henry Haddad (D,WF)
Glenn Martin (R, C)

Ward 4
Mike Winnie (D, WF)
David Bartlett (R, C, I)

61 Victor Mendolia (D,WF)
75 William Hallenbeck (R, C, I)

Council President
92 Don Moore (D,WF)
34 Vince Concra (R, C, I)

City Treasurer
72 Heather Campbell (D,WF)
56 Rachel Kappel (R, C, I)

107 William Hughes Jr. (D, C)

102 Alexis Keith (D,WF)
77 Ohrine Stewart (D)
39 Derrick Smart (R)

Ward 5 District 1
Mike Winnie (D, WF)
David Bartlett (R, C, I)

88 Victor Mendolia (D,WF)
191 William Hallenbeck (R, C, I)

Council President
144 Don Moore (D,WF)
117 Vince Concra (R, C, I)

City Treasurer
110 Heather Campbell (D,WF)
150 Rachel Kappel (R, C, I)

124 Eileen Halloran (D,WF)
102 Megan Carr (D,WF)
138 Robert Donahue (R, C)
148 Bart Delaney (R, C, I)

Ward 5 District 2
Mike Winnie (D, WF)
David Bartlett (R, C, I)

80 Victor Mendolia (D,WF)
197 William Hallenbeck (R, C, I)

Council President
109 Don Moore (D,WF)
157 Vince Concra (R, C, I)

City Treasurer
78 Heather Campbell (D,WF)
195 Rachel Kappel (R, C, I)

107 Eileen Halloran (D,WF)
75 Megan Carr (D,WF)
167 Robert Donahue (R, C)
180 Bart Delaney (R, C, I)

Citywide Totals
Mike Winnie (D, WF)
David Bartlett (R, C, I)

574  Victor Mendolia (D,WF)
728 William Hallenbeck (R, C, I)

Council President
786 Don Moore (D,WF)
455 Vince Concra (R, C, I)

City Treasurer
679 Heather Campbell (D,WF)
591 Rachel Kappel (R, C, I)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sean Eldridge Declares Candidacy for Chris Gibson's Seat

Sean Eldridge
Sean Eldridge, the founder and president of business investment company Hudson River Ventures, has formally launched his bid for the Democratic nomination in New York’s 19th Congressional District.

Eldridge, 27, a Shokan resident and the husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, launched his long-rumored campaign with a video on his website Sunday night September 22nd and issued a press release about his run on Monday. In the video, Eldridge talks about building his family, home and business in the Hudson Valley and how the area needs “an independent voice who will fight for us.”

Eldridge will will face Republican incumbent Chris Gibson in Congressional District NY-19 in 2014.

See Sean's Website
Like Sean's Facebook Page
Read more: Daily Freeman and Register-Star

Monday, September 9, 2013

Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation Makes Hudson Endorsements

The Upper Hudson Central Labor Council has endorsed Victor Mendolia's campaign for Mayor of Hudson along with eight other Hudson candidates. The chapter also endorsed Don Moore in his bid to return as Common Council president, Supervisor William Hughes Jr in his reelection and six candidates for Alderman, incumbent David Marston in the 1st Ward, incumbent Abdus Miah and newcomers Tiffany Garriga in the 2nd Ward, Henry Haddad in the 3rd Ward, Alexis Keith in the 4th Ward, and Megan Carr in the 5th Ward.

In response to the endorsement, Victor Mendolia said, "Having labor's support is a great honor and will be a tremendous help with our campaign to put people first. I am thrilled to have labor with us in our fight for smart development, better solutions for our waterfront and living wage job opportunities for all of Hudson's residents".

“We can't leave half of our community behind,” Mendolia said. “We have a thriving business district but one block away is abject poverty. We need to fix that. They say rising tides lift all boats, but we haven't been lifting all the boats in Hudson.”
The Labor Council announced the full slate of their endorsements at Harvest Spirits in Valatie on Wednesday September 18th The Council, which is part of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation represents thousands of Columbia County union members.

The group also endorsed Mike Winnie for Columbia County Sheriff, Lee Jamison for Stuyvesant Supervisor and Taghkanic Town Councilman Lawrence Kadish for Taghkanic Town Supervisor. In other races, Landra Haber and Kandace Eaton were endorsed for Chatham Town Board.

Read more in the Register-Star

Working Families Party Makes Hudson Endorsements

The Working Families Party has made endorsements in Hudson and Columbia County. 

In the City of Hudson, the Working Families Party endorsements are:

Mayor - Victor Mendolia
City Treasurer - Heather S. Campbell
Common Council President - Don A. Moore
1st Ward Aldermen - Nicholas C. Haddad and David Marston
3rd Ward Aldermen - John K. Friedman and Henry Haddad
4th Ward Alderman - Alexis B Keith
5th Ward Aldermen - Eileen Halloran and Megan K. Carr
Columbia County Sheriff - Michael A (Mike) Winnie

The Hudson City Democratic Committee congratulates all of the endorsed candidates and thanks the Working Families Party for their engagement and participation in Hudson elections. 

Each of the endorsed candidates will be on the Working Families Party ballot line (Row D) in addition to the Democratic Party line (Row A).

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Hudson Democrats Release 2013 Platform

On Tuesday July 30th 2013, the Hudson City Democratic Committee adopted our 2013 Platform.

Hudson City Democratic Committee
2013 Platform

The Hudson Democratic Party believes that the current property tax burden is too high and unsustainable in the long term. Hudson's population decline must be reversed so that a greater number of people can share the collective tax burden. We support initiatives to increase housing density to help drive down taxes.

Economic Development and Jobs
The Hudson Democratic Party supports economic development in Hudson that address problems of unemployment, underemployment, low pay, bankruptcy and previous incarceration. The Democratic Party believes in the obligation of governments at all levels to help provide citizens with opportunities to earn a decent living in a fulfilling job. That includes advocating for increased access to public transportation, and efforts to build and enhance a qualified workforce through training opportunities that emphasize career and technical education.

Government Transparency
The Hudson Democratic Party believes that government transparency lies at the heart of good government. We advocate for clear agendas at Common Council meetings, and sharing all documents with the public that will be discussed and voted on by the Common Council. We will enhance the current Hudson City website, make communicating with the city's elected officials easier and ensure that all relevant documents are made available in a timely manner.

Support for Diversity
The Hudson Democratic Party supports increased diversity in employment in all levels of city and county government, and believes that all government jobs should be posted in a timely manner to ensure that anyone who is interested can apply. We will make diverse voices more audible on county and city advisory boards and work to make the Democratic Committee more diverse and inclusive. We will encourage candidates from all sectors of our society to seek public office, and support making all public buildings open to the public and accessible to the people with disabilities.

Waterfront Development
The Hudson Democrat Party supports development at our waterfront that follows the principles of smart growth. Any development must meet the long-term needs of the residents, current and future, including flood defence, housing, recreation and environmental restoration and enhancement. We support reviving the Waterfront Development Plan, and addressing, as quickly as possible, the remaining controversies.

Truck Traffic
The Hudson Democratic Party supports and promotes any effort to radically reduce the number of trucks passing through our city and mitigate against the impacts of the current truck traffic that is a daily part of life in the City of Hudson. We acknowledge that truck traffic and congestion impact Hudson's growing economy, takes a significant toll on our infrastructure, impacts quality of life and is a matter of environmental justice for large sections of our community.

Preserving Hudson's Natural Resources
The Hudson Democratic Party believes the residents of Hudson should be assured that the air they breathe is pure, the water they drink is clean, the land they live on is safe from environmental hazards, the food they eat is healthy and when possible, locally grown. We support initiatives to reduce stormwater run-off, improve drainage and enhance the City's resilience against significant flood events. We support solar, wind and geo-thermal initiatives in any municipal properties where these technologies are viable.

The Hudson Democratic Party supports increased community policing and efforts to recruit officers that represent the diversity of Hudson's population. We believe that policing should support the City's efforts to improve the quality of life for all its residents, and that the bulk of police resources should be used to address serious crime.

Weighted Vote
The Hudson Democratic Party supports the elimination or rebalancing of the weighted vote to create more equal representation citywide.

Tenant Protections
The Hudson Democratic Party supports tenant protections through increased enforcement of housing codes. We support new initiatives and partnerships to rehabilitate substandard housing.

Enhancing Public Services
The Hudson Democratic Party is committed to maintaining strong public services that meet the needs of Hudson residents. We believe that public services are best provided by publicly owned and accountable institutions, and that privatization is not a cost effective way to address short falls in service provision.

Historic Preservation
The Hudson Democratic Party supports the Hudson Historic Preservation Commission and advocates for increased code enforcement. We recognize that the maintenance and rehabilitation of older buildings in our community -whether private residences, schools, churches, stores, theaters, factories or agricultural buildings - enhances neighborhood pride and stability. Rehabilitation for re-use also represents labor-intensive activities that bolster our local economy and increases our tax base.