Friday, December 29, 2017

Help Plan for Village Elections

Our next meeting is Monday, 1/8 (early this month!) at 7:30 pm, VILLAGE HALL (change of venue). On the agenda are the upcoming Dryden Village Caucus and the 2018 plans for town and county. All interested Democrats in the town and village are welcome to attend.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Campaign Recap, and on to 2018

Please plan to join us at 12 South Street, 7:30 Monday 11/27, to recap Campaign 2017, look forward to the village campaign, and meet someone interested in running in November 2018.

Monday, November 6, 2017


Joe Osmeloski informs us that his wife's is the only Osmeloski name on the lawsuit filed against Sun8 and the Town of Dryden. On the card pictured below, which went to west side Dems and Blanks, we mistakenly suggested that a candidate was suing the town, but it appears that only the candidate's wife is doing so, and not on the candidate's behalf. The Dryden Democrats regret the error.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Bruno Says/Fact Is


1. Trouble seeing these? Go to and search for yourself.



4. From communication with County Attorney Jonathan Wood:

Back in 2015, they were looking at the whole way we would use the site in the future. Real issue was an evaluation of that land for county uses.

Such as: • Maintaining the leachfield area for runoff (required by DEC). They marked off where that would be. • Also considering having a spot for food waste – new state law will require institutions (e.g., supermarkets, restaurants) to recycle food scraps. Will dramatically increase the volume of food scraps, so we’ll need that space for much larger volume of compost. • Then they considered what leftover space could be used for solar? not that much. Some wetlands there too.

Later, Solar City looked at the site and determined that it wouldn’t work. The biggest issue is that it really doesn’t have good electric connections. Overall it’s “…not a good solar site at all.” They said it’s not worth thinking about.




Monday, October 16, 2017

Crimes, Misdemeanors, and Just Plain Lies

Clearly the use of social media to lie has trickled down to local politics this year. Lies about spending, misleading statements about taxes, fakery about the siting of solar projects, and pretense about community engagement seem to be the hallmarks of the opposition's 2017 campaign . For a party that pretends to pride itself on the rights of individuals, especially property owners, the opposition is also pretty quick to steal political signs from others' private property, not to mention denying the rights of a landowner to lease his land to a solar company. We are truly proud of our candidates this year, both for what they've accomplished and for their consistent integrity.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Board Approves the Project

Most people had left by the time the board spoke on the Sun 8 Project at their meeting in late August. Here's the audio. Strong statements, thoughtfully presented. Candidates spoke as listed here: Kathy Servoss—12.10-13:49; Dan Lamb—13:50-19:25; Jason Leifer—19:26-22:50.

Monday, September 18, 2017

More Protecting Dryden

Claudia from our committee has taken on the Protecting Dryden website. Check it out for updates regarding the campaign and our candidates!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Protecting Dryden


Dryden is submitting petitions this week for candidates running on the Protecting Dryden independent line, including 424 signatures for town candidates, nearly twice the 218 number of signatures required.
“We have run on this line since the fracking debate,” explains Dryden Democratic Chair Jim Gustafson. “When we started, ‘Protecting Dryden’ referred to protecting our environment from invasive hydrofracking, but the definition has expanded. Not only are our candidates protecting Dryden from economic and environmental decline, but they hope to protect Dryden’s future by growing our economy, investing in local infrastructure, and promoting Dryden’s tourism and recreation resources. And we still intend to protect Dryden’s environment through affordable community solar and promotion of green, zero-carbon commercial and residential development.”

All of Dryden’s Democratic candidates will also run on the Protecting Dryden line. They include Martha Robertson and Mike Lane at the county level and Jason Leifer, Dan Lamb, Kathy Servoss, and Rick Young for town positions.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Town Board at Work

Here's our Town Board listening to 41 community members testify before delving into the solar project SEQR line by line. Don't let anyone tell you these folks don't work hard at this job!

Join us for our next campaign meeting on Monday, July 24, 7:30 PM, 12 South Street.

Friday, June 23, 2017


Check out our 2017 candidates here. Plus Martha has a website:

Petitioners are on their way to visit you! It takes a while to canvass 94.21 square miles.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Congratulations, Incumbents

At a packed house last night, incumbents Jason Leifer, Dan Lamb, Kathy Servoss, and Rick Young received nominations to appear on the November ballot on Row A. We expect a full slate to run against them, so make your donations asap! Here's the Act Blue link.
Rick Young addresses the caucus

Sunday, June 18, 2017


We are out there petitioning this month! And our caucus for town positions is MONDAY, JUNE 19, 7 PM at DRYDEN VILLAGE HALL! All registered Democrats in the town of Dryden are encouraged to attend. No special knowledge necessary.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Dairy Day

Come march with us June 10, 9:30 AM! And don't miss our booth at Montgomery Park!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Caucus June 19

All registered Democrats in the Town of Dryden are encouraged to attend the caucus Monday, June 19, at 7 PM at Village Hall. We will hear from and select candidates for town positions to get them onto the ballot for the fall election.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Upcoming Events

School vote: Tuesday, 5/16
Dryden Democrats mtg: Monday, 5/22, 7:30, 12 South Street (upstairs)
TCDC mtg: Thursday, 5/25, 7:30, Town of Ithaca Hall
Dairy Day: Saturday, 6/10, 8:30-9 AM parade lineup, Town Barns

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Next Meeting, Upcoming Events

We will meet Monday, April 24, at 7:30 upstairs at 12 South Street.

The Town Board's Special Meeting to consider the solar arrays is Wednesday, April 26, at the Neptune Fire Hall at 7:00 pm. The following night is a Dryden Planning Board meeting, at which time the solar arrays will be discussed. The public is invited to speak at both meetings.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Solar FAQs

Here are handouts from DRAC about the proposed solar projects, information that will be shared at a meeting in Ellis Hollow 4/2.

Dryden Solar Farms: 1 page Q&A

Dryden Solar Farms: FAQ

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Next Meeting

We will meet upstairs at 12 South Street Monday, 3/27, at 7:30. On the agenda: Celebrating Mike and Tom's victory and planning for November!

Remember: We meet on the last Monday of every month, same time, same location unless otherwise posted. All registered Dems who are interested in the local political scene or who might want to run for office or help on a campaign are welcome.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Village Elections, March 21

Tom Sinclair
Incumbent Mike Murphy and new candidate Tom Sinclair are running on a platform of livability, stressing cooperation, listening, and problem solving.
Watch for them as they go door-to-door in the village!
Mike Murphy