Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Jefferson County Democrats Give Back

The Jefferson County Democratic Committee (JCDC) recently stopped by the Watertown Urban Mission to drop off hundreds of dollar of bathroom products brought together in a recent fundraiser. These items will go to those less fortunate across the North Country.

Pictured: L/R
JCDC Vice Chair Ron Cole, Executive Director
Erika Flint and JCDC Chairman, Sean Hennessey
When our fundraising team discussed developing a giving campaign for our committee we discussed a number of different programs to help those in need. Most the ideas were based around toys for children or food for the table. The idea of raising funds and bathroom products made a lot of sense. When most people think holiday they don’t think tooth paste, deodorant or shampoo but that’s why we chose it. These are the things that can be in short supply in the holiday season and it’s something hard to do without.

Sandra Cole, JCDC Secretary and founder of the “Discover the Meaning” program was overjoyed when she found the mounds of products brought in the evening of the event. “The outpouring was spectacular and the products delivered are top shelf. This is a program that’s grown year after year and this year was no exception. I’m so happy everyone came out and showed such support.” Said Mrs. Cole.
Some of the items donated by the JCDC

The Discover program was created several years ago to get members of the JCDC out in our community raising much needed funds and doing good deeds for members of our community in need.

This was a win win for our committee.” Said JCDC Chairman Sean Hennessey “Our committee gets to come together and have a great time while pooling much needed resources for the base of our party. We’re so pleased that it worked out so well and we’re looking forward to our next Discover the Meaning program.”
Fun Fun Fun at Bistro 108

Executive Director of the Watertown Urban Mission Erika Flint said of the donation from the JCDC “Thank you so much. Government programs don't cover items such as shampoo, deodorant, razors, or soap, and too often on tight budgets people cut these items to save money. We depend on generous gifts like this one to make sure people get the hygiene items they need to stay healthy and rise above their struggles.”

Donating to the Watertown Urban Mission is easy. If you have money, canned goods, clothes…whatever you can drop those items off right at their office on Factory St. in Watertown. You can also check them out on FaceBook by clicking HERE.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Addie To Hold Holiday Party & You're Invited!

Don't know if your linked to Assemblywoman Addie Russell's (Click HERE) but she's having a get together for the Holiday's and She'd like you to come by and say hello.  Addie's message from her FB page says:

"Happy Holidays everyone! I am having an open house holiday celebration at my Watertown District Office on Tuesday December 20th from 11-3. Come on over and enjoy some great food and drink and help us to ring in the holiday spirit!"

The Assembly office is on the 2nd Floor of the Dulles State Office Bldg on Washington St. No RSVP is needed so just stop by and say hello! See you there!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Much Needed Housing is Coming to the Region and NY gets a second Major League Baseball team.

I know it's a bit late but here's some excerpts of Lt Governor Bob Duffy's trip to Watertown, NY last week. This was great news for our region.  Housing is a HUGE issue here in the North Country and this will lead not only to affordable housing for those in need but also a much needed increase in construction jobs for the region.  It's our hope that this will also lead to an increase in Union work at the site as well.

During the standing room only event, it was clear by all in attendance that much was done across party lines to get this project underway.  It was also very pleasing to see buisness mangers from various labor groups such as Carpenters and Plumbers and Steam fitters in attendance.  The Governor deserves kudos seeing the need North Country develoment. 

It's is particularly satifying to see our friends from organised labor at the table when public dollars are being invested in private development.   It's our hope that this public/private partership will lead to a lasting bond between those local devopers and area trade councels.  With Organized Labor and devolopers working hand in hand it's clear that the North Country has a bright future.   Thank you Governor Cuomo for your avid support for North Country progess!!

Below you'll find excerpts from the days events:

Just to give you a heads up on the Yankees hat being displayed in the video. The current Senator from the 48th District made an attempt at a joke when she nagged Command General Milley to switch sides as a Boston Red Socks fan to what the Senator referred to as "New Yorks Baseball Team" the New York Yankee's.N 

We think it's important to point out to the Senator that New York has two major league baseball teams.  The other being the New York Mets.  Many North Country residents are avid supporters of the NY Mets (Including former Senator Jim Wright (R) who was the MC of this event as well as current Democratic Chairman Sean Hennessey who were both in attendance) The Senator should understand that Met fans aren't fair weather friends and have a long memory.  They have to be since it the Mets only get to the play offs every decade or two. (our attempt at comedy)

That being the case we implore the current Senator to research this team and learn about supporting a team even when times are tough.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Congressman Owens Wants You!

Congressman Bill Owens announced today that several 2012 internships are available in his offices in Washington, Watertown, Plattsburgh, and Oneida.

“Our internship program offers a tremendous opportunity for recent graduates and current college students to gain valuable work experience and learn about the operations of a Congressional office,” said Owens. “I urge all who are interested in a career in public service to apply.”

Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to be an intern in one of Rep. Owens’ offices. There is no set schedule for an internship, as schedules are tailored for an applicant’s availability.

To apply, interested parties can fill out this form at Congressman Owens’ website, or they can send a resume and a cover letter to Congressman Owens’ internship coordinator, Kelley Longshore by clicking HERE or by emailing

Happy Birthday Governor Cuomo!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Delegate Training to be Held in Watertown NY

The Jefferson County Democratic Committee (JCDC) is proud to announce that they will host a regional training for Democrats interested in being a delegate to the 2012 National Convention.

On April 24, 2012 Democratic Voters from across the state will go to the polls and elect 224 delegates to represent New York State at the Democratic Nation Convention being held on September 6th 2012 in Charlotte North Carolina.

Interested North Country Democrats are invited to attend the Regional training at:

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 910
25001 Water St. in Watertown NY 13601
Date: Saturday, December 10th 2011 at 1pm

Space in limited, so we are asking that all Democrats interested in attending the North Country Regional training RSVP Jefferson County Democratic Chairman Sean M Hennessey at or by calling the JCDC's Watertown Office at (315) 788-4590.  Please RSVP no later than 5pm Friday December 9, 2012.