Hudson Valley Democrats appeal to state chairman to reform the party
MidHudson News is reporting a group of Hudson Valley Democratic Party chairs has written to longtime state chairman Jay Jacobs asking him to implement four “common sense” reforms to increase democratic operations, provide robust supports to county committees, expand and diversify the voices involved in decision making and strengthen the party’s infrastructure ahead of the next election cycle. The general election this month saw mixed results in the Hudson Valley, ranging from successes in Ulster and Westchester counties to “disappointing outcomes” for statewide candidates in several counties as well as the loss of state legislative and congressional seats previously held by Democrats. Last week two letters were circulated — one calling on Jacobs to step down from his party leadership role and the other from county chairs offering their continued support. The members of the greater Hudson Valley coalition declined to sign onto either letter. That group wrote their own letter to Jacobs asking state leadership to convene a session of the State Democratic Committee’s executive committee before the end of the year to present, discuss, and adopt a plan to implement their reforms. The letter is signed by Columbia County Chairman Sam Hodge, Lori Torgersen of Greene County, Michael Dupree and Julie Shiroishi of Dutchess County, Kelleigh McKenzie of Ulster County and others. Read the full story at MidHudsonNews [dot] com.