The Malta Democratic Committee will be holding an informational/organizing meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, 2016, in room 104B of the Malta Community Center.
The Malta Democratic Committee is seeking residents interested in becoming active members of the town committee. The committee members also serve as members of the Saratoga County Democratic Committee representing the Town of Malta. Members must be registered Democrats and will serve for a two-year term.
The committee is also seeking interested candidates for the position of town justice for the November 2016 election. Town justices preside on a part-time basis and serve a four-year term. Potential candidates with legal or law enforcement experience are preferred.
Registered Democrats in the Town of Malta are encouraged to attend the April 21 meeting and become involved. Contact the Malta Democratic Committee at email@example.com for more information.
It was disappointing to see Democrat Carrie Woerner break her zero-tolerance for corruption campaign pledge when she voted for Sheldon Silver as Assembly Speaker last week. Silver is the man who can’t escape headlines [Read more…]
[Spoiler Alert: I say some positive things at the end.]
It was a short honeymoon.
I listened to Mitch McConnell promise respect and cooperation and like the credulous citizen I am, fell again for the big lie.
Now we get to watch the political paint dry. The President says it’s Monday, and the Republicans bleat that he’s usurping the privilege of the almanac. He says he intends to do what he promised to do on immigration and the Republicans threaten him with — holy mackerel! — opposition and gridlock. No sooner than we reached a modest pollution agreement with China, obviously a very important commercial, industrial and powerful nation (just ask any Walmart shopper) than the chorus of doom began their chant.
We can expect the new congress to move forward with the plan to build the Keystone pipeline, a plan popular with those who will make money from it, such as Republican contributing Koch Brothers, who own much of the oil sands the pipeline will transport. The new congress will spend a great deal of pre-veto time trying to return us to those thrilling days of uninsured yesteryear so the medical insurance industry doesn’t have to cover those people and thus make even more money. And because supporting actual citizens costs money their friends don’t get to keep, the new congress will try to make sure our retirees and elderly get to picturesquely huddle in the dark. We can only hope the climate change deniers in the new congress win out. It’ll be tough on the future, since we won’t be here to see what it holds, but at least we won’t have to listen to those nattering nabobs of negativism any more. (Thanks, Spiro Agnew.)
Now, let me say here that I’m not one to go on about “saving the earth”. The Earth doesn’t need or want saving.
The earth will continue on its merry way without us humans to presume to speak for it. The Earth doesn’t care if its oceans are acid and filled with floating plastic, its air sulfurous, its trees (trees?) bare and its cockroaches flourishing. If WE are the crowns of creation, nobody asked the third planet to wear it. I believe that the ultimate result of “save the earth” activism, without more, will just preserve and prolong the status quo. Without coupling environmental activism with economic and social justice activism, we’ll just be lengthening the countdown to our own extinction. It won’t be the zombie apocalypse, it will the apocalypse of capital greed and human suffering.
The Republicans have the Senate! The Republicans have the House! So? When the Democrats had both houses they accomplished nothing because it was not in their paymasters’ interest to accomplish anything of use to us. Now it will be the Republicans’ turn to pretend greatly, snake oiling the line that it’s in America’s interest to enrich the few at the expense of the many. It’ll just be more of the old less we’ve come to expect from the Republicrat government.
But all is not hopeless. In New York, the Green Party polled well for governor, sending a slap to the cowardly Working Families for endorsing Andrew Cuomo. Where the public got to vote across the country, the minimum wage was raised. In many small very local races, voters voted their own interests, not outsiders’. American politics is a constant reinvention. We will get to vote again, perhaps more of us next time.
The opinions expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of The Ballston Journal.
Southworth files petitions, Monday, Jul.7, 2014
BALLSTON — Former Town of Ballston Supervisor, Patti Southworth has formally announced a primary challenge for the Democratic line in the NYS 49th Senate District having collected over one and a half times the number of signatures necessary. Southworth is seeking to unseat Senator Hugh Farley in the 49th Senate District. [Read more…]
MALTA – A state appellate court will soon decide the outcome of the Malta supervisor election that rests on whether or not two contested absentee ballots should be counted. [Read more…]
Malta, thrust into the jaws of development with the related pressures to grow and expand in population and worldwide technological prominence, can no longer afford to close its eyes in dealing with the inherent issues with delay tactics while the elected representatives seemingly continue to bury their heads in the sands of political atrophy.
BY GREG HITCHCOCK
With incumbent Patti Southworth running against Republican challenger Peter Connors for supervisor and with two hotly contested seats on the Town Board and one for town clerk on the line, Ballston voters will have plenty of choices to make this Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.
The town is developing at a pace many town residents are anxious about, with a potential grocery store moving in to the Rossi Business District on Routes 67 Route 50 and a contentious asphalt plant moving in to the Curtiss Industrial Park. Ballston has its pro-growth constituents as well as residents and farmers who favor keeping the agrarian and open space character that the town has historically been.
Southworth, a former pharmacist, has a working class background and said she can identify with town residents. She has posted her cell phone number on the town’s Web site and is very easy to approach, she said.
“There are too many half-done projects that I do not want to walk away from,” Southworth said.
Her campaign slogan is Ballston First and Experience Matters; residents can see the sloganon lawn signs and along street corners.
“People of other parties recognize she is a hard worker,” Ballston Democratic Party Chairman George Seymour said. “County-wide, other Republican supervisors respect her.”
“She is committed to people,” Ballston Developer Frank Rossi said.
Southworth said one of the goals she wishes to accomplish in a second term would be to finally see a grocery store move in to town.
“A group of five has the responsibility to work on town issues, done as a group,” Southworth said.
Southworth said, win or lose, she will be the same caring person she always has been.
“Being supervisor is not my identity. The day I am no longer supervisor means I am still me,” she said. “Playing grandparent is more important to my identity. Nothing is more important than family.”
Republican challenger Peter Connors said he does not begrudge the current Town Board’s accomplishments under Southworth, but said there is more work to be done.
“The town is changing and we must set to plan for these challenges,” Connors said. “We must prioritize the issues of the town.”
He said keeping the town free from town tax and highway tax is one priority he will continue to uphold which he said the town has been managing without for a number of years.
Connors said he and the GOP team have been talking with many residents regardless of party affiliation, even voters registered as No Official Party.
“We are here to serve all the residents on issues that affect the whole town,” Connors said.
The Ballston Spa Democratic committee endorsed three candidates for the November election, according to committee member Polly Windels.
Patti Southworth, incumbent supervisor and an Independent was nominated for supervisor, while Paul Simpson and Bruce Hogan were nominated for Town Board.
“Each candidate was screened, not for party affiliation, but for his or her ideas for the future of the town and intent to put the Town of Ballston residents first in all decisions,” according to a statement made from the committee.
Chairman George Seymour said the most important factor in determining who would get the nod is quality of character.
“In searching for the best candidates, we were looking for individuals with integrity first. Party affiliation was secondary, said Seymour in a statement.
“Patti Southworth has been the town supervisor for two terms and during that time has always placed the good of the town and its residents above political implications. For these reasons, Patti heads our slate of candidates selected to represent the Best of Ballston,” according to a written statement from the committee.
Simpson has lived in Ballston for 36 years and although retired, he continues to drive a school bus and has been the treasurer of the Ballston Lake Fire Department for 15 years. He is also a member of the Democratic committee.
Hogan is a mill manager at Mohawk Fine Paper and has “devoted his career to innovation and cost-saving measures,” the statement reads.
Hogan and Southworth are both members of the Independence Party.
According to a statement from the committee, candidates for town clerk are still being interviewed and there has not yet been an endorsement.
“The individual does not have to be an enrolled Democrat, nor do we insist that, once selected, the person change affiliation. We believe that it takes a variety of views to truly speak for, and listen to, all residents,” according information from to party officials.
For information, please contact Polly Windels at firstname.lastname@example.org.