Author Archives: Elisa Sumner

A message from the chair

“As Democrats, we believe that good government exists to improve the quality of people’s lives by protecting equal rights, ensuring public safety, providing vital services, supporting economic development, and maintaining programs for the most vulnerable segments of the community. As Democrats, we pledge to act and speak with integrity and civility, always striving for common ground… Read More »

Dutchess County Democratic Slate – 2016

We are proud of our slate and hope that you will volunteer for one or more of the following candidates! President – Hillary Clinton Vice President – Tim Kaine To volunteer contact Rima Liscum: 845-546-1037 Like our facebook page: Dutchess for Hillary U.S. Senator – Charles ‘Chuck’ Schumer 18th Congressional District – Congressman… Read More »

Jail bond doesn’t suit county’s needs, now or in the future

Dutchess County has an unprecedented opportunity to change what a county jail is and how a criminal justice system addresses its inmates. The bond plan recently submitted to the legislature is the most expensive and least effective way to seize that opportunity. The proposed plan, at an estimated cost of $192 million, would be the… Read More »


Four women will lead the County Democrats this November in the party’s efforts to unseat the County Executive and Clerk.  At its convention on June 1, the Dutchess County Democratic Committee unanimously endorsed former County Comptroller Diane Jablonski for Dutchess County Executive. Also endorsed unanimously were City of Poughkeepsie Judge Katherine Moloney for County Court… Read More »


Despite all the Republican fanfare and widespread media reporting, the so called “Largest County Property Tax Cut in a decade,” is a sham according to Dutchess County Democratic Committee Chair Elisa Sumner. “How can the County Executive claim that taxpayers would see the largest property tax cut in a decade when actually over 70% of… Read More »


 *Media Release* FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 20, 2015 COUNTY EXECUTIVE SHOULD REIMBURSE TAXPAYERS $22,000 FOR MISUSE OF PUBLIC FUNDS —  POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Democratic officials are demanding County Executive Marc Molinaro refund the nearly $22,000 of taxpayer money he used on a county-wide mailer advertising his November Tele-Town Hall Forum. “We discovered after the fact… Read More »

The Republican Party is deliber­ately misleading the people of Dutchess County

Hours after Dutchess Coun­ty Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison received the Repub­lican endorsement, the New York Republican State Com­mittee sent robocalls and mail­ers to the residents of Dutch­ess County blaming Sen. Terry Gipson for the energy tax. This awful tax was part of the 2014 budget, written by Dutchess County Executive Marc Moli­naro and shepherded through… Read More »

Hayworth Hypocrisy Alert: Former Congresswoman Claims Credit for Project She Opposed

Putting her hypocrisy on full display over the weekend, former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth applauded a stimulus project calling it “a giant step forward” for the Hudson Valley, despite previously saying the stimulus was “worthless” and had no “perceptible benefits” for the region. “With Nan Hayworth desperate to look for accomplishments during her failed two years as… Read More »

Two Great Losses to the Dutchess County Democrats

Dear Committee, It is with heavy heart that I write of two sad events. Today, Wednesday June 19 2013 our dear friend, constant companion and enthusiastic supporter Lucille Pattison passed away.  From her first campaign for County Legislature in 1973 to the conclusion of her third full term as our County Executive in 1991, Lucille… Read More »

County’s Solid Waste Management Plan aims too low

On April 8, the Dutchess County Legislature passed the 2013 Dutchess County Local Solid Waste Management Plan. All 17 Republican legislators voted for this plan while seven Democrats plus one Conservative voted against its implementation. The plan offers decreasing solid waste generation, increasing reuse and recycling, and minimizing the use of landfills for solid waste… Read More »

Barrett cites progress in first year in office

Last Wednesday, April 17 marked one year since I began serving our region in the New York state Assembly. This past year has been extraordinary on many fronts: Being sworn in that day to the Assembly, working with my diverse colleagues from both sides of the aisle and across the state to pass our recent… Read More »

Assemblymember Barrett helps pass legislation to protect victims of domestic violence

             On Tuesday, Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Mid-Hudson) announced that the Assembly passed legislation she co-sponsored that would strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence and crack down on repeat offenders (A.10624). The legislation has also passed the State Senate and will be delivered to Governor Cuomo.  The legislation creates a class E felony for the… Read More »

Assemblymember Barrett fights to stop the harassment of pre-recorded telemarketing calls

             To protect families across New York State from harassing telemarketer calls, Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Mid Hudson) sponsored legislation that passed the Assembly that would make sure all telemarketers sending calls into New York comply with state law (A.10569-A). “We’ve all had to deal with those annoying, incessant calls from telemarketers,” Assemblymember Barrett said. “By… Read More »

Dutchess Democratic Committee Spring Convention 3/22/12

  At their annual spring convention, Matt Alexander of Wappingers Falls was resoundingly endorsed by the Dutchess County Democratic Committee as their candidate for the 18th Congressional District.  Coming in a distant 2nd was Sean Maloney of Sullivan County.  All five candidates,  Alexander, Maloney,  Rich Becker, Duane Jackson and Tom Wilson were given a chance… Read More »

Senator Schumer endorses Didi Barrett

US Senator Charles Schumer has endorsed fellow Democrat Didi Barrett for State Assembly in the 103rd District. She is running in the March 20 special election against Republican Richard Wager. The seat was vacated by former Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro when he took over as Dutchess County executive last month. Schumer made a stop at Barrett’s… Read More »

State education standards fail kids

New York state sets the standards for what should be taught and how it should be taught. It defines the tests for evaluating the achieving of its goals. It provides guidance in the ever-changing teaching support through texts, chang­ing methods of teaching and technology. The state process is flawed at every endeavor on its part.… Read More »

Election Integrity must be preserved

Printed in the Poughkeesie Journal 2/2/2012: Valley Views Nothing is more fundamental to our democracy than the right to vote. The New York State Legislature should be commended for improvements made last year to both the absentee ballot application and the affidavit ballot envelope. While New York state has made improvements, other states around the… Read More »