County Democrats hold annual dinner
The Delaware County Democratic Committee (DCDC) welcomed more than 140 guests to its annual dinner on Saturday at the SUNY Delhi Alumni Hall Hospitality Center. DCDC Chair Cynthia Lockrow acted as emcee for the evening, marking her first turn as hostess of the long-standing party tradition since she was elected late last year.
“We are living in a pivotal time, a time of hardship, yet a time of great hope,” Lockrow said in her opening remarks. “It’s a time when a woman in a pantsuit showed us that women can break the glass ceiling and a time where a black man will become the 44th president of the United States.”
Tom Coddington of Andes was honored with the Francis P. Kipp Award as “Democrat of the Year.” Joan Homovich, last year’s honoree, presented Tom with a plaque and letters of congratulations from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, Gov. David Patterson and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
Rep. Steven Israel, from New York’s 2nd Congressional District, traveled in excess of 190 miles from his Long Island home to give the keynote address at the event. He spoke energetically of the party’s goal of unity, of members helping members well beyond the boarders of their districts.
Other speakers included Rep. Maurice Hinchey, from New York’s 22nd Congressional District; George Lawson, president of the Delaware County Civil Service Employees Association (Local 813); Mike Russo, district director for Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, from New York’s 20th Congressional District; Paloma Capanna, candidate for the New York Senate’s 54th District; and Michael Blaine, communications director for Don Barber, candidate for the New York State Senate’s 51st District.
In keeping with the DCDC’s position urging community support for local businesses, organizers for the event made extensive use of area vendors. Salads were supplied by the Lucky Dog Farm in Hamden, cheeses came from Brovettos in Harpersfield and the dinner was recorded by T.J.E. Productions of Walton.
The DCDC plans to make the video available via public access TV in Delaware County; both video and still shots will also be available at the committee’s Web site at www.delawarecountydems.org.