First, the Good News
We vanquished he-who-shall-not-be-named, held the House and captured the Senate.
We helped to re-elect Congressperson Sean Maloney (CD 18), Sandy Galef (AD 95) and a Democratic supermajority in New York. The glass ceiling cracked a bit more, with our first female Vice President in Kamala Harris, and first Jewish and Black Senators in Georgia.
And while slower than we all would like, vaccines are here and the end point of our pandemic is in view. For a time, Governor Cuomo was must-watch TV, and the bravery of our first responders, essential workers and those we lost, in a difficult 2020, will long be remembered.
We, Philipstown Democrats have much to be thankful for and our resolve to improve our community and our governments has only grown stronger in these stressful times.
The Challenges Ahead
You hear the phrase “return to normal”. Please remember, “normal” gave us he-who-shall-not-be-named, who came within 40,000 votes of winning the electoral-college, despite it being the deadliest year in American History due to the mishandled Covid 19 response. Democrats also lost House seats and State houses.
Progressives put aside concerns to support a centrist candidate - but the honeymoon will be short lived. The clock ticks on our planet’s health and the pandemic has only heightened the disparities in society at every level. And to be clear - the angry, disinformation constituency on full display in the halls of our Capitol, will not go quietly into the night.
Which is why we need your help.
Whether it is identifying and supporting local candidates, helping the local food bank, carrying petitions, organizing events, advocating for progressive Democratic ideals, or managing our website and social media - there is critical work to be done.
We have established a new Sustaining Democrats Program, seek new committee members and volunteers, and meet monthly online to advance our efforts.
Please contact us, and explore our site.
You can also find us at facebook.com/philipstowndemocrats.
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