Educate Yourself About the NYS Budget

Wednesday, January 25

This cold icy weather offers an excellent opportunity to stay indoors and do some heavy reading.

Governor Cuomo released his proposed 2017-18 budget on January 18th, and hearings in Albany began on January 24th.

The hearing schedule has been organized.

Budget documents are available on the Division of the Budget website.

Read an analysis of the Health/Medicaid portion of the budget by the Mental Health Association in NYS..

Read the NYS Senate analysis of the budget(the white book).

Read the NYS Assembly analysis (the yellow book).

The NYS 2017-2018 Budget makes for excellent dinner conversation and bedtime reading material.  You can always download the pdfs and read them offline.


Rally to Stop the #SwampCabinet

Tuesday, January 24 at 12 noon

Attend a Rally to Stop Trump's #Swampcabinet

Info from IndivisibleMoveOn and the Working Families Party:

Republicans are trying to push through some of the most problematic, troubling nominees ever. They must be stopped.

That’s why, on Tuesday, January 24th, MoveOn members are joining with Working Families Party, People's Action, and other allies across the country to rally Democratic and Republican senators with a clear message: "Stop the #SwampCabinet." Donald Trump riled up crowds claiming he'd "drain the swamp" and chase corruption out of Washington. But, so far, he has done nothing but nominate individuals that will continue to foster the same corruption he describe during his campaign.

At these rallies at senators' local district offices, we will tell our senators and the media why Trump's cabinet is not what America wants or needs. Democrats need to use every tool in their toolbox to delay and stop these nominees, and Republicans need to oppose these nominees if they care about draining the swamp.

Senator Chuck Schumer's local office:

One Park Place, Suite 100
Peekskill, NY 10566

Phone: (914) 734-1532
Fax:  (914) 734-1673

Senator Kirstin Gillibrand's local office:

PO Box 893
Mahopac, NY 10541

Tel. (845) 875-4585
Fax (845) 875-9099

Since this is a PO Box and not an office, you will have to call her.

If you want to go down to NYC:

both NY Senators share an office at:

780 Third Ave
New York, NY 10017

Monday, January 23 - Women's March Action #1


The organizers of the Womens March on Washington have released the first of a set of 10 actions in 100 days. 


Starting January 22nd and continuing through to January 31st, you can write a postcard to your Senators about what matters most to you - and how you’re going to continue to fight for it in the days, weeks and months ahead. We’re offering printable postcards for you to download.

You can go it alone, or consider inviting some friends, neighbors and fellow Marchers over for a drink or dinner sometime in the next ten days to talk about your experience and fill out your postcards.

Go to to find out more.

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Sunday, January 22 - Join the Indivisible Call Tonight at 8pm

Ready to Fight: Join the call with, Indivisible, and Working Families Party.
We are ready to fight. We've been ready. Let's get to work.

We can strengthen Democrats' resolve to resist Trump's dangerous agenda, and weaken Republicans' efforts to do so much damage to our communities and our democracy. 

Join Indivisible,, and Working Families Party leaders for a live call and training this Sunday on how to take immediate and effective action to block the Trump/Republican agenda, starting with rallies at our senators' district offices this Tuesday to stop Trump's #SwampCabinet.

Go to to sign up.

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January 21, 2017


January 20th, 2017

On this day, Inauguration Day, think about running for office, or persuading someone you know to run.  Change starts with us.  

Some resources below:





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Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Tonight at On-the-Fly, 3021 Rte 9 in Cold Spring at 7pm, there will be a poster-making event to prepare for the Women's Marches on January 21.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017


Tell Congress: Betsy DeVos is not qualified to be Secretary of Education. Watch these excerpts from her hearing yesterday and call your senators now to let them know how you feel.

Bernie Sanders:

Tim Kaine:

Al Franken:

Chris Murphy:

Bob Casey:

Maggie Hassan:

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Monday, January 16th, 2017

Action you can take today:

Get ready for the Women's March on Washington. Read the FAQ.  More info at


 If you can't go to Washington, you can join one of more than 370 sister marches - visit to find one.

Sunday January 15th, 2017

January 15 will be a day of standing up for healthcare and resisting the Trump administration's proposed cuts to the ACA, Medicare and Planned Parenthood, organized by Bernie Sanders -

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Action you can take today:


Today at 1:00pm, join the Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone assembly and meeting @ St. Luke's Church, 850 Wolcott Street, Beacon.

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Find out about what's happening in Philipstown Town government.

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

CALL Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell & demand that he postpone the hearings of Cabinet nominees whose ethics review applications are incomplete.

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Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Attend NYS Assemblywoman Sandy Galef's Forum on the National Popular Vote and the Electoral College at the Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson.


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Tuesday January 10th, 2017

Help Save the Affordable Care Act - Join a National Call-In Day on January 10 to #ProtectOurCare!

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