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Allegany County Democrats Clean Up Roadside in Almond
Dist. 5 Legislative Candidate Ly Kesse Heads Up the Team
ALMOND, NY — The Allegany County Democratic Committee has officially adopted a section of State Rt. 21 in Almond, NY as part of the NYS Department of Transportation’s “Adopt-a-Highway” program. The first clean-up took place on Sat., August 21st.
This stretch of highway is heavily used by locals and visitors alike, particularly as drivers exit the I-86 Expressway on their way to the college and university in Alfred or to recreational opportunities elsewhere in the area. State Rt. 21 in Almond was specifically selected for adoption by the Committee because of its importance as a gateway to our county, in keeping with the Committee’s desire to protect and enhance the quality of life in the county.
Ly Kesse, Democratic candidate for Allegany County Legislature in Dist. 5, which includes the Village of Almond, led the group of volunteers on the approximately two-mile stretch. Ms. Kesse remarked, “Litter-free highways and byways are so much more pleasant....who wants to look at garbage along the roadside? So much more pleasant to gaze at Nature.” Numerous bags of trash were collected, giving the roadway a much-improved appearance.
This is just one of the many ways local Democrats devote their time to serving our community. To learn more, visit www.alleganycountydemocrats.org or find us on Facebook. Reach out via email email@example.com or phone (585) 610-4321.
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Democratic candidates address the Allegany County Democratic Committee at the District 1 fundraiser: (L to R) Nic Gunning, candidate for Allegany County Legislature District 1; Grace Hanlon, candidate for NY State Supreme Court 8th Judicial District; and Gwendolyn Ashford, candidate for Town of Belfast clerk/tax collector.
The Allegany County Democratic Committee has endorsed Ly Kesse as our Democratic candidate for Legislative District V of the Allegany County Legislature.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8-11-2021
Allegany County Democratic Committee
Michael McCormick, Chairman
Contact: Karen Ash, Secretary
Allegany County Democrats Endorse Ly Kesse for Legislature
BELMONT, NY — The Allegany County Democratic Committee has formally endorsed the candidacy of Ly Kesse in her 2021 run for a District V seat on the Allegany County Legislature. District V includes the towns of Alfred, Allen, Almond, Birdsall, Burns, Grove and West Almond, and the villages of Alfred, Almond and Canaseraga.
Ms. Kesse, a 30-year resident of Allegany County, has lived and raised a family here while working in the fields of journalism and accounting. For fifteen of those years, she has volunteered for the A. E. Crandall Hook & Ladder Company variously as Vice President,Treasurer, grant writer, ambulance driver, and spare hands. As a grant writer, she brought into four Allegany County fire departments half a million dollars in funding: for PPE and mostly broad-band radio. She is running for County Legislature to represent the minority party.
ACDC Chair Michael McCormick states: “As a member of our committee since 2018, we have witnessed firsthand Ly’s commitment to uphold the principles and values of the Democratic Party. It is with confidence and pride that the Allegany County Democratic Committee endorses her campaign.”
Ms. Kesse has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers University and an MBA in Accounting from SUNY’s University at Buffalo. She has served in professional roles at Alfred University and regional CPA firms, as well as serving as a Staff Accountant at the Astor Home for Children in Rhinebeck, NY.
Ms. Kesse is running for County Legislature to represent the minority party in Allegany County. As an elected Legislator, she will devote her attention to improving broadband Internet service in the county, making it available to every home, student, and business in Allegany County, and increasing funding for and expansion of public transportation options. Improving the local infrastructure of the internet and transportation would help improve both the business and employment prospects in Allegany County.
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The Allegany County Democratic Committee is the official governing body for the County Party, working toward broader representation by Democrats at the local, state, and national levels. Learn more at www.alleganycountydemocrats.org or on Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone (585) 610-4321.
Allegany County Democrats Elect Legislative District Representatives
At its most recent meeting, the Allegany County Democratic Committee unanimously approved the election of the following members to serve as Legislative District Representatives for two-year terms:
District 1 Cheryl Hannigan
(Towns of Angelica, Belfast, Caneadea, Centerville, Granger, Hume and Rushford)
District 2 Annette White
(Towns of Amity, Clarksville, Cuba, Friendship, New Hudson, and Ward)
District 3 Diane Cox
(Towns of Alma, Bolivar, Genesee, Independence, Scio, Willing, and Wirt)
District 4 Kathie Stedina
(Towns of Andover and Wellsville)
District 5 Ly Kesse
(Towns of Alfred, Allen, Almond, Birdsall, Burns, Grove, and West Almond)
Democrats residing in each district are encouraged to contact their representatives to learn more about the party’s activities, to discuss running for local office, or with any political concerns pertaining to the district. Email email@example.com or phone 585-610-4321.
The Allegany County Democratic Committee is the official governing body for the County Party, working toward broader representation by Democrats at the local, state, and national levels. Learn more at www.alleganycountydemocrats.org or on Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone (585) 610-4321
National Votes for Women Trail: On The Road To The 19th Amendment
By Ly Kesse, a member of the Allegany County Democratic Committee from Alfred, NY:
ALFRED -- An Alfred University (AU) alumna was honored with a plaque on the University Green, making her a part of the National Votes for Women Trail.
Abigail Allen, wife of AU's second president, was honored with a plaque sponsored by the Pomeroy Foundation and the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites.
Before the unveiling, the plaque was wrapped in a purple mantle held in place by a gold rope.
"Purple and gold are the colors of suffrage," said AU Archivist Laurie Lounsberry Meehan, '91.
Abigail Allen, who died at 78 in 1902, was a locally active suffragist and abolitionist. A member of the Seventh Day Baptist Church, she embraced its progressive politics.
She also raised four children while teaching at AU. She was active her entire life. "Right before her death in 1902," according to Meehan, "she was collecting money and materials to send South to schools for the education of black youths."
"This is so exciting," said Margie MacIntosh, referring to the plaque for Ms. Allen. Ms. MacIntosh is president of the League of Women's Voters of Cattaraugus & Allegany Counties. "2020 was such a difficult year [to celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment]. This year is 100 years plus one."
"The struggle for voting rights did not end in 1920," said Mayor Becky Prophet, '70, and Theater Professor. "While this marker program honors the past, it also challenges us to work for the future."
"We are literally standing on the shoulders of a giant," said Mark Zupan, current AU president. "The Fiat Luxe is awarded to someone who inspires us. She would receive this award, if we could give it out posthumously."
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