Allegany County Democrats Thank Our Local
Health Care Heroes
BELMONT, NY — On December 13 and 14, over 1,700 homemade cookies were delivered to the estimated 850 employees at Allegany County’s health care facilities: Wellsville Manor, Manor Hills, Highland Park Rehabilitation and Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, the Cuba Memorial Hospital in Cuba, and the Houghton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Houghton.
This is the second year that volunteers for the Allegany County Democratic Committee have organized this project. Those involved do it to show support for our local health care workers, let them know they are appreciated, and thank them for their dedication and commitment during this prolonged COVID 19 pandemic.
More than 50 volunteers from all corners of the county baked and donated cookies. The cookies were packed in individual bags by volunteers (masked and gloved!) at several locations around the County. Each bag had a tag that read: “To the unknown hero receiving this message: Thank you for all you do. We are very grateful! Allegany County Democratic Committee 2021”
Martha Sabato, Committee Vice Chair and a key organizer for this project, spoke for all: “No matter how we phrase it, words can never express our appreciation for the health care heroes in our midst. We recognize their commitment and compassion over yet another year dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. We owe them a debt of gratitude for caring for our loved ones, our dearest friends, and our neighbors.”
Allegany County Democrats Support Teamsters Local 264
Belmont, NY --- The Democratic Party has a long-standing connection to the workers of this nation. Democrats recognize that Labor is the backbone of the middle class and that workers uniting for better working conditions, wages and benefits creates a positive impact in the community.
For these reasons, the Allegany County Democratic Committee supports the strike action of Teamsters Local 264 against Saputo/Friendship Dairy.
Saputo, which is headquartered in Montreal, Canada, generated $11.5 billion dollars in revenue last year. This wealth was created by its workers -- including our neighbors in Teamsters Local 264.
The members of Local 264 worked without time off and without any additional bonuses throughout the entire pandemic. Recently, at the bargaining table, employees rejected a contract that would have raised their health insurance costs to a point that would impose an actual pay cut for the workers.
The Allegany County Democratic Committee supports collective bargaining and stands in solidarity with the hard-working union employees as they strike for a better contract.
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Allegany County Democrats to Meet in Legislative District 4
Belmont, NY --- The Allegany County Democratic Committee will hold its next meeting on Saturday, July 9th at 12:30 p.m. at the Genesee Pavilion in Island Park, Wellsville, NY.
Allegany County Legislative District 4 encompasses the towns of Andover and Wellsville, but all registered Democrats are invited to attend and learn more about the party’s activities in Allegany County.
Before the meeting, our members and supporters will march in the Wellsville Balloon Rally parade alongside these and other Democratic candidates: Max Della Pia (US Congress, NY-23) and Dan Brown (new NY Senate Dist. 57). After the parade the group will convene at
Island Park for a picnic meal and brief meeting. Anyone wishing to join either the parade or picnic is welcome. Use this link to reserve your meal: https://bit.ly/3bI7CG5
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Max Della Pia Accepts Nomination for NY-23 Special Election
Owego, NY - New York’s 23rd Congressional District has its Democratic nominee for the upcoming Congressional Special Election, a relatively rare political race triggered by the vacancy left by Tom Reed, a Republican who until last week represented the district. Max Della Pia, former Senate Liaison Officer for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and
an engaged community leader from Tioga County, enjoys unanimous endorsement from the Committee Chairs who
together represent each county of NY-23.
“It’s an honor to be endorsed by all of the County Chairs and to be entrusted with the opportunity to meet this unique challenge. When I was growing up, my Dad always told me ‘Service is what gives life purpose.’ Both my parents were WWII Vets who taught me the American values of integrity, service above self, and caring for others. I feel obligated to do what I can to restore public confidence in our legislative branch. My wife and I moved our children 10 times during my 30+ years in the military but we sank our roots here in the Southern Tier. During my service I traveled to places where people can only dream of having the freedoms we sometimes take for granted. Free elections and peaceful transitions of power are non-negotiable, ” said Della Pia.
“We deserve to be represented by someone who truly cares about the people of this region. Someone who not only listens to their voters but gives them the support they need,” said Irena Raia, former candidate for Tioga County Legislator and community organizer, when asked about the nomination. “Everything I know about Max indicates he’s the man for this moment. He’s the real deal,” said Raia.
“My rural neighbors struggle to access and pay for quality healthcare. Medicare should be allowed to negotiate the cost of drug prices. We need a representative in Congress who is going to fight for these causes and do what is right for the working families of this district,” said Frank Puglisi, Chair for the Cattaraugus Democratic Committee.
When questioned on what he would bring to the table as a Congressperson, Della Pia said: “Americans are concerned
about inflation, the lack of good-paying jobs, and the rapidly increasing cost of education and healthcare. We need to
prevent price gouging at the pump, invest in our families, and make sure everyone pays their fair-share of taxes. I’m tired of the anti-family rhetoric coming from those in Washington who would rather go on talk shows to attack all the issues and people they’re against instead of telling us what they’re for. We need elected officials who work for our families. I’ve spent my life in service of others; my tenure as a Congressman will be no different.”
Learn more about Max and his campaign at: http://dellapiaforny23.com/about
MARCH 28, 2022
Max Della Pia, Community Leader, Bronze Star Recipient & Retired Air Force Colonel Dares to Do Better by Congressional District NY-23
OWEGO, NY - Max H. Della Pia has announced his candidacy to represent New York’s 23rd Congressional District, which stretches from Chautauqua County in Western New York to Broome County. An experienced public servant and resident of Owego, Della Pia is also the only candidate in the race who actually lives in the district.
“My wife Nancy and I moved ten times over the course of my military career but chose this community as our home,” said Della Pia. “We serve our church here. We watched our youngest son grow up and graduate from high school here. We’ve come to know the good-natured, hardworking people who call this place home, too. They have asked for and deserve representation by someone who understands our community’s needs.”
“At the US Air Force Academy, I swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic—that oath does not have an expiration date,” said Della Pia. “In fact, I view running for office as a continuation of my service and that oath. Right now, our democracy is at risk from extreme factions who continue to propagate the Big Lie without evidence. By proposing ways to restrict the voting rights of everyday Americans, those who enable and embolden them like Claudia Tenney threaten the very heart of our democracy.”
“Our children should not have to go to a Walmart parking lot for WiFi to do their homework,” said Della Pia. “Our school bus drivers and first responders deserve safe roads to drive on. Our workforce needs good-paying, union jobs to reinvigorate our local economy. Those investments are headed to our district, thanks to President Biden, Democrats, and even a handful of Republicans. But when my opponent had the chance to invest in these desperately needed upgrades, she chose political grandstanding over her own constituents. I refuse to allow Tenney to come into our district and declare that she is going to be our next Member of Congress without answering for her negligent record.”
Rep. Tenney’s 2022 financial filings show that less than 10% of her fundraising dollars come from within NY-23, and that less than 30% of her total campaign contributions are from New York.
“We deserve better,” added Della Pia.
When asked about the future of the district, Della Pia replied: “I’m running for Congress because the phrase “Service Before Self” is not just a campaign slogan. It reflects my values. Our kids and grandkids are moving away because they don’t see a future here, and my neighbors tell me nobody in Washington is listening to them. I’ve spent my life not only listening to the needs of others, but also working to meet them. I’m running because I want to do better by the residents of the Southern Tier.”
Della Pia’s (USAF) last active-duty assignment was in Kandahar, Afghanistan. After 30+ years of military service as a Colonel he received a brevet promotion to Brigadier General in the NY Air National Guard upon retirement. As a civilian he practiced law, owned his own practice, and worked for Lockheed Martin. Today he serves as President of the Racker Board of Directors and as a member of the Boards of Directors for both the Tioga County Rural Ministry and the Owego Rotary.
CONTACT: JOAN DAVIS email: staff@DellaPiaForNY23.com
Full biography at: DellaPiaForNY23.com
Democratic Congressional hopeful Max Della Pia made a whistle stop at the Quicklee's Travel Plaza in Belvedere, NY, where he was greeted enthusiastically by a group of Allegany County voters and supporters. Max spoke about his reasons for throwing his hat into the race and encouraged everyone there to join in his campaign in one capacity or another. Referring to his many years in military service, Max told the crowd, "I swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic — that oath does not have an expiration date.” Interested voters can learn more about Max Della Pia at https://www.dellapiaforny23.com
The Allegany County Democratic Committee's "Give It Up Challenge" ended on Saturday, March 5 with a party to recognize those who came up with the most creative challenge and those who raised the most money to support Democratic candidates. ACDC members Gwen Ashford, Marty Sabato, and Brenda Bradley led the winners:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 585-610-4321.
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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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (585) 610-4321.
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