The Stonewall Democrats of Western New York are thrilled to announce our support of Robin Wilt for State Senate in the 56th Senate District. Robin Wilt is a phenomenal progressive voice who will bring a desperately needed fresh perspective to Albany. The daughter of Caribbean-American parents who immigrated to the United States from Guyana, Wilt has throughout her career been a dedicated, hard-working citizen and activist. In 2006, Robin Wilt joined a local MoveOn.org group in the suburbs of Rochester where she worked to advocate for the renewal of the State Child Health Plus Insurance Program (SCHIP.) Robin is also the co-founder of the Genesee Valley chapter of Progressive Democrats of America, a grassroots organization working to advance progressive causes in the Democratic Party. When she is elected to the New York State Senate, Robin Wilt will further advance our shared progressive causes for New York State by replacing the anti-equality Republican Sen. Joseph Robach. Robin Wilt will be an unfailing champion of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and Marriage Equality, and for that we champion, applaud and will stand for her. Endorsed by both the Monroe County and New York State Democratic Committees, Wilt has the support of New York’s progressive community, with endorsements from NARAL Pro-Choice New York, Marriage Equality New York and the Empire State Pride Agenda. Raised in Pittsford, NY, Robin now resides in Brighton with her husband and three children. For more information and how to get involved, visit www.wiltforsenate.com.
The Stonewall Democrats of Western New York are proud to announce our continued support again this year for NYS Senator Antoine Thompson in the 60th District. Since his days as a Buffalo City Councilman, Sen. Thompson has built a tremendous record of being a real and tested progressive. This road has led him to being the only Senator in all 8 counties of Western New York to vote “Yes” on Marriage Equality last year.
Sen. Thompson was also instrumental in the Senate’s momentous passing of the “Dignity for All Students” bill earlier this summer. The Stonewall Democrats are proud to support Sen. Thompson in his reelection, when we will stand up for our truly progressive Senator.
Volunteer opportunities are available at campaign headquarters each week day until the primary at 20 Court Street in downtown Buffalo.
The Stonewall Democrats of Western New York proudly announce our support of Buffalo City Court Judge James McLeod for Erie County Court. Judge McLeod is a real Democratic candidate, who champions the values of integrity, inclusion and fairness for all people. Throughout his career, Judge McLeod has been a tried and true friend to the LGBT community, and we are thrilled to announce our support of him in the Democratic Primary Election. For more information, or how to become involved in the campaign, visit www.judgejamesmcleod.com.
Stonewall Democrats of Western New York enthusiastically announce our support for Councilmember Dr. Curtis Haynes Jr. in the special election for the City of Buffalo Common Council’s Ellicott District.
Upon his appointment last January, when he mentioned the equality and diversity of all Buffalo residents in his first speech as councilmember, the LGBT community of Buffalo knew we had a friend in Curtis Haynes.
An economics professor at Buffalo State College, Dr. Haynes has demonstrated his great ability to successfully legislate and serve the Ellicott district’s unique and diverse needs. In his crucial support this year for the city’s new and historic domestic partnership registry and legislation, Dr. Haynes proved he has what it takes to stand up, fight for and get the results of representation and equality for all people.
Stonewall Democrats gladly stand with Councilmember Haynes for election to the Ellicot District’s Common Council.
The Stonewall Democrats of Western New York are proud to announce our endorsement of Democrat Cynthia Appleton in the race for New York's 59th Senate District. Cynthia is an accomplished public servant, a proud and strong advocate for justice and equality-- and she will restore that integrity to the office of the 59th District when she is elected this November.
"Cynthia Appleton is a phenomenal candidate," said SDWNY President Bryan Ball. "She is the right person for the job at this time. A true community leader, Cynthia has a strong record of accomplishment, and the right commitment to the reform we so need in Albany. And she knows that true reform and justice consist of our community's equality-- by passing the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and Marriage Equality."
Appleton is the the endorsed (and lone) Democrat in the race to represent Erie, Wyoming, Livingston and Ontario counties in the state legislature. She will face the winner of a crowded and ugly Republican primary, which will pit her record of accomplishment and commitment to equality against those of the political party that chooses again and again to deny our community our basic civil rights. Cynthia Appleton is a fantastic advocate for the LGBT community, and the LGBT community of Western New York will be there to support her candidacy and ensure our victory.
"The Buffalo News - 'Stachowski begins airing TV ads as State Senate primary heats up'
By Stephen T. Watson
August 24, 2010
William T. Stachowski began airing television campaign ads Monday in the unofficial start to what promises to be one of the year’s toughest and most expensive State Senate primary contests.
Stachowski, the incumbent Democrat from Lake View, is fighting for his political life in the party’s primary against Erie County Legislator Timothy M. Kennedy of Buffalo and two other challengers. ....The message was a response to three anti-Stachowski mailings produced by a political action committee called Fight Back New York and distributed to voters in the 58th District.
The Fight Back New York materials, for example, highlight Stachowski’s votes against funding for mammograms. But Swanekamp said the mailings were “misleading” and took the senator’s actions out of context.
Fight Back New York states on its Web site that the group is targeting Stachowski and other senators because of their votes against a bill that would allow gays to marry in this state. .... "
(Read full article)
STONEWALL DEMOCRATS OF WESTERN NEW YORK ENDORSES ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL
Schneiderman Campaign Continues To Build Statewide Momentum, Earning the Endorsements of More LGBT and Progressive Leaders and Organizations Than Any Other Candidate
BUFFALO – The Stonewall Democrats of Western New York, one of the strongest advocacy organizations for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Western New York, today announced its endorsement of Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General in the 2010 primary election.
Stonewall Democrats of Western New York becomes the latest in a host of LGBT organizations, including the Empire State Pride Agenda and Marriage Equality New York, all four major LGBT democratic clubs in New York City, and LGBT elected officials including Senator Tom Duane and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to endorse lifelong progressive Democrat Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General.
"We are so proud to support Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General,” said Bryan Ball, President of The StonewallDemocrats of Western New York. “From fighting for marriage equality to passing hate crimes and anti-bullying legislation, Eric Schneiderman is a lifelong progressive leader who has always been a strong voice for justice on behalf of all New Yorkers. Even when it wasn’t politically popular, Eric has been on the right side of equality, and there is no doubt he will be an outstanding Attorney General."
A longtime advocate for marriage equality, Eric Schneiderman voted to pass the Hate Crimes Bill and the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA). As a lead sponsor of the Dignity for All Students Act, which passed in June with a bipartisan 58-3 vote, Schneiderman helped create legal protections for public school students from harassment and bullying, marking the first time that protections based on gender identity and expression would be included in state law. He is a co-sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which would ensure that all transgender New Yorkers are free from discrimination.
“I am so honored to be endorsed by the Stonewall Democrats of Western New York,” said Eric Schneiderman. “As an activist, attorney and lawmaker, I’ve been firmly committed to doing everything I can to pursue equality and justice under the law— for every New Yorker. As Attorney General, I will continue the fight for the equal rights of the LGBT community and everyone else in this state.”
Stonewall Democrats of Western New York is one of the largest advocacy organizations for the LGBT community in Western NY. Their membership includes representatives from State, County, and City government, and several Democratic committee members amongst the various County Committees in Western New York. Stonewall Democrats is affiliated with NYS StonewallDemocrats (aka New York State Federation of Gay & Lesbian Democratic Clubs) and the National Stonewall Democrats.
With widespread support from a broad and diverse coalition of progressive New Yorkers and the unanimous endorsement of the state's largest labor union, 1199/SEIU United Healthcare East, the largest private-sector union, 32BJ, NARAL Pro-Choice New York and Citizen Action, momentum is growing for Schneiderman's campaign to be the state's next Attorney General.
To date, Schneiderman has earned the endorsement of over 100 progressive leaders including U.S. Representatives Yvette Clarke, Jerry Nadler and Jose Serrano and a host of prominent community activists, and major labor unions.
For more details about Eric Schneiderman’s plan for promoting LGBT rights as attorney general, please visit:www.EricSchneiderman.com/issues?id=0005
For more information on the campaign, please visit: www.EricSchneiderman.com
Follow the campaign on Twitter: twitter.com/Schneiderman4AG
Our August Monthly Meeting is this Tuesday, August 24 at 7PM.
Our agenda includes discussion of how we as Stonewall candidates can help our terrific pro-equality candidates like Assemblymember Hoyt, Senator Thompson and endorsed candidates Cynthia Appleton for State Senate, among others. We will also discuss our annual candidate event, State Senate candidate Robin Wilt, and final consideration of NYS Supreme Court candidates, as well as a discussion of events in the 58th Senate District.
Robin Wilt is running in the X State Senate District. Due to campaign obligations and distance, Robin is unable to attend our meeting, but has submitted the following documents to be considered for endorsement:
We hope to see you there!Comments